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Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

Q&A Sessions: ‘I should have fought harder for SA vaccine’ — Salim Abdool Karim

Professor Salim Abdool Karim talks to Nicolene de Wee about his responsibility as head of the ministerial advisory committee tasked with guiding the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Editorial: Campaigns in the time of Twitter

Just as a “nobody” can spew falsehoods and propaganda on social media, so too can a political leader — only with more dire consequences.

ByLwansta: Walking in the shadow of DOOM

Rapper, producer, designer and ardent DOOM fan ByLwansta shares the influence the masked villain had on his craft

Meeting DOOM, the man behind the mask

Hip-hop artist DOOM passed away in October, but the world found out only last week. Mpho Moshe Matheolane met the man himself in 2013

The Portfolio: Lewis Holiday

Photographer Lewis Holiday’s late-’90s image of DOOM captures the hip-hop artist’s early experiments with concealment

The rhyme and reason behind DOOM’s villainy

Hip-hop auteur Daniel Dumile’s rapping was fuelled by a remarkable erudition, his multiple characters broaching diverse topics with a beguilling playfulness

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Populism faces test in Uganda and Kenya

Bobi Wine and William Ruto set out to upend the political status quo in their respective countries

Ugandans vote in charged election under internet blackout

The internet went down on the eve of the vote, with some parts of the country reporting complete disruptions or significant slowdowns, after one of the most violent campaigns in years

Ethiopia warns Sudan over military build-up amid border tensions

Tensions over longstanding feud over the disputed al-Fashqa region come amid new impasse in three-way dispute over mega-dam

WhatsApp panics as users flee to rivals in privacy boycott

The encrypted messaging service is having to embark on some damage control after criticism about its new terms and conditions

A dummy’s guide to how trade rules affect access to vaccines

It's already become apparent that there is gross inequality playing out in the procurement and distribution of the new drugs. Why is that?

How to rescue SA’s ailing economy

2020 was a challenging year for everybody, with no growth forecast in the economy, fears of a deep recession and a jobs bloodbath. Three experts contextualise this situation, focusing on what can be done in 2021 to slow down the spiral into an economic abyss

Don’t get confused, you are obliged to appear, Zondo tells Zuma

After the former president stalked out of a sitting, it asked the ConCourt to force him to appear before the inquiry. A ruling has not been made but the summons remains valid

Covid-19, corruption dominate ANC agenda for 2021

In the January 8 statement, Ramaphosa says those who bring the ANC into disrepute will no longer be tolerated

By-elections delayed as Covid restrictions bite

A decision on the local government elections, set to be held later this year, will be taken soon

2020 tied with 2016 as world’s hottest year on record, EU says

Scientists say the latest data underscores the need for countries and corporations to slash greenhouse gas emissions quickly

Early childhood development boost for parents and caregivers

More needs to be done to ensure that we raise children in a healthy ecosystem. Our children are our future and there is no other investment that could be more important

The humble syllabus puts students first

By building online courses backwards, the necessary skills can be taught in stages

Schools are geared up for 2021

Covid disrupted the 2020 academic year but catchup plans have been hatched in the nine provinces, including extra lessons, earlier class times, and subject-specific boot camps

Can member-owned football clubs succeed?

Football supporters often fantasise about seizing control of their clubs, sending owners and officials down the tunnel. But evidence suggests that democratic, fan-owned teams are not for glory hunters

African Blogtable: Start of the 2020-21 NBA season

Is a Lakers back-to-back a lock? And which Christmas Day game will be the most exciting?

Match of the day: Sport vs ecology

We need a profound rethinking of the meaning of sustainability in sport — the global commercial model is neither environmentally nor socially sound

Wikipedia wants you to join the good side of the internet

The collaborative online encyclopedia, which has become a reliable source amid a flood of misinformation, turns 20 today

Trump impeached for ‘inciting’ US Capitol riot

In historic vote, Trump becomes first US president to be impeached a second time for inciting mob that attacked the Capitol

WHO experts to arrive in Wuhan for delayed virus probe

The 10 scientists will investigate the origins of the new virus in a politically fraught mission that comes more than a year after the pandemic began, with accusations Beijing has tried to thwart the project.

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