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Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila (L) is welcomed by his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma during the two-day meeting of leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

DRC/SA Talks: Zuma unlikely to pressure Kabila to go to the polls

Photo: Knysna Heads fire, December 21 2009, Photo by Slack12 via Flickr

Inside the Knysna inferno: Smoke on The Water – what to save when you are about to lose it all

By Chris du Plessis

Scorpio and amaBhungane #GuptaLeaks: Direct evidence Gupta henchmen prepared fake race-baiting tweets

By amaBhungane & Scorpio

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma chairing the Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council (BEEAC) workshop, focusing on Radical Socio-Economic Transformation at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria. 20 June 2017. (GCIS)

Secret ballot for What? Why Zuma can still laugh it off

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: The front page of WMC LEAKS.

SCORPIO: In the non-surprise of the year, smear campaign tracked to a Gupta associate

By Marianne Thamm and Jean Le Roux
Photo: SSA director-general Arthur Fraser.

SCORPIO: SA’s spy boss implicated in massive tender fraud at Prasa

Photo: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. (GCIS)

Let slip the Dogs of War: How beneficiaries of state capture are protecting their project

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: A man tends to his newly planted tree seedlings in a nursery in Arokwo Village, Kapchorwa,Uganda, in 2008. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

ISS Today: Is Southern Africa facing a food security disaster?


Photo: Carl Niehaus (Left), Mzwanele Manyi (centre), Kebby Maphatsoe (Right) – all photos courtesy of EWN.

Reporter’s Notebook: Journalism in the time of lies

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: Men Bundle Tobacco Leaves for Drying in Malawi (Mitchell Maher / International Food Policy Institute, via Flickr)

Op-Ed: Two Malawis, Few Opportunities, One Challenge

Photo: President Jacob Zuma responds to Questions for Oral Reply in the National Assembly in Parliament, Cape Town (Photo: GCIS)

Parliament: Zuma stands up to ConCourt Ruling, but there are more questions than answers

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane (GCIS)

Analysis: Public Protector’s strange Absa report, and disturbing attack on Reserve Bank

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Minister Bathabile Dlamini (GCIS)

Analysis: Sassa, Minister Dlamini, CPS and others under continuing spotlight

By Marianne Thamm

Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at the Second Extraordinary Summit of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9 November 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

A Merry Muddle: The Guiding Document for South Africa’s Foreign Policy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Anthony Carroll (photo supplied)

Potential Trump pick for US ambassador to SA is ‘a good friend of South Africa’

Photo by Andreas Levers via Flickr.

Op-Ed: How drugs (and alcohol) kill – and it’s not what you think it is

By Zane Dangor
Photo: A group of Wells Estate shack dwellers gather outside the Motherwell Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. The case was postponed. Photo: Joseph Chirume

GroundUp: Police and NPA want land occupiers ‘punished by the courts’

By GroundUp
Photo: Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng hands down judgment in the matter concerning a secret ballot in a motion of no confidence. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

No Confidence Motion: ConCourt throws secret ballot decision back to Mbete

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Thousands of hopeful job applicants queue for 200 positions advertised by the Metro Police Department in Durban September 9, 2009. Unemployment figures in South Africa for the second quarter of 2009 stand at 23.6 percent, according to official government statistics. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Op-Ed: Employability programmes help tackle high cost of work-seeking

Photo: Duane Gervais, right, in the rubble of his uncle’s Knysna Heights house that was one of 846 houses in the Garden Route town gutted by fire

GroundUp: Knysna fire’s wake-up call

By GroundUp
Photo: Elements of the Force Intervention Brigade of Monusco give a demonstration of their know-how in combat. The Brigade is mandated by the UN Security Council to neutralise all armed groups in eastern D.R. Congo Photo: Wikimedia Common

ISS Today: Is the Force Intervention Brigade still justifying its existence?

Main photo: Residents gather to meet on Wednesday morning at Wells Estate after mass evictions. Photo: Joseph Chirume

GroundUp: Second week of mass evictions and violent protests in Port Elizabeth

By GroundUp
Photo: Bird’s eye view of the waterfall above the gorge at the headwaters of Mabola river. Photo: Johnny Miller/AfricanDrone

Watership Down: The reality of mining Mabola

By Oxpeckers
Photo: Lifers in prisons across the country are demanding that parole be considered for them. (GroundUp)

GroundUp: Prisoners across the country demand parole hearings

By GroundUp
Photo: South Africa’s Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu releases the audit results of the country's municipalities for the financial year 2012-13 in Pretoria on Tuesday, 30 July 2014. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Analysis: Does the Auditor-General need more teeth?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: House Chairperson of the National Assembly, Hon Cedric Frolick. (Photo by RSA Parliament)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Factions and fractures in the House as committees start to probe #GuptaLeaks, sort of

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Etwatwa, a township near Benoni, South Africa. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

Report: In appealing to elites, Malema mixes radicalism with new political savvy

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: President Jacob Zuma attends the African Union Summit held on 27-30 January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (GCIS)

ISS Today: Will South Africa be at the 29th AU summit?

Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen with Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane at the SA Local Government Association (Salga) national conference in Midrand, Monday, 10 September 2012. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Op-Ed: Fragmenting and diffusing state capture probe a recipe for disaster

By John Steenhuisen
Photo: House Chairperson of the National Assembly, Hon Cedric Frolick. (Photo by RSA Parliament)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Four state capture probes mandated

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Marizanne Kapp of Protea Women during the ODI match between Protea Women and New Zealand White Ferns on 11 October 2016 at the Diamond Oval Kimberley Photo: Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

Cricket: Proteas look to lay the foundations of a legacy at the World Cup

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking about the SoNA at the New Age Business Briefing breakfast at Grandwest in Cape Town. 18/06/2014 Kopano Tlape (GCIS)

Op-Ed: Unpacking Radical Economic Transformation

By Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo: Fareed Abdullah, former CEO of the South African National Aids Council, explained the shortcomings of the government’s new Aids plan in Durban on Thursday. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Former Aids council head criticises government plan

By GroundUp
Flames rise during a forest fire in Pedrogao Grande, Leiria District, central Portugal, 17 June 2017. About 180 firemen, 52 land vehicles and two planes are fighting to extinguish the fire.

While you were sleeping: 20 June 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Onlookers gather near a police cordon near Finsbury Park, after a van collision incident in north London, Britain, 19 June 2017.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Analysis: Revisiting the idea of unified nations in western states can no longer be ignored

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Paul Adams, Ashwell Prince, CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat, (CSA) President, Chris Nenzani, Robin Petersen and Makhaya Ntini during the T20 Launch on 31 May 2017 at Bidvest Wanderes Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Analysis: What does the T20 Global League mean for cricket in South Africa?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Police officers patrol the streets of Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Constitutionality of Gatherings Act challenged

By Ntuthuzo Ndzomo

Explainer: What is Cricket South Africa’s T20 Global League?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A Somali refugee stands inside a tent with her baby in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. 25/08/2011. Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

ISS Today: As doors close to refugees, Ethiopia’s stay open

Photo: Jackson Maliamungu (Ugandan) and Michael Awan (refugee) Photo: James Oatway

World Refugee Day: When crisis breeds innovation in Uganda

Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube via TechCentral)

Rand tanks as Public Protector opens Pandora’s Box on currency laws

By News24
Photo: People living in shacks in backyards have been occupying vacant land in Khayelitsha. Photo: Barbara Maregele

GroundUp: Khayelitsha backyarders clash with police

By GroundUp
Photo: President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh attends the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 January 2014. African leaders and the AU has urged South Sudan's warring parties to peacefully end their political dispute. EPA/DANIEL GETACHEW

ISS Today: Djibouti plays the West off against the Far East


Captura Continua: Will the Guptas determine the ANC succession race?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross responds to a question from the news media on new lumber tariffs levied on Canada during the White House daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 25 April 2017. On Monday the Trump administration announced it planned to levy a 20% tariff on softwood lumber imports from Canada. EPA/SHAWN THEW

After AGOA: SA must prepare for two-way free trade agreements with US

Photo: Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane addresses members of the media on his visit to Harmony Gold's Doornkop Mine. (Photo: GCIS)

Zwane’s Mining Charter: Risking jobs in a recession

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, Pretoria, 23 September 2015 (GCIS)

Op-Ed: Who will really gain from the new version of the Mining Charter?

By James Lorimer
Photo of Knysna fire by Ivo Vegter.

