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Farewell, Madam Chair: Inside Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s troubled tenure at the African Union

Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, addresses the press during the first day of UN secretary-General Ban (not pictured) tour of the Sahel region in Bamako, Mali 05 November 2013. EPA/TANYA BINDRA
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Cartoon: Alternative Facts - The Gupta Edition

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State Capture: All roads lead to tobacco, some to Marius Fransman

By Marianne Thamm

Nuclear SA: Ep 2 – Enrichment


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Photo: EFF Congress in late 2014, Mangaung. (Greg Nicolson)

Revolutionary timing: 2017, EFF’s Year of The Branch

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Traditional leaders at the Africa Day celebrations held at the University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus in Pretoria, 24 May 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Traditional Courts Bill, ver 2017: Can ‘everyone live with it’?

By Marianne Merten
Photo: South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma in a quiet moment during a news conference after appearing in the Durban High Court where the National Prosecuting Authority dropped all charges against him, April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Zuma and ‘radical change’: The art of the virtually impossible

By Stephen Grootes

Paid Twitter: Manufacturing dissent, helping Guptas

By Daily Maverick Team
Photo: Nyasha Mushekwi of Zimbabwe (l) challenged by Syam Habib Youssef of Tunisia (r) during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Zimbabwe and Tunisia at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 23 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Afcon day that was: January 23 – Senegal, Tunisia progress, Group C promises thrilling final day

By Antoinette Muller

Photo: US President Donald J. Trump waves goodbye to supporters after watching the Inaugural Parade after he took the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States in Washington, DC, USA, 20 January 2017.  EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Analysis: The First 100 days of Donald

By Lara Sierra-Rubia
Photo: Thousands of people on Pennsylvania Avenue participate in the Women's March and rally to protest President Donald J. Trump the day after he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, USA, 21 January 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Op-Ed: The eerie, celebratory joy of the Women’s March on Washington

By Glen Retief
Photo: Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, African Union Commission Chairperson and former South African Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Home Affairs, presents the Africa's Candidate for the post of Director General of WHO, during a press conference, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 24 May 2016. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

ISS Today: 28th AU Summit, last for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Photo: A picture made available on 18 October 2016 shows Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers (SPLA) mounting an armored personnel carrier (APC) during a military operation against Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) in Eastern Nile State, South Sudan, 16 October 2016. EPA/IKILASS HENRY

Op-Ed: Peace and security in Africa the biggest priority for the next AU Chair

Photo by Ulrika via Flickr.

Op-Ed: ‘You are rubbish. Go back to where you belong’ – the plight of widows in Zimbabwe

By Birgit Schwarz

Main photo: Lake Michelle estate, surrounding the water body. The cleared land on the right of the section is part of Chapman’s Bay Estate’s property. Photo: Chapman’s Bay Estate website (copied as fair use)

GroundUp: Noordhoek eco estates protect the rich from the reality of Masiphumelele

By GroundUp
Main photo: Margaret Majuru stands in front of what remains of her house. Photo: Shamiso Mupara

GroundUp: Harare flood victims say state has abandoned them

By GroundUp
Photo: US President Donald J Trump (EPA), SA President Jacob Zuma (EPA)

What Trump’s ‘America First’ means for South Africa after Zuma’s brush-off

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: State Security Minister David Mahlobo (GCIS)

Reporter’s notebook: State Security agency’s campaign of fear and intimidation at SABC, and more

By Marianne Merten
Photo: MEC Qedani Mahlangu (Photo by SA Tourism)

Life Esidimeni: After tears, it’s time for accountability

By Greg Nicolson

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.74 – Evita offers political asylum to the Obamas!

