/ 25 June 2018

Unembargoed: June 22 to 28

All articles in the M&G are now free to read online.
All articles in the M&G are now free to read online.

#MiniMeToo breaks long silences

The campaign and a new Concourt judgment offer survivors a chance at justice

Former execs claim R30m from KPMG

Lawsuit reveals the extent to which two ex-directors were indebted to VBS Mutual Bank

Is maths any of their beeswax?

The humble honeybee is catching up to humans in the arithmetic game, but there is quite literally nothing to worry about

Papa Penny the populist for premier?

Celebrity politics rears its bouffant head as the flamboyant musician eyes the top job in Limpopo

Ex-health MEC in R1bn graft probe

Gauteng’s embattled health department is even more sickly than thought, according to a report

The judge, the big payout and the dodgy service provider

A ‘secret’ R60m settlement involving Prasa puts the competency of its former chair under scrutiny

‘This is for Madiba,’ says new premier

North West’s new leader, Job Mokgoro, says skills hold the key to the province’s prosperity

Ace’s hand is a tight fist for litigious party members

Members of the ANC who take the party to court could find themselves having to pay hefty legal bills in future, if ANC secretary general Ace Magashule has his way.

Cosatu’s new KZN leaders take on Ingonyama

The Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal wants people who live on land controlled by the Ingonyama Trust to be given individual land tenure rights

Toughen up party funding Bill, NGOs say

Secret donations may soon be a thing of the past if civil society groups get their way in Parliament

Angry NUM members vow to boo Cyril over Eskom woes

NUM members also intended to voice their anger at Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, who was meant to address the conference but instead travelled overseas

Slice of life: ‘I felt that I had done my job’

‘To develop the economy, one needs to invest in entrepreneurs, which is what the start-up that I work for aims to do’

Eight universities get full LLB accreditation; five more in the balance

Universities that faced the risk of losing their accreditation for the bachelor of laws (LLB) qualification — because the programme did not meet the required standards set by the Council on Higher Education — are off the hook.

Not wanted here, there or anywhere

As eThekwini tries to evict transit camp residents, some say it was to retaliate against land activists

Tussle for top posts in Limpopo

Candidates with dubious track records and calls for young leaders are part of the election build-up

A shaky start to Limpopo hearings

Proposals to amend the Restitution of Land Rights Act have been labelled a ‘political tick-box exercise’ by community members

Reparations row dogs petrol giant

Wentworth residents want Engen to invest more in their community and give them permanent jobs

Trans toilet access still a struggle

Transgender students in South Africa face fear and sexual harassment when they are forced to use gender-specific facilities at their institutions.


Not a school in sight – Autistic children travel 500km to learn

A mother’s love led her to South Africa to find a school for her son with autism

Proposed laws may cost medical aids billions

Copayments could soon be a thing of the past as draft legislation, gazetted on Thursday, is likely to hit medical aid schemes and brokers to free up more cash for healthcare delivery.


Mozambique’s mysterious insurgency

An Islamist insurgency in Mozambique’s volatile north has sparked political conspiracy theories

Like Shazam, but for malaria

An award-winning new invention could replace expensive blood tests in the future

South Sudan on brink of new famine

Aid workers hope that with massive effort a humanitarian disaster can be avoided


Another day, another data breach

Liberty is just the latest in a growing list of targets, heightening the urgency to protect information

Mutual bank eyes niche markets

What may be SA’s first female black-owned bank is due to disrupt the sector by targeting hawkers and taxi drivers

Emerging markets in trade war crossfire

The rand took a beating this week as it reached lows last seen six months ago and edged dangerously close to the R14-to-the-dollar mark. Experts believe this could only get worse because global and local markets are forecast to remain volatile

Jo’burg’s waste war heats up

Informal waste reclaimers say that separation at source deprives them of their hard-won livelihood

Glass straws and fresh produce help zap plastic waste

Although some major retailers and fast-food outlets have announced that they will be reducing their plastic footprint over the next few years, at least one restaurant group in Johannesburg is already doing so.

