Sarah Smit

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

The grey anatomy of a bad date

What do we lose when we characterise sexual coercion as a romantic blunder – and who gains from that loss?

Africa’s first woman skeleton Olympian: ‘I am prepared’

The Nigerian skeleton racer made history during her last two qualifying races on her way to PyeongChang

#RhodesWar students’ battle revealed in internal disciplinary documents

Students have vowed to get their expulsions overturned; one didn’t get a chance to testify.

Slice of life: A labour of love – and victory

A work organiser at the Casual Workers Advice Office has never lost a case at the CCMA, and he has helped workers return to their previous jobs.

Life expulsion from Rhodes for ‘conduct beyond lawful boundaries’

​Two unnamed student activists have been expelled for life from Rhodes University, while protesting against rape culture at the university.

Nigerian athlete slides into history

From the sand to the ice, Africa’s first woman skeleton racer gears up for the Winter Olympics

Spike Lee revives Nola Darling in a TV joint that hits and misses

The director has recast his signature film and its characters for a new generation

Council defends law school accreditation decision

The Council for Higher Education head has defended the council’s bombshell decision to withdraw the undergraduate LLB degree accreditation for WSU

Heineken issue ferments: Labour-broking shows few signs of disappearing

Workers want permanent jobs as the company allegedly tries to evade new labour-broker laws

Some of my best friends are

The social unpacking of interracial friendships is a winding, complex and often dense undertaking.

Of pain(t)ful pasts and parents

‘Grace’ explores the imbalance of concealing and confronting as well as inherited histories and the complex ways they influence the future

The third of us who live with so little

Here are the stories of the many who have to survive on very little.

Press Releases

World Aids Day

Huge strides have been made, but the fight against HIV is far from over, and Covid-19 has disrupted testing and treatments

How to get the most money for your old iPhone towards a new one

Cash in your old iPhone to upgrade to a new one or get a reduced rate on your monthly contract from your service provider

Gender-Based Violence

In South Africa, women live in fear. It’s difficult to speak out against the patriarchal system, but many have done so, and continue to do so

POWER Business #OnTheMoney talks to Risenga Maluleke, South African Statistician-General

If Stats SA is to really have timely data that’s accurate and remains relevant then we need to make sure that the institution is strengthened

Dr Sumy Thomas: Deciphering the human puzzle, from the inside out

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award recipient for 2020 will focus on internal medicine, particularly the endocrine system of patients affected by HIV

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