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Eskom refers employees suspected of c...

Eskom has referred cases to law enforcement agencies of several former employees involved in the management of contracts where the struggling power utility overpaid by about R4-billion. More than 20 Eskom employees involved in the value chain of awarding or managing five contracts have been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Special Investigations […]

Time to get tough on failing municipa...

COMMENT The auditor general’s report on municipalities for the 2018-2019 financial year produced a grim picture. It was a scathing report given the persistent underperformance of municipalities as far as financial management is concerned. According to the report, only 20 municipalities in the country achieved a clean audit, while 28 municipalities did not submit their […]

Consolidating democracy in Malawi: A ...

On June 28 Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) won the country’s presidential electoral rerun. He led a nine-party opposition coalition, the Tonse Alliance (Together Alliance). His running mate was the vibrant and popular Saulos Chilima, the leader of the United Transformation Movement (UTM).  The Tonse victory appears to have consolidated the country’s […]

Decolonising the coronavirus vaccine

Reflecting on a potential Covid-19 vaccine trial during a television interview in April, a French doctor stated, “If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation?” These remarks reflect a colonial view of Africa, reinforcing the idea that Africans are non-humans whose black bodies can […]

‘Lesedi’: A bright star alights on Lu...

Force: Although Lesedi is linear in form, it uses no archival footage in telling Lulu Mlangeni’s story. (Photo: Mvelo Mahlangu) A figure in red glides onto the scene, camera is low, she’s filling the screen. The red dress is made to balloon overhead, behind and around as she moves through a forest of tall, thin […]

Nollywood-style weddings land on the ...

Yemisi Ajeojo and Charles Isidi had been planning their wedding long before they became officially engaged in December last year. “We had already settled on a wedding date before there was an official ring-giving,” Ajeojo tells Mail & Guardian. “The ring was just symbolic for us.” The couple met on Facebook in 2015. Isidi was […]

Review: ‘Vukazithathe’, a portrait of...

Bhekisenzo “Vukazithathe” Cele is the subject of a new documentary by Standard Bank Young Artist for Music Nthato Mokgata When Nthato Mokgata was awarded the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music last year, the two of us met up for an interview at a quiet Johannesburg restaurant and I asked him what he […]

Amadou Diallo will never be forgotten

As Tanya Thorpe watched the protests about George Floyd’s killing spread across the United States, even up to her own neighbourhood in relatively quiet, relatively conservative upstate New York, she thought about the first time she went to a protest, as a young adult, over the shooting of a West African immigrant called Amadou Diallo. […]

Mogoeng’s Palestine stance calls into...

COMMENT South African Jews for a Free Palestine (SAJFP) wishes to register our deep concern and dismay at Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s recent comments supporting relations with apartheid Israel and counselling against any critique of Israeli actions while remaining silent about Palestinian dispossession, the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory, the intended annexation of more Palestinian territory,  as […]

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