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22 October 2016 01:38 (South Africa)

Interview: Iqbal Survé, Indy's new boss and SA's latest media mogul

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    Mandy de Waal

    Mandy de Waal is a writer who reports on technology, corruption, science, the media and whatever else she finds interesting. She loves small stories and human narratives, and dislikes persistent evangelists, bad poetry and the insane logic that currently passes for political rhetoric. Back in journalism after spending time in the corridors of corporate greed, de Waal has written for Mail & Guardian, Noseweek, City Press, Rapport, MoneyWeb, Brandchannel (New York) and a number of other good titles. She now writes for The Daily Maverick because it’s the smart thing to do.

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Some of the parrots confiscated from executive member of the Parrot Breeders Association of South Africa, Dieter Horstmann. Photo: Diana Neille

Grey area: The illicit parrot trade and SA’s captive-breeding industry

By Kimon de Greef
Photo: Bottles of beer produced by AB InBev and SABMiller are pictured in London, Britain, 28 September 2016. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Charles Glass Half Full: The end of SABMiller, but what comes next?

Photo: US Investor George Soros arrives at the 51st Security Conference at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, 06 February 2015. EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT

Op-Ed: Should philanthropy be funding arts and culture?

By Shelagh Gastrow
Main photo: Protesters hold placards written in the Greek, German and English language during a demonstration in front of the Greek Labour Ministry in Athens, Greece, 04 July 2016. The Greek Communist party unions in the fields of tourism, pensions, workers and students staged a protest against the social security law and unemployment. EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Greece: Rent-Seeking, Hell and the Prime Minister

Photo:  Mineral Resources Minister and then  Acting Minister of Communications Mosebenzi Zwane speaks at Ga-Seleka Village Community Hall during the Imbizo focus week launch in Lephalele, 4 April 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Cabinet to seek judicial inquiry into banks’ moves against the Guptas

Photo: President Jacob Zuma and SAA Chairwoman Dudu Myeni (GCIS)

SAA: In a big tactical win, Treasury submits new board nominees

By Marianne Thamm
Photo by Petur-t via Flickr

ArcelorMittal to pay R1.5bn price fix fine

By News24
Photo: Cars drive below a road toll in Johannesburg October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees

By News24
Main photo: Rabat Technopolis (Wikimedia Commons)

Countries as Companies: Morocco’s use of technology for development

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Image of Polihali Dam, by Sunday Express, Lesotho.

amaBhungane: Nomvula Mokonyane’s alleged interference in Lesotho water project cited as causing delays

Photo: Alide Dasnois (

Independent Media misled public on Alide Dasnois, says Press Ombudsman

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A picture made available on 21 June 2016 and taken with wide angle lens shows two cooling towers of the nuclear power plant Grafenrheinfeld, Germany, 31 May 2016.  EPA/DANIEL KARMANN

Analysis: How much will new nuclear electricity cost South Africa?

By Chris Yelland
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 by Gavin Fordham.

Op-Ed: Eskom has us over a barrel. Time for a different approach.

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: James and the sluice. (Greg Mills)

Take a Chance: Welcome to the golden underground world of Zama-Zamas

By Greg Mills
Photo: A general view of the fastest computer in Africa named Lengau at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town, South Africa 08 June 2016. Lengau meaning Cheetah in Setswana language named after Africa's fastest animal was officially launched this week and is the fastest supercomputer in Africa. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)'s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) hosts the latest Dell machine which is in the top 100 supercomputing list worldwide. The new petaflop system is the first of its kind on the continent and is aimed at enhancing services for researchers and scientists working on a wide range of subjects from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope to weather modeling, climate change and mining. EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

amaBhungane: CSIR’s supercomputer tender and the theatre of the absurd that followed it

Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: ‘Show of strength’ by a declining ANC

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: A file photo dated 27 August 2012 shows Isabel dos Santos posing and making the V sign in Lobito, Angola, 29 January 2013. Isabel dos Santos, the oldest daughter of the Angolian President, is a business woman and investor, and, according to Forbes Magazine's recent calculations, she is Africa's first female billionaire. On top of her interests in oil and diamonds, she has significant shares in telecommunications, media, retail, finance and the energy industry.

Angola: Africa’s richest woman's assets were paid by state money and public funds

By Rafael Marques
Main photo: Facing a row because of ties to the South African Gupta family, Denel resurfaced in India as an exhibitor at DefExpo 2016 after years of blacklisting. (Photo: StratPost – South Asian Defence and Strategic Affairs)

amaBhungane: How Denel was hijacked

Photo: Uber drivers wait at Airport Industria for their next ride. (Photo: Kimon de Greef)

GroundUp: Uber and Out in Cape Town

By GroundUp
Photo: South African motorists wait in line at a petrol station on the eve of a 41 cents per litre price hike for petrol in Cape Town, South Africa, 01 March 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

DA calls for criminal inquiry after R5 billion sale of SA's strategic fuel reserves

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Beach goers walk in front of the Koeberg power facility in Cape Town, South Africa 21 January 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Analysis: Awaiting ConCourt's decision on Eskom's R5bn nuclear contract

Main photo: LISCR's office on 5th Street Sinkor District Monrovia, where mail for the more than 40,000 companies registered to 80 Broad Street is delivered. (Photo by George Turner)

amaBhungane: Liberia, America’s outpost of financial secrecy


With GDP growth revised downward, SA markets brace for downgrade

Main photo: Attorney Charles Abrahams, who has worked with mineworkers suffering from silicosis for 10 years, addresses media after a class action for miners suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis was given approval to proceed. (Greg Nicolson)

Silicosis: Court backs class action

By Greg Nicolson
All photos by Dr Mills.

Zambezi Protocol: African mining’s downward spiral can be reversed

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: SunEdison website front page.

Analysis: SA’s Department of Energy in a quandary as SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

Photo of the Mulungushi station by the authors.

Decline and Regeneration: Zambia’s ghosts of development past

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: Tina Joemat-Petterssen. (GCIS)

Analysis: South Africa's 20-year nuclear family with Russia, courtesy of Tina Joemat-Petterssen

By Marianne Thamm