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28 July 2016 01:04 (South Africa)
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Potchefstroom: ANC North-West's OK Corral and the new DA sheriff

  • Mandy de Waal
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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.

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Photo: Rian Malan (Jonathan Ball)

Letter to Editor: Rian Malan

By Rian Malan
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Is the ANC still the bearer of Nelson Mandela’s legacies?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko updates South Africa on ‘Rogue Unit’ Investigations during a media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. South Africa. 02/03/2015. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS)

Deathly Politics: Selective probe into politically motivated killings exposes SAPS political bias

By Marianne Merten
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Video: Between the Lines, Ep 7 – Post-Zuma SA in the words of Don Pinnock

By John Matisonn
Photo: Judge Siraj Desai (Photo: BDLive)

Op-Ed: Filling Madonsela’s shoes – new Public Protector must not be politically embedded

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Original by Steven Lang.

Switching Channels: SABC flips, flops and reinstates 7 journos

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A dilapidated classroom in the Eastern Cape. Photo courtesy of Equal Education Law Centre

GroundUp Op-Ed: Towards equality in school funding

By GroundUp
Photo: Darling Wind Farm (Warren Rohner via Flickr)

Analysis: A citizen’s guide to electricity generation technology

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: South Africa’s Temba Bavuma (left) and Kagiso Rabada celebrate the wicket of England’s Nick Compton (not in picture) during the second cricket test match in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Rabada and Bavuma ride the transformation highway in celebrating 25 years of unity in cricket

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie (Richard Poplak)

TRAINSPOTTER: Fringe Festival — how Gayton McKenzie spells the onset of the coalition era

By Richard Poplak
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SABC Four refused entry into work, despite court victory

By News24
Photo of DA PR Councillor Maureen Mnisi and DA leader Mmusi Maimane by Bheki C Simelane.

LGE 2016: In Protea South church, Maimane puts on a show under flickering lights

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
Photo: Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela chats with Britain’s then Prime Minister Gordon Brown (unseen) during a meeting at his hotel in central London June 24, 2008.    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

LGE 2016: Scrum over Mandela’s legacy exposes hollow heart of SA politics

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Example of numerous propaganda messages in the Islamic State following recent attacks in Germany

Op-Ed: Thulsie Brothers – what happens in the courtroom will not stay in the courtroom

By Jasmine Opperman
Original photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Steven Lang)

SABC: Labour court battle won, but the war is still on

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Children of Bekkersdal (Greg Nicolson)

Stats SA capital expenditure figures – food for voters’ thoughts as polling day looms

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Judge President John Hlophe during his hearing by the Judiciary Service Commission ( JSC) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 30 July 2009 Photo: Oupa Nkosi (Sapa)

Judge Hlophe misconduct: Give it up, JSC tells ConCourt judges Jafta and Nkabinde

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize during his interview with Stephen Grootes (Source: Siyanqoba @MYANC)

Time with Zweli Mkhize: The Billion Rand Question and The Fransman Question

By Stephen Grootes
Team South Africa close their third undefeated day of competition at the World Schools Debating Championships in Stuttgart on Monday 25th July. South Africa has achieved 6 out of 6 in their opening debates and remains one of the tournament's strongest contenders.

While you were sleeping: 26 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: School children stand in a line near King William’s Town, South Africa, 01 March 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Education – from crisis to opportunity

By ORESTI PATRICIOS
Photo: Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and DA mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba at The Gathering 2016. (Greg Nicolson)

LGE 2016: DA digs in on Joburg advertising ‘abuse’

By Greg Nicolson
Main photo: Xolisile Tangana, who lives in one of the shacks visible behind him, says nothing is done about the piles of waste that clog streams and cling to bushes in Ward 38 of the Nelson Mandela Metro. Tangana, a card-carrying member of the EFF and unemployed despite an N6 qualification in financial management, believes unemployment is the biggest problem in Kwanoxolo. All photos by Steve Kretzmann/WCN.

GroundUp: The community of Port Elizabeth’s most closely contested ward lives on the edge of a wasteland

By GroundUp
Photo: Lenasia Independent Candidates. Bottom-left is Nazar Loonat.

LGE 2016: Interview – Lenasia Ward 10 independent candidate Nazar Loonat

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
Photo: President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe and International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman at the Human Rights Day commemoration in Mbekweni, Paarl in the Western Cape, 21 March 2013. (Photo: GCIS)

Analysis: Zuma, Fransman et al vs Luthuli House

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Chad Le Clos of South Africa on his way winning the men’s 100m Butterfly Final during the FINA Swimming World Championships at Kazan arena in Kazan, Russia, 08 August 2015. EPA/PATRICK B. KRAEMER

Rio 2016: World leading times vs world records in the Olympic swimming season

By Antoinette Muller
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Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.48 – Evita relives Thabo's nightmare deferred

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: President Jacob Zuma was set to give the closing address at the ANC's Mangaung conference Friday before the power went out. Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 20 December 2012. (Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire)

LGE 2016: ANC claws back with race baiting, veterans and the dab

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Pretoria by E via Flickr

Op-Ed: What’s in a (street) Name? Pretoria belongs to ALL who live in it

By Princess Magopane
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Book review: Does South Africa have a foreign policy?

By Simon Allison