Unembargoed: October 19 to 25

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

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

Denel lands deep in Gulf crisis

The South African arms manufacturer fends off undue pressure from a Saudi military company

Government  ‘uncomfortable’  with Zuma meeting Qatar emir

Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Qatar are strained following a decision by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to meet former president Jacob Zuma last month, despite South Africa’s wishes that the meeting not go ahead.

Limpopo duo in hot water

Two ANC leaders implicated in the VBS bank report will be called to appear before the party’s integrity commission

‘Hitler post’ won’t hold Dlamini back

Mcebo Dlamini announced last week that he would contest the ANCYL’s leadership race

Slice of life: I’m not a dog. I’m a human

“I identify as a trans woman. I wear short mini skirts and high heels.
I’ve been doing sex work for seven years and have been living on the street for 10 years.”

New Act, new council, new Bar

The Legal Practice Act and the Pan Africa Bar Association promise to bring big changes

Lawyers differ over rape grilling

Counsel for rape accused Timothy Omotoso has faced outrage for his cross-examination of Cheryl Zondi, who has accused the televangelist pastor of grooming and sexually abusing her since she was 14 years old.

Millionaire golf estate sucks water

Blair Atholl, which is in a dry area, wants to drill boreholes to water its golf course. It’s a textbook case of how ‘developers’ manipulate the rules

Eish, robot: The road to mecha

Dean Kamen has created prosthetic arms with fingers that can pick up a grape and pop it into your mouth

The business of war in Yemen­ – How Saudi dollars keep the arms flowing

No one, not even seemingly principled SA, can resist selling weapons to a warring, rogue state

Khashoggi was collateral damage

Supporting Saudi Arabia’s lukewarm reforms sends a signal of consent to a murderous regime

Adverse audit for Zululand body

The auditor general berated Ingonyama Trust for mismanagement and wrongfully keeping revenue

Feisty female farmer with va-va-voom

“When I introduce myself as a farmer, they say: ‘You are too pretty for that,’ but I’ve got a brain,” says Dineo Boshomane. “Others say: ‘Let me touch your hands. They are too soft.’ My hands are soft because I take care of myself.

Chemical killing the killer whales

Half the world’s orcas are doomed, because a coal byproduct has been leaking into the oceans for more than a century

Black animal lovers ‘invade’ white spaces

Activists and pet owners of colour get a going-over because of racist views about people’s culture

Bid to lay ‘ghost’ branches to rest

Last-ditch talks are to take place between the ANC national leadership and disaffected Mpumalanga party members this weekend in an attempt to resolve their high court bid to stop 108 “ghost” branches from taking part in the provincial list process ahead of next year’s national and provincial elections.

amaHlubi’s battle against colonial legacy heads to high court

One of South Africa’s oldest nations is fighting for recognition of its king, language and ancestral land

Timol: New case against security cop

The NPA has, until now, failed to prosecute perpetrators who didn’t get amnesty from the TRC

Union deductions not paid to Sars

The National Transport movement has also not paid the provident fund to members’ fury

Murder leaves Coligny changed

There are conditions to this reconciliation — Moshoeu is not being employed.

HEALTH:

Why we are closer to cracking cancer’s biggest riddle

Like criminals at the scene of a crime, the substances that cause cancer leave their fingerprints behind. Now, the world may be closer than ever to unravelling the clues hidden in our DNA

AFRICA:

Abiy Ahmed’s Ethiopian exceptionalism

Ethiopia’s new prime minister is trying to do things differently. If he succeeds, the consequences will be felt beyond his borders

When Ye meets Yoweri, it’s collision

Despite their best efforts, their worlds are so far apart they have nothing to talk about

CAR’s brand of state failure is unique

One-size-fits-all solutions cannot fix the myriad problems facing the Central African Republic

‘They’ve taken our sand and left nothing’

Sand mining by a Chinese company destroyed a lagoon and wetland and flooded out a village

WORLD:

Taiwan’s tricky place in the world

As global uncertainty increases, so the Republic of China’s future becomes more uncertain

BUSINESS:

VBS: How far will states bill stretch?

The total amount is yet to tallied but could reach billions and could hit taxpayers in the pocket

Vegans hope to see a reduction in plant-based food prices

“Dairy-free, cheddar-flavoured cheese.” This particular combination of words might not sound appealing to the average South African, but to some vegans its allure is undeniable.

