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19 January 2018 13:58 (South Africa)

The Gathering: The 2017 ANC Elective Conference Edition (fired up by Nando's)

(12 October 2017) The 2017 ANC Elective Conference has the entire country on tenterhooks. Everyone with even the slightest interest in South Africa’s prospects will be watching intently and crossing their fingers, hoping quality leadership emerges from the December decider.

As the ANC delegates prepare to elect their next President, The Gathering takes on the mantle of South Africa’s premier forum to discuss the leaders vying for #1 and assess the impact the leadership race will have on the country’s future.

Attendees of this hugely consequential event can expect to see the leading contenders for the top job as well as ANC veterans, opposition party leaders, opinion-makers and top analysts who can help us make sense of it all.

Trust us, you won’t want to miss this one.

This full-day event will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Panels will be moderated by journalists from Daily Maverick and our media partner, EWN, as well as some of South Africa’s top intellectuals.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, 18th October, with a discount for past attendees.

The Gathering Media Edition (fired up by Nando's)

(15 June 2017) - Daily Maverick is pleased to confirm the addition of another world-class event to hugely successful "The Gathering" events series. The Media Edition aims to bring the importance of media to the fore of South African society by highlighting its role at the intersection of Business, Politics, Advertising and Civil Society.

This is not a media conference but rather a conference about media, tackling the issues of government regulatory attempts, fake news, waning business models and the duty of business to support local independent media in a time of dominance by global players. 

The full-day event will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, on Thursday, 3rd August 2017. Speakers include:

Pravin Gordhan, Wendy Appelbaum, Mike Abel, Mcebisi Jonas, Luke McKend, Jay Naidoo, Iqbal Survé, Branko Brkic, Mark Heywood, Sipho Pityana, Sam Sole, Phumzille van Damme, Mbuyiseni Ndlovu and a special panel on #GuptaLeaks.

Panels will be moderated by Daily Maverick and media partner, EWN, journos. 

Tickets go on sale Tuesday 20th June. 

Daily Maverick announces launch of Investigative Unit, Scorpio

(31 May, 2017) - Today, Daily Maverick is proud to announce the official formation of our investigative unit, Scorpio.
Whilst we’ve pursued many investigative stories in the past, from Marikana to the manufactured narrative of the SARS Rogue Unit, we are only now able to commit the necessary funds and people to a dedicated unit.

We’d planned to have timed this announcement with a little more fanfare. A striking logo splashed across a dedicated section on our stylish new site, with stern-looking journalists posing at their cluttered desks. But as will be explained sometime soon, the realities are that even the best-laid plans are still subject to reality's ever-changing demands.

Scorpio is a new chapter in a Daily Maverick book already teeming with exciting stories, challenges and adventures. We don’t take entering into this space lightly, given the country’s medium-term future, people’s freedom and lives could be affected by our work. But it’s not only something we want to do – it’s something we must do.

Comments, they're back!

(18 April, 2017) 

When we did away with comments a little over a year ago, many of us breathed a sigh of relief. The time, effort and heartache it took to try moderate comments outweighed the benefit to us as an organisation and you as the reader.

But, we did say we'd keep looking for a solution and if we found one worth looking at, we'd give it a try. We think we've found one, called "Civil comments" that we're trialing for the next 30 days. 

So how is it different this time:

1) Before posting a comment to the site, a reader is asked to rate 3 other comments for civility and usefulness. Readers then have to rate their own comment before it goes into the system, the theory being that readers might amend their uncivil comments before posting.

2) If the community rates the comment down, the comment appears to be posted for that reader but no-one else sees it. That reader also quickly becomes identified as a troublesome mofo and can be dealt with by limiting the number of posts they can make in the following days and/or eventually blacklisting them.

3) If the community lets dodgy posts through, there is a machine learning algorithm checking posts regardless. Posts and commentators flagged as out-of-order are marked for further attention.

The community is the first multi-pronged line of defence, rather than one poor soul who has to stare into the abyss of online comments. And rather than censoring people, the system is designed to encourage debate by attempting to nudge comments in the direction of civil debate. We want a variety of views and not an echo chamber of voices rooted on any one side of the fence.

Of course, no system is foolproof and the first few days might be a wild west of nutjobs venting, given the current climate. But we'll be watching and hoping that with a little help from our friends, something special can happen. 

Chronicle is hiring

Our sister company, multimedia production house, Chronicle.Digital is looking for a commercially-minded manager to join the growing business. The successful candidate will work closely with the founder to tell the Chronicle story and drive all commercial aspects of the business, focusing mainly on growth through new client acquisition, client relationship development and business strategy. The candidate will also liaise with the directors of Daily Maverick to ensure business interests are aligned and opportunities across both platforms are harnessed. 

