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9 December 2016 04:00 (South Africa)
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Smooth Operator: Gaspard leaves South Africa as he came – carrying Obama’s ‘Hope’

Photo: Ambassador Patrick Gaspard bids farewell to friends at Hill House, 7th December 2016. (Photo: US Embassy)
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Photo: SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng. (SAPA)

SABC inquiry: Who’s Hlaudi’s Godfather, members ask witnesses

By Marianne Thamm
Photo of FeesMustFall protest by Greg Nicolson.

Playing into the Hands of the Securocrats: A response to Adam Habib

By Jane Duncan
Photo: President Jacob Zuma receives the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu during his State Visit to South Africa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 8 Dec 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Nuclear Deal(s): What Zambia can learn from South Africa

By Simon Allison

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Photo: US President-elect Donald Trump maks an appearance in the lobby of Trump Tower to address reporters in New York, NY, USA, 06 December 2016. EPA/ALBIN LOHR-JONES

Trump’s Taiwan Gambit: Is there method to the King’s madness?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola - Labour Party (MPLA) supporters of presidential candidate, and incumbent President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, shout slogans during a political rally a political rally in Luanda, Angola, 29 August 2012. EPA/PAULO NOVAIS

ISS Today: Dos Santos’ retirement changes nothing, and everything, in Angola

By Simon Allison
Photo: Springbok Coach Allister Coetzee during the 2016 Springbok Press Conference at Montecasino on 23 October 2016 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

What it means to ‘Lose the Dressing Room’: Mutiny and Mayhem behind the Scenes

By Daniel Gallan
Photo: Durham Jets' Keaton Jennings plays a shot during the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston, Birmingham. (BackPagePix)

Onside/Offside: Keaton Jennings joins exclusive club, Boks the biggest ranking losers

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Jacob Zuma, then the newly elected leader of South Africa’s ANC, dances a traditional Zulu dance during a low-key marriage ceremony in front of his fourth wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli, in his KwaZulu-Natal homeland January 5, 2008. REUTERS/STRINGER

Op-Ed: South Africa’s traditional leadership proposal, the TKLB, is desperate and dangerous



In the shadow of Fidel: Music to die for – Los Frikis, Cuba’s macabre free electric band

By Chris du Plessis
Photo: Jacob Zuma, Hlaudi Motoeneng, Nathi Nhleko, Berning Ntlemeza.

Follow My Leader: Nhleko, Motsoeneng and SABC ‘board’ disrespect Parliament, Zuma-style

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim speaks to reporters after a meeting of the trade union’s central committee in Johannesburg, Thursday, 18 August 2011. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Numsa to push new party at national congress

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Supporters of the Save South Africa movement listen to speeches in St Albans Church in Tshwane, 2 November 2016. (Greg Nicolson)

Analysis: Saving seems to be the hardest word

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: ANC ‘self-correction’, self-examination and rebuilding democracy

By Raymond Suttner

Photo by Gavin Fordham via Flickr.

Op-Ed: The Potemkin Village that is the IRP2016

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: Mama Maki Tsiane

Op-Ed: A tribute to Maki Tsiane

By Section 27
Photo: A poll worker holds a marble which represents one vote after the close of voting during the presidential election in Banjul, Gambia, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon.

ISS Today: Jammeh loses his marbles

MAIN PHOTO: Khadija Muuse, 70, is among tens of thousands of Somalis displaced by drought. The men in her family have all left for towns and cities in search of work, leaving her and other women and children behind. Rabaable village, near Garowe, Puntland. ©UNICEF Somalia/2016/Sebastian Rich

Puntland: In a time of drought, Somali families forced to separate to survive

By Kun Li
Photo: Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and Cyril Ramaphosa at Madiba's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, August 20th, 2009.

