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Poll: Stuck in the middle with you

The ANC can’t take hard decisions about the economy and other parties don’t need to because they won’t win

Mokgoro report damns Jiba

The top prosecutor is declared unfit for office and compromised the integrity of the NPA

Slice of life: ‘His spirit must still be there’

‘I’ve been looking for his grave for almost 14 years now. I loved that boy so much.’

Riddle of the R111m Coega deal

A panel member who approved diverting health department funds has denied a conflict of interest

Climate change cut SA’s GDP by 10%

Extreme weather events are making life for everyone more difficult, expensive and dangerous. This is the reality of a world where carbon emissions are driving climate breakdown

Unizulu students’ accommodation conditions are ‘inhumane’

A chronic housing shortage at the University of Zululand means many students are living in squalid conditions, whether on or off campus

Red row over alleged funds fiddle

A disgruntled Economic Freedom Fighters MP says its leader has failed to account for millions

Africa’s citizens fear votes not secret

Sixty-eight percent of Africans are not confident that their vote is secret, according to a new survey published by Afrobarometer, the continent’s leading polling organisation.

The ‘big three’ vie for queer voters in their election manifestos

‘Whether LGBTIQ people vote for the DA or the Kiss Party or whoever, we need to see LGBTIQ people involved in political spaces’

ATM could be the wild card on May 8

Campaigning on issues rather than a broader agenda makes this church-affiliated party unique

FF+ gains traction in Mossel Bay

And it is not only white conservatives who are donning the party’s green and orange colours

Small parties are shrinking – except for Freedom Front Plus

Over the past four elections the smaller political parties have been losing votes hand over fist — except for the Freedom Front Plus (FF+).


Governments trust Big Pharma and not citizens

Italy has come up with a plan to slash the cost of medicines by May.
But for the strategy to work, it needs everyone to get on board

Less judgment through goggles?

South Africa’s public health nurses are infamous for having bad attitudes. Could a pair of goggles help to change their ways?


Mozambique’s faceless insurgency

Rumours outweigh facts in beleaguered province Cabo Delgado

Africa’s advantage: Green power

A new book by a leading economist challenges current negative perceptions about the continent

Guinea’s Condé eyes third term

Even as Algeria and Sudan have rid themselves of their long-standing leaders, Guinea may be about to create a new president-for-life


New VAT rules lead global tax reform

The target is the $2-trillion in annual e-commerce transactions in 36 countries that is set to rise to $4.5-trillion in three years’ time

Jumia, Africa’s e-unicorn

The online market may have four million customers, but it has not yet made a profit

Eskom burns on through bailout

Despite alarm over the recent lifeline, the state says the power utility is not on brink of collapse

US students find new way to pay for education – their future earnings

The cost of tertiary education is now such a burden to students in the United States that some have taken to selling a portion of their potential future earnings to fund it.

Global tax for multinationals gains traction

Multinational companies have been gaming the rules of the global economy to minimise their tax liability — or even eliminate it

Wake up, there is no Planet B

The environmental threat to humanity means world leaders must finish what they started


Rule of law requires our real respect

Be aware that history repeats itself — even when two types of government appear vastly different

Editorial: With no life, there are no voters

‘None of our political elite deserves our vote. How can we entrust our futures to people who put their next shopping trip ahead of our existence?’

Editorial: The not-so-secret ballot

‘A genuinely secret ballot helps to prevent intimidation, blackmail and voter fraud’

Letters to the editor: April 26 to May 2

Our readers write in about plastic waste and an article on President Jair Bolsonaro

Grim portent of what’s to come

A stunned Durban is counting the costs of the floods — destroyed infrastructure and people’s lives and homes

Expose Kagame’s role in Rwanda killings

The international community did not call the president and his African allies to account for the atrocities in Rwanda, the DRC and Burundi

The tables could turn on kingmaker EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) role as kingmaker is not as clear-cut in the 2019 elections as it was in the 2016 polls.

Towards a battle cry for tomorrow

The Constitution is fertile ground for a new local slogan beyond the global 4IR and the New Dawn

Digital pioneer whose kindness stood out

Matthew Buckland’s obituary should be a word cloud of the most commonly used terms in the tributes that flooded social media after the announcement of his death.

Mining watchdogs under attack

Constitutionally enshrined rights to peaceful protest and healthy living environments must not be trampled on

Disorders don’t discriminate

Dangerous eating habits associated with young women can affect all races and, increasingly, men

FIFTH COLUMN: Vote for the one that isn’t the other one

‘At least Mbeki has returned from seclusion at his think-tank to do some actual work for the ANC at the hustings’

A new vision of the postcolonial

In a speech to graduates at Rhodes University, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela said that reviewing accepted wisdoms can help to repair the past


The Weekend Guide

For good vibes and an arts fix, don’t miss this

Border lessons: Pay up. Period

This is an extract from the chapter titled Aisha, in which the author travels from Bamako in Mali to Conakry in Guinea

No flavour in this book judge

Authors who were anticipating payments were left high and dry by African Flavour Books when the store closed unceremoniously

Black Art: Its place in the sun

Visual arts in South Africa has had a reputation for elitism — until now

The Benon Lutaaya legacy

The artist, who died young, lived and worked on his own terms

Reflecting on Brenda Fassie’s ‘Black President’

“Fassie lived according to her own rules. That’s what made her political.”

Game, set and watch in minutes

An award-winning film proves a documentary can serve up its points in a short space of time

Spices beyond Cape Malay

Travel and living abroad for nine years inspired Cariema Isaacs to write a new cookbook


Greek Freak, disrupter of the NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks’ 2.11m star player is redefining our conception of greatness

Wearing the All-Black jersey

A new book delves into the secrets behind the mighty rugby team from a tiny country

Downs enter the Fifth Dimension

A spirited Absa Premiership match was played on a lifeless Tuesday afternoon in Pretoria

Fortune favours the brave City

Pep Guardiola has Liverpool to thank for pushing him and his team to the limit

End-of-season sanction could cost Sundowns dearly

Even if high-flying Mamelodi Sundowns successfully defend their league title this season, they are at risk of forfeiting it immediately.

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