Loan sharks and micro-finance offices have mushroomed in South Africa’s inner-city centres. The lure is attractive – borrow R10,000 and create your dream life by growing your business. But in a country where half the population lives in poverty and much more live in debt, a greater understanding of how they use money could lead to more appropriate financial services. By MANDY DE WAAL.
African journalists are very familiar with the “big stick” – the unmistakable threat of violence that haunts their work. To help them get around this problem, and other difficulties dogging the progress of the media in Africa, a new prize looks to encourage innovations that can revolutionise the African media landscape – and organisers have brought out the much less familiar “big wallet” to do just that. By SIMON ALLISON.
Millions of South Africans rejoiced on Thursday after model Jessica Leandra dos Santos, 20, and Generations star Tshidi Thamana, 22, confirmed they would return the country to the glory it enjoyed a week ago. They brought the nation to its knees and they’ll put it back on its feet, they said. By GREG NICOLSON.
Sometimes you have to zoom out from an issue to see the bigger picture. Sometimes you have to zoom right in to see the magic of how its smallest components resonate with each other. But at some point you will realise that maybe, just maybe, there’s another way of looking at things. By GUY LIEBERMAN.
Kenya’s incursion into Somalia last October, dubbed Operation Linda Nchi or Protect the Country, signalled a renewed vigour in the war against Al-Shabaab. As part of the operation, officials also launched a crackdown in the North Eastern province of Kenya, intent on weeding out the Somali cell of al-Qaeda sympathisers. In the process, Kenyan Somalis and Somali refugees were arbitrarily arrested and gravely mistreated. By KHADIJA PATEL.
Against the backdrop of a shameful fall in South Africa’s media freedom rating worldwide, the report of the Press Freedom Commission – the second media freedom review process following the ANC’s calls for a media appeals tribunal – was published last week. JULIE REID takes a satellite view of processes, perspectives and possibilities.
Sibusiso Tshabalala is a name you’re likely to hear more of in the future. Selected by Google as one of 10 young people who are changing the world, Tshabalala is teaching the power of critical thinking to school children in Bloemfontein. The good news is that when he’s finished his law degree, this rational-thinking social activist plans to go into politics. By MANDY DE WAAL.
ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu has officially apologised to a City Press journalist for insulting her. It took two years and an Equality Court hearing for Shivambu to admit he was wrong. Just another notch in the ANCYL’s recent history of incredible sensitivity when it comes to dealing with women who are critical of its policies and leaders. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.