/ 3 December 2018

Unembargoed: November 30 to December 6

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

Shivambu used VBS money for flat

Transfers were made from Brian Shivambu’s company for the property in Fourways

Independent inquiry clears ex-EE leaders

A report by retired judge Kathy Satchwell exonerates Zackie Achmat and Doron Isaacs

High-level turbulence rocks SAA

An atmosphere of mistrust hangs over the airline’s board, its chief executive and its minister

Off to Parliament, educated or not

After a spat between MPs over post-school qualifications, the M&G dataset reveals more than half of MPs have university degrees

Hawks probe ‘prince’ over R95-million

A KwaZulu-Natal municipality paid Ishwar Ramlutchman, but no boreholes were drilled

ANC to show unity at JZ’s court date

The party has insisted that the former president’s appearance will not be used by groups for political gain

Environmental affairs’ new boss

We look at her history in the water department to see what the reshuffle means for Mokonyane’s new portfolio

Slice of life: ‘It means there is no love’

If you are a human being, a human being in South Africa, and you see a black person like you, doing that to you, what does it mean?

Mr Nice Guy with a big mission

The University of Pretoria’s new vice-chancellor has set his sights on the opportunities that going continental offers

The case of the bad magistrates

Judges and justice department employees have been charged with discrimination and corruption

Izinduna want their salaries back

The salaries of the nine izinduna from the Nobamba tribal authority were suspended because of a boundary dispute in which izinduna from the uSuthu tribal authority have claimed authority over their area.

ANC misses chance to tell its own story

The party should have place itself first in the queue to give evidence at the Zondo commission

Manyi fails to flip the script

The former head of the GCIS dragged up the red-herring of white monopoly capture

Eskom: Pollution kills 333 people a year

Greenpeace was inflammatory and Eskom had to come clean, but it continues to foul the air


Madams, myths and morals: the risky business of selling sex

Research shows criminalising sex workers does almost nothing to stop it and almost everything to make it more dangerous, including pushing up HIV infection rates. Is it time for a change?


Digging up the dead: a how-to guide

At the African forensics school, students learn to manage death with dignity

Double whammy hits Malawi lake

Ecological degradation and global warming is drying up Lake Chilwa and thus devastating people’s livelihoods

Oby takes on Nigeria’s boys’ club

The activist politician will run for president next year, taking on the patriarchy at the same time


Take Eskom’s bitter pill and pay up

Thanks Eskom. Whichever way you look at its problems, there is no escape for the consumer and taxpayer

Pepkor shrugs off Steinhoff

Analysts believe it could have done better, but cut it some slack because of its poor beginnings

Taxes to ashes: The smoking gun

The tobacco institute blames Sars for not doing its job in collecting tax . A brand known as RG sells for as little as R7

Drivers unhappy with Taxify’s rapid growth

Taxify’s practice is to expand, but operators say they have to spend an unreasonable time on the roads

Wild swings in Sasol’s fortunes

The company’s shares have seesawed madly – largely because of the volatility of the oil price and the rand

Surprise jump in big business social investment spending

‘The finding is quite encouraging because almost 40% of expenditure is going to rural areas’


Don’t censor the red berets, describe them

People need the facts to make informed choices, which is what journalists should be providing

Editorial: We will continue to tell the news

As a publisher of news, the Mail & Guardian seeks to tell the story of our world at a particular point in time. We seek to find the stories that tell us more about the world we live in and the people we are.

Letters to the Editor: November 30 to December 6

Our readers write in about voting for the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, the Democratic Alliance and Patricia de Lille

Saying goodbye to Paddy Kearney

Like the Diakonia Centre, its founder lived for social justice and human rights

Proper sanitation in schools is a human right

In the public-school system, more than 11 000 schools have been provided with flush toilets since 1994

The witch is she who dares to act alone

Women have to unite in a country and parts of the world where the ultimate subjugation is death

Elections 2019 will test SA’s value system

The president and his party face a difficult time in the months ahead and the outcome is far from certain

Bolsonaro spells ecological disaster for Brazil – and the world

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning we need to make urgent progress in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, but Bolsonaro’s plans will achieve the opposite

The United States is shifting its attitude towards Pretoria

Historically, South Africa has been seen as a strategic partner for countries outside the African continent, specifically the US.

Politicians, media must make peace

Voters need to be well informed and some arrangement must be made to end to the lies and misinformation

The US-Saudi romance is ’70s Iran remixed

Middle Eastern arms customer and oil supplier dictates US foreign policy. Sounds familiar?

Myths shroud queer abuse

The idea that violence is heterosexually defined silences same-sex victims

FIFTH COLUMN: It’s wild at the traffic department

Waiting in line at the traffic department to renew my driver’s licence recently, I read Robert Macfarlane’s Wild Places, in which he sets out to find the remaining regions of true wilderness on the British Isles.

No school for 600 000 children

The education department should provide free, inclusive education for disabled children and support their caregivers

Universities link into a common good

A new global network and digital creative space promotes social innovation projects with citizens


The art of everyday help

The thought of having domestic workers and “helpers” as we do in South Africa is so far away from their everyday lives.

This weekend

Wavescape Festival, Meditative Moments, (Post) Partum: How to Swaddle a Baby

On our lists this week

The Broken Instrument by Victory Boyd; Divorce, Season 2; Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters in song to the land of our dreams

The letter. The note. The dispatch. An important leitmotif of our history. Writing as an act of generosity. The song as a reminder, a quickener, an act of love.

Queen of the beat just gets louder and louder

Party-diva Busiswa is a powerful mix of poetry and music, but the club celebration touches on sensitive issues

Bringing good times home to Pretoria for 10 years

One of the people Malatji had befriended was Neo Moela, a finance student and then Red Bull brand manager at Tuks

Storyteller began his journey on a ‘dark, dark night’

Tanlume Enyatseng is doing what he was born to do: weave words into stories

Birds of a feather: Yoga to find yourself

Now Mbizvo and Tseki, who are both 27, have opened a yoga studio in Greenside, Johannesburg.

See our history in buildings

The built environment is an important part of art and often lurks in the background

Coffins imbued with meaning

Museums and collectors now form a large part of the market for these ‘fantasy’ works, but the artists remain true to the past


The technical director curse

In South Africa it seems that shortly after they are hired by a club, the coaches get the boot

Clarke rants about ‘headline-chasing’ reporter

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has angrily rejected suggestions he helped to create a culture that led to the ball-tampering scandal, slamming a leading broadcaster as a “headline-chasing coward”.

Banyana’s bittersweet success

The national team is good enough to get to the Awcon final, but the gender pay gap remains


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