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20 January 2018 08:51 (South Africa)
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Water crisis: Curve balls and chaos at Cape Town council meeting reveal political games

Photo: Mayor Patricia de Lille speaks at a media briefing at a sports field in Maitland,  16 November 2017 . The mayor demonstrated the operation of the proposed water points should the city reach 'Day Zero'.
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Theewaterskloof dam in mid-winter, July 2017. Photo: Christiaan Sterfontein.

Newsflash: Council passes motion to strip Patricia De Lille of her powers over water crisis

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Piyoosh Goyal, right.

amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Meet the money launderers

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi.  Photo:Vanessa Burger/(Elitsha)

amaBhungane: Security firms under scrutiny over plague of violence and death at Glebelands hostel


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Photo: Union Minister Kapil Sibal and Congress candidate from Chandini Chowk Delhi flashes the victory sign as he arrives to file his nominations for the upcoming parliamentary elections in New Delhi, India, 20 March 2014.  EPA/STR

amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Indian politician’s deal with Gupta partner

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
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amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Liverpool company owns 49% of Indian firm implicated in kickback scheme

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Gauteng department of health deputy director of mental health Hanna Jacobus appeared at the Life Esidimeni arbitration on Thursday, 18 January 2018. (Greg Nicolson)

Life Esidimeni: The weight of 143 bodies – yet no real remorse from those responsible

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille addresses a media conference on Thursday, 18 January, 2018. “The people still abusing and wasting water seem to have it in their minds that Day Zero just can’t happen... This is not the case.” Photo: Leila Dougan

De Lille announces new emergency water rations: 'We have reached a point of no return'

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo:  People stand behind a security barrier with a Togolese flag on it as they greet Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe upon his arrival at the Felix Houphouet Boigny international airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast 20 November 2017. FEPA-EFE/LEGNAN KOULA

ISS Today: Togo needs international community support to overcome stalemate


Photo: Some protesters arrived with tyres as the demonstration outside Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging continued for a second day.

GroundUp: Police vehicle petrol-bombed in Hoërskool Overvaal protests

By GroundUp
Photo: Grade 00 students partake in early childhood development activities at Khayelitsha’s first private school for girls, Molo Mhlaba, situated in Harare centre on Thursday 18 January 2018. Photo: Hlumela Dyantyi

Molo Mhlaba: The Khayelitsha school daring to be different

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Protesters demonstrate against the World Economic Forum (WEF) and US president Donald Trump, in Bern, Switzerland, 13 January 2018. The WEF will take place from January 23 till January 26 in Davos. EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN MERZ

Statesmen write to Trump about 'enduring bonds' between Africa and the US

Photo: Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during a joint press conference after a meeting with Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Maputo, Mozambique, 17 January 2017. EPA-EFE/ANTONIO SILVA

ISS Today: Will Mnangagwa pull off another ‘coup’ this year?

Photo: Mapungubwe National Park (Tony Carnie)

SANParks plans to shoo Zim cattle out of Mapungubwe National Park

By Tony Carnie

Photo: African asylum seekers and Israelis residents of South Tel Aviv neighborhoods hold signs in Hebrew that read 'South Tel Aviv is against the deportation' during a protest against the African migrants deportations in southern Tel Aviv, Israel, 09 January 2018. The Israeli Population and Immigration Authority launched a massive departure program 'voluntary leave' intended to pay each refugee $3,500 in exchange for leaving the country back to Africa, those who refuse will be imprisoned. Some 38,000 African asylum seekers live in Israel. EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN

The misery of Israel’s 38,000 African asylum seekers and the dubious ‘third country’ solution


An Airbus A380-800 aircraft of UAE carrier Emirates comes in for a safe landing at Duesseldorf International Airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, 18 January 2018. The German Meteorological Service (DWD) has issued severe weather warnings due to strong winds. DWD warns that storm ‘Friederike’ is predicted to be in full effect on 18 January bringing gale-force winds along with it.

