Sarah Smit

Sarah Smit is a general news reporter at the Mail & Guardian. She covers topics relating to labour, corruption and the law.

Global job losses linger after lockdowns

Developing countries have been hit harder by the Covid-19 downturn than in past economic crises

Sticks and stones: Qwelane and the violence of words

Constitutional Court justice says homophobic article did not ignite fire of hate against the LGBTI community but added fuel to it

The Qwelane case: When human rights meet human rights

The Jon Qwelane case brings into focus the tension between hate speech and freedom of expression

Farmers and politician at odds over proposed R7.8-bn city

A Mpumalanga MEC and his close business associate have pushed for the development of a new city, but a local farmers’ association is fighting back

Level one loading: Almost back to normal

President Cyril Ramaphosa announces South Africa will move to level one of lockdown on September 20 after nearly six months of restrictions on movement, trade, learning and socialising

Foster care grants at risk – again

Delays in amending legislation have left foster parents at the mercy of an overburdened system

Legal giant, legend, friend, family man: A tribute to George Bizos

He didn’t own a cellphone and spent 30 minutes a day in his vegetable garden. For 60 years he fought any system that sought to oppress and also changed countless lives

Domestic workers face a lonely battle against abuse

Behind closed doors, domestic workers are vulnerable to workplace violence and abuse, with little recourse against their employers

Women’s workplace gains slow as Covid-19 crisis strikes

Women workers are more likely to lose their jobs in the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, slowing gains made over recent years

Labour battle: Labour brokers back in court

Some believed a 2018 Constitutional Court ruling would spell the end of labour broking. It didn’t

Real action on gender-based violence a pipe dream as women die every day

Backlogs, booze, testicular cancer — all factors blamed for the apparent ineptitude or unwillingness to tackle a pandemic that is silently killing women all over the country.

Seriti report slammed by Open Secrets and Shadow World Investigations

Last year, the high court set aside the findings of the commission of inquiry into the arms deal scandal. Now activists are calling on the judicial conduct committee to investigate the judges in charge

Press Releases

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa

Huawei Cloud’s Year-End Sales Carnival

Massive discounts on hot cloud services are on offer along with special coupons and other privileges, but hurry, supplies are limited!