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Everything You Need to Know About South Africa's Election Results

South Africa wrapped up it's fifth, and arguably the most hotly-contested, democratic local government elections. Here's what you need to know.

South Africa wrapped up it's fifth, and arguably the most hotly-contested, democratic local government elections this past weekend. As the last of the votes were being counted the nation as a whole waited with baited breath to see if the Democratic Alliance would seize control of the economic hub of the country. Hashtags like #IfDAWins wittingly hypothesized the circumstances of the DA controlling the country’s capital, but what does it all mean? Here is everything you need to know about the elections results.


ANC support is waning

The big story that came out of these past elections is how the ANC is seemingly losing its grip on majority rule in the country. Support for the ruling party fell to below 60 percent of the votes for the first time since 1994. They lost two major metros to the DA in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay and lost their 50 percent majority in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. This is a huge indicator of voters losing faith in the ANC’s ability to govern in their districts.

DA support has grown

The DA consolidated their stronghold in Cape Town with a landslide victory, securing a whopping 66 percent of all votes in the metro. They also made strides into metropolitan municipalities outside of Western Cape, securing victories in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. The growth is seemingly large but their support has only grown by 2.49 percent. Analysts say that this is due to most of the traditional ANC voters staying away from the polls.

EFF are the coalition kingpins

Despite not winning a single ward in the country, Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters find themselves in a very interesting position. Seeing that four of the eight major metros are hung councils (meaning that no party achieved an outright majority of 50 percent or more of the votes) the DA and ANC will likely be approaching the EFF and other smaller parties to form coalitions to gain majorities. The EFF has outright said they are not open to a coalition with the ANC unless they remove Jacob Zuma from office. They’ve also vowed to not budge on their land policy and that any party they align with will need to follow suit.

The IFP’s sneak attack

While everyone was caught up in the ANC/DA/EFF debacle, the Inkatha Freedom Party quietly won eight wards in the KZN province, including President Jacob Zuma’s homestead municipality of Nkandla. The failure of IFP breakaway National Freedom Party to register in time was a blessing for Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s party as many NFP voters returned to the IFP and a decision to focus on the rural areas 12 months before the elections paid off.

ICOSA maintains control of Kannaland municipality

The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa received 48.51 percent of the total vote in the Western Cape’s Kannaland municipality. They are one of only four parties to secure seats in a municipality despite the growing popularity of the EFF and their voters have remained loyal to them since they first came into power in 2011.

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And that's a wrap for Elections 2016. Tweet us your thoughts on South Africa's #ElectionResults at @okayafrica.

Thapelo Mosiuoa is a Johannesburg-based copywriter, lifestyle writer and the author of an unfinished book. Follow him on Twitter at @ThapeloMosiuoa.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

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1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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