Unembargoed: Mail & Guardian February 2 to 8
Seeing successful black women rocking different hairdos that I’d never seen before planted the love of hair into my soul.
President Jacob Zuma is adamant he will deliver his State of the Nation address on Thursday, despite calls for him to step down.
Going off script, the secretary general is mollifying the fortified Zuma faction in the province instead of working to bring the opposing sides together.
Whether it’s through the opposition or the ANC itself, the road to Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address it littered with potholes.
A pastor and residents in informal settlements are opening their hearts to destitute children
The Civil Union Act was a huge step forward for equality in South Africa, allowing same-sex couples to get married.
But because of one “constitutionally unacceptable” proviso, couples are being turned away by the department of home affairs.
Western Cape Democratic Alliance leader Bonginkosi Madikizela says the party’s federal executive made an about-turn on Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s future because it could no longer impose her on caucus members who wanted her out.
Opposing camps of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and President Jacob Zuma supporters are squaring off in the Western Cape, each intent on installing their preferred candidate.
The queues are growing and tempers are raising at a natural water source at the foot of Table Mountain.
A panel wants the treasury to take over paying social grants as the agency can’t get its act together.
MultiChoice chief executive Calvo Mawela was clear — there had been “mistakes”.
In the first minutes of describing an investigation into his company’s relationship with the Gupta-created news channel ANN7, Mawela used that word five times.
But students are wary that they’ll bare the brunt and that the university won’t be held accountable.
The deputy minister has admitted to arranging a meeting between the Prasa boss and Tony Gupta.
A judgment highlights the Gauteng social development department’s illicit doings.
Vaping may raise the risk of cancer because it leads to DNA damage, even though it contains fewer carcinogens than tobacco smoke, a United States study has found.
Two farming towns in the Eastern Cape might have to face their Day Zero before Cape Town. The only dam supplying the area is at a critical level, and the sinking of boreholes is being hampered by a rocky and mountainous terrain.
The boycotters say the film inaccurately reflects initiation. Other call their reaction homophobia.
The #LifeEsidimeni tragedy has revealed the Gauteng government’s inner workers, leading one doctor to say, ‘If this is how things are run … God help us all.’
Two men claim the title, so will the real Kenyan president please stand up?
When the M&G speaks to Kenyan reporter Larry Madowo on Thursday morning, he’s at his office in the Nation Centre in Nairobi. He slept there on Wednesday night, along with his Nation Media Group colleagues Linus Kaikai and Ken Mijungu – although none of them got much sleep.
The African Union’s ‘spy’ computers show that aid always comes with strings attached.
Forgotten by history, the ancient city of Raphta is among Africa’s most enduring archaeological mysteries. But a barnacle-encrusted wall, submerged in turbulent waters off Tanzania’s Mafia Island, may be all that remains of it.
Passengers, fasten your seatbelts: African aviation is finally for take off. Amid much fanfare, the Single African Air Transport Market was launched, three decades after the idea was first approved.
Tensions between South Africa and Rwanda over African Union reforms threaten to derail plans to make the continental body more effective and self-sufficient.
JP Vester was right about African Bank and Steinhoff but disagrees with VIceroy’s latests report.
The former civil servant who turned around the Land Bank has a much bigger job ahead.
For many South Africans, a house is the only asset of value they may ever own. Government feels this wealth should be preserved and that these houses could then be left to the children of the initial beneficiaries of the RDP programme. On paper this sounds charitable but the reality is that this assumes a one-size-fits-all plan.
Cape Town without water could have a calamitous effect on South Africa’s economy, economists and water experts say.
After a long silence over the Steinhoff International saga, which cost investors R200-billion after reports of alleged fraud emerged, investigators are now kicking up the dust.
The ‘man boy of all ages’ was one of the very best that SOuth Africa — and the world — had ever had.
Like the meteorite Thandiswa Mazwai dreamed of before hearing of his passing, he was a celestial creative force but also her beloved ‘industry dad’.
Bra Hugh is the embodiment of a household name precisely because, in and through his work, we share unforgettable encounters as if he had visited people’s homes.
It’s hard for me to talk about jazz without talking about my father or contrasting the music to growing up ekasi.
I had to come, and came from the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on my way back home to Accra, so I could express my condolences to Barbara and his family in person.
I first came to South Africa during the time of apartheid in the 1980s. There was a crackdown on journalists trying to enter the country. I came there on a tourist visa.
For many of us, Masekela had the consistent forward momentum of a train. As he put it so memorably in Stimela: A-chugging, and a pumping, and a smoking
It is now common coin that the past is never a thing of the past. It is passed down and around like a gourd of beer or any kwaai piece of music.
COMMENT & ANALYSIS
The longer Zuma stays in office and in the public eye, and the closer the country gets to the polls, the more the ANC bleeds.
Unwritten stories have piled up like corruption counts against Daddy, our soon to be former head of state. Deadline day is upon both Daddy and myself
Lessons on organisational transformation indicate that, often, when brands fail to live up to their values and ultimately fall out of favour, they undergo a creative destruction.
Africa, with a youth population that is reportedly greater than that of any other part of the world, has a unique advantage and opportunity to mine and harness the potential and spirit of its young people. But there are significant threats facing them.
Activists say the government may be investing in the wrong female condom
The South African Communist Party has lowered its red flag in honour of a gallant stalwart of the struggle for liberation and social emancipation, Rica Hodgson.
Understanding migrations and age dynamics can address placement problems.
Switching to second-language teaching to early places pupils at a great disadvantage.
Uhuru Kenyatta insists that he is the legitimate president of Kenya. He is right. The inauguration stunt pulled this week by opposition leader Raila Odinga has no legal foundation.
When MultiChoice chief executive Calvo Mawela addressed the media this week, he was contrite. There had been “mistakes”, he said.
Our readers respond to “State, amakhosi and residents at odds over tribal land”, and write about living in South Africa.
Wenger’s new striker made it impossible for his precious club Borussia Dortmund to keep him.
England’s Premier League clubs have spent more money than ever in the January transfer window, with initial estimates suggesting they had reached £450‑million (R7.6‑billion) by deadline day.