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New UCT Vice-Chancellor: Transformation, student engagement high on the agenda

Photo: New Vice-Chancellor of UCT, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. (Supplied)
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Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (StatsSA via Flickr)

Scorpio: The Moyane Dossier, Part 1 – How SARS boss disregarded the law to pay Guptas’ VAT refund

Photo: A file photograph dated 08 May 2006 shows then African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma sitting in the dock before judgment in his trial for rape in the Johannesburg High Court. He was acquitted. EPA/JON HRUSA

Analysis: End of the road for Zuma, who has exhausted his options to avoid court

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (Photo by Financial Mail)

Scorpio: Poking holes in Tax boss Tom Moyane’s statement on Makwakwa’s resignation


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File Photo:  South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the media during a national television address in which he resigned, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 February 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

Shaun Abrahams: Zuma will have his day in court

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A farm in the Overberg area in the Western Cape, 15 March 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

Op-Ed: Expropriation without compensation – The ANC’s next grand lie

By Thandeka Mbabama
The name of the girl who died was initially said to be Viwe Jali, but police have confirmed that her correct  name is  Lumka Mkhethwa.

The indignity of pit toilet deaths: Michael Komape in 2014, now Lumko Mkhethwa

By Hlumela Dyantyi
hoto: Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 16 May 2017. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

ISS Today: Why the African Union needs a stable Ethiopia

Photo: Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe speaking to the media at his residence in the suburb of Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe, 15 March 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Analysis: Robert Mugabe's ramblings against Mnangagwa reveal his bitterness

By Sally Nyakanyanga

Photo: Daily Maverick archives

GroundUp: Education Department argues it’s not responsible for shoddy schools

By GroundUp
Photo: Protesters throw rocks and stones at police forces in protest over the lack of land and housing, Finetown, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 May 2017. EPA/Cornell Tukiri

Promised Land: Grim truth about ‘redistributed’ land failures told in Parliament

By Marelise van der Merwe

Skirting Ecocide: Alternatives to the UN, global elites and Ramaphosa

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Then Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo chairing the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster about the implementation of the cluster programme of action for the year, following the 2017 State of the Nation Address at a briefing held at Tshedimosetso House in Pretoria. 05/03/2017. By Ntswe Mokoena (GCIS).

Reporter's Parliamentary Notebook: Shuffling the ANC backbench to accommodate ex-ministers

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Some of the 46 wind turbines pictured at the Gouda wind farm at Riebeek Kasteel, 13 March 2018. The 138MW wind-farm cost R2.7bn and was brought online in early September 2015 and is capable of powering 200,000 households per year or 400 gigawatt hours of electricity. EPA-EFE/Kim Ludbrook

Op-Ed: Numsa supports a transition from dirty energy to clean renewable energy


Photo: Capetonians are hoping for more days like these. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Will there be more rain in Cape Town this winter?

By GroundUp

Young people march from the White House to Capitol Hill while participating in the national school walkout over gun violence, in Washington, DC, USA, 14 March 2018.

While you were sleeping: 16 March 2018

By John Stupart

Tried and Tested: Audi RS5 Coupé – Rock Me Gently

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Photo: South Africa’s Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu. Archive Photo: GCIS/SAPA

Op-Ed: State Capture – Auditor-General’s powers should be beefed up to tackle loss of funds

By Mike Law
Photo: The APRM’s recent revival started in June 2015, when Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta took over the chair. (Photo: EPA)

African Peer Review Mechanism: Back with a, uhm, Bang?

By Carien du Plessis

Op-Ed: Inxeba’s intersectionality – we all inflict The Wound

By Alistair Mackay
Photo by EPA

Op-Ed: Moerane inquiry hears litany of claims of intimidation, torture, tampering with evidence by police – all denied

By Vanessa Burger
Protesters against false prophets and pastors marched to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) in Braamfontein.

