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Demolition of hope in Hangberg

The City of Cape Town in June twice knocked down structures on land allocated for other purposes. The city says these were not evictions; residents ask why no police are available for rapes and murders

Should we really celebrate the equality court ruling on the apartheid flag?

The recent ruling that displaying the old South African flag is hate speech has been welcomed in many circles. But it could have gone a lot further

VAT hike ‘constitutionally suspect’ — SA Human Rights Commission

The VAT rate was raised from 14% to 15% on April 1, 2018, the first change since 1993

No proof of birth, no education

An undocumented mother’s fight to get her children schooled highlights flaws in the law

What I learned about freedom at the Oslo Freedom Forum

'When you choose whose struggle you give a platform to, you decide who is afforded human dignity and human worth'

Following pit toilet death, Education department to implement sanitation audit

Some schools in the Eastern Cape, which have no sanitation at all, would be addressed with urgency

Disagreement cannot extend to censorship

Critics argue the film threatens to reveal the secrets of ulwaluko, Xhosa initiation rituals that are purposely shrouded in mystery.

Human Rights Commission wants Edward Zuma to fork out a R100 000 for hate speech

The complaint has its foundations in an “open letter” President Zuma’s son wrote last year in which he attacked Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan.

Election fracas tests a tense Kenya

Kenya's preparation for new presidential elections changed as opposition leader Raila Odinga and his party dropped out of the race.

​They used all these very homophobic statements and observations.

Ricky Nathanson speaks to the M&G about her experiences as a transgender woman in Zimbabwe and what happened on the night she was arrested.

New SA: ‘White people sleep on the floor, black people sleep in houses’

sThe title of Hlatshwayo’s book is not entirely false, just very nearly so. Black people do go caravanning —just exceedingly seldom.

ANC reports Mashaba for ‘xenophobia’

The HRC is probing the mayor’s remarks that, some claim, may incite violence against foreigners.

Human Rights Commission tells municipal official to apologise to white South Africans

Steve Naale was ordered to apologise after posting a photograph of the lynching of two black men by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1930s US on Facebook.

Principal fired for ignoring racist teacher goes back to school – with R629 000 in backpay

Fanie Roeloffze successfully appealed against the Free State education department's sanction, which which found his dismissal to be unfair.

Violent protests are a symptom of people being ignored by politicians

Widespread protest action reflects a sense of alienation in a democracy, and people feel destruction is the only way they’ll be heard.

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Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine

Limpopo big-game farmer accused of constant harassment

A family’s struggle against alleged intimidation and failure to act by the authorities mirrors the daily challenges farm dwellers face

Zondo tightens his grip with criminal complaint against Zuma

The state capture commission’s star witness now faces a criminal complaint and another summons

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Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention

BE 1 OF 8 LUCKY PEOPLE TO DRIVE OFF WITH R80 000

From 23 to 30 November 2020, simply purchase any BMW bearing the number “8” and you could be one of eight lucky people to drive off with R80 000

Introducing Sabinet Judgments

A well-rounded view of reported and unreported judgments supplemented by an advanced system to enable users to rapidly find the information they require

The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Research and Publication Interventions

The project places emphasis on rolling out a standardised package of occupational health services and mining safety standards across four countries