On 8 May 2019, millions of South Africans braved the cold and wet weather and headed to the polls to cast their votes in the country’s sixth democratic elections. The excitement across the country was so tangible that President Cyril Ramaphosa said the 2019 elections were reminiscent of the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. He hoped the outcome of the elections would be in line with what the people wish – to see a country that is working. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declared the 2019 national and provincial elections free and fair. Being the sixth democratic elections, this declaration shows how far South Africa’s democracy has matured over the years. However, the low voter turnout from the youth remains a concern. The youth of South Africa should take interest in such national matters as they have the power to make a difference and make their voice heard.
In this month’s issue of Mbalo Brief, our educational article is based on Assessing social disparities in accessing travel time and travel costs to educational institutions and workplaces. Also included in this issue is our monthly crossword puzzle and solutions for the April puzzle.
Articles published in this article are based on results from industry surveys conducted for the months ranging from February to March 2019.