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The ANC’s tower of Babel

A constitutional crisis. Instability. Business as usual. Disillusionment. The jury was out on South Africa's immediate political future at the Mail & Guardian's Critical Thinking Forum held in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening. Will the African National Congress's Polokwane conference bring popular change or business as usual?

What has Jimmy Wales been up to?

"We are much better off in the long run by trusting each other," says Jimmy Wales, founder of free-for-all internet encyclopedia Wikipedia. He was speaking on Tuesday in Johannesburg at the inaugural session of the Innovation Series -- an endeavour presented by iCommons, ITWeb, Mindshift and the <i>Mail & Guardian Online</i>.

Fantasy reviews

The end of the world didn't bother Michael Stipe much, but three authors beg to differ. In new novels by Max Brooks, Garth Nix and Sarah Hall, the apocalypse -- or a close facsimile thereof -- has come and gone, leaving the survivors to pick up the pieces.

Theatre icon Patrick Mynhardt dies

South African theatre icon Patrick Mynhardt, famous for portraying the Herman Charles Bosman character Oom Schalk Lourens on stage, has died at the age of 75, it was announced on Thursday. Mynhardt passed away of natural causes in London where he was performing his biographical one-man show Boy from Bethulie.

A storm’s a-comin’, but it won’t be a tornado

Emails suggesting that a severe storm with a tornado was to hit Johannesburg and surrounds on Monday afternoon were "greatly exaggerated", the South African Weather Service said. One email on Monday read: "Please be careful as a tornado dropped in Randfontein on Saturday and is expected today."

Are you on Facebook?

Hillary Clinton, United States presidential candidate, was raised in a middle-class family in the middle of America -- a classic suburban childhood, she says on her page on Facebook, the social networking website that has taken the world by storm. She was warmly welcomed in Oakland this week, where a crowd of 14 000 heard her speak. That's about one-third of the number of supporters linked to her Facebook profile.

Science fiction

Ambition is a necessary quality if one aims to be the kind of sci-fi or fantasy writer who creates fantastic universes and brave new worlds.

Lights, camera, rugby!

The 2007 Rugby World Cup kicked off in France on Friday night, filling the Cup stadium in Paris with colour and movement in a somewhat bizarre ceremony that was shorter and much less grandiose than those of soccer and the Olympics. Thousands of spectators watched as drummers surrounded the field and beat out loud rhythms on big, red oil drums as planes flew past trailing red and blue smoke.

Mail & Guardian gag remains

After being pulled off shelves early on Friday last week following a temporary court interdict, the Mail & Guardian is still unable to report on an explosive final draft of an internal audit report of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). On Thursday, Judge Justice Poswa granted the applicant, a senior SABC executive, a further postponement of the matter.

M&G gagged over SABC report

The Mail & Guardian has been gagged. Again. In the early hours of Friday morning in the Pretoria High Court, a judge interdicted the M&G from publishing the details of an explosive final draft of an internal report into alleged corruption, abuse of power and intimidation at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Mbeki doccie: Red dress or black mini?

When did the South African Broadcasting Corporation's ankle-length red dress turn into a black mini? That was the question posed by a representative of the public broadcaster at the <i>Mail & Guardian</i>'s screening of the documentary <i>Unauthorised: Thabo Mbeki</i> in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

SABC drops interdict over Mbeki doccie

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has postponed a court interdict that would have prevented a screening of the controversial documentary Unauthorised: Thabo Mbeki by the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.

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