Unembargoed: August 24 to 30

All the articles in this week's M&G are now free to read

All the articles in this week's M&G are now free to read

ANC divided over Reserve Bank

EFF tries to force the ruling party’s hand to make the central bank state-owned

Zuma ally up for key post on Zondo probe

The advocate was part of a high-profile group who trashed the public protector’s Nkandla report

Red tape before revelations

Technical terms and a grim outline of systemic abuse defined the start of the state capture inquiry

SOEs’ battle with treasury exposed

Documents give a taste of the parastatals’ resistance to probes that will reveal state capture

Gauteng agriculture department to ditch security firm

The Gauteng department of agriculture and rural development intends to terminate its contract with a controversial security services company.

Slice of life: You never know who is watching

‘There are many football players in South Africa who have the talent to represent South Africa at a national level, but they chose me’

The Vaal remains up shit creek

Budgetary constraints have resulted in a plan that won’t cope with Sedibeng’s sewage flow

W Cape leader ‘unfit’ to be premier

DA insiders say he will be up against Alan Winde and David Maynier for premier position

Sassa: The more things change …

The social development minister is following in the footsteps of her predecessor

Why gay porn appeals to women

Heterosexual porn displays women ‘being fucked’ by men and it’s demeaning

Sanco divided ahead of poll

The suspension of an official and accusations of corruption have racked the civic body

Housing schemes regulator goes from bad to worse

The CSOS said the two were alleged to have been grossly negligent by investing surplus funds with VBS

The battle for restitution in Alex is never-ending

It’s not only the original property owners but also young people who dream about land

Beaufort West runs out of water

The Western Cape municipality is distributing two five-litre containers a day to homes in Beaufort West.

Student activists demand a TRC

#FeesMustFall students convicted of crimes ask for a truth and reconciliation amnesty process

The unbearable lightness of being

M&G’s doomsday reporter has returned from his sabbatical seeking that elusive silver lining

HEALTH:

Could you swap your therapist’s couch for virtual sessions?

A dearth of mental health professionals is leading some people to get creative about counselling

Find out which province is the only one with a plan when it comes to HIV

Almost a year after South Africa tasked provinces with developing HIV and TB plans, only the Free State has a finalised strategy.

AFRICA:

‘Ghetto president’ rattles Uganda

Musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine may be the most serious threat to President Yoweri Museveni’s continued stay in State House

Once upon a time in Benin…

At an annual festival, griots pass on stories to younger generations to keep their history alive

The boy who walked again

Conflict in CAR has left thousands of people without limbs. A new prosthetics centre is helping a lucky few to get back on their feet

BUSINESS:

Crime plays after Tom crippled Sars

Officials reveal the extent of the damage to the revenue service by the commissioner’s neutering of it

State eyes Transnet debt

A qualified audit and a surge in irregular expenditure again highlights the risk parastatals pose

Betting on Elon’s a risky business

The erratic capitalist may joke about taking a chill pill but investors are viewing his antics with alarm

Drop in capital expenditure

Capital expenditure is money spent on acquiring, maintaining or improving assets such as land, buildings, vehicles and equipment.

Rural areas need change of mind-set

Densification of the towns would improve service delivery and local business should be stimulated

COMMENT & ANALYSIS:

Weekly Mail drew a line on censorship

In the 1980s, the apartheid state imposed successive states of emergency, including censorship of the media

EDITORIAL: Call corruption by its name: Murder

Sewage is infrastructure. Infrastructure requires a lot of planning and takes a long time to build.
When things go wrong it isn’t an accident. Someone has decided to let that happen.

EDITORIAL: Ugly power of whiteness

Racism does not just exist in spurts of verbal activity like that of Catzavelos’s alone. It exists within the system that has catapulted a menace like Trump to become president of the US.

Land reform – and how to keep your head

Brian Whittaker explains how expropriation without compensation will require careful management by the state

A bunny can’t stand up to Sanco

It was meant to keep the ANC honest but has become another victim of Zuma’s toxic legacy

Land tenure is the foundation of people’s security

For most of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rare luxury.

SADC fiddles while the DRC burns

The inept regional organisation needs to recognise the fire and take steps to extinguish it

Military ignored Mosul war-wounded

In ridding the city of the Islamic State, its health system was gutted, affecting 1.8-million residents

Municipal reports need to be public-friendly

Citizens want to know how government, at all levels, is spending their money

SA waits on information regulator

The process of setting up the new body to help safeguard our democracy has met with obstacles

Trolls drive  ‘culture of shame’

Women in the media are targeted by abusers and it is resulting in self-censorship

FIFTH COLUMN: Celebrate! It’s in the bag

‘‘The world’s attitude towards plastic is changing. It could be too late but it’s changing’

Let us create truly caring institutions

The inquiry into Bongani Mayosi’s death must ‘water the tree of transformation’ at UCT

FRIDAY:

The chores that made us

When it comes to iSintu, which I interpret as the daily practice of uBuntu, it created and maintained the framework of chores

On our lists this week

Prodigal Daughters, Sisters of the Yam, Difela tsa Sione, The Baggage Reclaim Sessions

This weekend

The Jozi Book Fair, StrEAT Food & Comedy Festival, Woke Arts Gathering, Imbawula, Trans, Done to Death

A quiet partner in revolution

She was reticent but Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe’s story of her place in the liberation struggle is emerging

Arundhati Roy: Brilliant, troubled and troubling

The acclaimed author unwittingly finds herself in disputed territory but she sticks to her principles and keeps on fighting

How Aretha Franklin found her voice

Vocal juggernaut. Social activist. Artistic collaborator. Diva.

BCM women led from the front

The goal of black consciousness was social and psychological liberation for both sexes

Safi Faye’s eye on the everyday

Pioneering director’s female-centred pictures deserve wider recognition

Hamadi pulls DRC into global focus

Kinshasa Makambo follows three activists fighting against Kabila, personalising the country’s pain

The other side of the cell

There are so many stories about women who were detained for their fight for freedom from apartheid. But what of the women who were employed to guard the detained activists during this time of struggle?

Motuba hits the mother lode

More of a sound experimenter than a singer, Gabi Motuba spent three years carefully crafting her debut

SPORT:

King Kohli is back on top

The 29-year-old scored 97 and 103 when India beat England by 203 runs in the third Test at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge on Wednesday, reducing the hosts’ lead in a five-match series to 2-1.

A match made in Ireland

Ancient roots and legendary player status are part of the rich Gaelic culture associated with hurling

Pirates set sail minus killer instinct

Dreams of a return of the champions are dashed by an inability to finish with goals

Tatjana eyes the ultimate challenge

Commonwealth gold came as a surprise to her — now Tokyo 2020 is beckoning and she could end South Africa’s drought in women’s Olympic swimming

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