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31 May 2016 07:52 (South Africa)
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DA's new member: more whimper than bang?

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    Rebecca Davis studied at Rhodes University and Oxford before working in lexicography at the Oxford English Dictionary. After deciding she’d rather make up words than define them, she returned to South Africa in 2011 to write for the Daily Maverick, which has been a magnificilious decision.  

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Photo: A frame-grab from International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Al Jazeera interview.

Al-Maite Fail: When the hole in your head just won’t quit

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo. His sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them. (Sam Nzima)

The Soweto Uprising: Share your experiences, pictures and perspectives

By The Guardian
Photo: Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson delivers her speech during the State of the Nation Address speech debate in the National assembly in Parliament, Cape Town, 16-18 February 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Crude shenanigans: Was the sale of strategic fuel reserve a fire-pool of a transaction?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, chief operating officer of the SABC, holds the corporation’s first quarterly media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 28 January 2015.  Picture: SAPA stringer

Cosatu: SABC protest policy assumes we’re imbeciles

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A young girl cries outside her family shack after a violent service delivery riot near Soweto, Johannesburg,  South Africa, 11 September 2013. Dozens of people were arrested outside Johannesburg as a protest against the government's provision of services turned violent. Millions of poor South Africans are still living in shacks without running water and lights decades after the end of Apartheid.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Is it time to rethink local government?

By Marianne Merten
Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen during a visit to the Kwanyamazane township  with the ANC's 102nd birthday celebrations in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, Wednesday, 8 January 2014. Picture: SAPA stringer

Op-Ed: Singing Kumbaya to avoid a ratings downgrade? No, Mr President.

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: Snake oil. (Jeremy Weate via Wikipedia)

GroundUp Op-Ed: Complementary medicine companies are destroying consumer protection

By GroundUp
French President Francois Hollande (R) holds an umbrella as he walks beside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German military cemetery at Consenvoye, France, 29 May 2016, to commemorate victims of the First World War on the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun. The Battle of Verdun in World War I between German and French troops lasted over 300 days and saw the deaths of more than 300,000 soldiers on both sides in 1916. The town in the northeast of France became the epitome of brutal trench warfare during the First World War. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

While you were sleeping: 30 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo by Monash University.

Health-E News: More pragmatism needed to make National Health Insurance a reality

Photo: A cover of EFF I Trust hip-hop single

TRAINSPOTTER: The EFF raps, the SABC bans, Arnie pumps, and We’re supposed to stay sane somehow?

By Richard Poplak

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.40 – Evita and the Juju Trumpcard

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
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: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe addresses the media on the first day of the party's national list conference ahead of local government elections. (Greg Nicolson)

ANC finalising election nominees while dealing with 'desperate' hopefuls

By Greg Nicolson
Schönbrunn Palace is illuminated as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the annual 'Summer Night Concert' in Vienna, Austria, 26 May 2016. Every year, around 100,000 people attend the popular open-air concert with free admission to Schönbrunn Palace – a Unesco World Heritage Site – and its Baroque gardens. EPA/LISI NIESNER

While you were sleeping: 27 May 2016

By John Stupart
Protesters in Ennerdale on Thursday kept tires burning at the barricades all day as they protested over service delivery issues. Greg Nicolson).

Ennerdale protests: Trust lost is hard to regain

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: (in the Pic - Minister Blade Nzimande delivering his SoNA speech Debate in parliament). The joint sitting of PArliament to debate President Jacob Zuma's State of the nation address held at the National Assembly, Parliament. 18/02/2015, Siyasanga Mbambani, DoC

Bad Blood: SACP waves red flag on Zuma-Gupta foul play

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete (R) listens during a debate in parliament Cape Town, South Africa, 05 April 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Parliamentary Diary: Cabinet keeps its concerns to itself

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A man walks in front of burning tires during on going clashes with police forces in Bekkersdal near Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 October 2013. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Operation Rescue SA: Possible, doable, feasible?

By Marelise van der Merwe
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: Children play in Happy Valley, Cape Town, South Africa, 05 May 2016. Happy Valley in the greater Blue Downs area is one of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats an area dubbed the apartheid dumping ground. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Status report on SA youth: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: A South African woman and resident of Masiphumelele walks with her child after a fire devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 29 November 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

GroundUp: Bathabile Dlamini wins children's grants battle with Lion of Africa

By GroundUp
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

South African school children from Chris Hani High dance during Africa Day celebrations at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2016. Africa Day is celebrated across the continent each year on 25 May to celebrate the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day in 1963, 30 leaders of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which later led to the current organization known as the African Union (AU). EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 26 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Children watch as a clean-up operation by a local shop owner takes place after overnight violence in the Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 May 2014. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Election violence, out of the bottle

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: How do we identify ethical leadership and politics?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: The City of Cape Town and the SJC are at loggerheads over whether the City is doing enough to improve sanitation for informal settlement residents. Photo: Masixole Feni

GroundUp Op-Ed: Cape Town’s sanitation delivery ‘best in country’

By GroundUp
Serena Williams of the US in action against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the first round of the women's singles matches at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 24 May 2016. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

While you were sleeping: 25 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 18 December, 2012. Delegates at the ANC's national elective conference celebrate the re-election of President Jacob Zuma, over Kgalema Motlanthe (centre). Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire

On the chopping block: Why a slashed ANC suits Zuma and the premier league

By Ranjeni Munusamy