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Mkhize throws the book at the Special Investigating Unit

It’s a long shot at political redemption for the former health minister and, more pressingly, a bid to avert criminal charges

Kenya’s beach boys fall into sex tourism, trafficking

In the face of their families’ poverty, young men, persuaded by the prospect of wealth or education, travel to Europe with their older female sponsors only to be trafficked for sex

High court reinstates Umgeni Water board

The high court has ruled that the dissolution of the water entity’s board by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was unfair and unprocedural

T20 Cricket World Cup: Same old Proteas or renewed hope?

Proteas steer course twixt hope and dread



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Defend journalists and media freedom in Eswatini

Journalists are censored through cruel and illegitimate detention, torture and the removal of means to disseminate information to citizens crying – and dying – for it

Ugandan teachers turn to coffin-making after schools close

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the country’s schools closing and teachers being left without jobs

‘These people are barbarians’: Police torture in Southern Africa

In Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe torture is used to extract information, elicit confessions, punish or sometimes for sadistic reasons

South Africa needs to make pension system more inclusive, study says

South Africa’s pension system is ranked 31st out of 43 countries, receiving a C-grade which indicates major risks and shortcomings that should be addressed

Hawkish Reserve Bank sees South Africa edge towards a rates hike

Analysts say the Reserve Bank could start tightening monetary policy as early as next month

R1.5-billion in funding approved for riot-hit businesses

Agencies emphasise that speed is crucial to rescuing firms affected by July’s unrest

Eastern Cape premier Mabuyane lives large amid province’s poverty

Oscar Mabuyane and MEC Babalo Madikizela allegedly used a portion of state funds for struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s commemoration for their own benefit

Data shows EFF has lower negative sentiment online among voters than DA and ANC

The EFF has a stronger online presence than the ANC and Democratic Alliance

Zuma tries to turn his courtroom attack on Downer into a criminal case

Jacob Zuma has laid charges claiming that Billy Downer, and the NPA, have irredeemably tainted the arms deal corruption charges that have haunted him since 2005


Open City Film: 8 films, 3 days

Joan Legalamitlwa, the curator of Open City Film, knows that films deserve seated respect, not nose-around-the-corner sniffing at

What is the best way to train South Africa’s teachers?

The apparent benefits of the internship model need to be offset by operational, political and academic challenges

Learners and parents: How to beat end-of-year exam stress

A student wellness consultant gives advice on how to cope with – and overcome – examination anxiety

Four lessons from youth work initiative

There is a terrific opportunity to leverage interventions such as public works programmes in a cohesive youth employment strategy

Lucas Radebe: ‘My football career began behind my parents’ back’

Soccer legend Lucas ‘Rhoo’ Radebe is a busy man, but he made time in his hectic schedule to speak to Ntombizodwa Makhoba about his fondest childhood memories, how his soccer career began, and, as a father of eight, his legacy

Agnes Tirop’s blossoming cut short by brutal murder

Like so many victims of domestic and gender-based violence, the star Kenyan road runner was killed in her home, robbing her of what seemed like a rosy future in world athletics

How Italy got ahead in the sprints

Lamont Marcell Jacobs is an unlikely star to take over from Usain Bolt. But those who have been following his and Italy’s athletics progress weren’t surprised that they won Olympic gold

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies aged 84

The 84-year-old died as a result of complications from Covid-19

Beirut blast investigator forced to pause probe a second time

The 4 August 2020 explosion at Beirut port killed more than 200 people, wounded thousands more and destroyed swathes of the capital.

Macron announces €30bn plan to re-industrialise France

French officials believe that France needs to act rapidly to close the gap and not surrender more ground to emerging powers, notably China.


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