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The struggle to find a smoking gun

As explosive evidence is given before Zondo, the Mokgoro inquiry sticks to the evidence before it

Moyane blocked the treasury’s bid to blacklist Bosasa, records show

Zuma’s future Sars commissioner stalled when confronted about the SIU’s damning findings linking the company to corruption, which saw it pocketing billions in state tenders

Slice of life: Tapsula and the superhero

‘There was this moment at the Wits Theatre where we performed, and it was such an incredible experience’

US wades in as Venezuela rips apart

Trump backed the president’s challenger, but the army and Russia are firmly behind Maduro

Sanco denounces police action

Sanco deputy president wants Ipid to investigate an attempt to arrest him and the organisation’s president on the eve of its elective conference

Murdered spy boss probe botched

The Rwandan’s family has long accused South Africa of stalling the investigation and now a magistrate wants to know why

‘Minister caused HDA board crisis’

Former chairperson Mavuso Msimang says Nomaindia Mfeketo was warned, but did nothing

De Lille still miffed by DA’s actions

But she has stepped back from making a direct challenge while her Good party weighs its chances

‘Politicians woo us, but don’t stop Cape Flat gangs’

Frustrated residents in Cape Town’s gang-ridden suburbs say they are expecting a deluge of politicians to canvas for votes ahead of the elections, but they don’t expect them to do much about combating gangsterism.

‘Sleepwalking into catastrophe’

World Economic Forum warns that little action is being taken on climate change as the world splinters

Smart ants cut the needless chatter

A new study suggests they build super-highways without having to communicate with each other

Queer seniors left out in the cold

There are sexual identity issues in old-age homes and many residents have been ostracised by their families

Class action win for SGB teachers

Those who should have been paid by the department may apply for compensation

Illicit cigarette trade threatens 8 000 farm jobs

The burgeoning illicit cigarette industry is likely to claim new victims — 150 small-scale farmers in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West have received notice from cigarette giant British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) that it will no longer source raw tobacco from them.

Maize vs time: The race to feed SA

The planting season started with predictions of a record crop but the weather had other plans


Rituals and rights: Sparing girls the knife

Across the continent, women are helping to re-imagine a sacred rite of passage in an effort to honour their cultures and spare their bodies

Doctors and nurses face job losses

It’s the age of austerity and it’s bad news for healthcare workers and patients alike – unless the state can do more with less


After the crackdown, the purge

Targeted abductions and detentions are dismantling opposition to Zimbabwe’s government — just when it needs civil society more than ever

SA cannot stay silent on Zimbabwe

With Zimbabwe asking for a bailout of $1.2-billion, Cyril Ramaphosa has a golden opportunity to press for key reforms

Nigeria braces for knife-edge election (again)

At times chaotic, at others comical, the race to lead Africa’s biggest economy is never boring


Warning: State pension woes to come

The GEPF’s poor performance and a huge rise in costs will have long-term negative effects

No end to Eskom bailout furore

The task team appointed by President Ramaphosa has been sweating over solutions for the seemingly intractable problem that is Eskom, but the utility’s proposal that the government take R100-billion of the utility’s debt onto its own balance sheet has left some observers scratching their heads and others spitting mad.

Cracks appear in the PIC

The first week of PIC hearings was expected to be tame, but that was quickly overtaken by startling developments

Skint citizens shun market darlings

Unemployment, state debt and public sector burden and structural rigidities will affect growth

The future of work we want

The world of work is changing and with it inequalities will be exacerbated unless a social agenda is in place and education institutions gear up.


Only through truth can ANC regain trust

If the Ramaphosa faction in the ANC wants to retain power, it has to level with voters

Editorial: United States puts the global order at risk

‘The decision by the US to recognise opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela can only be viewed with suspicion’

Editorial: PIC wakes up at last

‘The PIC has a kitty of about R2-trillion in government workers’ pension money to invest. If it makes bad investments, the taxpayer suffers’

Obituary: Lewin sought no high office and never trumpeted his name

“My lifelong friend since I was 17, Hugh Lewin was a person of exceptional goodness. He sought for no high office, and never trumpeted his name. He always did what he thought was right, no matter what the cost.”

Obituary: Fighter for workers’ rights

Surju was a complex and prickly human being, but his friends knew him as a generous and gentle soul, a trustworthy friend and comrade

The delicate art of bus throwing

It wasn’t me, says Mama of Zuma’s record deal. It was me and many others, says Bosasa operations boss

Malema and Trump are no different

The so-called left in South Africa treats the media in much the same way as the US president, pointing to a troubling slide towards fascism

End the stigma of mental illness

Tackling the problem requires leaders in all spheres to make mental health a global priority

FIFTH COLUMN: Going wild to stay sane

‘There are 80-plus other parks across South Africa I can visit with my Wild Card, symbolically for free’

Reimagining sites of basic education

Knowledge gaps can be plugged without always changing compulsory subjects for matric pupils

SA would do well to follow the German education model

Today, on leaving school, more than 50% of Germans enter dual vocational education and training (VET) programmes as they make their way into the job market.

Data-driven education SA’s success story

Its use ensures timeous targeted interventions to assist decision-makers, teachers and pupils


The silence of their friends

‘Let history not judge us harshly as the friends who were silent while Zimbabwe burnt.’

Moleshe answers ‘Final Call’

The jazz musician has always been a visionary and a team player. He is now launching his solo debut

On our Lists this week: Fatimah Asghar, and The Greatest Party That Never Happened

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix)

The Weekend Guide

Aida Abridged, Pop-up night market, Lala la by Simphiwe Buthelezi.

Immorality Act stripped to its essence

An exhibition of essays explores the sexual politics that emerged from an oppressive era

IKEA brings African creatives on board

A Swedish word, överallt, meaning ubiquitous or everywhere, could also accurately describe the current influence Africa seems to be having on the global cultural economy.

Music casts light on Isandlwana

A historian is providing a new take on a battle that still rages on today over fact and fiction

Just singing to his situation

Songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi, who died on Wednesday, had a song for every occasion

The real Afrikaans experience

‘People are generally so fucken switched off’ – how Lategan puts readers into his characters’ shoes


Shakes’ return starts here

He’s with Witbank Spurs, but at least it’s a move back into pro coaching for mouthy Mashaba

Real Madrid take top spot from Man Utd in ‘money league’

Real Madrid have knocked Manchester United off the top of Deloitte’s Football Money League, but the Premier League has still flexed its financial muscle, with all of England’s “Big Six” featuring in the top 10 for the first time.

A masterclass in trolling

Baroka may have delivered Oscar-worthy acting, but Pirates failed to kill off the lesser team

Women’s league in Safa limbo

Teams and coaches have been left in the dark about the planned women’s football league

Sanchez, Özil cast to sideshow as buoyant Man Utd visit Arsenal

A year on since moving from Arsenal to Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez has become little more than an afterthought in the Red Devils’ revival since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took caretaker charge.


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