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TRAINSPOTTER: A New Age indeed — Mzwanele Manyi becomes a media baron

Photo: Mzwanele Manyi (GCIS)
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Photo: Union Bank of Switzerland, photo by Wikimedia Commons

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – Nuclear Bunkers and Swiss Bankers

By Open Secrets
Photo: ANC MP Makhosi Khoza addressed the gathering at The Conference for The Future of South Africa at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg on Tuesday, 19 July 2017. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

Makhosi Khoza: If I get fired from the ANC, I won’t disappear into obscurity

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: The chairman of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) national disciplinary committee Derek Hanekom addresses a press conference at the party's headquarters in Johanesburg, South Africa, 10 November 2011. EPA/JON HRUSA

Replacing Hanekom: Not so simple, not so easy

By Stephen Grootes

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Bell Pottinger: What’s at stake for SA’s least favourite PR firm?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Raymond Suttner and JailBird

Op-Ed: ‘Jailbird’, Sergeant Joubert and me

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Sandile Msibi, who heads the Free State's Department of Police, Roads and Transport (Photo: FS Government), Bloemfontein (Satour)

amaBhungane: Making Free in the Free State

Photo: Save South Africa chairperson Sipho Pityana says the organisation has cut its link to the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution following a letter from concerned activists. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Lonmin link to Casac questioned

By GroundUp
Photo: Former Benin’s President Nicéphore Soglo attends a forum during the 1st European Development Days in Brussels, November 16, 2006.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Soglo and Benin: Democracy, more than a moment

By Greg Mills

Photo: A White Rhino awaits buyers in a pen at the annual auction in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi national park, September 18, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Rhino horns online auction: A solution to some, a disaster to many

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth meets with Zambia's  President Edgar Lungu. Photo:

ISS Today: Can the Zambian intervention resuscitate the Commonwealth?

Photo: People pay their respects to the victims outside the Liceu Theatre, on the site of a deadly van attack in Barcelona, Spain, 20 August 2017. At least 14 people were killed and some 130 others injured after cars crashed into pedestrians on the La Rambla boulevard in Barcelona and on a promenade in the coastal city of Cambrils on 17 August. EPA/MARTA PEREZ

Analysis: Extremism involves more than just unsophisticated vehicle attacks

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: The playing pieces of ‘Whacky Wit’ stand on the board at the SPIEL non-electronic game fair in Essen, in 2013. Photo: Roland Weihrauch/(EPA)

Board games are quietly, nerdily, becoming big business

By Simmy Peerutin
Photo: A mural outside a college in Soweto depicts the violence against women. May 8 2003. EPA PHOTO KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Trauma relived, how the public health system fails victims of gender-based violence


Photo: Then Government Communication and Information System CEO Jimmy Manyi addresses a two day Government Communicators Forum (GCF) conference held at Velmore hotel in Centurion on 14 November 2011. Photo: GCIS

From cheerleader to owner: Mzwanele Manyi buys TNA and ANN7

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Nine years after publication of his column, Jon Qwelane’s utterances were declared hate speech in court last week. He is seen here in a file photo in Johannesburg in April 2008. Werner Beukes/(SAPA)

Op-Ed: Jon Qwelane’s hate speech – why words and context matter

By Melanie Judge
Photo: Members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) march through the streets of Cape Town in protest against high food, fuel and electricity prices August 6, 2008.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA)

ISS Today: Labour and economic policy in South Africa     

Photo: Derek Hanekom in Mangaung 17 December 2012. Photo Greg Marinovich / Daily Maverick

No Confidence Vote aftermath: ANC moves on Derek Hanekom

By Janet Heard
Photo: Escalators out of poverty: in Comuna 13, a poor area in Medellin, Colombia, a giant 384-meter orange-roofed escalator, installed in 2011, scales the mountain in six sections. A journey that was previously all but impossible now takes just six minutes and makes it easier for residents to access economic opportunities located across the city.

Op-Ed: Don’t compensate the poor for their exclusion – focus on inclusion


UDF at 34: ANC Western Cape seeking solace and inspiration in bleak political times

By Marianne Thamm
Main photo by Marelise van der Merwe.