Brics bank fails to live up to hype

The New Development Bank is facing questions about the transparency and fairness of its loans

Saving is key to a healthy economy

Given this economic uncertainty, households should save during boom times so that they can survive during a recession


Best not to rely on fickle donors

If art organisations and governments do not realise their worth, they will forever be at the mercy of some donor funders

On our Lists this week: The Carters, Ornette Coleman, and Dr John

In between working on Friday copy, this is what the team reads, listens to and watches.

The Weekend Guide

For good vibes and an Arts fix, don’t miss this.

‘The ear learns to appreciate’

It took years for Ayanda Sikade to release the album Movements, which secures his place in the jazz idiom

The sky’s the limit for ‘DIY’ Eagle

The young rapper dubbed ’Africa’s greatest artist’ is blazing a trail for his fellow indie musicians

Beyoncé and co paint the Louvre proudly black

About a week ago, Beyoncé and Jay Z released their joint album, Everything is Love, while on stage during the European leg of their On the Run II tour.

Rappetti reveals her many selves

Growing up as mixed race robbed her of a solid identity, but the celebrated journalist writes of how she embraced the beauty of her complexity

Forging self-love from trauma

Poems by two fierce young feminist voices make the case for demanding pleasure without guilt

Imperial era’s toxic masculinity in focus

So much has been written about the Jameson Raid as a key moment in South African history, particularly as part of the run-up to the South African War of 1899 to 1902, that it’s hard to imagine a fresh contribution to the raid’s historiography. Yet Charles van Onselen has done it.

Migration permeates film fest

The European Film Festival is stepping away from gentility to highlight the continent’s burning issues


SuperSport has a chance to get it right

The law can only find that there is no proof of racism, but it is a useful tool for a company that has no will to inspect its organisational culture

EDITORIAL: A very sick health dept

This is not the first time this newspaper or others have reported on this blatant corruption, and in great detail.

EDITORIAL: South Africa, like the US, also locks up migrants

Today, at the first Nazi concentration camp opened in Dachau in 1933 — shortly after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany — the words “Never again” are emblazoned on a striking memorial as a succinct but chilling warning to future generations.

Letters to the Editor June 22 to 28

Our readers write in about unlocking youth power and the evolution of the school curriculum

When the penalty is death

The locals call it cancer valley — and there are few safe places to kick a football around

The great riddance

Security now matters more than freedom and the increased ‘borderisation’ of Europe renders those seeking refuge from their troubled homelands subhuman and vulnerable to being hunted down

Development key to effective land reform

Secure tenure in rural areas, access to urban land and educating new farmers will help policy succeed

Africa’s youth, brimming with potential, must be nurtured

Although Africa has the highest proportion of young people, it has the highest prevalence of hunger

Panicky EFF sinks into gutter of racism

Moves to right the state capture ship have taken the wind out of its sails, so it wreaks havoc elsewhere

But when will we see the money?

Risk-versus-reward uncertainty hamstrings any Ramaphoric investment rush

Underage, marginalised, married

The phenomenon of child brides amounts to state-sanctioned statutory rape

FIFTH COLUMN: Spanner in the rubber tree works

“This is a true story. It’s about how Henry Ford, the pioneering industrialist, was defeated in one of his grand schemes — by a caterpillar.”

The future world of work is changing

And young people must be equipped with the skills they will need to succeed in their careers

What we teach must be relevant

“If we do not change the way we teach our children, we will be in big trouble in 30 years”

Edtech needs to bridge the divide

Problems such as cost and inadequate teacher support reduce its availability to all schools


Do World Cup rituals help along victory?

Many football players arrive on the pitch with weird, wonderful and wacky superstitions

England may plod to glory

With no superstars and little expectation of victory, the Three Lions might pull off a shocker

Winners need a devil in the detail

This year’s World Cup is proving that the best footballers must have the evil eye as well as boring old ball skills

(Dis)united Africa stumbles at the start

Africa’s travails at the World Cup have long been a beguiling sub-plot. Every four years we watch in anticipation that this will be the tournament to go that one step further. 


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