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‘There’s no ducking of responsibility’

The Commission for Gender Equality takes issues of discrimination seriously; not only against women, but all issues of discrimination on grounds of ge

Heard about John McCain’s special ability?

United States Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday fell victim to cheeky editing of his profile on Wikipedia.

It’s a library thing

Riaan Wolmarans on LibraryThing, a great new books website that bridges the chasm between social networking junkies on the web and book lovers

A musical alphabet

Riaan Wolmarans attended this year's Oppikoppi music festival and Lisa Skinner took the pictures.

Xenophobic violence grips Johannesburg

Hundreds of frightened foreigners fled to the sanctity of the Jeppe police station in central Johannesburg on Sunday morning following a night of deadly xenophobic violence that claimed at least five lives and left about 50 people injured. The atmosphere at the police station was tense, with helicopters circling overhead.

Zimbabwe election crisis: Where to from here?

A crisis in Zimbabwe? What crisis? This question was debated by three high-ranking Zimbabwean opposition politicians at the <i>Mail & Guardian</i>'s Critical Thinking Forum in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening. "We expect too much of South Africa," said one panellist. "There is a limit to what South Africa can do."

Shake-up in ANC national executive

<a href=""><img src="" align=left border=0></a>The African National Congress's (ANC) new, 80-member national executive committee was announced at the end of the party's 52nd national conference in Polokwane at midnight on Thursday evening. Topping the list with 2 845 votes (out of 3 605 votes cast) was Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Zuma: ‘There is only one ANC’

<a href=""><img src="" align=left border=0></a>"We cannot have a Zuma camp or a Mbeki camp; there is only one ANC. None among us is above the organisation or bigger than the ANC," said new African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma on Thursday as the party's 52nd national conference in Polokwane came to an end.

ANC: Zuma issue ‘difficult to deal with’

<a href=""><img src="" align=left border=0></a>Money, members, veterans and Jacob Zuma: at a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon at the African National Congress's (ANC) national conference in Polokwane, secretary general Kgalema Motlanthe discussed his organisational report, delivered two days before, as well as several other issues concerning the ruling party.

Sexwale steps out of ANC race

<a href=""><img src="" align=left border=0></a>African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight Tokyo Sexwale on Monday night declined his nomination to the position of national chairperson as the names of those in the running for the ruling party's top six positions were announced. As predicted, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma go head to head in the contest for party president.

What has Jimmy Wales been up to?

"We are much better off in the long run by trusting each other," says Jimmy Wales, founder of free-for-all internet encyclopedia Wikipedia. He was speaking on Tuesday in Johannesburg at the inaugural session of the Innovation Series -- an endeavour presented by iCommons, ITWeb, Mindshift and the <i>Mail & Guardian Online</i>.

Lucky Dube fans pour hearts out on blog

After the death of South African reggae legend Lucky Dube last week in an apparent hijacking attempt in Johannesburg, much was said about the singer's worldwide appeal -- and a flood of responses to a blog on the <i>Mail & Guardian Online</i>'s <i>Thought Leader</i> website was further proof of his star quality.

A storm’s a-comin’, but it won’t be a tornado

Emails suggesting that a severe storm with a tornado was to hit Johannesburg and surrounds on Monday afternoon were "greatly exaggerated", the South African Weather Service said. One email on Monday read: "Please be careful as a tornado dropped in Randfontein on Saturday and is expected today."

How to create an integrated newsroom: ‘Just do it’

While well-resourced newspapers in the developed world are embarking on projects to merge their print and online operations into a single, sleek news machine, their colleagues in African and other developing countries are nowhere near such convergence, battling a lack of resources and tough media laws.

SA sex blogger calls it a day

Following two weeks of debate and legal wrangling about the identity and actions of an anonymous blogger publishing graphic descriptions of the sex he allegedly had with South African celebrities while working as a male prostitute, the blog has come to a sudden end.

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Murder of anti-mining activist emboldens KZN community

Mam’Ntshangase was described as a fierce critic of mining and ambassador for land rights.

Hawks swoop down with more arrests in R1.4-billion corruption blitz

The spate of arrests for corruption continues apace in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

SANDF hid R200m expenditure on ‘Covid’ drug it can’t use

Military health officials are puzzled by the defence department importing a drug that has not been approved for treating coronavirus symptoms from Cuba

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Disrupt the corrupt

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Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

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