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Photo: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini during the official opening of the Disability Rights Summit held at Saint Georges Hotel in Centurion, 10 March 2016. (Photo: GCIS)
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Cartoon: Zuma Trumped

By Zapiro

Police secure the roof of the Congress Centre where preparations are underway for the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, 16 January 2017. The annual meeting brings together business leaders, international political leaders and select intellectuals, to discuss the pressing issues facing the world. The overarching theme of the 2017 meeting, which takes place from 17 to 20 January, is 'Responsive and Responsible Leadership'.

While you were sleeping: 17th January 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Former South African Reserve Bank Chris Stals.

‘Lifeboat’ scandal: An unlikely whistle-blower?


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Photo: Mmusi Maimane shakes hands with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: Mtshatshalazisi

Maimane in Israel: DA defends visit while attacks mount

By Greg Nicolson

Life after Office: Madonsela still following her Northern Star

By Marianne Merten
Photo: President-elect Donald J Trump, Steve Hofmeyr.

President Trump, SA’s white right’s white knight?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: What is at stake in the ANC “succession” race?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh (C) welcomes President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari (R) and President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (L) for talks at the State House in Banjul, Gambia, 13 January 2017. The talks come in the wake of Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept election results. This is the second visit by a high Level UN/AU/ECOWAS Joint Mission on Gambia aiming at seeking a solution to resolve the political crisis. EPA/STR

Analysis: Ecowas is ready to deliver on its Gambian threats

By Simon Allison

African leaders stand during a Closing Ceremony of the 26th African Union Summit at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016.  EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

ISS Today: Elections in 2017 – can the AU up its game?

Main photo: Jackal cull in Karoo 2012.

Op-Ed: 573 dead jackals in search of a reason

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Freshly caught snoek, a mackerel species, in the small fishing harbour of Kalk Bay in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 April 2014. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Is southern Africa running out of fish?

Photo: DR Congo fans during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between DR Congo and Morocco at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The AFCON day that was: January 16 – DRC top group C, cash bonuses flown in for Uganda

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Martin Luther King at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. (Rowland Scherman; restored by Adam Cuerden - US National Archives and Records Administration)

Op-Ed: Martin Luther King’s path was not always triumphant

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Photo: A banner reads ‘Socialism or death' at a street downtown Havana, Cuba on December 31, 2012. Hundreds of banners have been placed at Havana streets celebrating new year’s eve and the 54th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution that took place on January 1, 1959. EPA/Alejandro Ernesto

Cuba 2017: A doomed but still compelling dream

By Glen Retief

Nuclear SA: Ep 1 – The Laager


Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.73 – Breaking news or faking news: that is the question

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Mmusi Maimane shakes hands with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit. Picture: Mtshatshalazisi/

Maimane’s Israeli blunder: The DA’s self-inflicted injury

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: A scene from Project Spear.

ABSA, SABC and the documentary that never aired

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: J. Peter Pham has been mentioned for the job of assistant secretary of state for African affairs in a Trump administration. (Photo: Atlantic Council)

Analysis: The puzzle of Trump’s Africa policy

By J Brooks Spector
Andy Murray of Britain during a practice session ahead of Australian Open Tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 14 January 2017. The Australian Open tennis tournament will run from 16 to 29 January 2017.

While you were sleeping: 16th January 2017

By John Stupart
Photo of Johannesburg by Arthur Spring via Flickr.

2017: Is ISIS attack likely in South Africa?

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: South Africa’s Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla at the conference. (StatisticsSA via Flickr)

Sexy, cool data: Get ready for the UN’s ‘Cape Town Global Action Plan’

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Hamdi Maguez of Tunisia challenges Sadio Mane of Senegal during the Afcon Group B match between Tunisia and Senegal on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

The AFCON day that was: January 14-15 – breathless football and kitasrophes

By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: Earnest and Eadith Segelberg outside of their Happy Feet Day Care Centre in Bushkoppies Informal Settlement. All photos by Cecilia Johnson.