Sunday, bloody Sunday: Bishop Lavis mourns

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo:  Grace Mugabe (R) speaks to her husband President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe (L) at a welcome home event at Harare International airport, Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 September 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Disgrace 2.0: Just like Omar al-Bashir, Grace Mugabe allowed to flee South Africa

Photo: Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana delivers an address at a Youth Development Expo at the Halala Community Hall, Block H, in Soshanguve, Pretoria, 3 October 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Mduduzi Manana, the demise of the political centre and rise of citizen power

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Chris Hani

Hani Killer: Janusz Walus' fate back in Masutha's hands

By News24
Photo: Then South African State prosecutor Gerrie Nel prior to the appeal by the state against Pistorius man slighter charges at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein, 03 November 2015.  Photo: EPA/SIPHIWE SIBEKO / POOL

Grace under Fire: ‘Bulldog’ Gerrie Nel guns for Zimbabwe’s First Lady

By Greg Nicolson
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Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, right, pay their respects to the victims outside the Liceu Theatre, on the site of a deadly van attack in Barcelona, Spain, on 19 August 2017. At least 14 people were killed and about 130 others injured after cars crashed into pedestrians on the La Rambla boulevard in Barcelona and on a promenade in the coastal city of Cambrils on 17 August.

While you were sleeping: 21 August 2017

By John Stupart

Letter to the Editor: We refute baseless accusations against Joe Modise

By Daily Maverick
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump (L) listens to CEO of Merck Kenneth Frazier (R) speaks during the announcement of a pharmaceutical glass packaging initiative, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 20 July 2017. Kenneth Frazier announced on 14 August 2017 that he would step down from one of US President Trump's advisory panels, citing 'a responsibility to take a stand against violence and extremism', days after a series of racist demonstrations erupted into violence in Charlottesville. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

The White House, Trumped: Quo Vadis, Donald?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: President Jacob Zuma delivering his Welcome remarks during the opening ceremony of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of States and Government in Pretoria. South Africa is hosting the SADC Summit under the theme ‘Partnering with the private sector in developing the Industry and Regional Value Chains’, at the OR Tambo Building of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. 19 August 2017. (GCIS)

SADC summit: Leaders pussyfoot around setting deadline for elections in DRC


Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: ‘Urgent’ state capture probes slow to kick off

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Criselda Kananda-Dudumashe’s book cover. The book was written by ‘God's favourite daughter’.

Health-e News: SANAC board membership for Manto’s favourite, Criselda Kananda-Dudumashe?

Photo: Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was released last week after being arrested in April. Here he addresses his final election rally ahead of the Presidential elections in Lusaka on 29 October 2008.  STR /(EPA)

Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema: ‘I had to pay a heavy price for people to open their eyes’

Photo: Police keep an eye on protesters outside the Department of International Relations and Co-operation building where the 37th SADC summit was being held at the weekend: Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

Pro-democracy demonstrators from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and DRC protest outside SADC summit

By Ihsaan Haffejee
Photo: The 2017 Rugby Championship game between South Africa and Argentina at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 19 August 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Rugby Championships: The Paper Round – The Boks are back, sort of

By Antoinette Muller

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.104 – Evita shows proof with grace (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with other Heads of State and Government during a family photo session at the 37th South African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government at the Department of International Relations Cooperation, OR Tambo Building in Pretoria, 19 August 2017. (GCIS)

SADC Summit: Zuma wants regional industrialisation

Photo: Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana launching the Ekurhuleni East Tvet College Daveyton Campus - 26 May 2017 (GCIS)

Manana: Deputy Higher Education Minister resigns following assault charges

By News24
Photo: Zimbabwean First Lady, Grace Mugabe during a pre-2018 election rally event at the Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera, about 100 kilometers east of Harare, Zimbabwe, 02 June 2017. Photo: EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Grace Mugabe: Plans afoot to grant diplomatic immunity once the Zimbabwean first lady is on home soil

Photo: Thabang (L) and Solly Mathebula (R) carry water containers at their two-roomed shack in Mankweng village, in Limpopo. Photo: EPA/JON HRUSA