GroundUp: Call for action against abusive churches

By GroundUp
Photo: Namibia is the greatest legal exporter of mammal skins – mainly those of Cape fur seals – most going to Singapore and Hong Kong. Photo: Don Pinnock

Op-Ed: Legal Eastern markets are gutting Africa’s wildlife – Traffic

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Residents of Cape Town collect drinking water in the dark early hours of the morning from a mountain spring collection point in Cape Town, South Africa, 31 January 2018. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

#CapeWaterGate: In the end, what was Day Zero all about?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Advocate George Bizos (R), legal adviser to former South African President Nelson Mandela, speaks to the media as he leaves the Johannesburg High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday 31 May 2005. EPA/JON HRUSA

George Bizos: Human rights don’t stop at the border

Photo: US President Donald J. Trump with Houston Astros right fielder Josh Reddick during a ceremony to honour the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 12 March 2018. EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

US: Absolute chaos corrupts absolutely – Trumpty Dumpty style

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Some of the 46 wind turbines are pictured at the Gouda wind farm some 150km from Cape Town, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa, 13 March 2018. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Eleventh-hour objection to renewables indicates urgent need for a just energy transition plan

By Richard Halsey
Photo: Free State premier-elect Sisi Ntombela and Mpumalanga premier-elect Refilwe Mtshweni at Luthuli House as their appointments are made public. (Greg Nicolson)

ANC fills gender gap in Mpumalanga and Free State with premier appointments

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Professor Stephen Hawking delivers a speech entitled 'Why We Should Go Into Space' at  The George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA, 21 April 2008. EPA-EFE/STEFAN ZAKLIN

Stephen Hawking: A brief history of his time

By Marelise van der Merwe
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Op-Ed: South Africa’s #CoalCapture – Not the way forward in a ‘new dawn’

By Ahmed Mokgopo
Photo: Dr Nandi Malumbuzo (SA) and Dr Samson Bada (Nigeria) in the clean coal lab at Wits. Photo: Geoff Hill

Op-Ed: Clean Coal is the way to power Africa – and SA academics know how

Gideon Sam, President of SASCOC during the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Town Square Mall of Africa, Midrand South Africa on 27 February 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Reflections: Gideon Sam vs The Board vs Sascoc Staff

By Nkateko Mabasa

Theatre Review: Meditation on bereavement provokes thought and awe

By Brad Latilla-Campbell
Photo:  Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of South Sudan delivers his statement, during the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 26 February 2018. EPA-EFE/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

ISS Today: Is justice possible during South Sudan’s civil war?

Main Photo: Learners and members of Equal Education picketed outside the Bhisho High Court on Wednesday in a case over minimum standards for schools. Photo: Leanne Jansen-Thomas

GroundUp: Equal Education in court against Motshekga over broken schools

By GroundUp
Photo: Activists from the NGO Not In My Name were joined by hundreds of drivers from e-hailing services like Uber and Taxify as they took to the streets of Pretoria in protest on Friday 9 March 2018. Demonstrators are demanding justice and accountability for the brutal murder of 21-year-old Taxify driver Siyabonga Ngcobo. Photo: Daily Maverick.

Transport: Blade Nzimande’s road ahead is filled with potholes that need fixing

By Leila Dougan

President Cyril Ramaphosa faces questions in Parliament on Wednesday during his first quarterly question session since being sworn in, 14 March 2018.

While you were sleeping: 15 March 2018

By John Stupart

Land Rover Discovery HSE: Swapping boots for brogues

By Deon Schoeman
Photo: Evelyn Groenink (Jacana)

Keeping the Dream Alive: Evelyn Groenink on the unfinished business of South African democracy

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during a question and answer session in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 14 March 2018. Ramaphosa was in Parliament to attend his first question and answer session since he was elected into office. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Parliament: The National Minimum Wage – Ramaphosa’s first real test

By Marianne Merten
Photo of Jacob Zuma by Greg Nicolson / Daily Maverick

Analysis: Dipping back into the Age of Gedleyihlekisa?

By Stephen Grootes
Photo by Boudewijn Huysmans on Unsplash

AB Xuma Primary School: Repeated sexual assault of two Grade 3 pupils a betrayal of trust

Photo: Sugarcane harvesting by Steven Baird (flickr)

Op-Ed: Biofuel from sugarcane – why is SA not rushing ahead?

By Chris Ward
Photo: Ruben Rustoff, secretary general of the Khoisan mass movement, protests outside the Nasrec conference centre hours before the new ANC leader is elected on Monday 18 December 2017. Photo: Daily Maverick/ Leila Dougan

Op-Ed: Khoisan have been overshadowed in the land debate

By Ramabina Mahapa
Photo: Developers have captured the Sea Point Ratepayers’ Association, argue the authors.

GroundUp: Are residents’ associations being captured by the property industry?

