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Dictator brought to justice

A superb book unravels the story of how a Senegalese court jailed a former Chad president for life

Zim won’t take Zuma’s Cecil jibe lying down

President Jacob Zuma's "undiplomatic" reaction to the death of Cecil the Lion at US hunter Walter Palmer's hand fails to amuse in Zimbabwe.

Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo saddened at spying revelations

Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo has expressed “sadness, hurt and deep disappointment” that government may have been spying on him.

South Sudan’s fallen named on anniversary of civil war

A group of civil society volunteers has spent months collecting and verifying names of the victims to give the tragedy a human face.

Masterchef contestant turns up the heat on housework

Domestic worker Siphokazi Mdlankomo has stolen the show on Masterchef SA, but her sisters are still all but forgotten.

Funding crunch threatens TAC

Aids is not over, says Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, but donors are pulling out of South Africa because it is a middle-income country.

Mugabe wins at Beijing bingo

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe appears to have achieved his goal of extracting more cash from China.

Athol Fugard: All is not, and never will be, lost

As SA's most decorated playwright, takes to the stage for the last time, he explains why he will never lose his optimism for the 
country’s future.

Sudan: Meriam Ibrahim ‘safe and well’ in US embassy

The Christian woman whose apostasy death sentence was overturned is doing well after the US embassy in Khartoum gave the family refuge.

Drones offered to SA mines to ‘prevent another Marikana’

Desert Wolf, maker of the Skunk Riot Control Copter, says its machine is "designed to control unruly crowds". But labour activists are condemning it.

Kagame trolls burn their bridges

Government staff in Rwanda appear to be using fake accounts to harass journalists on Twitter.

Boko Haram lashes out

Officials and eyewitnesses recount the militant Muslim fundamentalist group's audacious attack on a military base, which left many killed and injured.

Mbeki: Blair plotted military intervention to remove Mugabe

Former SA president Thabo Mbeki says his country was asked by the UK for help with a military plan to remove Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Al-Shabab’s hold on Somalia rules out a purely military solution

Young people in Somalia have known only war and little prospect of getting a job.

Zimbabwe government’s U-turn on white farmers

A group of 78 dispossessed white farmers claim victory and intend to pursue full compensation.

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Zuma maintains his true colours at Zondo commission

The former president’s escapades at the commission of inquiry into state capture are a far cry from Nelson Mandela’s response when summonsed to testify in the high court

Gordhan tells Zondo how Moyane wanted to advance the objectives of state capture

The public enterprises minister is being cross-examined by Tom Moyane’s lawyers at the state capture inquiry, as both men seek to defend their reputations

Shadow of eviction looms over farm dwellers

In part two of a series on the lives of farm dwellers, Tshepiso Mabula ka Ndongeni finds a community haunted by the scourge of eviction

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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!