GroundUp: Caring for our kids – informal crèches are desperate for aid

By GroundUp
Photo: Hashim Amla of South Africa during the International Test Series 2016/17 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on the 14 January 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix

Cricket: Five talking points after South Africa’s whitewash over Sri Lanka

By Antoinette Muller
Photo credit: Amy Green

Health-e News: DIY test for HIV comes to a pharmacy near you

Photo: Residents read a Nigerian army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria 19 May 2016. EPA/Tife Owolabi

ISS Today: Boko Haram threat – time to finish the job

Photo: Dr Ben Ngubane (Netwerk 24)

SABC inquiry: Ben Ngubane defends Hlaudi, attacks Chapter 9 institutions

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President of the United States Barack Obama (R) welcomes President of South Africa Jacob Zuma (L) during the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA, 12 April 2010. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

A tale of two speeches: Zuma and Obama’s legacies, in their own words

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo by Frank Carman via Flickr.

2017, First Thoughts: Towards a Government of Poets

By Mark Heywood

Cartoon: Legacy Blues

By Zapiro

Photo: Qualified carpenter Alex Mhazo sells mobile phone cards in central Harare, in this picture taken April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Op-Ed: Expensive data is a new form of censorship in Zimbabwe

By Mako Muzenda
Photo: SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (left), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (GCIS)

SARS WARS: Moyane/Gordhan cold war to reach breaking point in 2017

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: A file picture dated 18 March 2016 of FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a press conference at the FIFA Headquarters ‘Home of FIFA’ in Zurich, Switzerland. The 2026 World Cup will feature 48 teams after the FIFA Council on 10 January 2017 unanimously voted to expand the competition. EPA/WALTER BIERI

Onside/Offside: Fifa-fi-fo-fum, human kindness in the FA Cup and more

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Students protested last year about a teacher shortage, as shown in this picture, but nothing has been done to resolve the problem, teachers say. Photo: Buziwe Nocuze

GroundUp: 8% matric pass rate at E Cape school blamed on teacher shortage

By GroundUp
Photo: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Great Wall of Kenya: ‘A weird solution to a much bigger problem’

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: French President Francois Hollande arrives to visit the Leon Bernard pediatric cancer centre in Lyon, France, 23 March 2016. EPA/OLIVIER ANRIGO

ISS Today: Hollande’s swansong in Africa

Photo: Hashim Amla of South Africa receives award for his 100th Test cricket match during the International Test Series 2016/17 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 12 January 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Cricket: Ton-up Hash scripts fairy-tale century as South Africa take control at the Wanderers

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma smiles as he is welcomed by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (R) upon his arrival at Khartoum airport January 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Report: Human Rights Watch slams South Africa’s human rights record

By Simon Allison

Zapiro: Run ANC, Run!

By Zapiro

Photo: A fire-fighting helicopter battles a blaze during a fire spreading rapidly through vegetation around residential areas in the mountainous suburb of Glencairn in Cape Town, South Africa, 11 January 2017. Hundreds of residents were evacuated as the fire fanned by strong north westerly winds started in Ocean View ripped through Glencairn heading towards Simonstown according to eye witness reports at the scene. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Wildfires costing Western Cape economy millions

By News24
Photo: Christopher Katongo of Zambia poses with the 2012 AFCON trophy during the Africa Cup of Nations Final between Zambia and Ivory Coast in Libreville, Gabon, 12 February 2012. EPA/STR 

Africa Cup of Nations 2017: An Afcon preview for dummies

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: ANC SG Gwede Mantashe (Greg Nicolson / Daily Maverick)

Gwede Mantashe: Elect ANC leaders with succession in mind

By News24
Photo: US President-elect Donald Trump calls on reporters during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 11 January 2017. Trump, who is set to take the Oath of Office on 20 January 2017, gave his first press conference in nearly 6 months. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Oh, the depths you will plumb: Trump’s first press conference, a painful spectacle

By J Brooks Spector

Fake it till you make it: What is SA doing about its fake news problem?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: De Standaard headline said it all.

