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31 July 2016 00:31 (South Africa)
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South Africans are sinking under debt – and the credit amendment bill won’t pull us out

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

DA's Final Rally: The Dobsonville boy comes home

By Simon Allison
Photo: Sihle Zikalala (Photo: Khaya Magenu/News24)

KZN: ANC struggles to present a picture of unity

By CYRIL MADLALA
Photo: Protesters at the AIDS2016 Conference in Durban highlighted Gilead Science’s pricing of its hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir. Photo: Liz McGregor

GroundUp: Anger at huge price tag for life-saving medicine

By GroundUp
Photo of Johannesburg by Babak Fakhamzadeh via Flickr

A place for the poor? Realising the right to adequate housing in Johannesburg

By L ROYSTON, E MOLOPI & J BUDLENDER
Photo: ANC President Jacob Zuma and ANC's Provincial Chairperson Paul Mashatile (Jordi Matas)

LGE2016: Battleground Gauteng and the coming ANC fallout

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Patricia de Lille (DA)

DA's Patricia De Lille: ‘I have set my sights on increasing the numbers’

By Marianne Merten
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ANC's Xolani Sotashe: ‘The aim is to regain control of Cape Town’

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Marius Fransman (Wikimedia Commons)

Another day, another twist: Marius Fransman calls off court action against ANC

By Marianne Thamm
A signed copy of one of the first edition books by British Beatrix Potter is on display at an auction house in London, Britain, 27 July 2016. The entire sale of Beatrix Potter book and works is expected to fetch 110,000 euros on 28 July. EPA/ANDY RAIN

While you were sleeping: 28 July 2016

By John Stupart
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 journalists

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