While you were sleeping: 19 January 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: South Korean protesters hold up placards during a rally against US policy towards North Korea near the US embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 16 January 2018. Protesters gathered to demand peace talks between the US and North Korea ahead of North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics in PyongChang. EPA-EFE/JEON HEON-KYUN

Analysis: Two Koreas, One team, One flag – but will it stop the bomb?

Photo: Gauteng department of health deputy director of mental health Hannah Jacobus appeared at the Life Esidimeni arbitration on Thursday. Greg Nicolson

Life Esidimeni: Official throws Dr Manamela under the bus

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: The Pretoria High Court has ordered the Ekurhuleni municipality to build homes for over 130 households that have been waiting since 2000. Archive photo: Julia Chaskalson

GroundUp: Scathing judgment against Ekurhuleni municipality for 17-year housing delay

By GroundUp
Photo: Kouga Dam (Source: Department of Water Affairs)

Eastern Cape Drought: Rapidly overtaking the Cape Town crisis

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Newly elected ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule at the ANC’s December 2017 National Conference. Photo: Leila Dougan/Chronicle

Critics claim new ANC SG Magashule wants to cement control in Free State before moving to Luthuli House

By Greg Nicolson
Caption: Theewaterskloof Dam, facing the back of the Franschhoek Mountains, July 2014 (wet), versus January 2018 (dry). Pictures: Greg Gordon Allafricapix

#CapeWaterGate: As fake news flows, real photos show drought’s effect on dams

By Rebecca Davis
File Photo: General view of buildings in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly.

Joburg Housing: ANC councillor held for illegal sale of City-owned property, alleged hijackers appear in court

By Nkateko Mabasa
Photo: The distribution of police is highly unequal. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Here’s how unfairly police are distributed

By GroundUp
File Photo: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives to open the extraordinary congress of the ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), in Harare, Zimbabwe, 15 December 2017. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Analysis: Will Mnangagwa’s administration bring closure to post-independence atrocities in Zimbabwe?

By Sally Nyakanyanga
Photo: Richard Mdluli (Bongiwe Gumede/foto 24)

Crime Intelligence: Axing Mdluli will allow cops to ‘release state power’ on crime while new Hawks head sought – Mbalula

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Small terracotta figurines depicting US President Donald J. Trump (R) and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un are on display in the workshop of pastoral master craftsmen of San Gregorio Armeno in Naples, southern Italy, 14 December 2017. EPA-EFE/CIRO FUSCO

Foreign Relations: SA fails to respond to US request to downgrade relations with North Korea

Photo: File photo of Richard Mdluli (Sapa)

Analysis: The rise and fall of Richard Mdluli, a man who damaged our society

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A screen grab of the programme, SABC 3 Real Talk with Anele, which hosted Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

SABC confirms payment from Department of Social Development for Bathabile Dlamini interview 'not normal'

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump waves after addressing a panel called 'Conversations with the Women of America' in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, USA 16 January 2018. EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO

ISS Today: The African Union finally wakes up to Trump

File Photo: Students from Wits University demonstrate on campus during a fourth week of clashes with police forces during protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, 10 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Tertiary students unhappy with conditions attached to free higher education

Photo: A screen grab of  the programme,  SABC 3 Real Talk with Anele, which hosted Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

Social Development has allegedly paid SABC R500,000 to interview Bathabile Dlamini – but no one's talking

By Marianne Thamm
File Photo (2011): Cape Town city at night. Photo: Martie Swart/(Flickr)

Cape Town Mafia – investigative officer rushed to hospital with chest pains

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Ottis Gibson, Coach of South Africa during the Sunfoil Test Series South Africa Press Conference and Training at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 2 January 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Five talking points as South Africa wraps up Centurion Test in style

By Antoinette Muller

GroundUp: Drought – Has Cape Town planned well for Day Zero?

By GroundUp
Photo: Women from Durban Deep protest against gender-based violence and police inaction in December 2017. Photos by Shaun Swingler.

