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29 June 2016 14:50 (South Africa)
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Power play: Medupi disaster drags on as winter approaches

  • Sipho Hlongwane
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    Sipho Hlongwane

    Sipho Hlongwane is a writer and columnist for Daily Maverick. His other work interests also include motoring, music and technology, for which he has some awards. In a previous life, he drove forklift trucks, hosted radio shows, waited tables, and was once bitten by a large monitor lizard on his ankle. It hurt a lot. Arsenal Football Club is his only permanent obsession.

    He appears in these pages as a political correspondent.

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A handout picture provided by the World Surf League (WSL) of South Africa's Sara Baum in action during the final of the women's Ballito Pro surfing event as part of the WSL in Ballito, South Africa, 28 June 2016. Baum took the second place. EPA/KELLY CESTARI

While you were sleeping: 29 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi (eNCA)

KwaZulu-Natal: NFP out of the elections after missing deadline to pay its registration fee

Photo: Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 19 December 2012. President Jacob Zuma's face features on a truck at the ANC's Mangaung conference. (Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire)

#PayBackTheMoney: Did Zuma’s heavyweight legal team help him get a discount?

By Marianne Thamm
T.O. Molefe is an independent writer. This article was written with the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Op-Ed: Mayibuye is more than just interracial transfers of ownership

By Osiame Molefe
Main Photo: A dog scavenges near an illicit diamond mining site in Namaqualand.

GroundUp: Rough diamonds, Part 2 – ‘We held onto De Beers, but De Beers drifted away’

By GroundUp
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Tshwane’s flames and disintegration of ANC’s authority

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: James Aguma, SABC’s newly-appointed CEO. (Ugandan Diaspora)

SABC denies revolt and appoints new ‘leader’

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana (Parliament of South Africa via Flickr)

Strike action looms in Parliament after Nehawu members suspended

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Greg Nicolson)

Big Shoes to Fill: Sharp focus on finding a new Public Protector highlights apathy in filling other posts

By Marianne Merten

Tipping point: Can Matthews’ resignation save a sinking SABC?

By Greg Nicolson

While you were sleeping: 28 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma attends a lunch during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Port-of-Spain November 28, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Nkandla, The Finale: Treasury sets ‘reasonable’ R7.8m for Zuma to pay back

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: ANC President Jacob Zuma gestures as he arrives for the party’s 104th anniversary celebrations in Rustenburg January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

TRAINSPOTTER: Life in Zumastan – a detailed look at the ANC’s manifesto

By Richard Poplak
Photo by EPA/Kim Ludbrook.

Torture: Alive and well in South Africa, but why?

Main photo: A buyer with uncut diamonds in Namaqualand, where thousands rely on the illicit diamond trade.

GroundUp: Rough diamonds, Part One – Ten Dead Men

By GroundUp

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.44 – Evita on the Brexit gemors and Orania example

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Officials put the name tags of the players on the draw board, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 25, 2016. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2016 will be held in London from 27 June to 10 July. EPA/PETER KLAUNZER EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES

While you were sleeping: 27 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqukula and Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko (all photos GCIS)

Mahlobo, Mapisa-Nqakula & Nhleko: Secure in illegitimacy

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, arrives to address supporters at the launch of elections posters in Pretoria, South Africa, 02 June 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

DA going full speed into local government elections

By Greg Nicolson
Photo of SA parliament by REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA)

It’s elections time and you’re looking for your MP? Good luck with that!

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Trapped in the shadows, by Helen Harrop via Flicker.

Health-E News: Mass move of Gauteng’s mentally ill takes toll on patients

Photo by Jamie via Flickr.

GroundUp: Survey finds massive medicine shortages in clinics

By GroundUp
Photo of President Jacob Zuma by Reuters

Zuma's spy tapes appeal dismissed

By News24
Photo: The sun rises over The Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 24 June 2016. Britons await the results on whether they remain in, or leave the European Union (EU) after a referendum on 23 June. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

The Brexit day: When a reality show becomes a reality

By J Brooks Spector
Bodza, a young pumi dog, plays in a park in Debrecen, 226 kilometers east of Budapest, Hungary, 23 June 2016. The American Kennel Club announced on 22 June 2016, that it is recognizing the high-energy Hungarian herding dog pumi (POOM'-ee). It's the 190th breed to join the roster of Americas oldest purebred dog registry. EPA/ZSOLT CZEGLEDI HUNGARY OUT

While you were sleeping: 24 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: (from left, clockwise) ANC secretary Hope Papo, ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane Thoko Didiza, and ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile at the introduction of the Gauteng ANC mayoral candidates for the 2016 elections on Thursday 23 June 2016. (Greg Nicolson); President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Tshwane Mayor Mr Kgosientso Ramokgopa and other dignitaries attends  Freedom Day Celebrations held at the Union Building in Pretoria 27 April 2011 (Sapa); Atteridgeville fires on Monday, 20 June 2016 (Aki Anastasiou for EWN)

Tshwane unrest: The hidden ANC power play

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends the China - South Africa Economy Forum at a hotel in Beijing, China, 05 December 2014.  EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

Op-Ed: When the state disobeys the law, people will soon follow

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: This is where we beg for forgiveness, this time specifically: Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po.

Analysis: Quo vadis, SABC?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane Thoko Didiza and ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile at the introduction of the Gauteng ANC mayoral candidates for the 2016 elections. (Greg Nicolson)

Thoko Didiza: ‘I feel a part of Tshwane’

By Greg Nicolson