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

US economic reports tell of a recovery – a slow, gent...

Defend Truth

US economic reports tell of a recovery – a slow, gentle one

A US report on unemployment claims and a new forecast on economic activity point to an economy that is slowly recovering, but without the kind of jobs growth that would lead to a strong recovery. Over the past week, the number of newly-unemployed workers claiming unemployment benefits rose, but the monthly average has fallen. In the meantime, a forecast last month of economic activity by the Conference Board, a leading business federation, rose for the eighth straight month. This recovery, however, is taking on some attributes of the so-called “jobless recovery” as those already unemployed are having trouble finding new jobs. The Conference Board said its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.9% last month, up from 0.3% in October. For more, read the AP


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