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28 February 2017 05:14 (South Africa)
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Bittersweet week in the life of SA's media giant

  • Mandy de Waal
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    Mandy de Waal

    Mandy de Waal is a writer who reports on technology, corruption, science, the media and whatever else she finds interesting. She loves small stories and human narratives, and dislikes persistent evangelists, bad poetry and the insane logic that currently passes for political rhetoric. Back in journalism after spending time in the corridors of corporate greed, de Waal has written for Mail & Guardian, Noseweek, City Press, Rapport, MoneyWeb, Brandchannel (New York) and a number of other good titles. She now writes for The Daily Maverick because it’s the smart thing to do.

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Photo: South African Rand coins are seen in this photo illustration taken September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Interview: Corporate collusion in the spotlight

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (C) arrives with his staff to present his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Gordhan’s Budget 2017 meets broad approval

By Marianne Merten
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presents his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. The speech outlines the current state of the economy and governments plan going forward.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

2017 Budget Speech

By Pravin Gordhan
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Cape Town, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)

In numbers: Budget 2017

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson)

BUDGET 2017: Political uncertainty overshadows tight “transformation” budget

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma reacts before replying to the debate about his State Of The Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 February 2017. The president responded to the debate in Parliament following the 09 February 2017 SONA. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

SONA, The Rebound: Battered Zuma bounces back, puts bank collusion in the spotlight

By Ranjeni Munusamy
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

TRAINSPOTTER: Currency collusion scandal – the Great Global Bank Heist comes to South Africa

By Richard Poplak
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amaBhungane: Gupta-owned newspaper in line of fire of new Nielsen report

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Early morning light catches rainway carriages as they wait for the Monday morning rush hour at the Johannesburg station, South Africa, 18 November 2007. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

World Bank to SA parliamentarians: The key to economic growth is private investment

By Marianne Merten
Photo:Workers underground at Lonmin Rowland Shaft setting up for drilling and later drilling. (Greg Marinovich)

TRAINSPOTTER: Waiting for Charter at Mining Indaba

By Richard Poplak
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Nuclear SA: Ep 3 – Uranium Rush

By SOUND AFRICA
Photo: People line up to receive their social grants at the Sassa office in Delft. Archive photo: Barbara Maregele

GroundUp: Sassa grants contractor may have to pay back the money

By GroundUp
Photo: Project Manager Klaus Schrot checks the last solar panels before the opening of a new solar farm on a former firing range in Star Buchholz in Schwerin, Germany, 16 Decemeber 2015. The company PVStrom has installed almost 40,000 solar modules. The installation will thus generate more than 10,000 megawatt hours of solar power annually. EPA/JENS BUETTNER

Op-Ed: Industrialisation is just as important as cost when considering IRP options

By Mike Levington
Photo: Workers underground at Lonmin Rowland Shaft setting up for drilling. Photo: Thapelo Lekgowa.

What’s mine is mine: Lonmin and the dangerous art of intimidation

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 23 November 2016. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Op-Ed: The impact of Brexit on South Africa

By Richard Gibb
Photo: Then Namibia's Prime Minister Hage Geingob (now President) leaves the fourth EU-Africa Summit of Heads of States at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 03 April 2014. EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

amaBhungane Namibia: Geingob’s pals ‘sank oil deal’

By AMABHUNGANE
Some of the parrots confiscated from executive member of the Parrot Breeders Association of South Africa, Dieter Horstmann. Photo: Diana Neille

Grey area: The illicit parrot trade and SA’s captive-breeding industry

By Kimon de Greef
Photo: Bottles of beer produced by AB InBev and SABMiller are pictured in London, Britain, 28 September 2016. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Charles Glass Half Full: The end of SABMiller, but what comes next?

By DIANA NEILLE & RICHARD POPLAK
Photo: US Investor George Soros arrives at the 51st Security Conference at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, 06 February 2015. EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT

Op-Ed: Should philanthropy be funding arts and culture?

By Shelagh Gastrow
Main photo: Protesters hold placards written in the Greek, German and English language during a demonstration in front of the Greek Labour Ministry in Athens, Greece, 04 July 2016. The Greek Communist party unions in the fields of tourism, pensions, workers and students staged a protest against the social security law and unemployment. EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Greece: Rent-Seeking, Hell and the Prime Minister

By GREG MILLS and IOANNIS KOLLIAS
Photo:  Mineral Resources Minister and then  Acting Minister of Communications Mosebenzi Zwane speaks at Ga-Seleka Village Community Hall during the Imbizo focus week launch in Lephalele, 4 April 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Cabinet to seek judicial inquiry into banks’ moves against the Guptas

By BDLIVE
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and SAA Chairwoman Dudu Myeni (GCIS)

SAA: In a big tactical win, Treasury submits new board nominees

By Marianne Thamm
Photo by Petur-t via Flickr

ArcelorMittal to pay R1.5bn price fix fine

By News24
Photo: Cars drive below a road toll in Johannesburg October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees

By News24
Main photo: Rabat Technopolis (Wikimedia Commons)

Countries as Companies: Morocco’s use of technology for development

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Image of Polihali Dam, by Sunday Express, Lesotho.

amaBhungane: Nomvula Mokonyane’s alleged interference in Lesotho water project cited as causing delays

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Alide Dasnois (http://thebookery.org.za)

Independent Media misled public on Alide Dasnois, says Press Ombudsman

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A picture made available on 21 June 2016 and taken with wide angle lens shows two cooling towers of the nuclear power plant Grafenrheinfeld, Germany, 31 May 2016.  EPA/DANIEL KARMANN

Analysis: How much will new nuclear electricity cost South Africa?

By Chris Yelland
Photo: Protesters at the AIDS2016 Conference in Durban highlighted Gilead Science’s pricing of its hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir. Photo: Liz McGregor

GroundUp: Anger at huge price tag for life-saving medicine

By GroundUp