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Ithala fails to act against board chairperson over PPE scandal

Morar asked to settle with the state and pay back the profit he made on an irregular tender

Vodacom swindled out of more than R24m worth of iPhones

A former employee allegedly ran an intricate scam to steal 8700 phones from the cellular giant

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‘Terrorised’ family shines a light on traditional leadership for vulnerable people

Violent banishment of an Eastern Cape family exposes rifts between constitutional and traditional leadership

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Judgments and Jurisprudence: Presiding over presidential petitions in Africa

The verdicts handed down in Kenya and Malawi set a precedent that the quality of an election and the environment in which the election is held do matter and have a bearing on the outcome, regardless of numbers

Meet Norman Chisale, Malawi’s richest bodyguard

Norman Chisale, the former Malawian president’s security chief, is struggling to account for his enormous wealth.

West Africa readies for Ebola battle

Guinea is fighting the virus with a vaccine used in the DRC, while their neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia increase border surveillance

Covid triggers crypto collectables boom

These one-of-a-kind digital collector’s items are being sold for unprecedented prices

Millers pay for duty-free wheat quota

The South African Revenue Services didn’t gazette the EU quota rates for about month, with no reasons given – and then suddenly published them

Austerity budget unpacked

The finance minister has said it’s not an austerity project. But the numbers and economists disagree

ANC North West factions fight on

Premier Job Mokgoro’s hearing begins despite move to stop it by party secretary general Ace Magashule

Former GP health MEC Masuku calls disciplinary ‘unfair’

The ANC’s disciplinary hearing against Dr Bandile Masuku has started; however, the matter against Khusela Diko has been shelved after her husband’s death

What is EFF’s party funding quest?

Its court application to force disclosure of donations to Cyril Ramaphosa may mask a bid to portray him as a capitalist puppet

Q&A Sessions: ‘SA cannot address racism because it is a racist polity’ — Joel...

UP’s youngest professor talks to Nicolene de Wee about racism, hate speech and youth empowerment, as well as his love of good wine and Afro-Cuban jazz

‘It is so hard being a black and broke’: How access to NSFAS funding involves privilege, luck

Thousands of students are anxiously awaiting for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to respond to their funding applications as registration at institutions draws to a close

What South Africa’s universities have learnt about the future from Covid-19

South African tertiary institutions had to move to emergency remote learning with little warning last year. But experts say a blended learning model will become the new normal for education

Euro 2020 shrouded in uncertainty 100 days before kick-off

The tournament is set to begin on 11 June, but Uefa are facing many logistical challenges due to travel restrictions

Simeone is Atlético’s secret weapon

El Cholo remains true to himself — consistent, totally committed and prepared to graft — and these values are retained by the team

Test series starts luring fans back to international sport

The freshly renamed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad has sold 55 000 of its 110 000 seats for the cricket Test

Former French president Sarkozy handed jail term for corruption

The conviction sets a new low-point in the tumultuous political career of the right-winger who remains a dominant political figure in France, admired by fans for his tough talk on crime and immigration

‘Held to ransom’: Pfizer demands governments gamble with state assets to secure vaccine deal

Pfizer is accused of bullying Latin American governments by demanding they grant indemnity against potential civil claims relating to the vaccine

Governments around the world condemn Myanmar’s military coup

The United States led governments around the world in calling for the restoration of Myanmar's democracy on Monday after the military staged a coup, arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians

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