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24 August 2016 15:33 (South Africa)
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Released into freedom's chains

  • Greg Nicolson
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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.

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Photo: The Hawks' acting head General Berning Ntlemeza (Lucky Nxumalo for Netwerk24)

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Segments of the new shows are demonstrated during a press event in the 23-metre dome of the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium in Berlin, Germany, 23 August 2016. After 2 years of renovation work, the planetarium is to reopen on 25 August. EPA/JENS KALAENE

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Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L), who is also the president of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), gestures next to his Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the party's 104th anniversary celebrations in Rustenburg January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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Photo: Finance minister Pravin Gordhan, the Hawks head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza. (SAPA)

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A handout picture provided by the Bundesregierung on 22 August 2016 shows Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (C), French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during a press conference at the end of their meeting on the Italian military ship 'Garibaldi' near Ventotene Island, Tirreno sea, Italy, 22 August 2016. The leaders of Italy, France and Germany went to one of the birthplaces of European unity in a symbolic bid to relaunch the European project following Britain's decision to leave the EU. EPA/Guido Bergmann / Bundesregierung / Handout HANDOUT EDITORIAL

While you were sleeping: 23 August 2016

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Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Does the ANC face defeat in 2019?

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Photo: Wayde van Niekerk (C) of South Africa on his way to win the men’s 400m final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016. Van Niekerk set a new World Record time of 43.03 seconds. EPA/YOAN VALAT

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Photo: The new Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba (Greg Nicolson)

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Photo by Jan Klívar via Flickr.

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Zsofia Foldhazi from Hungary falls off horse Christino during the Show Jumping of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Modern Pentathlon events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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Photo: The ANC’s Parks Tau, DA’s Herman Mashaba and EFF’s Floyd Shivambu at Daily Maverick’s The Gathering, 11 June 2016, VodaWorld, Midrand. (Greg Nicolson)

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Photo of LGE2016 by Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick.

Video: Between the Lines – what do the election results mean?

By John Matisonn
Photo: ANC WC secretary-general Faiez Jacobs. Photo by Denvor de Wee, Netwerk24.

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Photo: Trapped in Shadows, by Helen Harrop, via Flickr

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Photo: Athletes of South Africa walk into the Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 05 August 2016. EPA/SERGEY ILNITSKY

South Africa’s Olympians offer hope and inspiration

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Photo: Leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi  Maimane, 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

Analysis: Jesus comes to Gauteng. The DA will need him.

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Photo: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Mari Rabie (RSA) of South Africa competes. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees

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A handout picture provided by the pro-opposition activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC) on 18 August 2016 shows an injured child, reported to be Omar Daqneesh, a five-years old Syrian boy, sitting in an ambulance after an alleged airstrike hit a house in Aleppo, Syria, 17 August 2016. According to pro-opposition activists and medical staff, at least eight people were killed, including five children, and several injured in an alleged airstrike in the rebel-controlled Aleppo neighborhood Qaterji. EPA/ALEPPO MEDIA CENTER

While you were sleeping: 19 August 2016

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma at the ANC Youth League National Conference 26 November 2013 (Greg Nicolson)

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