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3 December 2016 17:29 (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: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Demobilising the veterans: Can the ANC contain the anti-Zuma sentiment?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers of South Africa during the 2016 T20 Team Announcement at the SuperSport Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 10, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Onside/Offside: Fancy Bears strike again, best PSL goal celebration ever and more

By Antoinette Muller
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Analysis: The Politics of the First 100 days

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party leader Julius Malema arrives with supporters for a demonstration in Pretoria, South Africa, November 2, 2016. Picture taken November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

In Soweto, EFF celebrates Castro, likens Zuma to Batista

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
Photo: Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba spoke in Fordsburg on his first 100 days in office on Thursday. (Greg Nicolson)

Mashaba’s Johannesburg turns 100 days old, and politics begin

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Anthony Ray Hinton (Ruth Hopkins)

Capital punishment: A thin line between life and death

By Ruth Hopkins
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Video: Street Talk – Let’s talk about Sex

By Street Talk
Photo: Aerios CEO, Costas Constantinou.

Rugby: Western Province Rugby Union accused of ‘widespread misconduct’ and using a legal loophole to obtain liquidation

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Hearings on the Traditional and Khoi San Leadership Bill got under way in the Northern Cape last month. Photo: Geoffrey York

GroundUp: Hearings on Khoi San Bill held with no translation into Khoi and San languages

By GroundUp
Photo: Thousands of South Africans wait in line outside Guguletu Social Services office to register for a Social Relief of Distress Grant, Guguletu, Cape Town, South Africa 28 January 2009. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Grant Switchover 2017: Sassa misses deadlines on deliverables for handover

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: A patient lies in bed at the Hillcrest Aids Centre in Durban, South Africa, 01 December 2011.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Letter to Editor: When you watch those closest to you die

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Mangaung December 20, 2012. President Jacob Zuma on the last day of the ANC’s 53rd conference which saw Zuma tighten his hold on the ANC.  Photo Greg Marinovich / NewsFire

Bheki’s Ordinary People: Zuma off the hook

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
Photo: South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe (L) welcome demonstrators outside the Durban International Conference Centre, in Durban, South Africa, 18 July 2016. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

World AIDS Day: SA must fill in the prevention and treatment gaps

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A soccer enthusiast from Australia has his face painted in the colours of the South African flag at the Cabanas Hotel in Sun City, South Africa, Friday 11 June 2010.  EPA/ROLF VENNENBERND

Analysis: South Africa, a country of infinite differences

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Sheila Madikana (centre) has been facing eviction for over two years now. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Reclaim the City demands end to Sea Point evictions

By GroundUp
Photo: Dr Anamika Premraj vaccinated Nkosiyazi Mncube (23) at Medical Research Council's Verulam site in KwaZulu-Natal on 30 November 2016.

Health-E: AIDS vaccine volunteers are making history

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: Demonstrators march to the Durban International Conference Centre, in Durban, South Africa, 18 July 2016. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

World AIDS Day 2016: No end to AIDS without the beginning of a new world

By Mark Heywood
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman

Op-Ed: Zuma remains president, but vulnerable

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Majuba Power Station, by Gavin Fordham via Flickr.

Analysis: The Draft 2016 Integrated Resource Plan – lightweight, superficial and downright dangerous

By Chris Yelland
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General view of the new protective shelter which is placed over the remains of the nuclear reactor Unit 4, at Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine, 29 November 2016. The explosion of Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the early hours of 26 April 1986 is still regarded the biggest accident in the history of nuclear power generation. Under extremely hazardous conditions a steel and concrete structure was built hastily immediately after the accident. The new concrete and steel built over the still-radioactive remains of a reactor which was melted down as a result of the accident and has 105 meters tall, 150 meters length with a width of 257 meters and a 100 years life expectancy of the confinement.

While you were sleeping: 30 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

ANC’s post-truth: Brutal NEC gambit initiates Zuma’s slow, messy demise

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 23 November 2016. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Op-Ed: The impact of Brexit on South Africa

By Richard Gibb
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa take the Oath of Office during the swearing in of MPs as South Africa’s fifth Parliament convened for the first time in Cape Town on Wednesday, 21 May 2014. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Video: Street Talk – Zuma, Yes or No?

By Street Talk
Photo: South Africa's coach Allister Coetzee during the Autumn International match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, before the Wales – South Africa match.

The Paper Round: What now for Allister Coetzee?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Aqhamile Mayekiso outside one of the classrooms at Vukile Tshwete High School. Photo: Manqulo Nyakombi

GroundUp: Motshekga misses deadline for Vukile Tshwete High

By GroundUp
Photo: Sunset on the rising city, Addis Ababa, by Jean Rebiffé via Flickr

TRAINSPOTTER: Sound of Silence – the dark art of quieting a country

By Richard Poplak
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Editorial: IRENECEPTION – a dream within a dream within a dream. Within a dream.

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Mangaung, 18 December 2012. Jacob Zuma is elected President of the ANC. Photo Greg Marinovich / Daily Maverick

Analysis: Olympic-class can kicking and the future of the ANC

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen during a meeting with members of the SA Editors' Forum at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Friday, 20 February 2015. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Zuma avoids NEC recall as ANC turns to 'unity'

By Greg Nicolson