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.


South Africans stuck in China are desperate to escape coronavirus ‘prison’

But the department of international relations and co-operation claims they are comfortable and taken care of 

SA’s quarantine plan for coronavirus

A small Free State dorp and 14 days of isolation — this is the plan for citizens returning from China, to prevent a potential outbreak of the disease

No legal sales in new cannabis Bill

Draft regulations do not allow for commercial cultivation or sale, but policy could change this

Press Releases

Dr Mathew Moyo’s journey to academic victory

The NWU's chief director for library and information services was appointed as a board member of the National Council for Library and Information Services.

UKZN pays tribute to Joseph Shabalala, Doctor of Music (honoris causa)

The university joins the global community in mourning the passing of legendary musician and founding member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dr Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala.

South Africa to be almost R 14-billion wealthier when SAB Zenzele BB-BBEE scheme winds down in April 2020

It’s the biggest BB-BEE FMCG payout in South Africa’s history, with a new scheme to be launched

UKZN vice-chancellor calls for perspective and creative engagement on the way forward

In addition to overcoming the deadlock between UKZN and students, a way must be found to reconcile the university's financial obligations and students' long-term needs.

Survey shows South Africans’ approval of president but not of political parties

According to the survey, 62% of South Africans think Cyril Ramaphosa is doing his job well, while 39% say no political party represents their views.

Andrew Makenete joins Africa Agri Tech as an event ambassador

Makenete has a wealth of experience in the agricultural sector

Is your company prepared for the coronavirus?

Companies should consider the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic when evaluating whether they are prepared for the coronavirus, says ContinuitySA.

Explaining the distribution of pension funds

Section 37C of the Pension Funds Act puts the ultimate decision-making responsibility in trustees' hands, says Fedgroup.