By GroundUp
Photo: Ashes Sitoula/(Unsplash)

Op-Ed: Why adaptability in the Energy Sector is key to South Africa’s success

By David Masureik
Photo:  Weapons lined up to be destroyed at a ceremony in Bouake northern Ivory Coast 30 July 2007.  EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

ISS Today: Silencing the Guns by 2020 – ambitious but essential

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KPMG SA charged by US Securities and Exchange Commission for improper audits

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) with outgoing ANC president, Jacob Zuma (L) take pictures of the media while on stage during the 54th ANC National Conference held at the Nasrec Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 December 2017. PA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

ANC: Ground-level pushback against Ramaphosa shows signs of gaining strength

By Carien du Plessis
Main photo: At a Listeriosis Awareness Drive at the Wynberg Taxi Rank on 9 of March 2018, vendors Daphney Mafuxwane, Ntombenani Godlwana Tukani and Zoleka Nosakhele Magada discuss the challenges of selling food to customers amid a drought in Cape Town.

Listeriosis: Vendors struggle to maintain standards in a time of drought

By Hlumela Dyantyi
Wired World

NPA reinstates charges against former president Jacob Zuma

By News24

Rabada latest: Appeal hearing set for Monday

By News24

Vandals target Tutu 'Arch for Arch' monument in Cape Town

By News24

Death and exodus as two Syria assaults escalate


World's biggest battery in Australia to trump Musk's


Footbridge collapses in Miami, killing four


Trump decides to oust national security advisor: report


US hits Russia with sanctions for election meddling


Kremlin slams Britain's 'absolutely irresponsible' position


Indonesia makes criticising politicians a crime

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Photo: Some Capetonians have used spring water to reduce the amount of municipal water they use in their houses. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: How Cape Town more than halved its water usage

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Photo: Julius Malema exits Parliament with other EFF members after being asked to leave by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament during a question and answer session with then president Jacob Zuma in Parliament, 31 August 2017. PEPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

In Response to Adam Habib: Liberal populism is not adding much meat to the debate on EFF

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Photo: New South African bank notes featuring an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela are displayed at an office in Johannesburg January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Party funding: Government makes concessions on lifting ‘veil of secrecy’

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Photo: A South African engineer and technician work on the Helio 100 Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) pilot facility at Mariendahl experimental farm of the University of Stellenbosh, South Africa, 02 September 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Radebe’s R56bn renewable energy deal on hold after court action

By Melanie Gosling
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)

Parliament: Humiliated Moyane, know-nothing Gigaba, no-show Guptas & Zuma & Myeni

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Democratic Alliance supporters take part in a national mass protest calling for then President Zuma to step down, in Johannesburg, 07 April 2017. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

DA in the age of Ramaphoria: A tale of internal confusion

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)

Scorpio: New SARS debt collectors, NICS, fingered in alleged money laundering scheme linked to Makwakwa

Photo: Today, the caldera of a supervolcano is a large natural lake, Toba (Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash)

Some 74,000 years ago, Mount Toba exploded. Our ancestors survived a long, volcanic winter

By Marelise van der Merwe

Book Extract: Front-line feminism in the twenty-first century

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Photo: Tourism minister and deputy chairperson of the Kathrada Foundation attends the launch of the  RootOutRacism Week Schools Programme at the Paul Mosaka Primary School in Soweto. With him are pupils, staff and members of the foundation. Photo: Bheki Simelane

Anti-Racism Week: Campaign aims to teach your children well about scourge of racism


Op-Ed: The land audit – incomplete information and bad policy

By Terence Corrigan
Photo: A bowling green in Green Point. Photo courtesy of Ndifuna Ukwazi.

GroundUp Op-Ed: We need bowling greens and golf courses for affordable housing

By GroundUp
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Health-e News: Shockingly high nicotine levels found in SA’s babies

Photo: Stock photo of surveillance cameras taken in Northwest Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas by Jay Phagan. July 27, 2014

Op-Ed: What if Ramaphosa doesn’t fix state spying? Part 7 – Activism

By Jane Duncan
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Dry land: How the race for water could leave us high and dry, Part 2

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Men push a vehicle through an empty market closed due to presidential elections in Monrovia, Liberia, 10 October 2017. EPA-EFE/AHMED JALLANZO

Op-Ed: The Future of African Economic Growth

Photo: DA Leader Mmusi Maimane speaks at Daily Maverick’s The Gathering, 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