Channelling Mandela: Ramaphosa and Kathrada’s truths of our time

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: General Berning Ntlemeza (Lucky Nxumalo for Netwerk24)

House of Cards: General Ntlemeza – the Hawks head, a one-man wrecking ball

By Marianne Thamm
Main photo: The lost mariners – Anthony Murray, Reginald “Reg” Robertson, Jaryd Payne.

Bigger Than The Weather II: The corporate cover-up goes deeper

By Kevin Bloom

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.67 – Evita also wonders: is the NEC revolting?

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Arsenal's Lucas Perez, left, scores a goal during an UEFA Champions League Group stage Group A soccer match between FC Basel 1893 and Arsenal FC at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, 06 December 2016.

While you were sleeping: 8 December 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Ghana’s incumbent leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama during the last rally to the General election in Accra, Ghana, 05 November 2016. EPA/CHRISTIAN THOMPSON.

Africa Research Institute: Seven things to understand about elections in Ghana

Photo: Nkaneng, Marikana, North West. South Africa. Police had running battles with residents of Nkaneng shantytown after the police disarmed about 100 miners a day after Lonmon offerred striking miners a R960 increase. Burning and rock barricades were then set up in the township and police shot at, teargassed and also arrested some 14 residents. Many of the injured were women. (Photo Branko Brkic/Daily Maverick)

Marikana: Sikhale Sonke withdraws from Lonmin mediations

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A file picture dated 19 May 1998 shows Nelson Mandela with Fidel Castro at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the GATT Agreement, during the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. EPA/PATRICK AVIOLAT

ISS Today: Castro’s death casts light on Africa’s relationship with its diaspora

Photo: Allister Coetzee, coach of South Africa during the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship South Africa Team Announcement at Kashmir Restaurant, Umhlanga, South Africa on 06 October 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Paper Round: The trials and tribulations of Allister Coetzee, redux

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Albert Nzula Hospital in Trompsburg. Photo: Christopher Clarke

GroundUp: Free State’s R380-million ghost hospital

By GroundUp
Photo: Nigerians interact at a market in Mubi, Adamawa state, Nigeria, 15 May 2013. EPA/DEJI YAKE

Just how hungry is north-eastern Nigeria?

By Simon Allison
Main photo: National Youth Orchestra at the Moses Mabhida Stadium (Photo by Xavier Vahed)

Op-Ed: The orchestra is in our blood

By Sophia Welz
Photo: South African Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga (Bea Uhart for Education International via Flickr)

SECTION27: Department continues to fail children with disabilities

By Section 27
Photo: Former South Africa National Defence Force chief Siphiwe Nyanda looks on, before being sworn in as communications minister by President Jacob Zuma, at the presidential guest house in Pretoria, May 11, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Former MK general Siphiwe Nyanda: ANC ill, but not terminally

By News24
Photo: Julius Malema, then leader of the ruling African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), is welcomed by Zimbabwean President Robet Mugabe at State House in Harare, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

EFF to Mugabe: Political power shouldn’t be taken to the grave

By News24
Photo: President Jacob Zuma attends the SABC/The New Age Business breakfast held at the Grand West Casino Complex in Cape Town. 10/02/2012. (GCIS)

South Africa in 2017: Adrift, with rapids approaching

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A ‘Family photograph’ taken at the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Developing nations the ‘world’s net creditors’

By Greg Nicolson

Theatre Review: Cirque Éloize iD – almost too much to watch

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Justin Geduld of South Africa (r) and Cheslin Kolbe (l) during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Sevens Rugby Bronze Medal match between South Africa and Japan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 11 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Rugby: Four things the Blitzboks can teach the embattled Springboks

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A man cooks dinner on an illicit diamond dig in Namaqualand. (Shaun Swingler)

GroundUp: Ekapa and Zama-Zamas fight over mining rights

By GroundUp
Photo: Activists from Sonke Gender Justice protest outside the Western Cape High Court. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong.

