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

Woman takes cell industry to court over mother’s driv...

Defend Truth

Woman takes cell industry to court over mother’s driving death

An American woman is taking the country’s cellphone industry to court after her mother was killed in a car crash caused by a driver on the phone. Jennifer Smith is suing the companies that provided the driver’s phone and wireless service, saying they should have foreseen such dangers and failed to provide adequate warnings. Legal experts say the lawsuit is one of only a handful ever filed. Other studies have shown that women (and teenage) drivers who do their make-up in their rear-view mirrors and chat incessantly on the phone while driving are at much higher risk of causing a prang. And while this is not a gender issue, per se, it raises interesting questions about responsibility and liability for behaviour on the road. One professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law says Smith’s claim deals with the widespread use of a product known to be involved in significant risk behaviour, and therefore deals with the ultimate question of who should contribute to minimising that risk. And isn’t it interesting that women generally get lower car insurance premiums because they are seen to be less of a risk. Read more: The New York Times, Pediatrics, Personal Injury, Stylist

Gallery

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