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Why Ace Magashule witness is refusing to testify

A recording of the Hawks’ interview with a former secretary of the ANC strongman – who faces extradition from the US – gives insight into why the state’s case against him may unravel

As Reserve Bank eyes inflation, jobs suffer

The central bank has been criticised for hiking interest rates to the detriment of employment

Sexual abuse is still rife in Eswatini

The Sexual Offence and Domestic Violence Act was passed but much more needs to be done

Poisoned: Tshwane’s boreholes, taps and soil

Foul water runs out of Hammanskraal’s taps and farmers can’t grow crops because the City of Tshwane’s Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant contaminates the soil and groundwater



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The dirty secrets of the dictators’ favourite bank

BGFIBank allegedly played a central role in a years-long scam that allowed former DRC leader Joseph Kabila’s family and close associates to launder $243-million in public and suspect funds

Facebook fails to curb the spread of hate speech in Ethiopia

Most of Facebook’s features are designed to maximise meaningful social Interaction, which means the algorithm promotes extreme content

Scores of children die of starvation in Tigray hospitals

Some 29% of children are acutely malnourished, up from 9% before the war

‘South Africa will decline finance deal on energy if terms are bad’

Cyril Ramaphosa says the terms of $8.5-million climate finance offered to South Africa by wealthy countries are not yet set in stone

Absa firing is an attack on corporate governance — Sipho Pityana

Absa announced that the businessman was removed from its boards after being accused of acting against the banking group’s best interest

‘A cruel slap’: Reserve Bank weighs inflation risks as the economy struggles

Critics have said the repo rate hike will jeopardise already sluggish economic growth, but others say the gradual increase will have little effect

The DA: Between a rock and a hard place

After a whirlwind two weeks, the Democratic Alliance’s ‘win’ of metros is no celebration as members fear the coming tide of instability

Behind the scenes: municipalities face a rocky five years

No clear winners after weeks of jostling for 160 hung municipalities

Dlamini perjury case ‘dilly-dallies’ as state fails to bring witnesses

The court heard how the state is unable to make travel and accommodation arrangements for its witnesses because it cannot contact them reliably


Johannes Phokela is on the comeback trail

A new exhibition at Zeitz Mocaa in Cape Town should reinstate the talented artist as one of South Africa’s leading painters

New local app promises regular, effective assessments of students

There have been numerous reports of unethical behaviour during Covid-19, but technology built by local academics now ensures exam conditions are being abided by

Reimagining education in a Vuca world

The new St John’s Preparatory School building offers a space that encourages collaboration, complex problem-solving and creativity

Aunty Mina’s matric breakfasts a boost for Delft’s grade 12s

Learners writing their final exams are motivated by the delicious fare served at an oasis in Delft, Cape Town

The 2021 M&G Sport Audit: How our national teams fared this year

Once more we have the opportunity to take our marking pen to their performance

It’s a goal: How a former gangster is changing the lives of children through football

Wynne Dryden is dedicating his life to children in Epping Forest’s gang-riddled streets with the help of his love for soccer

Concern deepens for Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s safety after email

Peng Shuai has not been heard from since alleging two weeks ago that a powerful Chinese politician had sexually assaulted her

What you need to know about the EU-Belarus migrant crisis

Here is what you need to know about the crisis that has seen thousands of migrants trapped in dire conditions on the Belarus-Poland border

Modi warns bitcoin could ‘spoil’ young Indians

Speaking at an online cybersecurity forum, India's Prime Minister framed virtual money as a domain that needs to be closely policed.

Myanmar junta charges Suu Kyi with fraud during 2020 polls

Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with illegally importing walkie-talkies, sedition and corruption, and faces decades in jail if convicted.


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