Re-inventing ‘Kafkaesque’: SA travel restrictions open door to abuse

By Marianne Thamm

Trump Revealed: A 21st Century Wizard of Oz

By J Brooks Spector

Theatre Review: Spark, Skill & Intrigue – Blonde Poison

By Lesley Stones
Photo: The Global Covenant of Mayors at the C40 Mayors Summit. Mayor Solly Msimanga of Tshwane

TRAINSPOTTER: Did Tshwane’s Solly Msimanga really break SA foreign policy?

By Richard Poplak
Wired World

Over 100 firefighters battle Table Mountain blaze

By News24

Zimbabwe priest held over Mugabe death prophecy


Turkish police catch Istanbul nightclub attacker in city


Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82


Five dead in shooting at Mexico music festival


Uganda military denies Congolese rebels left camp


Domestic worker braves flames to rescue twin toddlers from Durban blaze

By News24

'Premature' leadership pronouncements creating anarchy - Western Cape ANC

By News24

Motorists warned to brace for more petrol pain

By News24

At least three dead in Nigeria suicide attack

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GroundUp: Presidential housing project bogged down in corruption and fraud

By GroundUp
Photo: Food distribution in Somalia. (UN Photo)

Militants Rising: Islamic State’s East African Ambitions

By Gabrielle Reid
Photo: A file photograph showing Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, arriving at the SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) extraordinary summit held at Maputo, Mozambique, 08 February 2013. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

ISS Today: Buying time in the DRC?

Photo: Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba. (Greg Nicolson)

Herman Mashaba claims anti-corruption victory in Johannesburg

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Photo: Supporters of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma sings party songs as he enters the voting station in Nkandla, April 22, 2009. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Parallel lines: Decline and fall of the ANC Women’s League

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Prof Rok Ajulu.

Op-Ed: A Tribute to Professor Rok Ajulu (1950-2016)

By Tito Mboweni
Photo: Napoleon Webster, centre, during an EFF demonstration in Alexandra, 20 April 2015. (Greg Nicolson)

EFF activist’s Marikana murder charges ‘politically motivated’, say supporters

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma walks with the ANC’s top six leaders to the front of the stage at the party’s 105th birthday celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Photo: Greg Nicolson.

Op-Ed: Nothing new in ANC January 8 statement

By Zwelinzima Vavi

Justice Denied: Getting away with child abuse

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Namibian Genocide (Ullstein Bild)

Analysis: Can Germany be made to pay up for Namibian genocide?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Then Egyptian Minister of Defence Abdelfattah Said EL-Sisi is seen during a press conference for former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the then Greek President Karolos Papoulias at the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, 18 October 2012. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

ISS Today: Short on money and friends, Egypt discovers its African roots

Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivan Markman.

Op-Ed: The ANC’s January 8th anniversary statement – then and now

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola and Labour Party (MPLA) presidential candidate, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and his daughter Isabel dos Santos (R) during the inauguration of the new Marginal of the Luanda Bay in Luanda, Angola, 28 August 2012. EPA/PAULO NOVAIS

Africa in 2017: The stories we’re watching

By Simon Allison
Photo: Outsa Mokone (Photo courtesy of the Sunday Standard)

Botswana: Newspaper editor faces two-year jail sentence on archaic charge of sedition

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the party’s birthday celebrations in Soweto on Sunday. Photo: Greg Nicolson.

ANC at 105: Succession endorsement grabs spotlight as Zuma dances off the stage

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: A pickup truck moves off after loading unemployed builders and painters from a roadside for work in Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Sorry, wrong number! A reply to Dave Kaplan

By Imraan Valodia
Photo: Then US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) appears with his wife Melania (L) and daughter Ivanka Trump (R) in an NBC Town Hall on the Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, USA, 21 April 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY

US: Donald Trump’s presidential transition to remember

By J Brooks Spector

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.72 – Evita's Happy 105th ANC & congrats to Mohammed

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Main photo: The ANC’s top six leaders, Zweli Mkhize, Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, Baleka Mbete, Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte, celebrate at the party’s 105th birthday celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Photo: Greg Nicolson.

ANC’s January 8th Statement, 2017 edition: A Quest for Unity – or else

By Stephen Grootes

New Year’s resolution for 2017: Stop unaccountable state spying

By Jane Duncan
Photo: World Bank Photo Library.

