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Kidnapping in Mayfair: Claims and counterclaims

More revelations in multimillion-rand Mayfair kidnapping

Bad data: No, VW Polo drivers aren’t the worst in South Africa

The headlines vilifying one group of drivers miss the point about an important road safety report.

A BIG deal: Universal income support could resuscitate South Africa’s economy — report

A basic income grant could add 0.5% to GDP growth by 2025, according to a report commissioned by the National Economic Development and Labour Council.

Public protector to investigate president

ANC MP Mervyn Dirks has asked Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate Ramaphosa’s ‘failure to report corruption’

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The DRC’s surrendered rebels are left in limbo

Former Democratic Republic of the Congo militia fighters housed in sordid conditions, such as at camp Mubambiro, are protesting their living conditions

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

Reserve Bank lifts rates again as high inflation takes its toll

The monetary policy committee has voted to lift the repo rate by another 25 basis points as advanced economies mull policy tightening

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

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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