Explainer: What is going on in Mali?

The hostage situation at a hotel in the Malian capital Bamako comes after months of sporadic violence.

Mali, French troops clash with Jihadists in Timbuktu

Malian troops backed by French forces on Sunday clashed with Islamist fighters in Timbuktu, leaving two jihadists dead and four Malian soldiers hurt.

Whirlwind battle ends in Timbuktu

Peacekeepers have taken over as France tries to prevent revenge killings in Mali.

France to withdraw troops from Mali in March

After having killed "several hundred" militants in fighting to reclaim north Mali, France says it will begin withdrawing its troops in the country.

How the people of Timbuktu saved the treasured manuscripts

In August 2012, a handful of heroes conspired to save Timbuktu's prized manuscripts. The ingenious plan involved empty rice sacks, a boat and Bamako.

France: African forces must ensure security for Timbuktu

France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, says France wants African forces to assume security responsibility for the city of Timbuktu "very fast".

Freed Timbuktu licks its wounds

The most difficult part of the conflict is yet to come for newly liberated Timbuktu: reconciliation and healing.

French troops enter last main rebel-held town in Mali

French troops have entered Kidal, the last major town in their lightning drive to drive out rebels from northern Mali, military officials have said.

Rebels torch priceless ancient manuscripts before fleeing Timbuktu

French and Malian troops have sealed off Timbuktu after fleeing rebels torched buildings including a South African-funded prized manuscript library.

Armed guards protect Timbuktu’s ancient tombs

Members of Timbuktu's Arab community have set up an armed brigade to prevent further destruction of the tombs of ancient Muslim saints by Islamists.

Dark days now for Timbuktu

The destruction of ancient tombs and treasures is a human tragedy as well as a crime against culture, writes Lloyd Gedye.

Protest held in Mali over Timbuktu wreckages

Religious leaders have headed up a protest by over a 1 000 people in Mali's capital after the destruction of historic religious sites at Timbuktu.


Meet Doctor Fundile Nyati: South Africa’s own online medical mythbuster

The employee health and wellness specialist is using social media to combat misinformation about Covid-19

Products for the care of babies and toddlers now essential items

In response to court papers saying lockdown regulations are unconstitutional because they do not protect the best interests of children, the state says baby care goods are now an essential item

Slice of life: Recycling for our lives

This lockdown will hurt my family in the stomach. We will suffer for this whole period. I don’t even know what I will do when my wife gives birth in the next two weeks

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Everyone’s talking about it. Even Kentucky

Earlier this year South African fried chicken fast-food chain, Chicken Licken®, launched a campaign for their wallet-friendly EasyBucks® meals, based on the idea of ‘Everyone’s talking about it.’

New energy mix on the cards

REI4P already has and will continue to yield thousands of employment opportunities

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world