School maths: What is Our Story?

By Nicky Roberts
Photo of UCT by GroundUp.

Letter to The Editor: UCT ‘progressive alumni’ part of the problem, not the solution

By Daily Maverick
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and President Brahim Ghali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, address the media at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, 6 January 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Letter to the Editor: Inalienable rights to independence

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Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma after speaking to members of the Twelve Apostles' Church in Christ at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa, December 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward.

TRAINSPOTTER: They’re back—the Great Big Messy lead up to ANC105

By Richard Poplak
Photo: Prof Rok Ajulu (Twitter/Shaka Sisulu)

Returning to Principled Internationalism: A Tribute to Prof Rok Ajulu

Photo:  Figurines and paraphernalia related to US President-elect Donald Trump are displayed in a tourist shop in New York, New York, USA, 05 January 2017. Trump will be sworn in as the next President of the United States on 20 January 2017. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US intel report: Putin sought to help Trump in election


Ramaphosa: ANC can't be bought

By News24

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Photo: Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga briefs reporters on national curriculum changes during a news conference at the Education Department in Pretoria, Thursday, 29 October 2009. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

True matric pass rate is 40.2%, claims DA's Gavin Davis

By News24

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By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr., (C) and Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Marcell Lettre II (L), listen to National Security Agency and Cyber Command Chief Michael Rogers (R) testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on 'Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States' in Washington, DC, USA, 05 January 2017. In several tweets, President-elect Donald Trump appeared to side with Julian Assange's claim that Russia was not the source of the DNC's hacked emails released by Wikileaks. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

US: Spy chiefs stand firm on Russia findings

Photo: ANC SG Gwede Mantashe (Greg Nicolson / Daily Maverick)

Mantashe: ANC unity is not a pipe dream

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Photo: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema addressing the crowd in Church Square in Pretoria city centre, South Africa, 02 November 2016. EPA/HERMAN VERWEY

Malema: You are a traitor if you go to ANC birthday celebrations

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Firefighting helicopters battle a vegetation fire fanned by gale force winds raging in the Helderberg mountains around Somerset West, South Africa, 04 January 2017. Over 120 firefighters, three helicopters and a water bombing aircraft have been battling the fire, fanned by winds, around in the Somerset West and Stellenbosch areas. The fire broke out early 03 January, several properties in the area have been evacuated. The cause of the fire is yet unknown. 

While you were sleeping: 5th January 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Rod Rodriguez wearing a Donald Trump clown mask and carrying a sign that reads 'Scariest Clown Ever!', joined over a thousand demonstrators who marched on International Migrants Day through downtown Los Angeles, California, USA, 18 December 2016.  EPA/MIKE NELSON

US: Trump again dismisses intel on Russian hacking

Photo: Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic, Brahim Ghali speaks during a press conference in Algiers, Algeria on 27 October 2009. Ghali has demanded the release of Sahrawi political detainees incarcerated in Morocco. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Op-Ed: Independence of Western Sahara is an inalienable right

By Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Photo: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (SAPA)

2016 Matric: Pass rate up slightly, despite 'progressed pupils'

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Photo: ANC SG Gwede Mantashe (Greg Nicolson)

Thieves, corruption within ANC will destroy party, warns Gwede Mantashe

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Photo: A class at Tyburn Primary School in Chatsworth, Durban, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Op-Ed: Preparation for matric mathematics starts at conception

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Photo: Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Op-Ed: Will Donald trump Africa’s health needs?

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Photo: A file picture dated 26 June 2007 shows British recording artist George Michael performing on stage during a concert at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. According to reports on late 25 December 2016, British popstar George Michael has died peacefully at home at the age of 53, his publicist has announced. EPA/EVERT ELZINGA

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Photo: John Matisonn.

Letter to Editor: My apology to Justice Yacoob and all unsighted people

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While you were sleeping: 23 December 2016

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The truck that crashed into a Christmas market, close to the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in Berlin, Germany, 19 December 2016. According to the police, several people are reported killed and many injured in what police suspect was a deliberate attack. 

While you were sleeping: 21 December 2016

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