POPIA: it’s not as scary as you think

Right now, there’s a word that’s keeping many South African business executives awake at night — and it’s not Covid-19. While few were looking, POPIA, the Protection of Personal Information Act, came into effect on July 1 2020, and it’s going to fundamentally change the way South African businesses deal with consumers’ personal information. POPIA […]

The Portfolio: Khaya Ngwenya

In 2010, I was working at City Press as a photojournalist. That year, for the June 16 commemorations, my brief was to cover the cleansing ceremony. I was up early and was at a cleansing ceremony that was happening around Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Orlando West.  During the proceedings, I noticed this woman, a sangoma, […]

EFF MPs to be investigated for disrup...

Parliament’s powers and privileges committee has agreed to hold an inquiry into the conduct of Economic Freedom Fighters MPs for their hostile disruption of a legislature sitting involving Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan.  This is one of two complaints being investigated involving MPs of South Africa’s third-largest party. The second matter relates to the disruption […]

CUT declared as medium risk

In his visit to the Central University of Technology (CUT) in the Free State, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Buti Manamela said that he appreciates the university’s efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 and ensuring that the 2020 academic year is completed. Manamela visited the university on September 1 2020 to […]

We must continue George Bizos’s quest...

COMMENT On 9 September 2020 we lost a legend. George Bizos, a widely renowned anti-apartheid activist and champion for human rights, passed away at the age of 92. Bizos was a humble giant in the South African legal landscape. As tributes poured in from across political, racial and economic lines, a common virtue was repeatedly […]

Abandoned in Lebanon, African domesti...

Outside Ethiopia’s consulate in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, about 60 young women brace themselves for another night of sleeping on the street. They used to be employed as housekeepers, but the combination of a crippling economic crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic meant that they were laid off and kicked out of their employers’ homes. These women […]

Vote, if you want to save the US from...

COMMENT For Americans living abroad, Saturday, September 19 is Ballot Day. The ballots will arrive via email and, depending on which state sends them out, they can be returned by email or courier, or dropped at a consulate. Because of the war the Trump administration has waged on the United States Post Office, American expats […]

We don’t need new names

COMMENT A deeply embedded patriarchal practice assumes that a married woman must change her surname to that of her spouse. This was standard practice at the department of home affairs. Officials would automatically change the surname of the newlywed wife to that of her husband, sometimes even in violation of the wife’s express intention to […]

Sars is running more smoothly, but st...

PwC’s Annual Taxing Times 2020 Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution Survey shows that efficiency at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has improved.  But this has not resulted in the revenue services meeting its tax collection target of R66-billion in the 2019-2020 financial year. This is the sixth consecutive year Sars has missed its tax […]

The brutal abduction caught on camera...

Abducted. Tortured. Dehumanised. And yet, in the brutal context of Zimbabwe’s recent history, Tawanda Muchehiwa can almost consider himself to be one of the lucky ones.  Unlike the activist Itai Dzamara, who disappeared in 2015 and has never been heard from again, Muchehiwa is alive. And unlike the journalist Hopewell Chin’ono — and dozens of […]

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