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The other side of the cell

But what of the women who were employed to guard the detained activists during this time of struggle?

Apartheid killings and awkward questions

A book long in the making about controversial assassinations challenges official accounts

When you think of heroes, rather listen to your heart

‘This book is about how I was made by the liberation struggle and how I was broken by it’

The Russian Revolution: a reflection on the role of women revolutionaries

Recollections often revolve around images of powerful men but women have always been key participants in the Communist movement.

Lwandile Fikeni’s Ruth First speech on rage in the rainbow nation is indispensable

Rage is being expressed in response to institutional violence against the poor and the marginalised.

Leigh-Ann Naidoo: The anti-apartheid generation has become afraid of the future

The keynote address struck a chord with university students, who were encouraged to channel their discontent and use it to bring about change.

Slovo, First biography – Bedfellows of a different feather

Alan Wieder's biography on Joe Slovo and Ruth First focuses on the couple's relationship, their different personalities and opposing views.

Coup by the connected and corrupt

South Africa is a democratic touchstone in the new Africa. We are safe. But are we? Or have we perhaps been lulled into a false sense of security?

The First pan-African martyr

Ruth First pursued a better life for all Africans, but she was killed by a letter bomb 12 years before the liberation of her country.

Vavi questions Protection of Information Bill

Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi criticised the proposed Protection of Information Bill during the Ruth First memorial lecture on Tuesday.

The hidden citizens

Ruth First Fellowship winner and photographer Alon Skuy explains how he interpreted the theme of this year's Ruth First lecture.

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Durban city manager says NPA erred in his bail conditions

The corruption-fraught metro is coming to grips with having a municipal manager who is on bail for graft, yet has returned to work

SA justice delays extradition of paedophile to UK

Efforts to bring Lee Nigel Tucker to justice have spanned 16 years and his alleged victims have waited for 30 years

Johannesburg cannot police its future

South Africa’s biggest city is ground zero for debates about the long-term effectiveness and constitutionality of militarised urban policing and how we imagine the post-Covid city

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Itec serves up high-tech integrated surveillance system for family food company

The system includes facial recognition software and a thermal screening solution that will provide instant temperature screening of all employees

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

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

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

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