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Govan Whittles

Govan Whittles

Govan Whittles is a general news and political multimedia journalist at the Mail & Guardian. Born in King William's Town in the Eastern Cape, he cut his teeth as a radio journalist at Primedia Broadcasting. He produced two documentaries and one short film for the Walter Sisulu University, and enjoys writing about grassroots issues, national politics, identity, heritage and hip-hop culture.
We’ll pay Eskom, not municipality
We’ll pay Eskom, not municipality
While 96 municipalities across the country are scrambling to negotiate payment agreements with Eskom for overdue bills that amount to R27.8-billion, local businesses are fighting to pay Eskom directly, bypassing the municipalities, in a bid to keep the local economies going....
Cosatu’s boss loses favour to his deputy
Cosatu’s boss loses favour to his deputy
Union federation Cosatu’s president S’dumo Dlamini’s time is up as leader of the federation and his own union is lobbying for him to be...
Anxiety grows over party funding Bill
Anxiety grows over party funding Bill
Civil society groups fear President Cyril Ramaphosa is being lobbied about not signing the Political Party Funding Bill until after the 2019...
Workers won’t vote for ANC if state job cuts go ahead
Workers won’t vote for ANC if state job cuts go ahead
Labour federation Cosatu has threatened to not vote for the ANC in the 2019 national elections if government goes ahead with public sector job cuts...
Ministers lose firing power
Ministers lose firing power
The lekgotla also discussed strengthening the presidency, with an emphasis on reinforcing its planning capacity.
R48bn needed for Ramaphosa’s stimulus packages
R48bn needed for Ramaphosa’s stimulus packages
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told the Cabinet lekgotla that the government will need about R48-billion to support the implementation of the...
Bombshell plan to lay off 30 000 public servants
Bombshell plan to lay off 30 000 public servants
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration is planning to lay off 30 000 public servants in the next three years as part of the government’s...
Regulations may dim a solar dawn
Regulations may dim a solar dawn
On Thursday, June 28, Sola Future Energy chief executive Dominic Wills was just outside Clanwilliam worryingly texting his colleagues.
Threats of war conclude WC land hearings
Threats of war conclude WC land hearings
The final day of the land expropriation hearings was marked by a variety of communities staking their claim to the Western Cape, with some claiming...
Lily Mine narrowly escapes liquidation
Lily Mine narrowly escapes liquidation
Plans to revive Lily Mine have finally been cleared after the liquidation application brought against its sister mine, Barbrook, was withdrawn on...
Cape Town trains off the rails
Cape Town trains off the rails
Increased road traffic congestion caused by excessive delays on the Metrorail system is costing the City of Cape Town R2.8-billion in lost...
UDM confirms fresh bid to oust NMB mayor Athol Trollip
UDM confirms fresh bid to oust NMB mayor Athol Trollip
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has confirmed fresh talks with opposition parties in Nelson Mandela Bay aimed at unseating Democratic Alliance...