Moyane’s failings laid bare

The damage to the IT department alone is likely to amount to R2.16-billion over the next five years

China’s uncertainties rattle Tencent

A trade war with the US, a crackdown on video gaming and a bear market have dimmed its prospects

Prasa battles to get back on track

The rail agency needs court supervision to comply with safety directives, as it faces mounting problems.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS:

Don’t cut our civil servants. Train them

To stay abreast in these confusing times, the public service must be empowered to act

Editorial: Our power rests on the truth

Trustworthy information is a vital part of a healthy democracy

Editorial: Fallout from Facebook

In the latest scandal, the platform realised that it was reporting up to 900% increases in the number of people watching videos

Labour court judges block workers’ right to strike

In recent weeks, three cases have come to light that clearly show that labour court judges are issuing court orders forbidding strikes

I got the death squad ‘evidence’

A zillion emails await me – and a pile of newspapers, which is where I spot a chance to win the journo prize

Court the women’s vote in 2019

A new study finds that women voters, who carry the bulk of the socioeconomic and inequality burden, may put socioeconomic rights above party loyalties in the coming national elections

Gender gap widens in SA media

The latest media figures show that women are slowly advancing, but their experiences tell of little change at the top

Odds stacked against Cyril’s stimulus offer

To make it work, politicians must stop meddling and people with expertise must be brought in

Crime intelligence played reporters

A former Hawks spokesperson claims he alerted the Sunday Times to the fact that it was being used

People must be able to trust the police

Reacting to the recent release of discouraging crime statistics, Police Minister Bheki Cele said the police alone cannot win the fight against crime. He appealed for more civilian involvement.

SA’s social policies must be resurrected

As with economics, the state is rudderless, which requires a return to the ideals of the Constitution and a developmental state

Attacking race laws bought time

The were small gains to be had by finding loopholes in the laws that bolstered apartheid

Anxiety can destroy your life

The disorder is often misdiagnosed because symptoms mask the problem, but it can be treated with therapy

FIFTH COLUMN: A 50-minute work week is remotely possible

In all the offices I’ve worked, I sat in the so-called bullpen — a shared working space modelled on ­war-time sweat shops.

TVET gets a much-needed boost

The NMU has launched a meticulously researched diploma that addresses the many critical issues of technical training

FRIDAY:

The quest for intonga yam

In complicated spaces and times, these songs have held us in inexplicable ways, ways that are difficult to place into the binaries to which we are so attached.

The Weekend Guide

John Kani stars in Congo: The Trial of King Leopold

On our Lists this week: 

What a Time to Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue, Drogas Wave by Lupe Fiasco

Lupe resurrects slave myth

The rapper’s ‘DROGAS Wave’ album builds on the painting ‘Slave Ship’ and accompanying poem

Creating harmony and melody through the lens

The Lagos Photo Festival brings together 22 photographers from 18 countries to expand the scope and role of photography on the continent

A heroine rises from the ashes

Artist Florine Demosthene’s aesthetic has evolved, in part, from the restless nature of her practice.

Little America is a good first step but ...

With the promise to explore the growing use of American gimmicks and language by South African artists, it appeared as if the film would address how mainstream South African music has gone from the likes of Mandoza asking us “Uzoyithola kanjani uhleli ekhoneni [How will you get what you want by sitting on the street corner]?” to Gemini Major.

VBS report is a reader’s dream

The author of the report sets the wags talking about a reality that at times seems more farcical than fiction

1995 play still relevant today

The president and his fawning ministers are being interrogated about corruption. Sound familiar?

Luv hub for lonely Capetonians

Young black professionals have found a place that offers support, community and a network

SPORT:

Defying age on the football field

Veterans put youngsters to shame as they prove that what counts is how you treat your body

War vets prepare for battle at Invictus Games

The event — the brainchild of the United Kingdom’s Prince Harry, who will attend the fourth edition in Sydney starting Saturday — brings together 500 competitors from 18 countries.

Consistency is vital – Cheika

Oz coach admits changes in tactics are needed, but he stand behind his trio of assistant coaches

N’tofo n’tofo to Maccabi’s rescue

Collins Mbesuma among the old hands at the heart of the newly promoted club

Client Media Releases

FutureLearn welcomes CBDO
Survey: Most Influential Brands in SA
ITWeb's GRC conference set for February 2019
Survey rejects one-sided views on e-tolls
Huawei forms partnerships to boost ICT skills development