GroundUp: The forgotten mining town where rape is ‘normal’

By GroundUp
Photo: Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini (GCIS)

SassaGate: Two steps forward, one back, as CPS demands payment for ‘breach of contract’

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Cape Town at night, by Villem van Valkenburg via Flickr

Cape Town Mafia: Court hears about murder and mayhem on the city streets

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Supporters hold aloft material depicting newly elected ANC (African National Congress) President, Cyril Ramaphosa during the ANC 106th anniversary celebrations at ABSA Stadium, East London, South Africa, 13 January 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

Analysis: The shaking of South Africa’s political equilibrium, still a work in progress

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Sassa has called for bids from companies that want to provide cash payment services. Archive photo: Tariro Washinyira

GroundUp: Sassa to start paying grants through Postbank in February

By GroundUp
Photo: The train service on Cape Town’s central line has been suspended, leaving many commuters stranded. Photo: Tariro Washinyira

GroundUp: Cape Town’s central railway line is ‘a war zone’

By GroundUp
Photo: Keorapetse ‘Bra Willie’ Kgositsile (YouTube screengrab)

Tribute: A giant has fallen – Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile

By Alma-Nalisha Cele & L MOKGOROANE
Photo: Eskom power lines run through an open field as the sun rises on a cold winters day in Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Scorpio: Gupta-linked McKinsey and Trillian ‘collusive and patently corrupt’ – Asset Forfeiture Unit

Photo: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille hosts a media briefing on the city’s Water Resilience Plan on 17 August 2017. Photo: Leila Dougan/Chronicle

#CapeWatergate: Mayor Patricia de Lille fights back on water mismanagement claims

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: chuttersnap/(Unsplash)

ISS Today: Why African health policy needs gender equity

File Photo: Pupils at Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa listen as President Jacob Zuma delivers an address in 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Back-to-school: Gauteng schools re-open amid multitude of challenges

File Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shaun Abrahams reacts during a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 04 November 2016 EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Newsflash: Asset Forfeiture Unit eyes R50-billion in state capture loot

Photo: Lord Peter Hain (EPA)

Scorpio: Hogan Lovells declares 'disappointment' at Lord Hain accusations


While you were sleeping: 16 January 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: A method for detecting listeriosis in food products in Chile. Photo: Flickr

The creeping, fatal impact of listeriosis

By Bheki C. Simelane & Puseletso Nthate
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Storm damage to cost Germany 500 mln euros as death toll rises


Prime Mum-ister: New Zealand PM says she's having a baby


Cancer blood test finds eight kinds of tumors: study


HSBC in $100 million forex fraud settlement


Zimbabwe opposition figure Bennett dies in US chopper crash


California couple charged with torture of own children


Peugeot plans electric versions of all cars by 2025


DA wants Zuma's state capture inquiry terms by Friday

By News24

Tennis: Sharapova cranks up title charge on day four


Olympics' Korea moment: chance of detente or lost cause?

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Op-Ed: De Lille crisis reveals DA factionalism and extreme centralisation

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille (Daily Maverick) and DA leader Mmusi Maimane (EPA)

Analysis: Patricia de Lille and the battle for the heart and soul of the (factionalised) DA

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille delivers a speech during a press conference for the Citylab at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris, France, 23 October 2017. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT

#CapeWatergate: DA hints Mayor De Lille to blame for water crisis mismanagement

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille. (Photo: Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)

Op-Ed: Untangling the web of rules governing the DA’s handling of its De Lille problem

By Jaap de Visser
Photo: Arnot Power Station (Eskom photo)

Scorpio: Gupta-linked Trillian and McKinsey’s assets to be frozen by order of High Court


Evita's Free Speech: Ep.125 – Evita hopes the Cyril dawn is nigh! (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
File Photo: Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. Photo: Greg Nicolson

Newsflash: Herman Mashaba sacks Joburg finance MMC for nepotism

By Greg Nicolson

A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane of Pegasus Airlines sits on a cliff crashed after going off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Trabzon, Turkey, 14 January 2018. According to reports, the aircraft flying from Ankara to Trabzon went off the tarmac after landing on 13 January. No injuries of the 162 passengers and 6 crew were reported in the accident.

