Alastair Macdonald

How to oust a president (again), Egyptian-style

After 18 days of mass protests in 2011, Egyptians succeeded in ousting a president they were unhappy with. Can they do it again this weekend?

Thousands flood Tahrir Square in protest as Egypt awaits results

Protesters filled Cairo's Tahrir Square for Friday prayers as Egypt's presidential candidates accused each other of trying to steal elections.

Protesters rage against Egypt military’s ‘hollow gesture’

Egypt's army chief has promised a swifter handover to civilian rule but failed to convince thousands of demonstrators who are battling police.

Libya’s tug-of-war over al-Islam a test for new government

Abdullah al-Senussi and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's capture poses a challenge for the NTC who must deal with cries for blood and appeals for a fair trial.

Fearing Libya vacuum, urgency placed on rapid vote

Libya's war-time rebel prime minister says his country faces a dangerous power vacuum where foreign powers may exploit rival militias on the streets.

Libyan leaders downplay violent disputes

Despite continued gunfire and explosions near Tripoli, Libyan officials and fighters say a bloody local dispute has been resolved.

Muslim feast a time of joy for Libyans, but not in Sirte

In the Libyan town of Sirte, the hometown where Muammar Gaddafi met his end, the mood was grim on the eve of one of Islam's greatest festivals.

Israel prepares to board Gaza aid ship

The Israeli navy prepared to board another aid ship bound for Gaza on Saturday, as Washington condemned as "unsustainable" a blockade on Gaza.

Palestinians, Israelis clash ahead of talks

Dozens of people were injured in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Jerusalem on Friday, as tension over land and holy sites mounted.


From the archives: For the first time, an insiders’ account of the Third Force

Two young gangsters give an horrific account of how they were encouraged, equipped and trained to carry out violence against ANC-linked targets by the security forces.

Ramaphosa bets big on infrastructure to boost economy

Sona was a mixed bag but there were some meaningful announcements

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it