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DA's Final Rally: The Dobsonville boy comes home

Photo: Leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi Maimane (R), addressing some of the thousands of people who attended the parties final pre election rally in Soweto, Johannesburg , South Africa, 30 July 2016.EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND
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Photo: Judge Siraj Desai (Photo: BDLive)

Op-Ed: Filling Madonsela’s shoes – new Public Protector must not be politically embedded

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Patricia de Lille (DA)

DA's Patricia De Lille: ‘I have set my sights on increasing the numbers’

By Marianne Merten

ANC's Xolani Sotashe: ‘The aim is to regain control of Cape Town’

By Marianne Merten

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Photo: ANC President Jacob Zuma and ANC's Provincial Chairperson Paul Mashatile (Jordi Matas)

LGE2016: Battleground Gauteng and the coming ANC fallout

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks on stage during final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 28 July 2016. Hillary Clinton formally accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party as their presidential candidate in the 2016 election. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Democratic Convention: Yes She Did

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Marius Fransman (Wikimedia Commons)

Another day, another twist: Marius Fransman calls off court action against ANC

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Sihle Zikalala (Photo: Khaya Magenu/News24)

KZN: ANC struggles to present a picture of unity

Photo: The President of Simbabwe, Robert Mugabe attends the opening of the 'Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries' in Vienna, Austria, 03 November 2014. EPA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Zimbabwe: If not Mugabe, then WHO?

By Simon Allison

Photo of Johannesburg by Babak Fakhamzadeh via Flickr

A place for the poor? Realising the right to adequate housing in Johannesburg

Photo: Caster Semenya of South Africa reacts during the women's 800m semi finals of the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China, 27 August 2015. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Op-Ed: Semenya will be SA’s darling, no matter what her rivals say

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Protesters at the AIDS2016 Conference in Durban highlighted Gilead Science’s pricing of its hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir. Photo: Liz McGregor

GroundUp: Anger at huge price tag for life-saving medicine

By GroundUp
Photo: Dozens of Central American mothers visit El Ceibo, Mexico, in order to find their missing children that travel to US as illegal immigrants. El Ceibo, Mexico, 15 October 2012.

ICG: Easy Prey – Criminal Violence and Central American Migration

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko updates South Africa on ‘Rogue Unit’ Investigations during a media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. South Africa. 02/03/2015. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS)

Deathly Politics: Selective probe into politically motivated killings exposes SAPS political bias

By Marianne Merten

Photo: Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie (Richard Poplak)

TRAINSPOTTER: Fringe Festival — how Gayton McKenzie spells the onset of the coalition era

By Richard Poplak
Photo: Original by Steven Lang.

Switching Channels: SABC flips, flops and reinstates 7 journalists

By Greg Nicolson
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Is the ANC still the bearer of Nelson Mandela’s legacies?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Darling Wind Farm (Warren Rohner via Flickr)

Analysis: A citizen’s guide to electricity generation technology

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: Rian Malan (Jonathan Ball)

Letter to Editor: Rian Malan

By Rian Malan

Video: Between the Lines, Ep 7 – Post-Zuma SA in the words of Don Pinnock

By John Matisonn
Photo: Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela chats with Britain’s then Prime Minister Gordon Brown (unseen) during a meeting at his hotel in central London June 24, 2008.    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

LGE 2016: Scrum over Mandela’s legacy exposes hollow heart of SA politics

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize during his interview with Stephen Grootes (Source: Siyanqoba @MYANC)

Time with Zweli Mkhize: The Billion Rand Question and The Fransman Question

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Lenasia Independent Candidates. Bottom-left is Nazar Loonat.

LGE 2016: Interview – Lenasia Ward 10 independent candidate Nazar Loonat

A Lesotho reporter recounts hours of tense and intimidating interrogation

A Lesotho reporter recounts hours of tense and intimidating interrogation

Photo: Wayde Van Niekerk (C) of South Africa wins the men’s 400m final during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, China, 26 August 2015. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI

Rio 2016: South Africa at the Games – all the times, events and highlights

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, 15 April 2014. EPA/ALON SKUY / POOL

Murder, Inc: NPA appeals Oscar’s ‘shockingly lenient’ six-year sentence

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: The lost mariners – Anthony Murray, Reginald “Reg” Robertson

Bigger than the weather: A corporate cover-up on the high seas

By Kevin Bloom
A signed copy of one of the first edition books by British Beatrix Potter is on display at an auction house in London, Britain, 27 July 2016. The entire sale of Beatrix Potter book and works is expected to fetch 110,000 euros on 28 July. EPA/ANDY RAIN

