Peter Rothpletz

Peter Rothpletz is an American writer and contributor to the Mail & Guardian. An alumnus of Yale University's Journalism Initiative, he primarily reports on international affairs, civil conflict, and radical extremism.

Death in small-town America

As the coronavirus continues its deadly march, funeral directors in small-town America quietly attend to burying the dead

Scores dead as Greece wildfires blaze through villages

On Monday night, firefighters fought against the flames, which were fanned by winds of up to 100km per hour

SA’s lion trade endangers big cats abroad, says environment agency

South Africa’s sanctioned, annual export of 800 lion skeletons directly exacerbates the plight of wild tigers.

Suspended SABC CEO James Aguma resigns, faces no charges

Interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama says all 10 charges against Aguma will be dropped.

Trump Jr escalates Russia scandal

Many White House aides who previously dismissed “Russia stories” as “conspiracy bullshit” now struggle to call the recent coverage “fake news”

Breakaway iceberg as big as Jamaica

And it could mean that the Antarctic ice shelf is becoming unstable

Trump Jr’s leaked emails escalate Russian collusion scandal

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

G is for Globalism

Critics may say the muppets are little more than politicised stuffed animals, but to dismiss the power of Sesame Street is a mistake.

Lungu’s power grab: Complete

Speaking to local press outlets upon his arrival in Lusaka, Lungu announced his intention to “up the game” of policing operations.

Trump body-slams, punches CNN in latest tweet

The footage is a short, modified clip of Trump’s cameo at WWE WrestleMania, dating back to 2007.

Mbalula addresses ANC unity, semantics and concubines

The police minister spoke before the press early on Sunday, briefing those present on topics that dominated the ANC’s fifth policy conference.

Treasury announces SAA bailout to settle R2.3bn debt

Government officials have moved to transfer an undisclosed sum from the National Revenue Fund to South African Airways

Press Releases

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


From 23 to 30 November 2020, simply purchase any BMW bearing the number “8” and you could be one of eight lucky people to drive off with R80 000

Introducing Sabinet Judgments

A well-rounded view of reported and unreported judgments supplemented by an advanced system to enable users to rapidly find the information they require

The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Research and Publication Interventions

The project places emphasis on rolling out a standardised package of occupational health services and mining safety standards across four countries