Tanya Pampalone

The writing on the web: What the M&G is reading

What’s being read around the M&G newsroom? Here are some things we like. A lot.

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.

Why the geeks will inherit the Earth

The Grugq, who is pale, balding, boyishly pudgy and was dressed in a black golf shirt and a zip-up black jersey, looked like he had just woken up.

Best little bookshop in Braamfontein

With its bright, floor-to-ceiling window shopfront, the Wits Hospice Shop just might be the coolest thing in town, writes Tanya Pampalone.

A high-seas education

Growing up in the global yachting community made for a great memoir.

In cruise mode: Living the high life on the high seas

Tanya Pampalone boarded the Crystal Serenity bubble for the Black Sea to find out how the other 5% live.

Tanya Pampalone: I’m a fan of Zapiro, but…

Zapiro's cartoons are revolutionary, writes the M&G's features editor, Tanya Pampalone. But defending his latest is proving to be difficult.

Is this the end of the bookshop, or just a new chapter?

Bookstores around the world have been shutting their doors in the face of what looks a lot like publishing Armageddon. What's a bibliophile to do?

Champagne wishes and corrupted dreams

The top dogs of anti-corruption came out in force to support a new initiative. But can they make us all believe?

In a Dainfern state of mind

Life in Johannesburg's premier luxury golf estate has reached surreal perfection. But whose reality is it anyway?

Singing for his SUVs — and Kabila

One of the DRC's most famous musicians talks about the elections and singing for President Joseph Kabila.

DRC: And now for the bad news…

Death threats, assassinations, brown envelopes and politically aligned media owners. Being a journalist was never easy in the Congo.

Latest

From the archives: For the first time, an insiders’ account of the Third Force

Two young gangsters give an horrific account of how they were encouraged, equipped and trained to carry out violence against ANC-linked targets by the security forces.

Ramaphosa bets big on infrastructure to boost economy

Sona was a mixed bag but there were some meaningful announcements

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it