GroundUp: Residents compel Limpopo municipality to provide clean water

By GroundUp
Photo: Grant beneficiaries raised problems with their green cards at a meeting in Ceres in July organised by the Black Sash. Photo: Esley Philander, Black Sash

GroundUp: How Net1 will make money after social grant contract ends

By GroundUp

Gordhan vs Guptas: Oakbay gets a back-handed victory

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: False start to Parliament’s state capture probe

By GroundUp
Photo:  Several thousands of South African from the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) protest outside the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 24 April 2013. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

ISS Today: The fight against corruption in Africa is on

Photo: A handout photo made available by the Virginia State Police shows crowd members at the Charlottesville rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 12 August 2017. EPA/Virginia State Police

Op-Ed: Charlottesville and the limit of ‘The South’

By David Reiersgord
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu during the World AIDS Day Commemoration in Port Shepstone, 9 December 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

ANC KwaZulu-Natal: A test case before Mantashe signs off figures for December conference

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: In court, Professor David Nutt, head of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London, pointed out that decriminatlisation of cannabis and other drugs had proved to be an effective way of reducing crime. Photo:  Felipe Trueba/(EPA)

The Cannabis Chronicles: On the upside of moral panic

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Outspoken ANC MP was axed from her position as chairperson of parliament’s public service and administration committee on Thursday. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Makhosi Khoza: Cadre with a conscience removed as ANC discipline is the new factional stick

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Indebted South Africans are feeling the pinch of the country’s junk status. Photo: Kai Oberhauser/(Unsplash)

Notes from the House: SA’s economic woes bring new urgency to debt relief reforms

Photo: US cyclist Benjamin King (R), of Dimension Data team; Spaniard Marcos Jurado, of Burgos BH team; Dutch Etienne Van Empel (2-L), of Roompot team; and French Antoine Duchesne (L), of Direct Energie team, compete during the fouth stage of Vuelta a Burgos cycling race over 147 km between Bodegas Nadal and Clunia, Burgos, northern Spain, 04 August 2017. EPA/Santi Otero

#BicyclesChangeLives: Qhubeka and Team DD a reminder that not everything has gone to hell in a handcart

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Concerns have been raised about the behaviour of some blue light convoy drivers. Here, ministerial cars – which make use of blue lights – are parked at Parliament. Photo: Janet Heard

Gauteng blue light convoy crash raises questions about risks to other drivers

Wired World

Austrian football fan gets 18 months for Hitler salute


Interim SABC board makes shortlist for permanent board, but no Zikalala

By News24

Teargas, stones fly as red ants demolish illegal structures in Wolseley

By News24

Formula One: Raikkonen signs new Ferrari deal for 2018


ANC nominates Snuki Zikalala for SABC board

By News24

While you were sleeping: 22 August 2017


Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan


Rooney landmark 200th goal a 'sweet moment'


Alleged Barcelona killer was 'a normal factory worker'


Total solar eclipse begins on US West Coast

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Photo: Thousands flocked to the open field near the scene of the Marikana massacre to listen to AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa and other political leaders. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

Marikana Five Years Later: Thousands gather on the koppie to pay tribute to the 34 miners

By Ihsaan Haffejee
Photo: Advocates for My Vote Counts and for the Democratic Alliance in court before the hearing on Wednesday. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Disclosure of party funding – only if it’s relevant, says DA

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Deputy Minister of Higher education Mduduzi Manana, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande, Minister in the Presidency Susan Shabangu and Minister of State Security David Mahlobo during a consultative meeting with the Vice-Chancellors and Chairpersons of Councils as well as with student leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria with a view to finding a solution to the impasse. (Photo: GCIS)

ANC slaps down SACP: ‘We will not be dictated to’

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: State Security Minister David Mahlobo is seen in conversation with President Jacob Zuma at the final session of the ANC’s 5th National Policy Conference which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg. Picture: IHSAAN HAFFEJEE

Op-Ed: How state spying enables state capture

By Jane Duncan
Photo: PW Botha at the1985 National Party congress in Port Elizabeth. (AP)

Declassified: Apartheid profits – The Sanctions Busters’ Toolkit

By Open Secrets
Photo: Commuters were stranded in Pretoria as taxi drivers gathered outside Tshwane House. Photo: Orateng Lepodise.

