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18 March 2018 07:44 (South Africa)
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New UCT Vice-Chancellor: Transformation, student engagement high on the agenda

  • Marelise van der Merwe
    Marelise van der Merwe

    Marelise van der Merwe writes about anything and everything. After she studied, and then studied some more, and then studied a bit more, she spent some years writing, editing, researching and teaching, before becoming production editor at the Daily Maverick. After a couple more years keeping vampire hours in order to bring you each shiny new edition (you’re welcome) she ventured into the daylight to write features. She still blinks in the sunlight.

Photo: New Vice-Chancellor of UCT, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. (Supplied)
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
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
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
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
Photo: Daily Maverick archives

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

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
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

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

By Alistair Mackay
Illustrative Photo by Koushik Das On Unsplash

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
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
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 by EPA

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

By Vanessa Burger

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

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

By GroundUp
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: 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
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: 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: 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