While you were sleeping: 15 January 2018

Photo: Public Protector, Busissiwe Mkhwebane. (EPA)

Letter to the Editor: Mkhwebane’s perilous bid to ingratiate herself with a cornered Zuma

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Cape Town from Lion’s Head, by Jim Sher via Flickr.

Cape Town Mafia: Biggest underworld trial to expose politically connected in city’s economy of the night

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African president Jacob Zuma reacts during a question and answer session in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 June 2017.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Parliamentary Notebook: From a Zuma exit to State Capture and land expropriation, a rocky year ahead

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Levi Saunders (Unsplash)

Health-e News: Intersex people urge government to ban genital mutilation

Photo: Jessye Lapenn, the Chargé D’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to South Africa, administered the oath to Peace Corps volunteers on September 22, 2017. Photo: US Embassy SA (flickr)

South African government to démarche US embassy official over Trump’s slur

File Photo: SA Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the third Science Forum South Africa held at CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, 7 December 2017 [Photo: GCIS]

Analysis: Winds of ANC change blowing strong

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump returns to the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, 07 January 2018. EPA-EFE/KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL

US: Trump’s cringeworthy prelude to a nasty, dangerous 2018

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: School pupils from the Minerva High School in Alexandra township.

Op-Ed: Everything’s not hunky-dory in education, but there are positive trends

By Nicky Roberts
Photo: Cape Town's Mayor Patricia de Lille delivers a press conference during the C40 Mayors Summit Global Leadership on Climate Change Group, in Mexico City, Mexico, 01 December 2016. EPA/Sáshenka Gutiérrez

Stay of execution as De Lille faces 60 days of scrutiny

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Newly elected ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa sings before delivering the main speech during the ANC 106th anniversary celebrations in East London, South Africa, 13 January 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

ANC’s 106th: In his Big Speech, Ramaphosa envisions a better party for SA's better future 

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) and Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) during the 54th African National Congress National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre, Johannesburg , South Africa, 16 December 2017. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

ANC's 106th: At the last supper before the big speech, Ramaphosa preaches unity in diversity

By Carien du Plessis
File Photo: US President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 11 January 2018.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

Trump's slur against African countries causes outrage

File photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille addresses a press conference, in 2017, on the Cape drought. Photo: Leila Dougan.

DA accused of hypocrisy in its handling of Patricia de Lille controversy

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, speaks during a media conference after the summit with African leaders from the underfunded G5 Sahel anti-terror coalition in La Celle Saint Cloud, near Paris, France, 13 December 2017. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

ISS Today: Time for Africa to take concrete action in the DRC

Photo: Mandla Mandela (C), grandson of Nelson Mandela, attends a ceremony where he was installed as chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council in Mvezo, Eastern Cape. REUTERS/Antony Kaminju (SOUTH AFRICA)

ANC's 106th: Mandela gives ANC leadership a hard time

By Carien du Plessis
File Photo: Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC-T (Movement for Democratic Change) addresses the media during a press conference, Harare, 16 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai’s ill-health forces debate on succession into the open

By Sally Nyakanyanga
Photo: Mthuthuzeli Swartz gives a media interview in 2014 in which he describes Metrorail’s plan to improve train services in the Western Cape. Archive photo: Mary-Anne Gontsana.

GroundUp: PRASA appoints CEO under investigation for corruption

By GroundUp
Photo: ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa (file photo by Daily Maverick)

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa goes to Mandela heartland

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma and Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa during the 54th African National Congress National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre, Johannesburg, 16 December 2017. EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

ISS Today: Can Ramaphosa revitalise South Africa’s foreign policy?


Newsflash: We did it by the book, says Eskom on Suzanne Daniels

File Photo credit: Educonnect.

Newsflash: Prospective students hurt during a chaotic registration day at Limpopo's Capricorn College

Main photo: Boitumelo Simela and her father, Lesole Simela. Photo: Willem van der Berg.

