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Why lawyers argue the case for a Madlanga constitutional court

The brilliance of Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga’s mind and his transformative judgments can prove salutary at a time when the judiciary is under populist attack, his peers hope.

Solidarity vs University of Free State in vaccine mandate court case

The union wants the court to decide whether the policy of enforcing vaccinations at UFS holds water.

Informal waste collection shouldn’t let plastic polluters off the hook

The image of plastic recycling as the solution to plastic pollution is perpetuated by statistics that highlight successes, which are communicated in tonnes and percentages that are difficult to visualise.

Millions of rand lost as SANDF returns unauthorised Cuban Covid-19 drug

Remedial action against officials suspected of wrongdoing must be taken, says the ministerial task team investigating the defence department

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Economic Freedom Fighters turn on foreign nationals

Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters have joined the anti-black immigrant chorus, demonising those from countries such as Zimbabwe.

Red Cross makes first medical delivery to Tigray since September

The ICRC said the urgently-needed supplies and essential drugs, which were flown in, would be distributed to facilities across Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray

‘I was jailed for doing journalism – and the nightmare is not over’

Eight months ago, the Zimbabwean government arrested Jeffrey Moyo after he worked with colleagues from The New York Times reporting on Zimbabwe. His next court date is 14 February

Bonang Mohale: South Africa has all the markings of a failed state

The former Business Leadership SA chief executive and current chancellor of the University of the Free State highlighted unemployment as the biggest problem to address

Trends that will revolutionise the retail sector in 2022

From social selling and greenwashing to downtrading, analysts outline 2022 trends for the retail sector

World Economic Forum: ‘2022 will be like navigating an obstacle course’

Central banks massively underestimated inflation risks as economies bounced back from the pandemic-induced slump

Winde does not rule out criminal charges against suspended Western Cape MEC Fritz

An independent legal counsel will investigate allegations made against the Democratic Alliance’s Fritz, and criminal charges are not out of the question

Fritz scandal casts another shadow over DA in the Western Cape

Good party sees political advantage after the suspension of a ‘low-profile’ figure in local government

EFF axes Limpopo leaders over poor poll performance

The party lost 25 council seats in what was one of its strongholds

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International Day of Education: Countries set realistic goals for 2030

The original sustainable development goal for education treated all countries as equal; however, global targets have now been localised, providing a more realistic framework

Covid-19 can catalyse better education for all

Digital access to materials can be the equaliser needed for post-pandemic learning recovery.

Answer to youth unemployment lies in digital skill development

Had our institutions been keeping up with the fourth industrial revolution and providing skills training, our corporates would be happy to employ their graduates.

Afcon: Ghana’s Black Stars need a fresh start and a long-term plan

Ghana have failed to reach the Afcon’s knockout stages for the first time since 2006. With the World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, some soul-searching is required if they are to go to Qatar.

Motsepe blames closed gate for Afcon tragedy

A child was among the dead, while 38 were injured as fans attempted to enter the Olembe Stadium where the hosts Cameroon were playing the Comoros, according to figures released by the country's health ministry.

Eight dead in Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon stadium crush

Cameroonian President Paul Biya ordered an investigation into the tragedy that occurred on Monday as crowds attempted to enter the Olembe Stadium in the capital Yaounde to watch the host nation play the Comoros

Kremlin says sanctions on Putin would be ‘destructive’

"Politically, it's not painful, it's destructive," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, after US President Joe Biden threatened personal measures against the Russian leader over the crisis.

IMF urges El Salvador to remove bitcoin as legal tender

The small Central American nation in September became the first country in the world to embrace the digital money, allowing consumers to use it in all transactions, alongside the US dollar.

UK PM Johnson fights back after defection

Wednesday's defection of Conservative Christian Wakeford to Labour served as a reminder of the high stakes at play, with the opposition party surging in opinion polls.

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