For more details of the job spec, click here

Daily Maverick announces new Managing Editor

The team welcomes Jillian Green to the ranks as Managing Editor as from 1 March, 2017. Jillian has done just about every editorial job in some of the country's biggest newsrooms over the past two decades - including her most recent gig at The Times. She's written on a variety of topics including health, science and HIV/Aids but now spends her days working behind the scenes. Jillian will work closely with editor-in-chief, Branko Brkic, improving news production processes and mentoring younger team members. When she's not engrossed with the news, she's raising two children, gardening or gone fishing - not necessarily in that order. 

How can this not be explosive? Book your place for this event by reserving your seat at

Venue: UCT Graduate School of Business, Boardroom 1, Portswood Road, Green Point
Date: Thursday, 23rd February 2017
Time: 11am - 12 noon
Spaces are free but limited.

Daily Maverick to host post-SONA, post-TRUTH brunch

In association with the Jesuit Institute of South Africa and the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, Daily Maverick is hosting a brunch not sponsored by the SABC, Telkom or any other State Owned/Related Enterprise. Come see Ranjeni Munusamy, Marianne Thamm, Stephen Grootes and Richard Poplak unspin the State of the Nation Address. Moderated by Fr Peter-John Pearson (Director of CPLO). Attendance is free because we love you but spaces are limited. Join us at:

Daily Maverick launches dedicated Zapiro section

(Jan 27th, 2017) - Daily Maverick is pleased to announce that the dedicated section housing the latest Zapiro cartoons, has been launched. The site is accessible via the top navigation bar and a prominently placed article slot on the homepage. In addition to the latest exclusive cartoons supplied to Daily Maverick three times per week, older cartoons are being added to offer Daily Maverick readers a chance to catch-up on some the legendary cartoonist's work from the past. The site can be found here

Reactions - an alternative format for reader feedback

(Jan 20th, 2017) - Since removing comments from the main website in 2015, Daily Maverick has been searching for ways to allow readers some form of feedback and connection to its work. A trial period has begun using the technology of new media startup, Antenna, that allows reader feedback from an approved list of reactions. Reactions are available for the article as a whole or even parts of an article that evoke emotions. Styli Charalambous, CEO of Daily Maverick says that in light of the strong opinions Daily Maverick content evokes, Antenna provides a slick option for readers to react without opening up the avenue to abuse other readers or the journalist involved.

Zapiro joins editorial line-up at Daily Maverick

(Dec 12th, 2016) - Daily Maverick editor-in-chief, Branko Brkic, announced today that South Africa’s foremost cartoonist, Zapiro, would be joining the growing editorial line-up of Daily Maverick, as from January 2017. Branko described the development as a proud moment for the publisher and sees the two editorial brands as a perfect, and overdue, fit.

Branko Bkric described the cartoonist as a beacon of wit, insight and commentary on South Africa’s political landscape for more than 25 years, adding: “He is a living legend, and we’re honoured to have him draw cartoons for Daily Maverick.”

A new, dedicated section is being built to house the cartoons on the popular current affairs and political commentary website. Four new cartoons will be published weekly, one of which exclusive to the Daily Maverick as well as housing an archive for Daily Maverick readers to explore some Zapiro’s best work from the past.

Nando's have agreed to come on board as exclusive sponsors for the dedicated section, joining three of South Africa's most vocal and edgy players in the social commentary space. 

Jonathan Shapiro, “Zapiro” was similarly excited about the move, expressing his excitement at working with the highly talented editorial team of Daily Maverick that “has carved out their own niche in South African political analysis and opinion.”

Zapiro joins DM line-up as from mid-January 2017

Rebecca Davis rejoins Daily Maverick

(Dec 9th, 2016) - Daily Maverick can reveal today that celebrated journalist, book author and radio personality Rebecca Davis will re-join the already star-studded Daily Maverick line-up in January 2017.

Davis shot to prominence soon after she arrived to Daily Maverick in 2011. Her refined writing, incredible versatility and combativeness, as well as her outspoken nature earned her an important place within the South African news media scene. Her celebrated book "Best White and other anxious delusions" brought her legions of fans across South Africa. That was not enough for Davis, of course, so she also has her regular slot on the Cape Talk Afternoon Drive as well as slotting in on night programming for the Cape Talk/702 stable.

“I'm truly happy to be back to my news media home, Daily Maverick”, says Davis. “Re-joining the talented DM team and its army of contributors, makes me really excited. South Africa is in a slightly mad space right now, and we need free and intelligent media more than ever in the last 22 years. I'm looking forward to many years of meaningful contribution, and, don't forget, loving my daily work. ”

Says Branko Brkic, editor of Daily Maverick: “Even though she was not officially with us in 2016, we still knew Rebecca Davis was part of our team and long term vision. So it just feels right that she is back with us, with all her incredible skills and the ability to communicate the most complicated subjects and concepts and still have readers asking for more. Daily Maverick is seven years old now – 2017 will be the year in which we start seeing real results of our long and sometimes extremely hard slog to the prominence we enjoy today. Rebecca Davis was an integral part of that ride and it just feels so right that she's back where she belongs.”

