MTN’s Nigeria listing: View fro...

Lagos — At exactly 2.30pm, when the stock market closed on Thursday, MTN Nigeria’s chairperson Pascal Dozie and Ferdi Moolman, MTN Nigeria’s CEO, excitedly clanged metal sticks on a gong on the crowded trade floor at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) building. The room, filled with brokers in their maroon jackets, erupted in celebration. It is […]

Beast-free burgers are on a roll

I am a meat eater. But, sitting in a little café in Greenside, Johannesburg, peppered with posters declaring that “straws suck” and “there is no culture left in commercial agriculture”, I ate a burger made entirely from plants. READ MORE: Test-tube burger tastes ‘close to meat’ If I had not known it wasn’t a beef […]

Show women that you care, Mr Presiden...

GENDER National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete once famously said that South Africa now has a culture of “zero tolerance for no women in politics”. Despite the drop in support for the ANC, which has been the mainstay of steady increases in women’s political participation since 1994, the May 8 election broke new ground in delivering […]

SA’s disconnect from Africa limits cu...

COMMENT May is Africa Month and, as is the case with Women’s Month, it is only useful if it functions as more than an opportunity to “celebrate” and also serves as a chance to analyse the flawed and limited ways we connect to the continent. In cultural spheres, from theatre, art and museum programmes to […]

The Bell Pottinger-linked ‘charity’ a...

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe and former ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa are on the advisory board of the Brazzaville Foundation, which has been accused of laundering the reputation of one of Africa’s most corrupt presidents. Former president Kgalema Motlanthe and former ANC Treasurer Mathews Phosa are on the advisory board of a charity that stands accused […]

Duduzane Zuma culpable homicide case ...

Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma, will appear in the Randburg magistrates court on Thursday to continue with a case against him where he faces charges of culpable homicide. He appeared in court on Wednesday, where he pleaded not guilty and began his testimony, but the case was halted by a technical […]

How to get South Africans to buy into...

South Africa has introduced the world’s first medicine-dispensing ATMs but only a fourth of patients who could be using them actually are. In March 2018, the country rolled out the drug-dispensing units at six sites in the Free State and Gauteng, where the machines can be found in shopping malls in Alexandra, Soweto and Diepsloot. […]

Western Cape ANC treasurer in hot wat...

Maurencia Gillion, the treasurer of the ANC in the Western Cape, has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into a election donation by businessperson Iqbal Survé. The ANC confirmed that the matter was discussed at a provincial working committee (PWC) meeting to finalise deployments to the Western Cape legislature and to discuss the […]

A call to action to keep SA’s religio...

For about 100 years the Islamic call to prayer has sounded from the Zeenatul Islam Mosque in Muir Street, District Six, Cape Town, five times a day. This past week, for the first time in its history, the mosque was issued with an official complaint that characterised the sacred sound as a noise nuisance. South […]

Author of research linking slavery an...

A University of Cape Town adjunct professor, who co-authored a study which concluded that fewer slaves were taken from African countries with a higher average IQ, resigned at 1am on Wednesday. The study, titled “Intelligence and slave exports from Africa”, was co-authored by Professor Simplice Asongu and Oasis Kodila-Tedika. Asongu’s stated affiliation in the study […]

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