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Nedbank features negatively in state capture report; Standard Bank defends itself

So far, one of South Africa’s ‘big four’ banks faces a serious allegation levelled in the Zondo report — and more revelations may follow

Kenya’s top court reviews disputed bid to change constitution

The Supreme Court ruling on the proposed constitutional changes, expected after three days of hearings this week, may have major consequences for the August 9 presidential and parliamentary polls.

Democracy delayed in Mali spurs sanctions from neighbours

Mali’s junta now finds itself ostracised by its regional peers – and at the centre of a dangerous new geopolitical game.

‘Armed bandit’ or ‘bandit terrorist’? In Nigeria, the game of the name is deadly

Over the past two months a controversy has developed over the government’s desire to relabel armed outlaws as ‘bandit terrorists’.

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Africa’s Role Models: Uganda’s first wildlife vet wants to change world

Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is contributing to conservation not only with her veterinary skills but also by supporting community development

Ugandan writer charged for tweets about Museveni, son

In one post, the satirical writer described Museveni’s son, a general, as ‘obese’ and a ‘curmudgeon’

The ‘prosperity gospel’ excuses poverty and its true causes in Africa

You can’t tackle issues like poverty until you understand their root causes. Pastors who focus on self-enrichment through misleading their congregations misdiagnose these causes. That’s dangerous.

Brace for above inflation electricity hike and municipalities’ power grab

The price of electricity could go up by 20.5% in April and an upcoming court bid could see users paying surcharges to municipalities

Gauteng’s property market lags other metros

Broker survey shows bleak prospects for Gauteng in 2022 as coastal areas lead in commercial, retail and industrial property

Tongaat claims R450-million from former executives

The group also wants to recoup $9-million in fake sugar sales in Zimbabwe

Gungubele asks if Sisulu did not cross a line in law

The minister in the presidency said there was a need for the government to do more to protect the judiciary

Zondo was damned if he did, damned if he did not

The attack by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on judges as enslaved to a colonial mentally placed the acting head of the judiciary in an impossible position, fraught with politics, legal scholars say

Whispers of insurgency add up to a murky national security situation

Concerns abound about the parliament fire, with insiders saying the timing was suspicious and the truth may never come out, while intelligence and security clusters are worried.

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Sidney Poitier: Stone cold when ‘cool’ was not even a factor

Pioneer actor and activist Sidney Poitier, who died at age 94, alchemised the Black condition into a dignified on-screen presence in the 20th century. Bongani Madondo wrestles with his legacy

Amendments to the Schools Act proposes making grade R compulsory

The Basic Education Law Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament

Private religious schools’ beliefs in the balance as landmark case goes to court

The outcome might have major ramifications for the autonomy of all private religious schools

Schools show shortfalls amid Covid-19 pandemic

Learners from grade R to 12 return on Wednesday to school for a new academic year.

Nadal says justice has spoken over Djokovic ‘mess’

The Spanish great also said that he would have preferred it if his rival and defending champion Djokovic had been playing in the first Grand Slam of the year

Proteas’ hungry young lions drive SA to Test victory over India

But black players have to battle the opposition as much as racist sections of South African media and fans — whose expectations demand they fail

Australia cancels Novax Djokovic visa again: immigration minister

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said he acted on "health and good order grounds on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so".

UK: New ‘partygate’ revelations heap more pressure on PM Boris Johnson

The British Prime Minister is fighting for his political future amid public outrage at the slew of revelations about similar alleged rule-breaking while the rest of the country followed guidelines — at personal cost.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews confront #MeToo claims

"Lo Tishtok" — Hebrew for "You will not be silent" — is a phrase gaining momentum among haredim, who are being forced to reckon with claims of serious crimes, including sexual abuse of children, against several of their cultural icons.

Capitol assault probe wants testimony from top Republican lawmaker McCarthy

The congressional committee is examining if former president Donald Trump and his advisers encouraged or even plotted the violence.

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