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This week's M&G is now free to read.

This week's M&G is now free to read.

Zuma allies to come out in full force

The Defend Zuma campaign will kick into top gear at the former president’s court appearance

‘Her banishment, our blessing’

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s seven years in Brandfort conscientised a community

Slice of Life: Guarding uMam’Winnie’s legacy

“In every job I’ve done I’ve been connected to uMam’ Winnie.”

Mbongweni village mourns the loss of the Sisana

Her family recalls her determination, fund and kindness when she visited home

Party funding regulator trips up over costs

The IEC may not be ready to implement new political party funding laws until after next year’s general elections because of inadequate fundings and staff capacity

Maimane punts DA’s nonracialism

Federal congress will grasp race nettles: a diversity clause and black delegates’ under-representation

‘My victory should help all women’

Vindicated former Imperial executive hopes her case will give female workers the courage to speak out

CEO jumps ship as Ingonyama board sinks deeper into trouble

The ITB, which controls nearly three million hectares of land on behalf of King Goodwill Zwelithini, is battling for its survival

How the ANC betrayed Winnie

The party that is not giving her a special official funeral once shunned her as a ‘wayward charlatan’

Stompie burnt into Winnie legacy

No testimony provided in the court and TRC hearings nailed her to the murders she was accused of

Memories of mama keep the past alive

The liberation struggle’s most fearless fighter is remembered by comrades and strangers alike

Veterans get a room to call ‘home’

Military Veteran’s Association steps in after the M&G highlights the plight of freedom fighters

Former exile’s dream of her own home dies with her

Ayanda Christine Bako suffered from complex post-traumatic stress syndrome from her days as a freedom fighter. It was made worse by conditions once she got back home

Kruger’s contested borderlands

An anti-poaching buffer zone in Mozambique has led to a company being accused of grabbing land

HEALTH:

Nurses fighting at the frontlines – with no weapons

Nurses have huge responsibility, but little authority. Here’s what needs to change

Needles push wave of moral panic

Misconceptions about HIV infection and drug users could shut down Durban’s only programme trying to curb the spread of the virus.

AFRICA:

The soldiers who won’t fight

Many of Mali’s soldiers aren’t prepared to risk their lives fighting in the north of the country. One deserter explains why

Mnangagwa rekindles his Beijing romance

As Zimbabwe regains a degree of stability, expect China to ramp up investment there

Rival challenges Sierra Leone presidential poll results

Sierra Leone’s opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio secured his first term in office as a civilian Wednesday when he was declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off – but his opponent vowed to contest the result.

Ethiopia’s slow-motion revolution

The new prime minister is a decisive break from the past, but will he keep pushing for reform?

BUSINESS:

Sagarmatha, Survé’s perilous peak

Analysts doubt the listing of media assets will succeed. But will the PIC provide the funds?

VAT not all bad news

In an attempt to keep customers, retialers will absorb some of the hike — for a while

Eskom unplugs fears of load shedding

About a quarter of its generation capacity is out of commission but power utility Eskom says it does not expect load-shedding this winter

Sharp practice in the shade

Loopholes and delay tactics allow bogus owners to get rent for buildings in legal limbo

Honey not all sweetness and light

As demand for honey booms, local producers can’t compete with cheaper imports and the use of additives results in consumers being cheated

FRIDAY:

For Winnie

Milisuthando Bongela attempts to put into words who it is that has died

Of the road less travelled on an Easter weekend

Although Zukiswa Wanner and her loved ones missed the church service, it was a memorable Easter weekend

Colouring the white cube

Grada Kilomba’s work traces the history of the black diaspora, exploring difference but also finding sameness

Playwright opens file on OR Tambo the dictator

Pushing past fears of creating a critical dialogue about the ANC’s revered leader, a new conversation opens

Uncovering a family’s truth

Hitting home: During its recent State Theatre run, Sello Maseko’s musical ‘Angola’ struck a chord with many South Africans whose loved ones harbour secrets and trauma about the armed struggle.

Inextricable link between jazz and fashion

Bonded by history as much as the present, the two genres of expression work together effortlessly

Soweto shines in short stories

Niq Mhlongo on writing about the present with a nod to the past, and the slices of life that sit waiting on every pavement of his childhood home

How Egyptian Lover charmed the 808

Egyptian Lover says it’s the sound of the 808 drum machine that keeps people partying to his music

COMMENT & ANALYSIS:

Reimagining an unburdened Winnie

It is no mistake that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the subject of the poetry of one of the finest American poets, Gwendolyn Brooks, who also happened to be a black woman.

Editorial: Respect women, in Winnie’s name

It would be a dishonour to the life of a remarkable human being to demand hagiography. But it is only right to demand honesty.

Editorial: DA at a critical juncture

The DA has certainly grown but it also has to confront the challenges that come with counting many more among your numbers.

Letters to the editor

Readers write in about getting the context of the bible right, South Africa’s response to the Australian cricket scandal, and being more positive in your outlook.

I dug Winnie, she stood her ground

Daddy did too, finding time to visit her family while his own reckoning looms

The liberal licence to kill

The liberal public sphere is still unwilling to accord equal weight to all human lives

We need our foreign doctors

Yet these skilled professionals are discriminated against by their colleagues

FIFTH COLUMN: Zuck and I– Facebook friends forever

Yes, it finally happened: the whole world ditched Facebook and it’s just me and Mark Zuckerberg left. Why did I stay, you ask? Well, if Zuckerberg accepts your friend request, you don’t leave.

Build co-operation into school sector

Streamlined delivery chains are needed, as is the ability to construct safe infrastructure

Embrace the ecological university

It has an ethical concern to help people coexist and to understand each other and society

SPORT:

City overcome by Liverpool spirit

The Reds triumphed in their first Champions League quarter-final in nine years

Protests over ‘stolen wealth’

Aboriginal activists use Commonwealth Games to draw attention to plight of Oz’s first people

Maritzburg miracle thunders on

Maritzburg’s coach is hoping to reboot the team’s winning streak when they take on Cape Town City

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