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08 Oct 2018 00:00
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The finance minister, his son and the Mozambican refinery
Siyabonga Nene asked the PIC to finance a huge investment in Mozambique. He didn’t get that for himself
Dark clouds gather over jobs summit
Ramaphosa has his work cut out to rally everyone behind his vision and some are already grumbling
Nene Jr did PIC without his dad
Siyabonga Nene and his partner approached the investment corporation while Nene Sr was chair
Bruises may solve 40-year mystery
A new inquest may prove a family’s belief that their brother was murdered by apartheid police
Rich Joburg shitshow
Irresponsible developers, thieves and homeowners have created a costly problem that is polluting the Jukskei River
The state of Joburg’s pipes
A kilometre of new piping costs R1-million.
Johannesburg Water has 2 200km of ageing pipeline
ANC survey shows deep divisions
Cyril Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule are forced into a show of friendship as the NEC preaches unity
No jingle in musicians’ pockets
The marketing company says the advertising tunes they wrote are its intellectual property
Slice of Life: Red lipstick was the key
‘‘On my way to that Pride — my first ever — I bought this gorgeous red lipstick’
Under-siege Westbury seethes over killings
Residents cite a litany of violent killings but anger over the apparent indifference of the police leaves them with few options but to protest
EFF gains a foothold in KwaZulu
Its focus in the province, and elsewhere, is on the youth vote and SRC polls are the starting point
Royal battle looms as Bapedi go to court again
The never-ending battle over the throne of the Bapedi Marota, which has been the subject of court litigation for almost three decades, may be nearing its end.
Space beanstalk set to doom Earth
A cheap elevator into orbit could be a stairway to heaven — but it’s probably a highway to hell
Bigger farms needed to feed nine billion
That’s not the research findings the proponents of small-scale, organic agriculture want to hear
The future of the middle class is bleak
Cost pressures, stagnant wages and a bleeding economy are pushing many people into poverty
Police can smoke out dagga farmers
Agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana has told Eastern Cape cannabis farmers not to expect protection from his department
Goats, cattle and babies: A herd of services at Kenyan clinics
Health workers have found a way to attract nomadic men to their mobile health clinics: provide a vet for their livestock.
Is this the Bill government doesn’t want you to see?
South Africa is one of the hardest-drinking countries in the world, so why has legislation to stop it been kept secret for more than five years?
South Cameroon a ‘big ghost town’
Tens of thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians have fled the country ahead of the presidential vote
The Matabeleland massacre will continue to have a profound effect on the country — until it is confronted.
Border kids search for a better life
Unaccompanied Mozambican teenagers regularly attempt to cross into South Africa
State-fixed prices cause major pain
Complex factors influence the prices of electricity, petrol and water, but the state still has wiggle room
Investors eye the volatile pot bubble
Forget crypto, pot is the hot new thing.
Fuel pricing structure under review
Foregoing levies and duties will leave a big hole in the budget for treasury to fill
Wary consumers start saving
The number of new accounts has risen but tough times have forced others to borrow
JSE cleans up after scandal
New proposals will give the stock exchange greater oversight and introduce more transparency
Reject the grotesque logic of oppression
We need to place feminist commitments at the centre of any truly progressive political project
Editorial: Don’t bed down with the powerful
‘The lesson for every journalist is consistently to introspect on how we deal with sources and manage our own political leanings’
Editorial: How much will fans let slide?
Football is escapism and, in pursuit of that escape, fans are prepared to let much slide
Letters to the editor: October 5 to 11
Our readers write in about bribery allegations, insurance companies, and the passing of Chris Madibeng Mokoditoa
Go to the root to eradicate racism
Jail and laws against hate crimes and speech alone cannot rid South Africa of this prejudice
My role in sorry saga of Sars ‘rogue unit’
As the Nugent inquiry unveils the apparent breakdown of tax administration under commissioner Tom Moyane, the issue of Sars’ so-called ‘rogue unit’ has again taken centre stage.
Brazil flirts with a neo-fascist
The bitter reality is that there is a real chance of the country returning to a dictatorship and its darkest days
The facts are in dispute, threatening democracy
After a fourfold increase in the number of democracies between the end of World War II and 2000, we are now in a sustained period of political regression.
Beware the new migrant legislation
People who have been in South Africa for years are under threat, especially the working class, and permanent residence won’t lead to citizenship
No home for bisexual black men
When you love both sexes, rejection comes from both the straight and the LGBTI+ communities
FIFTH COLUMN: Save petrol tip spills over to crazy
‘What I don’t recommend doing to save on travelling costs is getting up in the middle of the night to fill up before the price goes up.’
A billion youths in Africa will be unemployable
Without investment in education the knowledge and entrepreneurial revolution won’t happen
Education reduces issues plaguing poor countries
Schooling and family planning can translate into a 120-gigaton reduction in CO2 emissions over the next three decades
Tech makes new demands on teachers
The world is changing fundamentally, which means education must evolve in turn in order to remain relevant
Learning to trust curiosity over fear
Two days later, when a white boy of about 10 sat next to me on the plane going back to Johannesburg, this familiar atmosphere became apparent — on my part at least.
The Weekend Guide
Snaps, You Fool How Can the Sky Fall, rAge Expo
On our Lists this week
Santu Mofokeng, Cape Nguni cosmology, and makeup tutorials; Snakes, Spells, Cadillacs and Kruger Millions; Chasing Shadows; Fenty Beauty by Rihanna on YouTube
Ishmael makes the pots happen
The musician picked up on a popular theme song and the response has been astonishing
The art and struggles of drag
Having been historically outlawed, drag culture redressed historical conditioning with contemporary trans activists
New show is Kewpie’s encore
District Six’s queer entertainer was known for their kindness but was deserted in their hour of need
An iconoclast gets kitted out for new terrain
In Intruders, a collection of short stories that follows author Mohale Mashigo’s bestselling novel The Yearning, she starts things off with an all-important preamble, titled Afrofuturism: Ayashis’ Amateki.
Rixon tackles waste culture, consumerism
Clocking in at four minutes, the song is an anti-consumerist number lamenting just how much we’ve fucked the planet over.
Things Fall Apart turns 60
The classic novel by Chinua Achebe, and how it came to be, are legendary African tales
Imagine life with no Likes
There’s money and perks to be enjoyed for those who have a reliable online following
SuperSport’s empire up for grabs
Lack of cup games clearly shows that the digital era is ready to dethrone the World of Champions
City get slack up front
The league favourites are not yet at a comfortable level to deliver consistent, convincing wins
Let’s be intelligent hooligans
The rape accusation levelled at Cristiano Ronaldo has his fervent supporters jumping to his defence, but fans need to take a seat
How to deal with a hangover: A guide by SuperSport and City
Few footballing fates sound worse than what SuperSport United players had to endure in the MTN8 final.
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