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27 October 2016 22:32 (South Africa)

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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan walks to meet protesting students ahead of presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 26 October 2016. With student protesters demonstrating at the gates of parliament, the Finance Minister delivered his medium term budget policy speech to parliament despite a disruption by protesters inside the National Assembly who were removed by police. EPA/NIC BOTHMA
Photo: An aerial view of the Crossroads informal settlement, Cape Town, South Africa 30 May 2003.  EPA-PHOTO/EPA/Nic Bothma

Op-Ed: We should all be ashamed of our inequality and poverty

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Op-Ed: Minister Muthambi should be fired for digital migration disaster

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Six months to re-issue 17-million new SASSA cards: Can it be done or are we heading for another deadly crisis?

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US 2016: Donald J Trump and the ripping of GOP’s heart

By J Brooks Spector
Original photos: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS) and SA President Jacob Zuma. (EPA)

TRAINSPOTTER: Shaun of the Dead

By Richard Poplak
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the 2010 budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 17 February 2010. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement: Will Gordhan keep the economic and political wolves from the door?

By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Photo: Jackson Mthembu before the start of the party’s elective conference in Mangaung, December 2012. Photo: Greg Nicolson/NewsFire

Jackson Mthembu: In the land of the dishonest, an honest man is a kingmaker

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube via TechCentral)

Op-Ed: New Public Protector has to allay apprehensions

By Frans Viljoen
Photo: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma (R) hugs ANC Youth League president Julius Malema (L) after a signing ceremony committing parties to the electoral code of conduct in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 March 2009.  EPA/JON HRUSA

The Way We Are: The judge, the opposition leader, the tax settlement and the mysterious break-ins

By Marianne Thamm
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Zuma: Students, you’re noble – but academics must go on

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends a luncheon for world leaders during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY / POOL

Seven days in October: How two women bookend the beginning of the end for Jacob Zuma

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS), former Oakbay CEO Nazeem Howa (TNA)

Analysis: Dizzy days at State Capture central

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (R) jokes with his party’s newly appointed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein on December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Ramaphosa’s Gordhan surprise: A sign of the turbulent times to come

By Stephen Grootes
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Social Grants: Catastrophe looms for 17-million poor recipients, opposition warns

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks to President Jacob Zuma (R) during closing remarks during the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban, March 27, 2013. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Op-Ed: Truth (Lies) and Long-term Consequences of the probe into Gordhan

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: People stand in a queue to cast their vote during the municipal elections in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 03 August 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Bheki’s People: NPA’s move to charge Gordhan

Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS), Jonas Makwakwa (SARS media), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick)

SARS Wars – Makwakwa scandal: Gordhan has serious concerns about Moyane’s stewardship of vital fiscal institution

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Students walk out of the burned and damaged entrance to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT) Bellville campus after it was torched overnight during student protests, South Africa, 12 October 2016. A case of attempted murder has been opened after two private security guards were allegedly locked inside a burning building. The student fees issue has intensified across the country with most campuses closed whilst government is yet to respond to the student crisis. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: The road to destruction of our universities

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: Former Archbishop of Cape Town Njongonkulu Ndungane arrives at the East London airport upon his arrival to attend the late South African president Nelson Mandela’s funeral, in Eastern Cape, South Africa, 14 December 2013. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Between The Lines: ‘Scrap nuclear deal to aide students’ – Archbishop Ndungane

By John Matisonn
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: South Africa in crisis – how do we get out of it?

By Raymond Suttner
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Op-Ed: I will never forget Khwezi

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma, 6 August 2016, IEC (Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick)

Two worlds? The gap between Zuma and his party widens

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Photo: Student protesters give flowers to Police forces as ongoing protests continue against the cost of higher education at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

DA: Subsidise universities and reform NSFAS

By Greg Nicolson
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#HlaudiHasFallen: End of the road for the SABC emperor and his board

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) looks on before addressing his supporters during his campaign, ahead of the August 3 local government elections, in Etwatwa, a township near Benoni, South Africa. July 27,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

Analysis: Malema’s curious switch on his political nemesis

By Stephen Grootes

SARS Wars: ROGUE – reclaiming the narrative from the inside out

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma, has a moment to himself after retaining his position as ANC president. Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 18 December, 2012. Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire

Op-Ed: We need an Integrity Commission... now

By Paul Hoffman
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, suspended SARS executive Jonas Makwakwa. (GCIS, SARS)

SARS Wars: Makwakwa, Elskie. What more will it take before the Hawks investigate?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) speaks as her husband former US President Bill Clinton (C) and her daughter Chelsea Clinton (R) look on, during the Democratic Caucuses night campaign rally at Olmsted Center, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 01 February 2016. EPA/CRAIG LASSIG

US 2016: It’s time for a Man to Stand By His Woman in the White House

By J Brooks Spector