Pretoria Taxi Strike: Minibus drivers bring Tshwane to a standstill, want fines cancelled

Photo: Police officers patrol the streets during violent service delivery protests in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

Parliament: SA’s crime-intelligence fighters, at war with themselves

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Police had running battles with residents of Nkaneng shantytown after the police disarmed about 100 miners, one month after the Marikana massacre, 15 September 2012. (Greg Marinovich)

Marikana: What’s been done on SAPS recommendations?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the last day of the 3rd Presidential Local Government Summit held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, 7 April 2017. (GCIS)

Analysis: Ramaphosa’s high-speed response to smear reveals he is at the ready, in the game

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South Africa’s big banks are being taken to the Constitutional Court over home repossessions. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: R60bn Constitutional Court case against banks

By GroundUp
Photo: A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

ISS Today: Marikana demands truth, justice and accountability

Photo: Grace Mugabe (EPA)

Vanishing Act: Grace Mugabe flees South Africa

Photo: South African Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane speaks during a stakeholder meeting at the Community Hall in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 05 May 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Analysis: It is time to review the appointment of Busi Mkhwebane

By Janet Heard
Photo: Sihle Zikalala (Photo: Khaya Magenu/News24)

Crunch time for ANC as KwaZulu-Natal court battle gets under way

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: President Jacob Zuma. (EPA)

Op-Ed: Keeping faith, speaking truth to power

By Russell Pollitt

Secret funding of SA politics: Is the party over?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Minister Bathabile Dlamini during the 2017 National Women’s Day held at the Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberly in the Northern Cape under the theme ‘The year of OR Tambo Women United in moving South Africa Forward’. (Photo: GCIS)

Sassa Reloaded: Scopa again rings social grants alarm bell as process drags out

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi addresses ICT career education campaign at Lefatlheng Sports Ground in Moretele, North West. (Photos GCIS)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: A tough day in the factional trenches

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Members of the South African Police approach injured and dead Lonmin mine workers after they opened fire on the striking miners killing 34 and injuring 78, Marikana, Rustenburg, South Africa, 16 August 2012. EPA/Kevin Sutherland

Five years later, we haven’t learnt anything from Marikana

By Greg Nicolson
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman

Op-Ed: The no confidence vote – where to now?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: The Constitutional Court sits for a hearing of African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma's application in Johannesburg March 11, 2008. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko (Reuters)

Op-Ed: Medico-legal negligence claims case reaches ConCourt

By Sasha Stevenson
Photo: Knysna ablaze. (Photo: Ivo Vegter)

Knysna Blaze: Hunt is on for the fire starter

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Zama zamas march on the Department of Mineral Resources in Pretoria demanding to be legally recognised. Photo: Orateng Lepodise

Zama zamas demand mining permits from Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Photo: President Jacob Zuma in Marikana, 22 August 2o12. (Reuters)

Op-Ed: Marikana – Five Years of Injustice

By Peter Alexander
Photo: Project manager Zodwa Mvulane, acting Sassa CEO Pearl Bhengu, and Chief Financial Officer Tsakeriwa Chauke in Parliament on Tuesday.

GroundUp: Social grants – MPs accuse Sassa of deliberate delays

By GroundUp
Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane listens during a briefing at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Reserve Bank and Parliament trump Public Protector as court sets aside remedial action to change Constitution

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A huge cooling tower for a power station in Soweto stands above the city on Thursday, 08 May 2003, after having been painted over months. Photo: KIM LUDBROOK (EPA)

Route Shut-down Eased: Uneasy peace settles over taxi ranks

Photo: South African policemen make arrests during an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Pretoria in February 2017. Photo: KIM LUDBROOK (EPA)

ISS Today: South Africa must move beyond its organised crime clichés

Photo by Alexandre Duret-Lutz via Flickr.

