Unembargoed: Mail & Guardian January 12 to 18

Slice of life: Science for a better future

‘I want to show them that science is not boring — especially for the girls, because sometimes boys have an advantage.’

JZ sets conditions if he’s to go

The president’s supporters say his closest allies and preferred successor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, must stay.

Concerted push to fill ANC vacancies

Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga need to fill spots created by provincial leaders have been elected to ANC’s top six.

De Lille to fight on till bitter end

Cape Town’s mayor remains defiant as DA brass consider taking back the city’s reins

Would-be students scramble to enrol

Teens from outlying provinces brave the big city’s cruelties in the hope of bagging a prized university spot, knowing that nothing is certain.

CPS slaps Sassa with R1bn claim

Nearing the end of its tenure to disburse grants, the company is calling in an old- and lage- debt.

‘Mining will remove the intestines of our land’

Residents fear that mining will lead to the displacement of families, the destruction of the environment and, most crucially, the permanent elimination of the thriving subsistence and small-scale commercial farming economy.

Motata misconduct tribunal to get under way at last

Motata is one of seven judges who face impeachment inquiries but whose cases have languished unresolved for years

Zuma’s failures drive Cyril’s rural campaign

The ANC leader is on a charm offensive on JZ’s turf, but it will take jobs to win over the locals

Robo-cases to roll travellers into the future

Self-driving cars may take a while to arrive, but the self-driving suitcase is here now.

BHEKISISA:

‘The I in LGBTI stands for invisible, ignored’

Limited knowledge of what it means to be intersex has fostered a sense of shame

Will Egypt’s law bend it’s rising tide of drug use?

The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country’s opioid epidemic

Don’t believe the hype: The rise and fall of a perfectly good contraceptive?

Why the rumour mill may have killed the demand for SA’s latest scientifically proven birth-control implant

AFRICA:

Sudan’s state-supported smugglers

The Sudanese government has received more than $250-million from the EU to stem the flow of migrants. At the same time, government officials are colluding with smugglers and human traffickers

International aid profits Senegal’s women

Programmes to promote gender equality and counter poverty gain around

‘I just couldn’t argue back’

Kenyan journalists say sexual harassment in newsrooms is an everyday occurrence

BUSINESS:

Silence shrouds Steinhoff saga

Major investors and bondholders are waiting anxiously, as the company needs to produce financials by the end of January if its shares are to continue trading

Anyone got R20bn for Eskom?

Lynne Brown’s continued failure to address the crisis facing the utility is driving the entire country to the brink

Debt collection’s not a dream job

The really tough business of smooth talking money from empty pockets

Pearls of wisdom hide ugly truths

A study of pink plastic pearls shows that Africa will have to make big sacrifices if its children are to be employed

Consumers’ credit health shows signs of recovery

Times may appear tough, with troublesome politics and lacklustre economic growth but most consumers, judging by the extent to which they defaulted on their credit obligations, showed signs of improved credit health over the past year.

FRIDAY:

Snapshots of a living poem

Bra Willie, until the last conversation I had with him, had the childlike generosity of thinking the best of people unless and until they proved him wrong.

A poet laureate, a servant of the people

The post has become firmly entrenched but times have changed, suggesting new directions and ideas

A song of constant beginnings

The poet’s biographer on how he brought together the African and diasporic traditions of resistance and art

Beauty in struggle

Jazz and the fight for freedom were central to his life and poetry

And thus do I salute him

The poet fought injustice, wherever he found it and became a key figure in the ANC-in-exile’s arts and culture department

Younger poets mourn a master

He played a significant role in the emergence of post-1994 poetry

COMMENT & ANALYSIS:

SA’s crisis needs a democratic resolution

A return to elitism will not enable the development of a viable society or secure a democratic future.

JZ issue is only one of Cyril’s headaches

‘Zuma looked diminished because he is diminished — his 11th-hour decision to appoint a judicial probe into state capture, which he has resisted for more than a year, is indicative of his weakened position.’

Tribunal left an invaluable legacy

But whether the international hearings on crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia have brought lasting peace to the Balkans is not yet clear.

It’s time to get real about free higher education

As populist politics threatens to derail another academic year it is time to sit back and reflect on practical reality.

New year, new classism

Healthy living has become a ‘virtuous’ vehicle for conspicuous consumption 

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