First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

We'd like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick

More specifically, we'd like those who can afford to pay to start paying. What it comes down to is whether or not you value Daily Maverick. Think of us in terms of your daily cappuccino from your favourite coffee shop. It costs around R35. That’s R1,050 per month on frothy milk. Don’t get us wrong, we’re almost exclusively fuelled by coffee. BUT maybe R200 of that R1,050 could go to the journalism that’s fighting for the country?

We don’t dictate how much we’d like our readers to contribute. After all, how much you value our work is subjective (and frankly, every amount helps). At R200, you get it back in Uber Eats and ride vouchers every month, but that’s just a suggestion. A little less than a week’s worth of cappuccinos.

We can't survive on hope and our own determination. Our country is going to be considerably worse off if we don’t have a strong, sustainable news media. If you’re rejigging your budgets, and it comes to choosing between frothy milk and Daily Maverick, we hope you might reconsider that cappuccino.

We need your help. And we’re not ashamed to ask for it.

Our mission is to Defend Truth. Join Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Brits to give Zim unity govt $100 million

Defend Truth

Brits to give Zim unity govt $100 million

Shortly after the highest-ranking EU delegation in seven years visited Zimbabwe and said it wouldn’t lift sanctions against Mugabe and his cronies, Britain said it would provide $100 million in aid - its largest ever donation to the cash-strapped country. The former colonial master says it wants to help the new unity government and ease the grim humanitarian situation. The British expect the money to be used to restore services such as water, sanitation, healthcare and education, and provide food aid, seed and fertilisers to poor households. The Norwegians might have helped, too, had the Nobel Peace Prize been awarded to Mugabe’s opponent in the unity government, Morgan Tsvangirai, rather than US President Barack Obama. After all, the good things in Zimbabwe need highlighting, while the bad (Mugabe and co.) need to be held to account.


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted