Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, weird stuff, and the areas where all of these collide. Over the past decade and a half, he has also written about telecommunications, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), property development, civil liberties, riot policing, mining, movies, the media, and UFOs, among other topics. But never about serious sport, which he knows nothing about. He studied journalism and has never been anything other than a journalist, except for ill-considered stints as a media trainer and starting up new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business. PGP fingerprint: CF74 7B0F F037 ACB9 779C 902B 793C 8781 4548 D165
It was more than the rain in the Free State that turned the far right’s prophecy of a "Night of the Long Knives" when Madiba dies into a damp squib.
Following outrage from the deaf community about a possible fake deaf signer at Nelson Mandela's memorial, the government has come to his defence.
The US mission to SA says a fascination with a group "selfie" featuring Barack Obama should not be allowed to distract from honouring Nelson Mandela.
Barack Obama spoke movingly. Ban Ki-moon paid tribute. But the crowd drew most of the attention at Nelson Mandela's massive state memorial service.
We feared the country would lose itself in weeping when Nelson Mandela died. But we should have known better.
The White House says US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela.
As word began to spread that Madiba had died, South Africa prepared to mourn.
The Nkandla report allegedly clearing Jacob Zuma will be released next week Tuesday, it has been announced at a post-Cabinet briefing.
Thuli Madonsela has expressed disappointment in the media and the ANC over the provisional Nkandla report. And she is about to come in for a lot more.
Four years ago, the M&G first exposed the scandal behind multimillion-rand upgrades on Jacob Zuma Nkandla's home. Today, little has changed.