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Constitutional court confirms warrantless searches in cordoned off areas unconstitutional

The law was challenged in response to raids in inner Johannesburg seemingly targeting illegal immigrants and the highest court has pronounced itself 10 days before an election in which then mayor Herman Mashaba has campaigned on an anti-foreigner ticket

A blunt Mantashe makes no promises during election campaigning

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe told people in Daveyton to stop expecting handouts from the government

Mbeki: Social compact the answer to promises made in ANC election manifesto

Former president Thabo Mbeki urged business and government and society to work together to tackle issues such as poverty, unemployment and poor services and infrastructure

South Africa needs to make pension system more inclusive, study says

South Africa’s pension system is ranked 31st out of 43 countries, receiving a C-grade which indicates major risks and shortcomings that should be addressed

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Defend journalists and media freedom in Eswatini

Journalists are censored through cruel and illegitimate detention, torture and the removal of means to disseminate information to citizens crying – and dying – for it

Ugandan teachers turn to coffin-making after schools close

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the country’s schools closing and teachers being left without jobs

‘These people are barbarians’: Police torture in Southern Africa

In Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe torture is used to extract information, elicit confessions, punish or sometimes for sadistic reasons

Hawkish Reserve Bank sees South Africa edge towards a rates hike

Analysts say the Reserve Bank could start tightening monetary policy as early as next month

R1.5-billion in funding approved for riot-hit businesses

Agencies emphasise that speed is crucial to rescuing firms affected by July’s unrest

South Africa’s mothballed ‘supermall-ification’ sets strip malls up for success

Analysts agree that the country has enough malls and that, post-Covid, the convenience of local centres lure customers

Data shows EFF has lower negative sentiment online among voters than DA and ANC

The EFF has a stronger online presence than the ANC and Democratic Alliance

Former spy boss Fraser objects to Zondo’s nomination as chief justice

The former director general of intelligence’s character assassination of the deputy chief justice is straight out of the Zuma playbook

Special Investigating Unit to oppose efforts to reject Mkhize report

Former health minister Zweli Mkhize seeks relief to declare the SIU’s conduct against him ‘unlawful and unconstitutional

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Open City: The art of invading Jo’burg

FNB Art Joburg director Mandla Sibeko speaks to Kwanele Sosibo about this year’s Open City, during which unlikely spots are turned into art spaces

What is the best way to train South Africa’s teachers?

The apparent benefits of the internship model need to be offset by operational, political and academic challenges

Learners and parents: How to beat end-of-year exam stress

A student wellness consultant gives advice on how to cope with – and overcome – examination anxiety

Four lessons from youth work initiative

There is a terrific opportunity to leverage interventions such as public works programmes in a cohesive youth employment strategy

Lucas Radebe: ‘My football career began behind my parents’ back’

Soccer legend Lucas ‘Rhoo’ Radebe is a busy man, but he made time in his hectic schedule to speak to Ntombizodwa Makhoba about his fondest childhood memories, how his soccer career began, and, as a father of eight, his legacy

Agnes Tirop’s blossoming cut short by brutal murder

Like so many victims of domestic and gender-based violence, the star Kenyan road runner was killed in her home, robbing her of what seemed like a rosy future in world athletics

How Italy got ahead in the sprints

Lamont Marcell Jacobs is an unlikely star to take over from Usain Bolt. But those who have been following his and Italy’s athletics progress weren’t surprised that they won Olympic gold

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies aged 84

The 84-year-old died as a result of complications from Covid-19

Beirut blast investigator forced to pause probe a second time

The 4 August 2020 explosion at Beirut port killed more than 200 people, wounded thousands more and destroyed swathes of the capital.

Macron announces €30bn plan to re-industrialise France

French officials believe that France needs to act rapidly to close the gap and not surrender more ground to emerging powers, notably China.

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