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Wild garlic harvesters back in court

Healers say the plant is part of their heritage, but officials counter that it is a protected species

Oil boom may be the industry’s last hurrah

Biggest players in the game show signs of recovery but a low-carbon future may threaten fossil fuel

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Chad on edge after Déby’s death

The sudden death of Chad’s president, who had ruled for 30 years, has left palpable tension and a lack of security in the air

World Press Freedom Day

A gift to the world from African journalists The African journalists finalised their definition of press freedom on 3 May 1991.  The United Nations Educational...

Farmers, civil rights groups oppose Uganda’s oil project

Farmers and the rights groups have called for an in-depth evaluation of the effects on people’s lives and the environment

Covid kills a decade of employment growth in SA

The self-employed were nearly three times less likely to work during the hard lockdown, economists found

New consortium scores big in South Africa’s floating power station deal

Powergroup South Africa wins 20-year energy contract a mere 10 months after it was formed

Fickle funding for women-led startups hurts femtech

It is difficult for startups to get off the ground, especially when they are women-focused

Ramaphosa faction dividing Limpopo — NEC hears

In a leaked recording during Saturday’s ANC national executive committee meeting, Mathabatha said he has observed ‘comrades who run around purporting to be the defenders of our president’.

ANC meeting mutes Magashule to discuss his suspension

The suspended secretary general tried to take charge of the ANC’s online NEC meeting, despite being stripped of his powers

ANCWL dumps Magashule as party leadership meets to discuss his fate

ANCWL urges Magashule to humble himself and stop damaging the already weakened ruling party

Afr(Ind)ian Fiction: Reckoning with belonging

A collaboration featuring Dhruv Sodha, Shailesh Pillay, Muhammad Dawjee and Othnell Mangoma Moyo has lifted up the musicians’ individuality

‘W Cape, fix unplaced pupils crisis’

Civil rights organisations want the department to find a permanent solution to the problem

Education department to run campaign against bullying

Incidents of violence and bullying at schools have been on the spotlight recently

Adam Habib’s bullying antics go on abroad

His demeaning behaviour at Wits was publicly exposed – yet forgiven – in London

Semenya magic rubs off on Glenrose Xaba

Long-distance runner Glenrose Xaba ran the third-fastest time by a South African woman on home soil, winning the SA Half-Marathon

IPL cricket stars scramble to escape Covid-hit India

The Indian Premier League has finally been abandoned in the face of the staggering number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in India

Hugo Broos tapped to resuscitate Bafana

The Belgian has promised to build a younger, hungrier side, as he previously did when he managed the Indomitable Lions

The Covid-19 crisis facing India’s prisoners

Political prisoners in India, many of whom are awaiting trial, face abysmal conditions in far-flung, overcrowded jails. Now they are threatened with infection without access to healthcare

India is being pulverised by a second Covid-19 wave

Oxygen, hospital bed and medication shortages have left thousands dead. But the ruling party lets millions gather at religious festivals and remains on the campaign trail

Killing in the name of blasphemy

Pakistan’s harsh laws against religious profanity are being abused to settle personal and political scores, leading to an alarming rise in convictions and even murder

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