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at XIV World Forestry Congress, 7 Sep 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: Choosing the Next Chair of the African Union Commission

By Cheryl Hendricks
Photo: Suzy Bernstein

Theatre Review: When Swallows Cry shows that migrants’ lives matter

By Lesley Stones
Main photo: US President Donald J Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk in their inaugural parade after being sworn in as the 45th President in Washington, DC, USA, 20 January 2017. Trump won the 08 November 2016 election to become the next US President. EPA/KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL

President, Trump: Something Wicked This Way Comes

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Sipho Pityana, Chairman, AngloGold Ashanti, speaking during the session, ‘Investing in Peace’, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 18, 2017. (Copyright by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek)

Reporter’s Davos notebook, final entry: Conversation with Sipho Pityana

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Evouna Malick of Gabon (R) challenged by Nicolas Nkoulou of Cameroon during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Cameroon and Gabon at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 22 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Afcon weekend that was: January 20-22 – Anti-dictatorship protest continues, Gabon crash out

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Protesters in Cape Town march against new US president Donald Trump. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare

GroundUp: Hundreds march in Cape Town against Donald Trump

By GroundUp
Photo: A young girl plays outside of her parents house in Epworth, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Photo: Kate Holt/IRIN via Flickr.

Zimbabwe: Harare in deep water over typhoid outbreak

By Mako Muzenda
Photo: A world cup Coca-Cola can. (Photo: Trenten Kelley via Flickr)

Health-E: Coca-Cola faces deception case

Main photo: Friends from the Ennerdale community where Shiraaz Mohamed runs a local newspaper attended a vigil for the captured photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee

GroundUp: Vigil for kidnapped photographer urges his safe return

By GroundUp
Photo: Gambian refugees return to Gambia after fleeing to Senegal, at the Karang border in Gambia, 21 January 2017. President Yahya Jammeh following his refusal to accept election results has finally conceeded power to Adama Barrow who was sworn in as president of Gambia at the Gambia embassy in Dakar, Senegal on 19 January 2017. EPA/STR

West Africa leads the way in The Gambia – and on democratisation

By Simon Allison

Cartoon: Trump Inauguration

By Zapiro

Photo: President-elect of Gambia Adama Barrow (C) waves to supporters after he was sworn in as president at the Gambia embassy in Dakar, Senegal, 19 January 2017. West African military forces are moving in to enforce the transfer of power removing President Yahya Jammeh following his refusal to accept election results and hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. EPA/STR

African troops move into Gambia as new president sworn in

Photo: As rain falls, President Barack Obama begins to take part in the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Ill., May 31, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Goodbye, Obama

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: A participant leaves the Congress Centre during the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, 19 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’. EPA/GIAN EHRENZELLER

Letter to the Editor: How is wealth really earned?

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Acting national police commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane (Netwerk24)

The Sound System and the Fury: IPID targets Police Commissioner’s house

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Bongiswa Joyce lives in this shack in Marikana, Philippi. In December her two children died in a fire. Photo: Thembela Ntongana

GroundUp: Grieving mother waits to bury her children

By GroundUp
Photo: US President-elect Donald J. Trump speaks to Republican leadership at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, USA, 19 January 2017, the day before his swearing in as 45th President of The United States. Trump won the 08 November 2016 election to become the next US President. EPA/Chris Kleponis / POOL

The post-truth age didn’t begin with Trump – it’s been with us since we’ve been bipedal

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Senegal players celebrate Henri Saivet (number 22) goal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Senegal and Zimbabwe at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Afcon day that was: 19 January – Senegal first to qualify for quarters, Ghana horses around

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: President Jacob Zuma addresses foreign nationals outside Home Affairs offices in Marabastad, Pretoria ahead of the State of the Nation Address, 8 Feb 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: 2017 and Beyond – the years of hardship are coming

By Matthew du Plessis
Photo: Sarah Summers and Kelly-Eve Koopman (Photo by Kristen van Niekerk)

Daily Maverick Interview: The makers of ‘Coloured Mentality’

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo by EmmyMic via Flickr.

