M&G Newsroom: Oscars, Mbeki and Pistorius

We talk to Mail & Guardian editor-in-chief Nic Dawes on Monday following Moeletsi Mbeki's R20-million claim in damages against the company. Mbeki claimed that two articles written by senior politics reporter Mmanaledi Mataboge contained content that was "wrongful and defamatory".

News of the month, if not the year, will be Oscar Pistorius and the case of murder laid against him after the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. We'll take a look at the details of the incident, in which Pistorius is accused of murdering Steenkamp, and analysis around the situation.

We will also discuss Mamphela Ramphele's new party political platform and what it means for South Africa's political landscape. Will the former anti-apartheid activist's new group be the beginnings of a new opposition?

There will be a wrap-up of the president's State of the Nation address and we'll fill you in on what you can expect ahead of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget speech on Monday.

In the arts section we'll take a look at this year's Oscar winners and dip into what 2013's design indaba has in store for us.

We'll then explore Google's latest gadget in our tech bite.

In the Africa section we'll take a look at Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's 89th birthday and all the pomp and ceremony concerned, including his $800 000 gift from his ruling party's youth league.

Don't miss our weekly choon, this week dedicated to Hilton Botha, the investigating officer who was dropped from the Pistorius case after it was revealed he had seven counts of attempted murder against him.

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