Mkhwebane sticks to her guns on Zuma’...

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has insisted in court papers that she does have the legal power to subpoena taxpayer information, and has an opinion from senior counsel to back her up. Mkhwebane is in a court dispute with the South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Edward Kieswetter after she tried to subpoena the tax records […]

The hidden costs of social media use ...

Social media is becoming increasingly central to election campaigns around the world. In the process, it is transforming politics in a number of ways. Unsurprisingly, journalists and analysts have focused on the more sensational aspects of this rise. Examples include the divisive targeted mass messaging ahead of the UK’s Brexit vote in 2016, the use […]

The cracks children fall into when th...

For a 14-year-old who has committed a crime and is behind bars, being a pilot one day and an astronaut or a marine biologist the next is a far-fetched dream. But thousands of children land up behind bars every year — for crimes ranging from murder to assault and theft — and the education system […]

Government to place ailing SAA under ...

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is set to announce tonight that the South African Airways (SAA) board has resolved to place the ailing state carrier under business rescue. Gordhan is expected to announce that the decision has already been communicated to the Cabinet, which sat on Tuesday. In a letter addressed to ministers and deputy […]

Shopping malls are ‘killing’ independ...

The Competition Commission’s Grocery Retail Inquiry has found national supermarket chains are putting small, independent players out of business – and wants to put a stop to it. Sitting in the witness chair at the Parktonian Protea Hotel in De Korte Street Johannesburg in early June 2017, Mphuthi Mphuthi accused South Africa’s shopping malls of […]

Ebrahim, the maker of constitutions f...

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Busiswa’s conversational story

Busiswa: An Unbreakable Story unfolds like a conversation between Busiswa and the viewer. To start, Busiswa tries to recite the poem that garnered the attention of legacy record label Kalawa Jazmee. While she recalls it, the documentary’s crew busies itself with fixing her mic, touching up her makeup and adjusting the light in the shot. […]

Everyone is responsible for creating ...

COMMENT Leaders in the public and private sector, as well as in many other institutions, have influence by virtue of their greater authority and power. They have access to resources by virtue of their office. This elevated position means leaders are role models for others in society. In this capacity, they teach others what is […]

Seven Ethiopians die in Lebanon while...

Hundreds standing outside near an Addis Ababa Bole International Airport terminal anxiously awaited the news of the safe landing of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that took off from Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport. Elsewhere, such news might have been greeted with cheers and whoops of joy by ecstatic relatives of travelling loved ones. But flights […]

Clerics, credit, jingoism: Saudi Aram...

From taboo-busting religious support to easy credit and fervent jingoism, Saudi Arabia pulled out all the stops to prop up Aramco’s IPO but it is unlikely to be the blockbuster it once hoped for. The world’s most profitable company is seeking to raise around $25-billion — a fraction of the $100-billion it once sought — […]

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