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

Lack of UN aircraft said to hurt DRC fight against rebe...

Defend Truth

Lack of UN aircraft said to hurt DRC fight against rebels

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s fight against a Rwandan rebel group, some of whom participated in the 1994 genocide, has apparently been hampered by a lack of UN aircraft. The UN has a large peacekeeping force in the lawless, but mineral-rich, DRC, which is about the size of Western Europe. UN member states were meant to donate the aircraft, but have not come up with the goods. Numerous countries have been involved in fighting in the DRC since the death of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. The UN Security Council voted last year to send 3,000 more troops and additional aircraft to help stamp out more than a decade of conflict. Read more: Reuters, GlobalSecurity.org, UN, CNN

Gallery

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