Matric results: Three good news stories from the Free State


Cattle on a dyke bordered by flood water at Fort Pannerden in Doornenburg, The Netherlands, 10 January 2018. After heavy rains and snow melt, the water levels in the Dutch rivers have risen.

While you were sleeping: 11 January 2018

By John Stupart
File Photo: A shopper stops his vehicle to look at goods at a furniture store in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, 13 February 2017. According to a report last year by the World Bank Group, almost half of South Africa's urban population lives in townships and informal settlements, making up nearly 40 percent of working-age citizens. The main challenge is unlocking the potential in these areas in order to generate wider economic benefits.  The World Bank has now predicted a 1.1% growth in the economy in 2018. EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

World Bank predicts slight uptick for SA, though growth still lagging

By Nkateko Mabasa
Photo: School children walk past a line of police officers during the continuing #feesmustfall protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: School governance – Less about asserting power, more about recognition and respect

By Thabang Pooe & Faranaaz Veriava
Photo: File photos of President Jacob Zuma (EPA) and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (EPA).

State Capture Inquiry: Mkhwebane reacts, raising more questions than answers

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Susan Daniels seeks the upliftment of her suspension and compensation for legal costs incurred as well as for reputational damage she says has suffered as a result. (Parliament of RSA photo)

CCMA: Eskom goes all out to tackle ‘rogue’ executive, Suzanne Daniels

File Photo: Nosipho Dala, widow to Zwelakhe Dala, who passed away in 2015. Photo: Thom Pierce

GroundUp: Silicosis case – we’re close to a settlement, say lawyers for both sides

By GroundUp
Photo: PRASA’s lawyers are contesting a resolution passed by the rail company’s interim board. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: PRASA staff try to block state capture

By GroundUp
Photo: Newly elected African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa address delegates during the closing of the 54th ANC National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 December 2017. EPA-EFE/STR

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa's speech – low bar, high expectations

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Then ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and outgoing President Jacob Zuma (L) during the 54th ANC National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 December 2017. EPA-EFE/Cornell Tukiri

ANC's 106th: After the NEC meeting, lips zipped on Zuma’s fate

By Carien du Plessis
File Photo: Then Somaliland President Ahmed Silanyo arrives at Lancaster House for the Somalia Conference in London, Britain, 23 February 2012.  EPA/ANDY RAIN

ISS Today: Somaliland’s new president has work to do

Photo: ANC new secretary-general Ace Magashule at the 54th conference in Nasrec in December 2017. (Daily Maverick)

ANC's 106th: The briefest brief of them all kicks off Ace Magashule's SG adventure

By Carien du Plessis

Rebecca Hickson (L) and Sarah Turnbull pose for photographs after being married in a ceremony in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 09 January 2018. The day marks the first official day same-sex marriage ceremonies can take place in Australia after legislation was passed in parliament in December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 10 January 2018

By John Stupart
File Photo: Shadows of children are seen during a march in front of the Hector Pieterson Memorial on the 40th anniversary of the student uprising against the Apartheid regime in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 June 2016 – Youth Day. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: It's time to repackage the South African solution

Photo: Former ANC president Jacob Zuma at the party's 54th conference in Nasrec, 16 December 2017 (photo by Leila Dee Dougan/Daily Maverick)

ANC's 106th: As tectonic plates are shifting, Zuma pulls State Capture Commission move

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: A protestor holds stones to throw at police forces during a violent service delivery protest in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, South Africa, 09 May 2017. The local community took to the streets blocking major roads in a second day of demonstrations as they protested a lack of housing and land for their community. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Analysis: Land expropriation exposes Ramaphosa's policy tightrope

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Patricia De Lille: “You need to give the people of the city of Cape Town hope, and show leadership.” Photo: Leila Dougan.

Cape Town faces hefty revenue shortfall due to water-saving tactics


Letter to the Editor: If we address poverty, inequality will take care of itself

Photo: President Jacob Zuma (EPA)

State Capture Inquiry: Zuma under pressure, announces commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Zondo

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Marc Mueller/(Unsplash)

ISS Today: Known unknowns - the threat of cybercrime in Africa