To the dogs: What pet food reveals about the dawn of the Trumpocene

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts a reception dinner with business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Photo: GCIS)

Reporter’s Davos notebook: A tête-à-tête with Pravin, Cyril and Maria

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Wits University, by Paul Saad via Flickr

Commission for Gender Equality to SA universities: Employ women or face sanctions

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: A file picture dated 30 January 2016 shows the President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh (R) chats with a colleague as he takes a seat at the 26th African Union Summit at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to media reports on 10 December 2016, Gambian President rejected the outcome of the Gambian presidential elections that took place on 01 December. His opponent, opposition leader Adama Barrow, reportedly won 45.5 percent of the vote, and Jammeh reportedly won 36.7 percent of the vote. Jammeh, who has been in power for 22 years, is demanding fresh elections. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

ISS Today: Gambia – test of ECOWAS’s commitment to democracy

Matt Damon, Co-Founder of (L)and Gary White, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of, are pictured during a penal session on the first day of the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, 17 January 2017. The meeting brings together enterpreneurs, scientists, chief executive and political leaders in Davos January 17 to 20.

While you were sleeping: 19th January 2017

By John Stupart

Cartoon: Pravin's Winter's Tale

By Zapiro

Photo by Cory Doctorow via Flickr

Absa Public Protector report and other ghosts of things past may come back to haunt ANC

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Christian Bassogog of Cameroon (l) tackled by Mamadu Cande of Guinea Bissau during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Cameroon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 18 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix.

The AFCON day that was: 18 January – Cameroon ruin Guinea-Bissau’s fairy tale

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Lumka Oliphant. (Twitter)

Op-Ed: Reflections on ‘Lumka’ – we need to talk about the way we talk

By Jacques van Zuydam
Photo: A picture made available on 21 June 2016 and taken with wide angle lens shows two cooling towers of the nuclear power plant Grafenrheinfeld, Germany, 31 May 2016. EPA/DANIEL KARMANN

Understanding Eskom’s nuclear ambitions: An interview with David Nicholls

By Chris Yelland
Wired World

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Swaziland orders schools to teach only Christianity


SABC interim board appointment process gets underway

By News24

Brexit: What we know


While you were sleeping: Tuesday, 24th January 2017

By John Stupart

Cock of the walk: Trump to thrive in Year of the Rooster


Supreme Court set for landmark Brexit ruling


Trump's State pick OK'd by panel, goes to full Senate vote


Trump slapped with federal lawsuit in New York


Wits helps financially struggling students to register

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Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Photo: Steven Lang)

Parliament: Leaked ‘Working document’ slams SABC

By Marianne Merten
Photo: (LEFT) Then the African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L) talks to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma during the close of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (RIGHT) Baleka Mbete in Mangaung 2012. (Leonie Marinovich)

The Gender Contender: Dlamini-Zuma and Mbete vie to be the woman on top

By Ranjeni Munusamy

TRAINSPOTTER: Bankorp, BLF and the radioactive dust in our eyes

By Richard Poplak

Letter to the Editor: UCT group reply

By Daily Maverick
Photo: A woman walks through the main market in Bujumbura, Burundi, 22 July 2015. EPA/WILL SWANSON

ISS Today: Can Burundi bury the ghosts of its troubled past?

Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa being received by Ambassador Claudinah Ramosepele in Switzerland ahead of WEF 2017 in Davos, 16 January 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Davos 2017: Good vibrations as Ramaphosa greets SA’s business leadership

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Democratic Representative from Georgia John Lewis responds to a reporter’s question beside members of the Congressional Black Caucus at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 08 July 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Trump v Lewis: It was always gonna be an Unequal Fight

By J Brooks Spector
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
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?

Photo: Former South African Reserve Bank Chris Stals.

‘Lifeboat’ scandal: An unlikely whistle-blower?

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

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

By Rebecca Davis
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)

SASSA’s deafening silence on April 1 readiness for monthly R10-billion grant handover

By Marianne Thamm
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: 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: 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
Main photo: Jackal cull in Karoo 2012.

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

By Don Pinnock
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

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

By Raymond Suttner

Cartoon: Zuma Trumped

By Zapiro


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

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
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: 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: 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

Nuclear SA: Ep 1 – The Laager

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: 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
Photo: A scene from Project Spear.

ABSA, SABC and the documentary that never aired

By Greg Nicolson
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
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: 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

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