By going for broke, Kgalema Motlanthe ensured the ANC had to face the scale of its Jacob Zuma problem, writes Nic Dawes.
Shell-shocked by the developments of 2012, ordinary South Africans must now lead, writes Nic Dawes.
Calls for ANC unity and fears of lingering animosity were heard following the election of Jacob Zuma and the party’s senior leadership at Mangaung.
In just over a week, delegates sent to Mangaung by ANC branches will vote whether or not to retain President Jacob Zuma.
Pravin Gordhan clearly wants public finances to to be judged on the numbers, not on the dismal politics that drove ratings downgrades.
What will happen when the ANC and its trade union allies are no longer unquestioningly accepted as the sole legitimate representatives of poor?
At Economic Minister Patel’s invitation, Joseph Stiglitz has become a voice in SA’s economic debate, a counterweight to treasury and the Reserve Bank.
The parents in the ANC family are sure Mangaung isn’t the problem, it’s that bad seed Malema who Mangaung hangs around with, writes <b>Nic Dawes</b>.
A new book about the 1960 protests evokes uncomfortable parallels with the present.
The factionalism and divisions within the ruling party and how they play out will determine the relationship between the party and the electorate.
Malema’s exit from the ANC stage strengthens President Zuma’s position, but it’s Cosatu’s Vavi who holds the trump cards now, writes <b>Nic Dawes</b>.
As WikiLeaks publishes a cache of five million emails, editor-in-chief <b>Nic Dawes</b> explains how Stratfor approached the <i>M&G</i>.
<b>Nic Dawes</b> says the media should not be embarrassed by Chris Vick, who speaks for money and power, and not for "the little people" as he claims.
It is not just press freedom that is under threat. Far from it. <b>Nic Dawes</b> on the assault on our Constitution.
Should we trust the government’s bona fides when it says it has good reason to keep information from us?
M&G editor-in-chief Nic Dawes explains why we blacked out the Mac Maharaj article and what our next steps will be to publish the story.
It is tempting to agree with Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi that there is paralysis in the Cabinet economics cluster.
South Africa’s conservative economic policy
may be stable, but it’s stifling transformation, writes <b>Nic Dawes</b>.
At a conference, Vusi Pikoli identified two cases as definitive for the future of SA’s anti-graft efforts: the arms deal and Oilgate.
The refusal of the SABC to abide by a ruling of the BCCSA in favour of the <i>M&G</i> is unprecedented, says <b>Nic Dawes</b>.
At first glance the National Planning Commission’s "diagnostic" overview is cautious, however, it’s one of the more muscular documents by the state.
Secret revelation of plans to unseat Jacob Zuma … where have we come across this before?
Hemmed in politics, Pravin Gordhan holds back on big ideas.
U2’s lead singer speaks to the <i>Mail & Guardian</i> about transparency and Africa’s 21st-century moment.
After months of speculation, the sale of SA’s most popular tourist destination, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, was confirmed on Monday.
While the Mandela family and ANC leaders visited Milpark on Thursday, the rest of the country huddled in the ‘national waiting room’.
The Nobel laureate offers a vision for rebuilding the economy ripe with both promise and pitfalls.
The financial crisis is an opportunity to rethink South Africa’s place in the world writes <i>M&G</i> editor <b>Nic Dawes</b>
It was probably the first major news story of January 2010: Jacob Maroga’s demand for R85-million in compensation following his departure from Eskom.
Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has been sold for R10-billion, the <em>Mail & Guardian</em> can reveal.
As of this week SA has three economic policies — or is it four? And that’s just the government. The ANC and its partners account for several more.
Pravin Gordhan paused in his medium-term budget policy speech on Wednesday to make what seemed a rote remark about the tax season.