Michael Mathes

AFP US politics/Congress correspondent, lifelong human.

Trump trial opens with fiery clashes over witnesses

The two sides squared off in fiery exchanges that circled around the procedures for the trial and gave the Democrats an opportunity to spell out their arguments for Trump's guilt on national television

Biden to face clash over race in upcoming Democrat debate

​Expect bare-knuckle political sparring when 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden battles his Democratic rivals this week

Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami

Trump walks out on Democrats as impeachment talk heats up

A livid Trump abruptly shut down a White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

For many Democrats desperate to beat Trump, Biden’s their man

Biden, a veteran Democrat who spent 36 year in the US Senate, boasts the thickest resume of any candidate seeking to deny Trump a second term

Joe Biden: Popular, seasoned Democrat with a cumbersome past

The former vice president jumped into a crowded Democratic field as an immediate frontrunner in the battle to oust President Donald Trump in 2020

In US presidential race, how old is too old?

Donald Trump, the oldest person ever elected US president, will be 74 on Inauguration Day 2021

US House to vote on blocking Trump emergency

Trump's February 15 emergency declaration gives him access to billions of dollars to construct his wall on the Mexican border

Trumps delays State of the Union speech until government shutdown ends

President Trump backed down late on Wednesday in a spat with Democrats over his State of the Union address

Nancy Pelosi: Former US House speaker set to reclaim gavel

Keeping Donald Trump in check will be among the California Democrat's top challenges as she presides over the House of Representatives

US govt lurches to shutdown as Trump, Democrats spar over wall

Fears of a shutdown — which could send thousands of federal employees home without pay just before Christmas — helped send US stocks tumbling

Democrats nominate Pelosi to reclaim US House speaker role

​Nancy Pelosi is seeking to reclaim the gavel that she first wielded a dozen years ago when she became the first female speaker of the House

Press Releases

Itec serves up high-tech integrated surveillance system for family food company

The system includes facial recognition software and a thermal screening solution that will provide instant temperature screening of all employees

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

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