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Silicosis compensation: A triumph for justice — but now for the bigger fight

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

Photo: Nanabezi Mgoduswa at his home in Bizana, Eastern Cape. Mgoduswa worked on the mines for 14 years and has silicosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis. He has received no compensation. Photograph by Thom Pierce.
Photo: Miners walk at the end of their shift at the Anglo Platinum's Khuseleka shaft 1 mine in Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

Understanding #OutsourcingMustFall: Lessons from the platinum sector

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Eskom power lines run through an open field as the sun rises on a cold winters day in Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 June 2015.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Eskom cries foul as Nersa rejects its diesel claim

By JOANNE TAYLOR & CHRIS YELLAND
Photo: A photograph made available 15 October 2015 shows a sign in a vineyard in English, Afrikaans and Mandarin at Babylonstoren wine farm in Franschoek, South Africa 14 October 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: A citizen’s guide to the economy (and why Pravin Gordhan will prevail)

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: People watch as the spillway gates are opened at Kariba North Bank dam on Lake Kariba to reduce rising water levels as a measure to protect the dam February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mackson Wasamunu (ZAMBIA)

The deficits behind Zambia’s power problems

By Greg Mills
Photo: Pylons carry electricity from South African power utility Eskom's Koeberg nuclear plant near Cape Town November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Op-Ed: A happier marriage between government and business?

By Dirk de Vos
Main photo: Lettuce harvest at the Philippi farm. (Marelise vd Merwe)

Food & Farming Campaign: An urgent plea to save Philippi Horticultural Area

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Greg Nicolson)

SA publishers’ complaints to ICASA vindicated by SAPO findings

By Chris Yelland
Lake St Lucia is almost completely dry due to drought conditions in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, northeast of Durban, South Africa February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward.

Great SA Drought: Inefficiency leaves the most precarious high and dry

By YVES VANDERHAEGEN & DONNA HORNBY
Photo: American dollar notes are displayed in this photo illustration in Johannesburg August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

'Tax me if you can': Tax activism of a different kind

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: American dollar notes are displayed in this photo illustration in Johannesburg August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

The ANC’s wealth tax: Double rigging a rigged game

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Recyclable materials in Recife, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, October 24, 2013. REUTERS/Diego Nigro

South Africa gets its first Refuse-Derived Fuel Plant

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Tens of thousands of floating "wishing spheres" carrying people's New Year wishes line the Marina Bay against the skyline of Singapore during New Year's Eve December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

The profit motive: What Singapore can teach Pretoria about development

By Greg Mills
Photo: Eskom's electric pylons are pictured in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg, March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Eskom is beyond the tipping point. What's next?

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: A shopper makes her selection at a grocery store in Johannesburg July 7, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Report: Damaging SABS directive is seen as a commercially-driven racket

By CHRIS YELLAND & PIERRE POTGIETER
Photo: Radiant Johannesburg by Pascal Parent via Flickr.

Op-Ed: Government needs private sector to refresh SA Connect

By MARIAN SHINN
Photo: Electricity pylons are seen near Arnot Power Station's cooling towers, east of Middelburg in Mpumalanga province, September 8 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

NERSA hearings: Thousands oppose Eskom’s price increases

By EE PUBLISHERS
Photo: Koeberg Nuclear Station (Photo by Jim Sher via Flickr)

Westinghouse opposes Eskom, Areva appeal to Constitutional Court, and lodges counter appeal

By EE PUBLISHERS
Photo: Vineyards sit beneath hills at a farm near Stellenbosch, in the country's wine producing region, South Africa, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

South African wines could be smoked out by fire and lack of rain

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Desert Leader by Hamed Saber, via Flickr

Op-Ed: Are non-profit leaders different from business leaders?

By Shelagh Gastrow
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Vinny Lingham's new Civic

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Then New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid.

President Michael Bloomberg: Is America ready for an independent in the White House?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A shopkeeper counts out change above her cash box at her shop in Hillcrest, west of Durban, South Africa, January 11, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Op-Ed: Let’s get the economy going

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), attends the session 'Where Is the Chinese Economy Heading?' of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

A new head for the IMF. Same as it ever was.

By Ismail Lagardien
Photo: Cannabis plants are pictured in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo, about 60 km (40 miles) from Venice, September 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

The Cannabis Chronicles: Marijuana activism scores, Big Pharma equalises

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Beach goers walk in front of the Koeberg power facility in Cape Town, South Africa 21 January 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

A very tender process: Eskom Koeberg contract ruled “unlawful”

By A CLARKE & C YELLAND
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Netflix goes live in South Africa

By News24
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma looks up from his phone call to shake hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during a luncheon at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

South Africa still working on US trade conditions as deadline expires

By Reuters
Photo: Lyft co-founders John Zimmers (L) and Logan Green speak on stage during a Founders Stories session at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 in San Francisco, California September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

GM & Lyft set out self-driving car partnership, $500 million investment

By Reuters
Photo: Cars are seen at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee November 4, 2015. Volkswagen told NHTSA that it would recall about 92,000 vehicles, which are some 2015 and 2016 models of Jetta, Passat, Golf and Beetle, in the United States. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Volkswagen faces billions in penalties as US sues for environment violations

By Reuters