/ 15 October 2018

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

PIC, VBS, Floyd and his baby brother

Text messages, whistleblower accounts and Holomisa tie the Shivambu brothers to the heist

Move over, here comes Tito

A tough nut, Mboweni is likely to make the treasury the undisputed centre of economic power and policy

Slice of Life: Determination is my language

‘I was very afraid to speak English, but with her all the fear disappeared’

Outrage greets VBS bank report

Many of those named in the report are taking legal action or protesting their innocence, but its author is standing his ground

Yes, women can be sexual predators

It happens far more frequently than is generally believed, and can psychologically scar men for life

Earth faces climactic moment

A UN report warns about the effect of global warming but says the tools exist to avert this fate

Ombud PA sits pretty in business class

A personal assistant at the troubled state-owned Community Schemes Ombudsman Services flew business class during a state-sponsored trip to Australia.

Still no money for Marikana wounded and arrested

The department of justice has failed to compensate miners for their losses

Moyane inquiry must go on: Nugent

The ex-commissioner had asked the Constitutional Court to ice the inquiries

Eskom reports alarm Cosatu

Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says the federation will not be open to any solution involving privatisation

City buildings sprout urban gardens

Slowly Jo’burg’s city centre is changing how it is supplied with food as greenhouses go up on its skyline

Political expedience is the final insult to polluted Masakhane

Health problems are just one of the difficulties faced by people living right next to an open-cast coal mine in Mpumalanga

Struggle veterans lead the fight against gangsterism

Anti-apartheid activists are now using their skills to force the state to deliver socioeconomic justice

‘Heretic’ pastor is suspended

The queer rights African Methodist Episcopal priest allegedly denied the Bible is God’s word

Millennials’ wants will change work

The new generation will be looking at speed, agility and user-friendly tools — and the option to work from a coffee shop

‘Lights, camera, action’ is soooo yesterday

Facebook this week launched a range of artificial intelligence (AI) powered video-calling devices, a strategic revolution for the social network giant in its bid for a slice of a market dominated by Amazon and Google.

New muscle for integrity committee

George Mashamba wants to nurture a culture of respect in a strengthened ANC ethics structure


Do UN meetings matter?

Two conditions kill more than 700 South Africans each day. In a historic first, the United Nations has just held two high-level meetings to tackle them. Here’s why you should care

Separating fact from vape fiction

The tobacco industry says vaping is 95% safer than smoking. The truth may be a little less clear


The Boy Scouts keeping the peace  in the Central African Republic

There are more boy scouts than peacekeepers in the CAR. Even in the midst of a civil war, the scouts are arguably more effective

Zambian economy on slippery slope

In the face of spiralling debt, the Patriotic Front will struggle to take the next election


Mboweni will have his work cut out

The market likes the new finance minister, but will his tweets come back to haunt him?

Job summit glosses over skills problem

South Africa, amid fast-changing technology, is producing skilled people, but not enough of them

Nafcoc angry at being ignored on small business input

Lawrence Mavundla has criticised the small business proposals in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s jobs summit framework

Thank Donald Trump for fuel-pump bump

United States’s enfant terrible Donald Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hurting Opec’s third-largest exporter at 2.4-million barrels a day

Costa Rica shows us how

The country’s successful reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is an example that needs to be followed — because no one will be spared the consequences of climate change


Don’t praise Nene for doing the right thing

He can’t seek forgiveness without saying what he has done wrong — it can’t be just a cup of tea

Editorial: We must act now to save the world

‘Large corporates aren’t doing anything about climate change because they only care about returns on profit this quarter’

Editorial: Our basket of deplorables

‘But memory is a fickle thing. We succumbed to the phenomenon of treating Malema and Shivambu as if they were a product in our service’

Letters to the Editor October 12 to 18

Our readers write in about Brett Kavanaugh and the Mail & Guardian environment reporter

Keep defending democracy

Civil society has fought against the worst of the breaches — securitisation, corruption, secrecy

Someone is defending SA’s transition

It is an unpopular view, but Fanie du Toit’s evidence and argument shows us a way forward

Land reform needs to change society

Attempts at agricultural transformation in Africa have failed largely because of revenge and populist and ideologically driven reforms

Public interest law and the struggle for social justice

A new book on public interest litigation sets the stage for a more informed debate on the topic

Ward councillors are key players

The politicisation of such an important element of democracy leaves residents frustrated and angry

Dangerous liaisons: PIC, Rassul and the Port of Nacala

The Mozambican link to the Public Investment Corporation deal reflects how business, politics and crime intersect

Daily moments of loneliness

We queer black men have learnt to hide ourselves and present a front of gay abandon

FIFTH COLUMN: Mummy’s hung in for a long time

The book, which is riveting, very well told and often horrifying, tells of the Batavia, a ship built by the Dutch East India Company and sent on its maiden voyage to the East Indies

The university is not a factory

University managers try to churn out as many products as possible at as low a quality as they can get away with


Stories in mother tongues matter

Some months ago, Maimouna Jallow, a storyteller from the Gambia, decided there was a need to make more folklore available for children.

The Weekend Guide

#District Street Festival, Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, Charlize and the Chocolate Factory.

On our Lists this week

David Whyte, Brooklyn’s Dirty Masquerade, and Little America directed by Yoza Mnyanda, Brooklyn’s Dirty Masquerade by Vice, Consolations by David Whyte

Roving eye on student protests

Rehad Desai’s new film uses Wits as a microcosm of the #FeesMustFall movement in South Africa

Toich turns to the old masters

The artist, who draws on varied inspirations from baking to Irma Stern, is now studying in Florence

‘On Photography’ revisited

Susan Sontag was right about extractive, reductive photos, but her context isn’t mine

An expat’s return explores intimacy

In Simon Avend, Venter’s protagonist, we find yet another manifestation of that now familiar fictional ghost, the white expat who returns to his old haunts in South Africa.

Architecture should be based  on people’s needs

Development initiatives need to consider the contexts, past and present, in which they occur to ensure human-centred solutions

Gautrain literacy project derailed

Dube says Zakes Mda advised her to seek therapy after he saw the state she was in because of the debacle

Joyless at the Jazz festival

Staging, admin errors and heavy-handed security dimmed the Joy of Jazz festival


Kunjani! Cricket scores isiXhosa

Black cricketers were all but erased from the history books, but they’re now being recognised, along with cricketing terms and rules in isiXhosa

Shibs ups her pace after off-field low

The pressure is on for the ICC women’s world T20, but the Proteas bowler loves the pressure

The watcher in the Wolves

Behind manager Nuno Espírito Santo’s remarkable success are the players he brought, his efficient planning and his shrewd tactics

Take a header at dementia

It seems logical that football is linked to the illness but a researcher says it’s not that clear-cut

Bafana confront their hoodoo

All too often the team panic when they play a lesser nation but the coach is working on that

Egypt’s hopes on sweating Salah

When Salah last played for his country, he scored twice and missed two penalties as the record seven-time African champions romped to a 6-0 win over Niger in September.


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