Land Reform: DA proposals ‘attainable without amending Constitution’


Op-Ed: Contestations in the Ramaphosa era – what is an emancipatory route?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: A woman rides on the back of a bicycle in Salima more than 200 km out of Blantyre, Malawi 15 May 2017.  EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Malawi: Presidency’s ‘sweetheart contractor’ Mota-Engil grabs the lion’s share of road contracts

By Gregory Gondwe
File Photo: Hailemariam Desalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He announced his resignation last month. EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: Port deal underscores Djibouti’s reliance on Ethiopia


Gupta-linked companies fail to force Bank of Baroda to stay in SA

By Greg Nicolson

Op-Ed: Is Ramaphosa's ANC managing the challenge from the EFF?

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The Comic absurdity of Day Zero (Episode 3)

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Photo: Then Minister of finance Malusi Gigaba and SARS’ Tom Moyane at the Budget press conference, 21 February 2018 (Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)

Analysis: Hypocrisy’s many shades

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma meets Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, with Eskom Chairman Ben Ngubane in background (GCIS)

Analysis: SA’s public institutions’ gross dereliction of duty fuelled the rise of State Capture

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Photo: Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim delivers a speech during a panel discussion at the Budapest Water Summit in Budapest, Hungary, 29 November 2016. EPA/ZOLTAN MATHE HUNGARY OUT

Mauritius: Media-savvy President still stands her ground as graft scandal closes in

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Photo: King Goodwill Zwelithini delivers an address at the National Day of Reconciliation celebrations at Ncome Museum in KwaZulu-Natal, December 2014. (Photo: DoC)

Op-Ed: Ingonyama issue will not be solved by war talk

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Photo: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives for the Zanu-PF youth league inaugural at the party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, 07 March 2018. The youths were addressed by the President Emmerson Mnangagwa as they draft the way forward in preparation of the 2018 harmonised elections. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Op-Ed: A glimmer of sunshine in Zimbabwe

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Photo: A picture dated 31 March 2007 shows a view of 'Die Eiland' farm in the Oudtshoorn district of South Africa's Western Cape Province.  Photo: EPA/JON HRUSA

Op-Ed: How ANC changed gear on land reform

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Photo: South African Airlines (SAA) jets are seen on the hard shoulder at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 March 2016. Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Looking skyward towards African Economic Integration

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Photo: Protesters lay flowers and light candles at the site of the murder of 21-year-old taxify driver Siyabonga Ngcobo near Unisa’s Sunnyside Campus in Pretoria. Photo: Daily Maverick

Taxify Death: No arrests yet as protesters demand justice for driver who was burnt alive

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Photo: Wits academic and administrative staff protest outside the Great Hall, October 2016. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

Right of Reply: Asawu advocates measures to improve productivity at universities

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Photo: Theewaterskloof Dam in Villiersdorp, South Africa, 23 January 2018. Theewaterskloof Dam is the single biggest dam supplying water to the metropole of Cape Town. Photo: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Dry Land: How the race for water could leave us high and dry, Part One

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Photo: Children practise reading the Qur’an at an Islamic school at the Al Taqwa Mosque in Mayfair, Johannesburg. The school almost exclusively teaches refugee children from the surrounding area. The mosque was built by the Oromo community. All photos: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Ethiopian immigrants’ long battle to be heard

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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.133 – Evita registers anti-racism week (Video)

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In the dock: Atul gets his R10m back, while Guptas fight to keep jet

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Photo: Former SARS deputy commissioner, Ivan Pillay (C) arrives at the head offices of the Hawks police unit after South African Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, failed to appear before the South African Police Forces offices in Pretoria , South Africa, 25 August 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Scorpio: Pillay, Loggerenberg and Janse van Rensburg back in the dock over SARS 'Project Sunday Evenings'


People carry a banner 'Feminism Always Ultras' during the Women's Fight Demo in Berlin, Germany, 08 March 2018. Marches on the occasion of the International Women's Day took place throughout Germany in over twenty cities.

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#CapeWaterGate: Women suffer the most in a time of drought

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Grand Cycles of History: The Age of Populist Dystopia

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Photo: Then Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba, flanked by deputy minister Sfiso Buthelezi and SARS commissioner Tom Moyane, arrives to Parliament, Budget day 2018 (Wednesday 21 February 2018). (Photo: Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)

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