Op-Ed: God and the Knysna disaster – Ivo, the answer is in the Scriptures

Photo: Edward Munch: The Scream – SA style

Health-e News: Esidimeni families in the dark about police investigations

Wired World

Tourist bus hits Paris bridge, at least four injured: fire service


Police mull manslaughter charges over London blaze


Brown unveils new interim Eskom board

By News24

South Africa coach Domingo returns home after mother's accident

By News24

While you were sleeping: 23 June 2017

By John Stupart

Republicans unveil Senate health bill, but lack votes to pass it


Tesla looking at entering music streaming


'El Chapo' to sue Netflix over series: lawyer


Britain's May vows EU citizens can stay after Brexit


'Dreamer' Tusk says Brexit could be reversed

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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.95 – Evita on middle-aged youth (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: President Jacob Zuma, AU Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and AU Chairperson, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe at the Gala Dinner held in honour of the African Heads of State and Government attending the African Union's 25th Summit. Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. 14/06/2015, GCIS

ISS Today: Back to the future for ANC foreign policy?

Photo: Umbiswa Makhubo carries the body of Hector Pieterson, photographed by Sam Nzima. Photograph: Sam Nzima/Archive

The Child is not Dead

By Mbali Vilakazi
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during oral replies at the National Assembly in Parliament, Cape Town. South Africa. 12/08/2015. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS)

Reporter’s Notebook: Parliament, not a happy workplace

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Acting Minister of Communications Mosebenzi Zwane speaking at Ga Seleka Village Community Hall during the Imbizo focus week in Lephalele.04/04/2016 Kopano Tlape GCIS

Zwane’s radical Mining Charter in the firing line

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: ANCYL leader Collen Maine (Gallo Images)

Scorpio and amaBhungane #GuptaLeaks: Bell Pottinger, ANCYL and MK veterans – the early days

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Chair of SANAC’s National Civil Society Forum Mmapaseka Steve Letsike at a media briefing responding to allegations of corruption and failings in the SA National Aids Council. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Aids Council responds to corruption allegations

By GroundUp
Photo: An Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) official checks a ballot box at a polling station in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 07 May 2014.  Photo: EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI

By-elections: Safe seats and some surprises in by-elections

By Wayne Sussman
Photo: Shadows of children are seen during a march in front of the Hector Pieterson Memorial as commemorations continue on the 40th anniversary of the student uprising against the Apartheid regime in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 June 2016 Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Youth Day: ‘Tackle issues that will open doors for us’

Photo: Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula introducing new Acting National Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba on June 1 2017 Photo: GCIS

ANC Succession: Mbalula tweets slam Magashule

By News24
Photo: Dr Dvora Joseph Davey speaking at the South African Aids Conference in Durban. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Men at higher risk of not getting HIV under control

By GroundUp
Photo: Trucks were used to block the N1 highway near Allendale. According to police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar, the trucks were hijacked and the keys stolen so that they could not be moved. Photo supplied

GroundUp: Thousands left stranded by Johannesburg taxi blockade

By GroundUp
Photo: Participants on the Peninsula Paddle which traces the waterways from Muizenberg to Milnerton. Greg Bertish can be seen in his blue Little Optimist craft. Photo: Gavin Lawson

GroundUp: Paddling across Cape Town

By GroundUp
Photo: Helen Zille (Greg Nicolson)

The Art of the Apology: Why Zille’s climbdown was a significant political moment

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (L) reacts next to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma during the opening of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Analysis: While Zuma may want to be like Mugabe, South Africa is not Zimbabwe

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: Patients with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) wear masks while awaiting consultation at a clinic in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township, February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

GroundUp: South Africa is making progress against its most deadly disease

By GroundUp
Photo: A general view shows a destroyed car on the side of the road after a raging bush fire swept through the seaside town of Knysna, South Africa, 08 June 2017 (issued 09 June 2017). The town of 10,000 people was evacuated late 07 June, after the fire swept through the forests in the area and into the town. An estimated 400 houses were destroyed. EPA/STR

Op-Ed: Tourism can help rebuild Knysna, but we need your help

Original photo: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema (L) and DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane are seen during a debate in Parliament on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Wednesday, 18 June 2014.Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Coalition Politics: A common enemy, a divided future

By David Reiersgord
Photo: Mogale City limit (Satour)

Mogale City on a precipice: DA has two weeks to uncover its rebel

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Courtesy of Sonke Gender Justice

GroundUp: I am a sex worker – criminalising my work puts me in danger

By GroundUp
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing parliament in the National Assembly, Cape Town, 31 May 2017. (GCIS)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: It’s corporate capture, states Ramaphosa, now let people clear their names

By Marianne Merten
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman

Op-Ed: The need for a revitalised politics after Zuma

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Shaun Swingler

GroundUp: Rocky road up ahead for Minerals Bill

By GroundUp
Photo: Zambia’s Edgar Lungu (Left, EPA), Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe (Right, EPA)