While you were sleeping: 28 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Zimbabwean President and patron of the liberation war fighters, Robert Mugabe arrives to address around 10,000 former liberation war fighters at the City Sports Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, 07 April 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Op-Ed – Zimbabwe’s Leadership Moment: The centre can no longer hold

Photo: A dilapidated classroom in the Eastern Cape. Photo courtesy of Equal Education Law Centre

GroundUp Op-Ed: Towards equality in school funding

By GroundUp
Photo: South Africa’s Temba Bavuma (left) and Kagiso Rabada celebrate the wicket of England’s Nick Compton (not in picture) during the second cricket test match in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Rabada and Bavuma ride the transformation highway in celebrating 25 years of unity in cricket

By Antoinette Muller

SABC Four refused entry into work, despite court victory

By News24
Photo of DA PR Councillor Maureen Mnisi and DA leader Mmusi Maimane by Bheki C Simelane.

LGE 2016: In Protea South church, Maimane puts on a show under flickering lights

Photo: A file photograph dated 31 August 2008 shows Swaziland’s King Mswati III during the annual reed dance at the royal residence of Ludzidzini at Lobamba village near Mbabane, Swaziland. EPA/JON HRUSA

Op-Ed: Swazi king prepares lavish SADC summit as population starves

By Manqoba Nxumalo
Photo: Example of numerous propaganda messages in the Islamic State following recent attacks in Germany

Op-Ed: Thulsie Brothers – what happens in the courtroom will not stay in the courtroom

By Jasmine Opperman
Original photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Steven Lang)

SABC: Labour court battle won, but the war is still on

By Greg Nicolson

Kenya: East Africa’s biggest independent publisher battered by job cuts and political pressure

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Children of Bekkersdal (Greg Nicolson)

Stats SA capital expenditure figures – food for voters’ thoughts as polling day looms

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Judge President John Hlophe during his hearing by the Judiciary Service Commission ( JSC) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 30 July 2009 Photo: Oupa Nkosi (Sapa)

Judge Hlophe misconduct: Give it up, JSC tells ConCourt judges Jafta and Nkabinde

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: US Republican nominee for President Donald Trump delivers remarks in the Quicken Loans Arena on the final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, US, 21 July 2016. Trump formally accepted the nomination of the Republican Party as their presidential candidate in the 2016 election. EPA/SHAWN THEW

US 2016: Donald J Trump, The Siberian Candidate?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 25 July 2016. The four-day convention is expected to end with Hillary Clinton formally accepting the nomination of the Democratic Party as their presidential candidate in the 2016 election. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Democratic Party convention, Day One: Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders make case for Hillary

Team South Africa close their third undefeated day of competition at the World Schools Debating Championships in Stuttgart on Monday 25th July. South Africa has achieved 6 out of 6 in their opening debates and remains one of the tournament's strongest contenders.

While you were sleeping: 26 July 2016

By John Stupart

Podcast: First Person, Ep. 03 – Fifty Shades of OK

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: School children stand in a line near King William’s Town, South Africa, 01 March 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Education – from crisis to opportunity

Photo: Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and DA mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba at The Gathering 2016. (Greg Nicolson)

LGE 2016: DA digs in on Joburg advertising ‘abuse’

By Greg Nicolson
Main photo: Xolisile Tangana, who lives in one of the shacks visible behind him, says nothing is done about the piles of waste that clog streams and cling to bushes in Ward 38 of the Nelson Mandela Metro. Tangana, a card-carrying member of the EFF and unemployed despite an N6 qualification in financial management, believes unemployment is the biggest problem in Kwanoxolo. All photos by Steve Kretzmann/WCN.

GroundUp: The community of Port Elizabeth’s most closely contested ward lives on the edge of a wasteland

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe and International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman at the Human Rights Day commemoration in Mbekweni, Paarl in the Western Cape, 21 March 2013. (Photo: GCIS)

Analysis: Zuma, Fransman et al vs Luthuli House

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Chad Le Clos of South Africa on his way winning the men’s 100m Butterfly Final during the FINA Swimming World Championships at Kazan arena in Kazan, Russia, 08 August 2015. EPA/PATRICK B. KRAEMER

Rio 2016: World leading times vs world records in the Olympic swimming season

By Antoinette Muller

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.48 – Evita relives Thabo's nightmare deferred

By Pieter-Dirk Uys

While you were sleeping, 25 July

In case you missed it
Photo: Floyd Shivambu, deputy president of the Economic Freedom Fighters (Greg Nicolson)

TRAINSPOTTER: EFF’s Floyd Shivambu –  the man behind the Man behind the Man

By Richard Poplak
Photo: South African health workers stand in what resembles a graveyard during the 2016 International Aids Conference at the Durban International Conference Centre, in Durban, South Africa, 19 July 2016. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

Health-e News: AIDS 2016 – Glimmers of hope and sobering setbacks

Photo: DA’s Mmusi Maimane, ANC’s Jacob Zuma.

