Drug Edition 2014

‘For our love of dagga we go to court’

The Dagga Couple feel they owe it to the plant to fight for legislation. They want to make the existing market legal.

Drug abuse or drug use?

Two anonymous testimonies of drug users - one good experience, one bad.

On the road with heroin smugglers

After meeting a Tanzanian stowaway, Sean Christie gets caught up in a hair-raising heroin run from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town.

Cape Town’s rehabs for the rich and infamous

The Malibu Model has reached Cape Town. And for those who want to get sober, and have the kind of cash that gets you the best, it's a beautiful thing.

Snapshots of nyaope destruction

Nineteen-year old Lindokuhle Sobhekwa, who is in his final year at school, began photographing nyaope smokers in his East Rand neighbourhood last year

Qoh and gqom: Music and ecstasy mix in Durban

Inanda has evolved its own nihilistic ecstasy scene, complete with a loopy music genre.

Ganja goes gourmet

Not everyone enjoys smoking cannabis, hence the thriving scene of "edibles". Usually sweet treats, but any food can be laced with cannabis.

Tik-tock: Hangberg’s meth timebomb

Crystal meth may have trapped users in crimes, but it is also the fulcrum of an illicit economy that employs hundreds.

Nyaope’s deadly, and addictive, mix

The highly addictive mix of heroin and cannabis is the drug of choice for the economic outcasts.

Excerpts from the era of the Great Blue Fog

California voters approved medical marijuana in 1996 but the retailing of pot did not bloom until 2009, when the state finally issued "guidelines".

Harmless, harmful or medicinal

Is cannabis a wonder plant for every ailment or downright dangerous? Here's what the different sides argue.

Addicted to drug addiction memoirs

The first instalment of our drug edition looks at books that are easy to get hooked on – if you're into misery, redemption and excruciating honesty.


Democracy will flounder sans Stats SA

As the government bails out state-owned entities, it is leaving a hole in the budget of the agency tasked with telling us what South Africa looks like — one that is crucial to government decisions

The Facebook group taking on South Africa’s white right

Online battle over the ‘white genocide’ narrative on social media has dangerous real-world consequences

Trolley tender causes Acsa eruption

Stolen contract exposes rift in the senior ranks at the state airport’s management companies

Press Releases

Scatec Solar begins another Upington project

SPONSORED Scatec Solar and partners have once again grid connected in the ZF Mgcawu District, and started early...

Over R400-m given to businesses since launch of three-minute overdraft

The 3-minute overdraft radically reduces the time it takes for businesses to have their working capital needs met

Tourism can push Africa onto a new path – minister

The continent is fast becoming a dynamic sought-after tourist destination

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income