Students with disabilities disadvantaged at higher education level

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Brigadier Sonja Harri (Facebook)

Western Cape: Brigadier Sonja Harri helped thousands of victims. Now she is a victim herself – of Politics & Backstabbing

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma. Photo: EPA / WEF

Analysis: What can Zuma do to the rebel MPs? Not much, actually

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: ANC Free State leader Ace Magashule in Mangaung, 18 December 2012. (Greg Nicolson / Daily Maverick)

ANC Free State: A symptom of a divided party

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Cape Town is facing a summer like never before. Without drastic action we really could run dry. Photo: Dan Gold/(Unsplash)

Op-Ed: Cape Town’s water future is bleak – it’s time to call in the groundwater experts

By Roger Parsons
Photo: Max Price

Op-Ed: We should think more carefully about what artworks are displayed in everyday public spaces

By Max Price
Photo: Atul Gupta, President Jacob Zuma.

Op-Ed: South Africa’s problem is greater and deeper than the Guptas, Zuma, and their cronies

By Mike Morris
Photo: Then Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba hands over birth certificates to newly born children at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto during the Early Birth Registration campaign in partnership with Procter and Gamble. December, 2016. Photo: Kopano Tlape (GCIS)

Op-Ed: Six steps to fix South Africa’s Economy

Photo: Booths are set up on the National Assembly floor for the secret vote on the motion of no confidence in president Jacob Zuma, which took place a week ago. The ballot papers neither carried serial numbers nor MPs’ names. So unless someone confesses, how votes were cast remains speculation. Photo: Leila Dougan/(Daily Maverick Chronicle)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Diary: The knives are out for ‘the enemy’ within the ANC

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A storage room was set alight in conflict between residents and police. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Families evicted at Cape Town social housing complex

By GroundUp
Photo: Unemployed workers wait for jobs in the Western Cape, South Africa, May 2015. Photo: Nic Bothma (EPA)

ISS Today: Employment must be central to South Africa’s economy

Original photo by Gallo Images.

#GuptaLeaks: Guptas’ blue lights mystery solved

By News24
Photo: Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana launching the Ekurhuleni East Tvet College Daveyton Campus - 26 May 2017 (GCIS)

Op-Ed: Mduduzi Manana, Bathabile Dlamini and Co – the 21st Century Untouchables

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A new initiative, the South African Women’s Collective, was launched recently to hold the state accountable for its failure to protect them from violence. In this file photo, a resident of Masiphumelele in Cape Town protests against the lack of policing in her impoverished area. Photo Nic Bothma/(EPA)

Op-Ed: Fear is a daily reality for South African women – let’s change that

By Rikky Minyuku

Op-Ed: High-level tax dialogue to stem Africa bleeding billions

By Logan Wort

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.103 – Evita at the end of the world (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: ANC MP Makhosi Khoza (GCIS)

Makhosi Khoza: ANC hounds are worse than apartheid forces

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Atul and Ajay Gupta.

Analysis: KPMG action over Gupta Inc links – too little, too late?

Photo: Virginia State Police keep crowds back after Jason Kessler, organiser of the Unite the Right rally, had to be rushed away after a press conference at City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 13 August 2017. According to media reports at least one person was killed and 19 injured after the car hit a crowd of people counter-protesting the Unite the Right rally which was scheduled to take place in Charlottesville on 12 August. At least 15 others were injured in clashes during protests. EPA/TASOS KATOPODIS

Trump, Charlottesville and the Alt-Right: The Fire This Time

By J Brooks Spector

Gukurahundi Origins – Myth and Reality, part 3: The tourist abduction, 1982

By Stuart Doran
Photo: The status quo will remain the same until women say enough is enough, according to the writer. Here in this file photo, GCIS staff take part in a “Day of action Against Rape” in Pretoria in 2013. Photo GCIS

Op-Ed: Courts must play a role in the fight against gender violence, or remain part of the problem

By Section 27
Photo: The Dalai Lama has pulled out of a planned visit to Botswana, citing “exhaustion”. Here he speaks during the World Peace and Harmony conclave ahead of Indian Independence Day in Mumbai on Sunday 13 August. Photo: Divyakant Solanki/(EPA)

SADC Wrap: Congo cracks down on social media, while Dalai Lama bails on Botswana