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Phillip Tobias, SA's great scientist and human being, has gone back to earth

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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.

Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson) and President Jacob Zuma (Reuters)

Bheki's Ordinary People: It’s Zuma vs Gordhan


Meet The Grabber: How government and criminals can spy on you (and how to protect yourself)

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Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson), ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe (Greg Nicolson), the Hawks head Lieutenant General Mthandazo Berning Ntlemeza (eNCA)

Op-Ed: I'm still not buying it, Mr Mantashe

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Sehla Mkopheni from Folokwe Village is confined to his wheelchair and must pay up to R600 for transport to his monthly check up.

Xhora Mouth Healthcare Crisis: Chapter Nine institutions can help communities access justice

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Main photo: South Africa’s Faf du Plessis drives the ball during the Australia v South Africa Test Series in Adelaide, Australia, 26 November 2012.  EPA/JAMES ELSBY

Cricket: In defence of Faf du Plessis, the snail that sails across sandpaper

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: In this photo by an unknown photographer, police in Harare appear to beat a man.

GroundUp: Dodging tear gas in Zimbabwe’s riot-torn capital

By GroundUp
Photo: Grandfather and subsistence farmer, Selby Hambisa, 79, sits with his wife Nolayani Hambisa, 62, in their family communal mud hut in the hills near Coffee Bay, South Africa, 06 November 2014. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

The Eastern Cape’s broken healthcare system – emergency care required

By Marelise van der Merwe

SA’s proposed sugar tax: claims about calories & job losses checked

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)

Minister Zwane wanted SA Reserve Bank role changed after Gupta blacklisting – report

By News24
Rafael Nadal of Spain sweats as he plays Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during their match on the first day of the US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 29 August 2016. The US Open runs through September 11. EPA/PETER FOLEY

While you were sleeping: 31 August 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: South Africa's President and leader of the ruling ANC party Jacob Zuma (C) greets his supporters as he arrives for the launch of his party's election manifesto at Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Ihsaan Haffejee

Analysis: Does ‘unreserved confidence’ from NWC (sans Zuma) mean Gordhan has real political support?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Main photo: A technician holds one of the panels before it comes off of the new fabrication line. Dr Vivian Alberts and his team have created the first wholly African designed and built solar panels at their facility in Stellenbosch. (Jeffrey Barbee/Alliance

Africa’s Only Solar Panel Manufacturer Shines Brightly

By Jeffrey Barbee
Main photo by Tabelo Timse.

amaBhungane: ‘War’ looming over Marikana housing evictions

Photo: Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube via TechCentral)

Mkhwebane one step closer to Public Protector office

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Riders alongside a herd of fighting bulls (L) as they come down an incline towards the entrance to the town during the 2nd 'encierro,' or bull run, in the Fiesta de Cuellar, in Castilla y Leon, Spain, 29 August 2016. The fiesta in Cuella is recognised as one of the oldest in Spain, dating back to 1499. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

While you were sleeping: 30 August 2016

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Photo: 'Fists up, fros out' -- University of Pretoria students and former Pretoria Girls students protest outside the high school amidst claims of racism on Monday. (Greg Nicolson)

Pretoria Girls High: A protest against sacrificed cultures and identities

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Photo: UCT by Ian Barbour via Flickr.

GroundUp: UCT proposes higher fees for wealthier students

By GroundUp
Photo by Andrew M via Flickr

Health-e News: Beverage industry pours money into fighting sugar tax

Photo: Evita Bezuidenhout

An Open Letter to the ANC from Evita Bezuidenhout

Photo: Cricket – New Zealand v South Africa, second cricket test match, Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa – 29/8/2016. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock falls after playing a shot.

Cricket: Quinton de Kock as a Test opener, an idea worth padding up for

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Siphe Mzaidume. (EUGENE COETZEE/Daily Dispatch)

It’s just NOT cricket: Death threats stalk Daily Maverick reporter

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Judge Nkola Motata sits in his Jaguar after hitting a wall of a property in Hurlingham, Randburg, 2007.

Judge Hlophe misconduct charges: Now with added, extra special delay, courtesy of Judge Motata

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: #FeesMustFall protest in front of Parliament, 21 October 2015. (Shaun Swingler)

University funding: Boiling point imminent

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson), Eskom CEO Brian Molefe (eNCA frame grab)

Treasury vs Eskom: A government at war with itself

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Atul Gupta, President Jacob Zuma.

TRAINSPOTTER: Ding-dong, the Guptas are gone. Which nightmare will replace them?

By Richard Poplak
Photo: The New Age Board Chairman Atul Gupta and President Jacob Zuma and the First Lady MaNtuli Zuma. President Jacob Zuma at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium for the T20 match between South Africa and India. South Africa. 30/03/2012. (Original photo: Presidency of South Africa)

What will Zuma do: What does turning tide mean for Yesterday’s Man?

By Ranjeni Munusamy

Gexit? Not so fast, Guptas

By Marianne Thamm

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.53 – Gogo Evita looking better than best!

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: South African caption Hansie Cronje (back) celebrates with Daryll Cullinan after he caught Alistair Campbell of Zimbabwe during theier one-day international cricket match January 25, 1997. Juda Ngwenya /Reuters

Cricket: Cullinan’s transformation comments are deeply flawed and misguided

By Antoinette Muller