The prevailing mandate of the South African Reserve Bank is informed by sound economics and the need to protect the institution from the whims of politicians.
Scott Morrison's comments reflect the concern in the government at the difficulty it is finding in cutting through to the electorate.
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With her government having just handed down a budget with an enviable surplus, Gladys Berejiklian says the Gonski legislation will leave NSW better off 'in terms of dollars'.
A financial system that is sure to collapse if the central bank cares about people’s well-being goes against democratic principle.
South Africa's democracy is in trouble. But the challenge is less about who should control state institutions, and more about how they can be refashioned to deliver to the poor.
The rule of law can take on different meanings depending whom you ask and where you are – but in the US it pretty much means one thing.
South Africa needs to start thinking about life after President Jacob Zuma. Given the damage that he's done, serious thought should be given to forming a government of national unity.
Younger voters have been patronised and overlooked for too long – and when politics is meaningful for them, they take part with gusto.
The leaders of Turkey and India have plenty in common.
Emmanuel Macron may have won the presidential election, but his agenda could fail if his party doesn't get a majority in Parliament.
Democracy is in a parlous state in many countries in southern Africa. Autocrats hold onto power, while electorates have little to choose from at the polls.
Workplaces stresses and the weight of great expectations take a toll on well-being.
The internet has been the bogeyman of democracy over the last 12 months. It's time to harness its power and redress the balance.
Russian media both hint toward the Russian regime’s prowess in influencing the US election, while simultaneously treating the accusation as baseless Western propaganda.
Over the past 300 years, Western educated elites have debated, founded and expanded the right to vote.
For Trump, putting America first means that being a global leader on human rights may take a back seat.
There are groundswells of civic engagement in a handful of countries, but ensuring the survival of fundamental freedoms in these dangerous times will require a resistance that knows no borders.
FROM OUR ARCHIVES (UPDATED) Hungary has passed a law monitoring the finances of foreign-funded NGOs, another blow to civil society in Viktor Orban's increasingly "illiberal democracy".
France seems more divided than ever going into the run-off vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on May 7.
Over 70% of Ethiopia's population is under 30 years of age. This can be converted to economic muscle if policies are introduced to tackle the high unemployment levels in the country.