Analysis: Lungu does a Mugabe, as Zambia follows Zimbabwe’s disastrous path

By Maynard Manyowa
Photo: Selby Cindi, a forensic   officer from Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Services in Hillbrow , brings in the body of an accident victim. February, 2016. Photo: Alon Skuy/ The Times

Mortuary Strike: Bodies pile up as Gauteng mortuary workers down tools

Photo: Rubbish and foam in the Stiebeuel River. A new project aims to make this water clean and usable. Photo: Trevor Bohatch

GroundUp: Researchers test nifty way to save water in informal settlement

By GroundUp
Photo:Dr Jonathan Bernheimer presents at the South African Aids Conference in Durban on Tuesday. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Khayelitsha study offers hope for children with HIV who are failing treatment

By GroundUp
Photo: Social grant recipients participated at a meeting in Ceres in which many demanded that their accounts with a loan company be closed. Photo: Barbara Maregele

GroundUp: Black Sash and Net1 in war of words

By GroundUp
Photo: Helen Zille (Photo: Greg Nicolson)

Analysis: Zille remains premier, but what does it mean for DA?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Antoine Wirtz – Scene from Hell (Wikimedia Commons)

TRAINSPOTTER: #GuptaFreaks – How the monsters are beginning to eat themselves

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

Health-e News: Faith healers or charlatans – convincing sick congregants hopeful of a cure to stop treatment

Photo:  Collin Matjila (

amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Another CV, another Eskom chief – then cash for the Guptas

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: President Jacob Zuma addressing the community of Elsies River and surrounding areas during the Fight against Crime Imbizo held at Adriaanse Community Centre in Elsies River, Cape Town. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: Elite struggle over Zuma is making weapons against the poor

By R Brunette, P Nqaba, J Pearson & M Phadi
The original photo: President Jacob Zuma addressed the South Africa Police Service Commemoration Day to remember police officers killed in the line of duty, Union Buildings, Pretoria, 06/09/2015, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: ‘People who must enforce the law behave like criminals’, Scopa scolds police top brass

By Marianne Merten
Photo: ANC supporters at the launch of the party's 2014 election manifesto at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit Mpumalanga, Saturday, 11 January 2014. Photo: SAPA stringer

Op-Ed: Break the ANC now or later?

By Marius Oosthuizen
Photo: A man stands by a polluted river in Hanoi, Vietnam, 03 March 2016. According to data from a report of environment advocacy group Ocean Conservancy, roughly eight million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year.  Photo: EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

ISS Today: Africa is stepping up to help save the oceans

Photo: Helen Zille in Mpumalanga in 2011 (Flickr)

Disciplining Zille: Helen Zille apologises, keeps premiership

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A train on Cape Town station burns on Monday evening. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: In Cape Town, commuters rebel as Metrorail fails

By GroundUp
Photo:Marchers against xenophobia in Johannesburg in April 2015. Photo by Bridget Mnyulwa of Sonke Gender Justice.

GroundUp: Why more criminalising of hate speech is a bad idea

By GroundUp
Photo: Gert van der Merwe (ENCA)

#GuptaLeaks: Gupta lawyer, accused of money laundering, claims media is ‘victimising’ him for ‘playing with the naughty kids’


Op-Ed: Accountability and the Constitution

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

Analysis: Time for Judge Hlophe to face the music

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Bell Pottinger was appointed by the SA Tourism UK office from January 2014 and paid a whopping R9-million for PR and other communication services relating to South Africa (Photo of Cape of Good Hope by Nicolas Raymond via Flickr)

Bell Pottinger: Defining South Africa from within and without

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba attends the second day of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa, 04 May 2017. EPA/STRINGER

Analysis: Being Malusi Gigaba

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: Two young patients at the cholera treatment centre in Dolow.

Op-Ed: Malnutrition, disease and food insecurity – a perfect recipe for disaster for Somalia’s children

By Kun Li
Main photo: A man approaches police with his hands in the air.

GroundUp: In photos – residents clash with police in Davidsonville

By GroundUp
Image: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which contains the drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine, is known by its brand name Truvada. (

GroundUp: WHO says HIV prevention drug is essential

By GroundUp
The original photo of Hlaudi Motsoeneng by Steven Lang.

Hlaudi’s exit aftermath: SABC interim board slams brakes on 90% local content, violent footage and The New Age breakfasts

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Constitutional Court judges enter the court (archive photo). Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

GroundUp: Court ruling protects people from homelessness

By GroundUp
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

#GuptaLeaks: Cracks appear in the Zupta edifice

By Ranjeni Munusamy