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PODCAST: Troubled waters — High and d...

The climate crisis is complicated. Colourful Numbers is a new podcast that attempts to tell the stories behind the data, particularly the ones that are important for our survival. Several of South Africa’s provinces are facing acute water shortages and restrictions so municipal and national water authorities are pleading with South Africans to be water-wise, and […]

Ground zero with Eskom’s De Ruyter

Run a straight line down the Nampak share price graph and you’ll find it hits zero as early as the end of next year. This is from a high in April 2014, when the packaging company was trading at R42 a share, having slumped by 80% to R7.40 this week. This straight-line exercise has moment […]

Military’s R500-million plane c...

The Department of Defence might have to pay hundreds of millions of rands to a company that won a controversial VVIP air travel contract seven years ago, even though no work was ever done after the award. The department has been locked in litigation with Adonai Aviation over the controversial contract — a five year […]

Snapchat checks for deception in poli...

Snap on Monday confirmed that it checks political ads at Snapchat to make sure they are not deceptive or misleading and thus enforce its ban on such material. The strategy seems to be a middle ground between Facebook’s controversial tolerance of proven lies in political ads and Twitter’s decision to ban them all together. “We […]

Media freedom under siege again in th...

In a small, barely furnished office with some of the electric wiring still showing in half-completed walls, Habtamu Mekonnen sits at his laptop putting the finishing touches to tomorrow’s Berbera newspaper edition. The fledgling newspaper, which is just more than a year old, is one of a plethora of new publications that sprang to life […]

Ethiopia to vote on breakaway state h...

Members of Ethiopia’s Sidama ethnic group are expected to vote Wednesday to form a breakaway regional state — a milestone that risks further destabilising the country ahead of next year’s national elections. The Sidama push for statehood already triggered days of unrest in July that left dozens dead and prompted the government to place Ethiopia’s […]

Tolerance: a good start but not suffi...

COMMENT In 1996, the United Nations invited its member states to observe an International Day for Tolerance annually on November 16, aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and nonviolence globally. Notwithstanding the call for tolerance, we see increasingly high levels of intolerance in South Africa, as well as globally. Think about ubiquitous […]

Steenhuisen sweeps to victory as new ...

John Steenhuisen will lead the Democratic Alliance as interim leader until the party goes to its elective Congress in 2020. The party’s parliamentary leader was voted in convincingly at a special DA federal council meeting on Sunday. Steenhuisen was up against Gauteng MPL Makashule Gana. Because of a preferential voting system, the party says final […]

Cops take their leaders to task

Popcru used its ninth congress to tackle the issue of police and justice officials staying on in their portfolios despite failing to serve the needs of police and correctional service workers. The ninth congress of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), held in Durban at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, focused on […]

Mkhwebane hits back at Ramaphosa

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has hit back at President Cyril Ramaphosa, accusing him in court papers of obfuscating, misleading, making “technical arguments” and not dealing with the “real issues” raised by her report into his CR17 campaign for the ANC presidency in 2017. “No other person would be permitted to get away with the kind […]



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