Op-Ed: The final 10 days, with party turbulence ahead

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the Education Awards ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg, 22 January 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

KwaZulu-Natal: All quiet on the eastern front as Ramaphosa meets ‘clever blacks’

Photo: Opening of Medupi Unit 6 Power Station, 30 Aug 2015. (GCIS)

Understanding the cost of electricity from Medupi, Kusile and IPPs

By Chris Yelland
Photo: President Jacob Zuma campaigns in Cape Tow, 21 July 2016. (Marianne Merten)

Zuma electioneers in Cape Town, with Fransman in tow: ‘The DA has failed Cape Town’

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Aids patient Sannah Seetotale (R) waits to receive her food from volunteer worker Matshidiso Masuku in Orange Farm in Johannesburg November 29, 2006.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA)

GroundUp: Disappointing study results show how difficult HIV prevention is

By GroundUp
Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe (R) after arriving in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 December 2015. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

ISS Today: As Mugabe fights for his political future, why is China so silent?

By Simon Allison
Photo by Coralie Ferreira, via Flickr

Op-Ed: Finding the sweet spot in Sugar Tax

Photo: President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe and International relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman at the Human Rights Day commemoration in Mbekweni, Paarl in the Western Cape, 21 March 2013. (Photo: GCIS)

The Untouchables: Is Marius Fransman back in the game?

By Marianne Thamm

While you were sleeping: 21 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Long Island Solar Farm (Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flickr)

The roles of private sector IPPs and Eskom in renewable energy: An interview with the South African Renewable Energy Council

By Chris Yelland
Photo: (L-R) Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakhstan’s President and Supreme Eurasian Economic Council Chairman Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev and Eurasian Economic Commission Board Chairman Tigran Sarkisyan pose for a picture prior to the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting to discuss bilateral relations and co-operation within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Astana, Kazakhstan, 31 May 2016. EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ/POOL 

ICG: The Eurasian Economic Union – Power, Politics & Trade

By International Crisis Group
Photo by Nick Thompson via Flickr.

Op-Ed: Hlaudi’s Humpty Dumpty Day

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Outside: Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Steven Lang); Inside: A man gestures to the police (not in picture) during violent service delivery protests in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

SABC buckles, but crisis isn’t broken

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A handout picture provided by Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking during a press conference after cabinet meeting in Ankara, Turkey, 20 July 2016. EPA/TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT 

ICG: Turkey’s PKK Conflict – The Death Toll

By International Crisis Group
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

South Africa in crisis: Is there a way out?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Lucky, the JMPD employee who was caught on camera selling a driver’s licence to a client, is confronted by GroundUp.

GroundUp: Official who offered bribe for driver’s licence suspended

By GroundUp
Photo: South African Health Minister Manto Tshabala-Msimang addresses a media briefing in Cape Town February 12, 2002. Tshabala-Msimang said that the South African government was not yet ready to expand the provision of anti-retroviral drugs in State hospitals to prevent mother to child transmission of the AIDS virus. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Africa Check: A round-up of fake AIDS ‘cures’

A firefighter stands at a road block in Wuerzburg, Germany, 18 July 2016. Reports state that a man allegedly wielding an axe injured multiple passengers on a regional train in Wuerzburg. EPA/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

While you were sleeping: 20 July 2016

By John Stupart
Original Photo: SABC Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Sapa)

Hlaudi’s Kill Bill: The slippery slide towards manipulating the news

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Farmworkers are seen at a farm in Eikeihof outside Johannesburg September 30, 2008. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Landmark ruling provides legal clarity for women’s right to tenure on farms

By Marianne Thamm
Aids activists have been sounding the alarm that the withdrawal of health funding from middle income countries (MICS) will result in a failure to meet global goals to end the epidemic. This concern is one of many that have surfaced in the “post-aid” era, which refers to the dwindling number of countries classified as poor by the World Bank. By JULIA GREENBERG.

Op-Ed: Decisions in the Dark? Global Health Financing in the Post-Aid Era

By Julia Greenberg
Photo of Cape Town by Neville Nel, via Flickr

City of Cape Town owns 24,000 parcels of land, deputy mayor reveals in election debate

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Demonstrators march to the Durban International Conference Centre, in Durban, South Africa, 18 July 2016. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

Op-Ed: The response to AIDS has shown another world is possible

By Mark Heywood
Photo: Donald Trump (L) escorts his wife Melania (R) after her speech during the second session on the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, US, 18 July 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

GOP Convention, Cleveland: Melania Trump’s speech malfunction and other curious tales from Day One

By J Brooks Spector
Photo:Anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs sit on a shelf in the pharmacy at the Ubuntu clinic in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly.