GroundUp: Court victory for Pollsmoor prisoners

By GroundUp
Photo: Members of the South Korean contingent Hanbit unit are in action at its base in the city of Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan, 06 July 2015, as they take part in a quick-reaction-force drill. EPA/YONHAP/POOL

ISS Today: Where to from here for the UN in South Sudan?

Photo: Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils attends the launch of the ‘Sidikiwe Vukani! Vote No’ campaign at Wits University in Johannesburg, Tuesday, 15 April 2014. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK): How the armed struggle succeeded

By Ronnie Kasrils
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers an address at a Youth Development Expo at the Halala Community Hall, Block H, in Soshanguve, Pretoria, 3 Oct 2015 . (Photo: GCIS)

Ramaphosa: ‘My Long Walk has not yet ended’

By Cyril Ramaphosa
People wearing costumes of Santa Claus presents homeless boy with gifts, at a poor neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, 03 December 2016. The Foundation Santa delivered clothes, toys and food for poor people in different parts of the city. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

While you were sleeping: 5 December 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: President Jacob Zuma dances at a victory rally of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg May 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Boxed in: Can Zuma do the Shuffle?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS), The Hawks’ head Berning Ntlemeza (eNCA), SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS)

SARS Wars: Vlok Symington, whose memorandum forced Abrahams to drop Gordhan charges, now under renewed pressure by the Hawks

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President-elect Donald Trump (L) points to his running mate, Vice president-elect Mike Pence (R), as he is introduced during the first stop of his ‘USA Thank You Tour 2016’ rally at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 01 December 2016. EPA/MARK LYONS

All Aboard the Starship Trump-Surprise: Fasten your seatbelts for a four-year rocky ride

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Thousands of South Africans protest in support of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) global call to action on tuberculosis and HIV/Aids in Cape Town, South Africa 08 November 2007. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Living with HIV: A young man tells his story

By Daily Maverick
Photo: The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service General MV Phiyega lay wreaths on the behalf of the Department of Police and the South African Police Service, held in Pretoria Union Building. 27/01/2013. (Katlholo Maifadi/GCIS)

Riah Phiyega finally on the ropes – what about the others?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Op-Ed: The Politics of Spectacle – reflections on the 2016 student protests

By Adam Habib

Health-e News: My Life as a Transgender Man

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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: 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: 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

Photo: Kariba Dam, by Joe McKenna via Flickr.

Op-Ed: A clear and present danger of Kariba Dam collapse

By Chris Gilmour
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

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: A young girl walks through a field of failed corn crops near Matinyani, in the semi-arid Kitui County in southeastern Kenya, 22 March 2015, the World Water Day. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: Land privatisation and climate change are costing rural Kenyans

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
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: 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: Fidel Castro in Washington, 1959. (Wikimedia Commons)

Fidel Castro and America – a mutually assured obsession

By J Brooks Spector
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

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
Photo:  SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (Photo by Financial Mail)

Reality Check: How 'rogue unit' allegations weakened SARS and undermined its authority

By Marianne Thamm

Reporter's Notebook: Waiting for post-Zuma

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African children living with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment perform during an AIDS awareness concert in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa, 01 December 2010. The Cirque du Monde Ibhongolwethu Project which performed the concert is run by Zip Zap Circus School in conjunction with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and consists of a series of circus arts workshops sponsored by Cirque du Soleil. Instructors from Zip Zap Circus School travel to Khayelitsha twice a week to teach ground-based circus acts such as mini-trampoline, tumbling and juggling to children living with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: A precision approach can pinpoint the way to progress

By Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Photo by Greg Nicolson / Daily Maverick.

Op-Ed: Towards a sustainable solution to the higher education fees challenge

By Gwebinkundla Qonde
Photo: Uganda incumbent and President elect Yoweri Museveni addresses the nation at his country home in Rwakitura, Kirihura district in western Uganda, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/James Akena

Uganda: Violent clashes leave at least 62 dead

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Russell Domingo during the 2015 Castle Lager and Cricket South Africa Proteas SendOff at the SAB Sandton Offices, Johannesburg on the 26 January 2015 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Cricket: Russell the Redeemer – how Domingo and South Africa turned it around

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Jeff Koinange, by UNEP via Flickr.