Gerald Schreiner appointed Head of Business Development at Daily Maverick

(Nov 30th, 2016) - Daily Maverick has announced the appointment of Gerald Schreiner to head up Business Development for the digital news publisher. Schreiner, with 18 years of commercial experience in media and events in Cape Town and London, joins having spent more than a decade in driving new business for a B2B technology publication group. 

Schreiner offered: "After 13 years, I am ready for a new challenge. I have been looking for a new home where both my commercial acuity and creativity will thrive and where I can add to the growth objectives of that organisation,  and I believe the Daily Maverick is it." 

Schreiner will report directly to the directors of Daily Maverick and will play an especially close role with the CEO, Styli Charalambous, as the digital publisher rolls out its commercial growth strategy. "Gerald was the standout candidate for the position with his relevant experience and hunger to join a street-fighting operation with lots of opportunities ahead and a great brand. I'm looking forward to seeing Gerald play a crucial role in the evolution of Daily Maverick."

Nando's agrees 2017 Headline Sponsorship of The Gathering

(Nov 28th, 2016) - Nando's returns for the third year in succession to headline sponsor The Gathering, Daily Maverick's flagship event that brings together a unique mix of media, politics, civil society and satire. 2017 will see the 6th edition of The Gathering hosted in Johannesburg, and produced once again by Whacked Entertainment, headed by John Vlismas. 

"The Gathering truly is a unique event that has grown in recognition and scale since we first staged it in 2010. We've attracted the most revered speakers in South African politics, offering the closest thing to multi-party debates and insights into the burning issues facing South Africa."

The Gathering is set to take place in August 2017 in Johannesburg.

Daily Maverick/Chronicle wins at the 2016 SAB Sports Journalism awards

(Nov 22nd, 2016) - Chronicle's Leila Dougan won the award for best online video at the SAB Sports Journalism Awards, for her work on the collaborative feature, Beyond the Boundary, written by Antoinette Muller. Antoinette also won for best digital written media and converged media. View the feature here:

Daily Maverick/Chronicle wins 2016 Western Cape Vodacom Journalism award

(Oct 28th, 2016) - Daily Maverick/Chronicle's collaborative feature, Casualties of Cola, won the regional award for best online journalism for 2016 at the annual Vodacom Journalism Awards, Western Cape Region. View the feature here:

Daily Maverick/Chronicle wins a 2016 CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year award

(Oct 16th, 2016) - Daily Maverick/Chronicle's collaborative feature, Casualties of Cola, won the coveted Ecobank business and finance award at the annual CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year awards, in Johannesburg. The feature was one of 36 out of more than 1,600 entries to be recognised in the competition. View the feature here:

Daily Maverick secures R12m funding round

(Sep 15th, 2016) – Daily Maverick’s holding company has secured R12m in financing through private investments for a minority stake in the business. The media group will use the funds to support the influential Daily Maverick editorial team as well as its spin-off businesses and operations in content production, eventing and digital advertising.

CEO and publisher, Styli Charalambous, “This round of funding shows the support for a digital media organisation that has been slugging it out in a tough space for 7 years whilst succeeding in building a formidable brand. We are determined to become the most influential political analysis shop in the country whilst the noose on traditional media tightens.”

“Our efforts in the eventing space are growing markedly with new additions to the annual flagship ‘The Gathering’ planned, whilst our content production arm Chronicle has also landed some large multi-media contracts in only in its first year of operations” he added.

The investment comes at a time when the Daily Maverick site broke through 1,2m unique browsers in August off the back of impressive local elections coverage, more than double the monthly average for 2015. Despite limitations in newsroom size, Daily Maverick also registered the highest score in the recently published Media Diversity Index.

Charalambous, however, still expects tough times ahead for news publishers. “The industry is facing an era of turmoil across the board, and the winners will be the those with the ability to run lean whilst still producing great content. In this respect, the editorial team under Branko Brkic has done a phenomenal job to be held in such high regard on limited budgets. Diversifying away from an over-reliance on ad revenues will also be critical for publishers.”

The investment allows Daily Maverick to push ahead with a redesign of the website, bolstering the commercial team and expanding further into complementary content areas like investigations, business and language variations.

The publication celebrates its 7th year of publishing on 30 October 2016.

Daily Maverick breaks through 1m unique browsers

(Sep 1st, 2016) - Following a strong showing covering the local elections, Daily Maverick has broken through 1m unique browsers to its website, for the month of August 2016. With a wide-range of insightful analysis and high profile contributors from across the political spectrum, Daily Maverick's month-on-month increase outstripped the general uplift most news experienced over the period, registering 1,2m uniques for the August month.

Subscribers to the popular daily First Thing and Afternoon Thing newsletters also topped 40k, equating to over 1,7m distributed email newsletters per month.

Website Stats Source: Effective Measure, August 2016.

Daily Maverick/Chronicle wins 3rd place in the 2016 Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism Awards

(Feb 2nd, 2016) - Daily Maverick/Chronicle's inaugural feature, Casualties of Cola, was recognised by South Africa's most prestigious investigative journalism awards, placing 3rd out of dozens of entries. It was also the only digital story to make the finals. 

View the feature here: