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03 Jun 2019 00:00
(Mail & Guardian)
The negotiations started before the elections and continued until the very last moment. After the president briefed alliance partners and the ANC’s top brass on the final list of ministers and their deputies late on Wednesday, the small group was kept inside the Union Buildings.
Their phones were taken away: nobody would put a spoke in the president’s big reveal
Displays of conspicuous frugality replace flashy inaugurations as leaders promise delivery
KwaZulu-Natal’s new premier, Sihle Zikalala, will have to start his promised clean up of the provincial government at the very top and fire its director general, Nonhlanhla Mkhize.
Changes in the law have empowered the labour registrar, who has warned noncompliant unions that they are in danger of being deregistered
Liquidators are investigating the auditing firm’s sign-off on financial statements, while two former executives also pursue a lawsuit against it
The city’s crippling three-week sewage crisis happened because its sewage plant pumps ‘aren’t designed for pumping shit’ — and it’s going to cost R10-million to fix
‘You completely get lost in the world of the tree’
It’s not know how a man with a broken leg went missing and was later found dead
The state is stealing people’s land and using money meant for land reform to provide kickbacks to well-connected people. Mail & Guardian investigation last week into the ‘Luthuli House comrades-in-farms’ and the private companies benefiting from a purposefully broken system
Private surveillance firms say they operate within the law, but no court has yet ruled on compliance
The party says it hopes the ANC offers the chairperson-ship to the official opposition in the National Assembly.
The reappointed Public Enterprises Minister goes further, claiming the public protector’s finding against him was politically motivated
Contrary to popular belief, the real power in education lies not at state level but with the provinces. Bongekile Macupe introduces the incoming MECs who will decide the future of millions, and the enormous obstacles they face
A UCT academic who grew up in Zimbabwe has won a prestigious award, highlighting the importance of local researchers
It’s a recipe that should feed 58-million with a bit of pot-luck and an ample pinch of salt
The newly sworn-in delegate was only recently released from Boksburg prison and is on parole after serving almost 28 years behind bars
For centuries, humankind has searched for fabled fountains of youth. Today, a rare group of people is ageing at an astonishing rate — and they could be the key to unlocking the secrets of the processes that shape our lives from the cradle to the grave
These health workers presided over one of the deadliest tragedies since the dawn of democracy. Today, they can still practice
Africa is on the frontline of China’s neocolonial project. We must resist
African protesters should not assume that by toppling a Big Man, those holding him up will crumble too
State support of Eskom and other parastatals places the financial sector’s stability at risk
Economists approve of the choice of finance and public enterprise ministers, but worry about energy and water
The Competition Commission has found that small and independent retailers are struggling to adapt to a changing competitive environment because of the dominance of national supermarket chains in non-urban areas.
The Steinhoff debacle caused its major investor a loss of R50bn and kicked him off the richest list
Think tax havens and you could be forgiven for thinking of idyllic island somewhere hot with palm trees.
Despite outrage over its planned ‘expat tax’ amendments, the state is adamant that closing the personal income loophole is in line with international practice
The Indian leader’s party is backed by a Hindu nationalist movement and dominates Parliament
South Africa is now just one of 11 countries in the world where women running the country make up the same proportion as they do in society
Malema understands well the power of language
Everyone, including the prime minister and judges, must live in conditions similar to voters
South Africa’s manager, like Arsenal’s, starts his season of political football poor and with a team of own-goalers
Born-frees are caught between a yearned-for humanism and rigid racial categories
Economist Milton Friedman once remarked that “governments never learn, only people learn’’. He was right. Left to their own devices, governments the world over tend to repeat the same mistakes.
Two academic articles raise questions about the inherent racism and sexism in scientific methodologies and research ethics
The move by ANC deputy president David Mabuza has exposed the cracks in the governing party’s renewal project
Every foreigner, including investors, has to hurdle ignorant officials and a multiplicity of ‘laws’
Depression is a mood disorder that has physical effects, including disruption of a good night’s rest
“Thank you for reaching out” is a line in an email I received the other day. I couldn’t tell whether it was meant sincerely, condescendingly or flippantly, like the many times I’ve sent “Hope you’re well” to people.
‘The process of writing in solitude is still puzzling. How am I alone when I have so many people inside me?’
For good vibes and an arts fix, don’t miss this
Film festival screens documentaries of several celebrities and some local artists
Starches have been dietary staples for even longer than we thought
A docu-series highlights the importance of nutritious and delicious meals provided by pavement vendors
For much of his career, motswako rapper Mo’Molemi has attempted to capture and make sense of the precarious position young black people occupy in democratic South Africa
The tragedy of dispossession under colonial rule and apartheid continues under democracy
An all-women African team, which includes a climber who was part of the disastrous 1996 climb, plans to summit Mount Everest in 2020
In Normandy, the team have one last chance to warm themselves up for the Women’s World Cup
This year there are a number of teams good enough to ensure a fierce battle for the title
Liverpool have no choice but to toss aside their sheepskin this weekend. They’re no longer fooling anyone and it was getting a bit smelly and ragged anyway.
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