Kenya: Jeff Koinange sacked after politician’s rape comments

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Early morning queue outside Sassa office in Delft. File photo: Barbara Maregele

GroundUp: Social grants – Minister to make announcement on switchover

By GroundUp
Photo: A file picture dated 23 November 2015 shows the new home of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. The court, governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN

ISS Today: ICC states parties must walk the talk more


Maimane: “It’s not just Jacob Zuma, it’s a united crime syndicate”

By Simon Allison
Photo: A file picture dated 16 December 2012 shows South African President Jacob Zuma during the 53rd ANC National Conference held in Mangaung, South Africa, 23 May 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers – a weekend edition

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends a luncheon for world leaders during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2016.  EPA/PETER FOLEY

The Endgame: Zuma on the ropes as ANC tactical manoeuvre unfolds

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets the chairwoman of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma before the beginning of the outreach conference at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany, 08 June 2015. EPA/PETER KNEFFEL

ISS Today: Africa should benefit most from new EU development vision

Main photo: Solene Smith, chairwoman of Coastal Links Langebaan, addresses protesting fishers outside Parliament. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Small-scale fishers demand their rights

By GroundUp
Photo: Confluence of the North and West branches of the Susquehanna rivers, near Sunbury, Pennsylvania,  by Chris Phan via Flickr

Letter from Trumplandia

By Glen Retief

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.66 – Evita in black for Friday and Fidel

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Grace Mugabe looks on next to her husband Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his 91st birthday celebration at Victoria Falls, February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe braces for the worst as bond notes introduced

By Simon Allison
Photo: South African captain Faf du Plessis (R) celebrates as the team leave the field following their win in the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Australia, 07 November 2016. (EPA)

Cricket: Five things we learnt from South Africa’s 2-1 series victory over Australia

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: President Jacob Zuma gestures during his question and answer session in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Analysis: Should Zuma lose, the dominoes would fall

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South African members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and HIV/Aids sufferers beat church cushions and sing during an interfaith service at St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa Thursday 24 August 2006. The TAC called for South African president Thabo Mbeki to sack his health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, for her failure to deal with the countries severe HIV/Aids issues. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Health-e News: Resignation and resurrection

Photo: Judge Julia Sebutinde (Simon Allison)

Africa’s most senior female judge: ‘Would these men even listen to me?’

By Simon Allison
Photo: Fidel Castro and Ahmed Kathrada, September 1994

Op-Ed: A Tribute to Fidel Castro

By Ahmed Kathrada
Photo: South Africa President Jacob Zuma gestures as he answers questions from journalists in Pretoria May 30, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Analysis: Review of State Capture report – the legal issues

By Pierre de Vos

Video: Street Talk – Teenage Gangsters of Delft, Part One

By Street Talk
Photo: ANC President Jacob Zuma and ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, 27 May 2017. (Greg Nicolson)

Banking on a President: Cosatu backs Ramaphosa, Guptas still own Zuma

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Pope Francis stands in front of the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica after closing it to mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy at the Vatican, 20 November 2016. EPA/TIZIANA FABI POOL

A Church Divided: Cardinals challenge the Pope

By Russell Pollitt
Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, in a TeleTubby land.

Hlaudi: I can change South Africa

By News24
Photo: NDPP Shaun Abrahams and President Jacob Zuma (GCIS/Daily Maverick)

HSF, FUL court bid to force Abrahams’ suspension struck off roll

By News24
Photo: Marius Fransman, (Fernanda LeMarie – Cancillería del Ecuador – via Flickr)

ANC Western Cape: Marius Fransman fights back

By News24