GroundUp: No HIV transmissions after sex 58,000 times without condoms

By GroundUp

amaBhungane: Politically connected brothers, scandal, toxic loans – Malawi edition

Photo: Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to the crowd while appearing at a campaign rally in Norcross, Georgia, USA, 10 October 2015. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Liar Liar: Electioneering in the Post-Truth Era

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Gugs Zulu (VW SA)

Gugu Zulu: SA remembers ‘the fastest brother in Africa’

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Melanie Verwoerd and Ahmed Kathrada.

Ahmed Kathrada: The mountains we still have to climb are huge

By Melanie Verwoerd
Photo: Solly Msimanga (DA)

TRAINSPOTTER: How the DA’s Solly Msimanga hopes to turn Battleground Tshwane into a better version of Sweden

By Richard Poplak
Photo: The SABC Broadcast Centre headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg (Mike Powell, via Wikimedia Commons)

Four SABC journalists fired because they approached labour court – lawyer

By News24
Original photos: President Jacob Zuma (Sapa), SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Steven Kang), NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS), The Hawks boss Mthandazo Ntlemeza (CityPress)

Political Trials: David vs Goliath and the high cost of taking on a well-resourced state

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Pro-Russian rebels stand line during the military parade in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 09 May 2016. Leaders of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DNR and LNR) organised a Victory Day parade marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. EPA/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

ICG: Crossing the line in Ukraine

By International Crisis Group
Photo: South African HIV/Aids action group members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) protest during a meeting at St.George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa  29 August 2007. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: What Durban forgets – AIDS, Denialism and People Power

By Fatima Hassan
Photo: Lucky, the JMPD employee who was caught on camera selling a driver’s licence to a client is confronted by GroundUp. He was still working at the facility, almost two weeks after evidence was submitted to the director of internal affairs at the JMPD. Photo: Benita Enoch

GroundUp: State employee who offered bribe still has his job

By GroundUp
Main photo: Hymn singing at His Generation Church in Harare. (Simon Allison)

The Dissident, the Despot & the Divine: A tale of two Zimbabwean churches

By Simon Allison
Main photo: Nehawu on Monday 18 July marched at lunch time through busy central Cape Town from Parliament up the road to the Western Cape Public Protector’s office. All photos by Marianne Merten.

Mgidlana, ‘Parliament’s Hlaudi’: Nehawu asks Public Protector to probe ‘flagrant violations’ of financial management act

By Marianne Merten
Main photo: A handout photograph made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) showing Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) supporters marching to handover a memorandum amongst them is the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, to the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban, South Africa, 18 July 2016. South Africa is hosting the AIDS 2016 Conference scheduled for Durban, from 18-22 July 2016. EPA/Siyasanga Mbambani / GCIS

GroundUp: March to Aids conference highlights millions who remain untreated

By GroundUp
Photo: Aerial view of Tormin mine on the West Coast. Photo from Tormin promotional video.

amaBhungane: West Coast dune mining – is the tide turning on Tormin?

The pack of riders pass by supporters holding a banner in tribute to victims of the Nice truck terrorist attack during the 14th stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 208.5Km between Montelimar and Villars-Les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, France, 16 July 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

While you were sleeping: 18 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Former President Nelson Mandela smiles as he formally announces his retirement from public life at his foundations offices in Johannesburg, June 1, 2004. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Mandela Day: Extraordinary times demand extraordinary leadership

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: A young girl smiles as she is held up by her mother in front of a portrait of the late South African president Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, 7 December 2013. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Op-Ed: What Nelson Mandela means to me

By Mondli Zondo
Photo: Police officers with tear gas canisters prepare to charge as they face opposition supporters protesting against Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, 14 June 2016. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya: Cop goes rogue, raising flags about security

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Nokuthula Simelane was kidnapped, tortured and disappeared by apartheid forces in 1983.

An apartheid murder reckoning: Does the NPA have the courage?

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Police officers stand guard near the truck after it crashed into the crowd during the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France, 14 July 2016. EPA/FRANCK FERNANDES 

The ‘Wannabe’ Lone Wolf attackers: A global reach of ideas that poison

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo of Jonathan Jansen courtesy of UOFS.

Video: Between the Lines – Jonathan Jansen

By John Matisonn
Photo: A patient lies in bed at the Hillcrest Aids Centre in Durban, South Africa, 1 December 2011. More than 34-million people globally are suffering from the disease with South Africa having the highest number of people infected with HIV in the world. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Health-E: Aids2016 – Making the dwindling dollars go further

Main photo: Sex workers marched on 3 March 2013 in Johannesburg to commemorate International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. Photo courtesy of Sonke Gender Justice.

GroundUp: How sex workers are avoiding HIV infection

By GroundUp