Today's Big Stories

Online sentiments show ANC lagging behind ahead of elections - media analyst

Online sentiments across South Africa indicate that the ANC may not make headway in most of the contested municipalities, predicts media analytics company BrandsEye.

BrandEye's Head of Client Engagement, Mel Malherbe explains that the overall attitudes towards major political parties show the ANC has a net sentiment of -24%, while opposition parties DA and EFF hold positive measurements.

The ANC is apparently lagging behind in Nelson Mandela Bay, while the EFF leads in Tshwane municipality, and the DA "stands out", in The City of Cape Town.

Malherbe says the company relies on an algorithm to understand people's sentiments toward political parties and other matters.

She explains that people are also assigned to pick up online attitudes, such as sarcasm, that are imperceptible to technology programmes.

People who are sick and tired are very vocal about it. Social media is used almost as a complaints center sometimes.

Mel Malherbe, Head of Client Engagement at BrandEye

Malherbe adds that it is sometimes difficult to precisely reflect national moods using their data, because of the persistent digital divide in the country.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

ANC denies spending hefty R1bn on its election campaign

ANC denies spending hefty R1bn on its election campaign

The ANC says it has the right to keep its costs confidential, and will not disclose the figures for financing their campaign.

Maimane unveils DA's new 'Madiba poster' on campaign trail

Maimane unveils DA's new 'Madiba poster' on campaign trail

"Honour Madiba's dream. Vote DA", reads the new election poster, and DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the party is unapologetic.

Popular articles
Sasfin CEO opens up about dumping KPMG

Sasfin CEO opens up about dumping KPMG

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sasfin CEO Roland Sassoon.

Sasfin Holdings cuts ties with KPMG after 18 years

Sasfin Holdings cuts ties with KPMG after 18 years

CEO of Sasfin Holdings Roland Sassoon confirmed that it has dropped KPMG as their auditing firm and put its audit up for tender.

The ANC is dying and Prince Mashele says South Africans have three other choices

The ANC is dying and Prince Mashele says South Africans have three other choices

Political analyst Prince Mashele says anyone who votes for the ANC is complicit in destroying South African society.

The psychology of spending money we don't have

The psychology of spending money we don't have

For over 20 years Prof Steven Burgess has researched the reasons why people live beyond their means.

SACP want NPA to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma

SACP want NPA to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma

Political analyst Karima Brown gives her take on the matter.

Signs your child could be suffering from anxiety

Signs your child could be suffering from anxiety

Counselling psychologist Nikole Seele says it is important to differentiate between healthy anxiety and debilitating anxiety.