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28 March 2017 13:46 (South Africa)
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ANC policy conference: The illusion of change. To ensure more of the same.

  • Ranjeni Munusamy
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    Ranjeni Munusamy

    Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

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Photo: Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada looks on during the ANC's centenary celebration in Bloemfontein, South Africa, January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Ahmed Kathrada: Hamba Kahle Mkhonto – tributes for a life well lived

By Jillian Green
Photo: Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada, who was at Robben Island prison with Mandela, makes an address to the funeral congregation during the State Funeral ceremonies for South Africa's first black president, in Qunu, Eastern Cape province 15 December 2013.  EPA/Kopano Tlape

Ahmed Kathrada (1929-2017): An honourable and humble hero

By Marelise van der Merwe
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A gallery assistant looks at the light installation 'Forms in Space...by Light (in Time)' by Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans at the Tate Britain in London, Britain, 27 March 2017. The sculpture is made from almost 2km of neon lighting and is created for the annual Tate Britain Commission. The annual commission, with the support by Sotheby’s auction house, invited contemporary British artist Cerith Wyn Evans to create fro 2017 a new artwork for the Duveen Galleries in the center of the Tate Britain museum.

While you were sleeping: 28 March 2017

By John Stupart
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House of Cards: As Pravin Gordhan flies back to South Africa, the battle moves to North Gauteng High Court

By Marianne Thamm
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Street Talk: Disability (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (left), photo by Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick; President Jacob Zuma (right) looks on before delivering an address in Polokwane, South Africa, December 20, 2007. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Finance Ministry ‘Recall’: Gordhan trumped by Guptas' Number One asset

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: From Thom Pierce’s The Price of Gold: Mncedisi Dlisani worked in the explosives team at Western Areas Mine. He was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB of the lungs) and spent nine months in the mine hospital. During that time he did not receive his monthly wage to send home and so his wife, Nokwakha, had to beg relatives for money to feed her family. He left the job two years later and returned to Butterworth where he spent another nine months in hospital. After 15 years of service at Western Areas Gold Mine, he received no compensation for his illness.

GroundUp: Silicosis – unpacking the gold mines’ strategy

By GroundUp
Photo: Albie Sachs, by Steve Gordon.

Oliver Tambo Centenary Series, Part 1: The Dream of a Quiet Revolutionary

By Albie Sachs
Photo: Henri van Breda leaves the Western Cape High Court after a brief appearance on 9 September 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

Henri van Breda’s axe murder case: Media coverage debated while trial postponed

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Rustenburg, 27 March 2017. (Richard Poplak)

TRAINSPOTTER: The Air Apparent—at an Israeli Apartheid Week lecture, Dlamini-Zuma signals she’s ready to rise

By Richard Poplak
Photo: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe during the press conference on 27 March 2017, Luthuli House. (Greg Nicolson)

ANC NEC: We didn’t know about Gordhan

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks to President Jacob Zuma (R) during closing remarks during the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban, March 27, 2013. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Anger mounts against Zuma’s ‘reckless’ recall of Gordhan, Jonas

By Jillian Green
Former president Nelson Mandela joins anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada,R, on the eve of his 80th birthday in Houghton, Johannesburg, Thursday, 20 August 2009. Kathrada, who has known Madiba for 64 years, was joined by activist turned businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, not pictured, who is also the chairperson of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. Picture: Debbie Yazbek/Nelson Mandela Foundation

Ahmed Kathrada in a serious condition

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Pravin Gordhan & Mcebisi Jonas (EPA)

News Alert: Presidency halts Gordhan, Jonas international roadshow, both instructed to return to SA urgently

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: GoogleMaps aerial view of the Woodstock Hospital site with the section requested to be subdivided and rezoned highlighted.

Application to rezone Woodstock Hospital casts Cape Town’s housing crisis back into the spotlight

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Soweto, Johannesburg Photo: SarahTz (flickr)

Bheki's Ordinary People: Prepaid electricity hearings in Soweto spark hope among residents

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.83 – Evita on TIME and about time (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (L) toast the 102nd birthday of the ANC during the launch of the party's election manifesto at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Saturday, 11 January 2014. Picture: SAPA stringer

Gwede’s Choice: Shoot the king or shadowbox the surrogates

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: South African community members stand off against police on the disputed Swartklip land scene of land grabs and evictions over the last few days as millions of South Africans head to the polls for local government elections in Cape Town, South Africa 18 May 2011. (EPA/NIC BOTHMA)

Analysis: Land – real problem, great political tool

By Stephen Grootes
Main Photo: Nonhle Mbuthuma (Lucas Ledwaba)

Wild Coast anti-mining activist Nonhle Mbuthuma: ‘They must kill me alone, not with my family’

By LUCAS LEDWABA
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Episode Four: SA’s ‘Serial’ podcast goes on an AK-47-fuelled car chase with the cops and makes a discovery that changes the case completely

By Paul McNally
Photo: Police officers stand guard during a protest by taxi operators against the roll-out of the latest phase of Johannesburg’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Soweto March 15, 2010. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Analysis: Taxi rapes highlight victims’ police station struggles

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Goodman Mkhanda (Kim Harrisberg)

Health-e News: Diabetics at greater risk of contracting TB

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Minister of State Security David Mahlobo at the African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, 17 July 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: The Hate Speech Bill is unconstitutional and can’t be saved

By Kessler Perumalsamy
Photo: Security Personnel at the Castle in Cape Town before being briefed by Acting Police Commissioner General Kgomotso Phahlane,Thursday, 9 February 2017.

Parliament: SAPS’s incredibly shrinking performance standards

By Marianne Merten
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Polar bear cub Quintana explores her enclosure at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 23 March 2017. The cub was born on 21 November 2016.

While you were sleeping: 24 March 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Demonstrators outside the Constitutional Court during hearings on the future of the social grants payment system. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

GroundUp: The World Bank’s role in SA’s social grants payment system

By GroundUp
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Op-Ed: Victory for transgender learner in Limpopo a long time coming


By Kellyn Botha
Photo: Marius Fransman, Andile Lungisa, Gwede Mantashe (GCIS photos)

A cry from the wilderness: Marius Fransman comes out to bat for Andile Lungisa

By Marianne Thamm