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

Obama’s lightning visit irks Norwegian hosts

Defend Truth

Obama’s lightning visit irks Norwegian hosts

US President Barack Obama’s quick trip to Oslo to pick up his medal and return almost immediately to Washington has astonished, bewildered or irritated Norwegians. He signed the awardees’ guest book, met the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and King Harald V, delivered an acceptance speech and joined the king and queen at an evening banquet. But he skipped other traditional activities including the royal luncheon, a news conference, the CNN interview, the “Save the Children” benefit concert and the Nobel honourees’ concert. Obama’s excuse was essentially, “my schedule made me do it”. Or, as he said, “I still have a lot of work to do back in Washington, DC, before the year is done.” Of course, there is that little matter of highlighting an honour for peace even as the president sends more troops off to war. For more, read the AP


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