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21 February 2017 23:11 (South Africa)
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SA forensics: What are the dead telling us?

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    Shaun Swingler

    Shaun Swingler works as a freelance journalist and managing editor of Jungle Jim magazine. After receiving his degree in philosophy, Shaun served a brief stint in a claustrophobic corporate publishing house. After escaping, he chose to pursue a career writing about things that interested him. Among others, these have included the forensics industry, animal testing, and the South African porn industry.

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Photo: Lonmin’s Marikana operation at dawn, Sunday May 13, 2013.  North West Province, South Africa. (Photo: Greg Marinovich)

The platinum belt’s rape crisis: Less healthcare, more consequences

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Australia Wallabies’ Dan Vickerman takes part in their Captain’s run in September, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

It’s the silence that kills us: The sad case of Dan Vickerman

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A South African journalist films riot police taking up position inside Parliament during the opening of Parliament ceremony and State Of The Nation Address (SONA) by President Zuma in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 09 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA/POOL

ISS Today: Military policing of Parliament – what does SA law say?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Refugees are evicted by police officers from the side of a major road in Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 July 2008.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Xenophobia rears its head: Gauteng on a knife-edge once more

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: An architect’s impression of the controversial 60m-high apartment and retail building on the edge of Bo-Kaap (in red) which could set a precedent for other massive buildings to follow (in grey). Image courtesy of Rick Brown & Associates

GroundUp: Cape Town residents concerned about ‘development at all costs’ approach

By GroundUp
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NOT JUST 94: #SayTheirNames

By NOMATTER NDEBELE
Main photo: Air Mercy Services fixed wing aircraft prepares for take-off to take specialist doctors to hard to reach parts of the country.

Spotlight: Fly-by-night tenders

By Spotlight
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Street Talk: My first time (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: SAPS  Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane. (Photo Leila Dee Dougan for DM Chronicle Digital)

House of Cards: Did SAPS Commissioner Phahlane mislead Parliament?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as financial markets react to a referendum passed in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in New York, New York, USA, 24 June 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Explainer: SA banks in the dogbox, but what does it all mean?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Gauteng Premier David Makhura speaks during the HIII Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements held at the CSIR Convention centre in Pretoria, 7 April 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Makhura’s SOPA: The Esidimeni Massacre and the need to overcome

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe and his Deputy Jessie Duarte, ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize and ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa observe results at the IEC Results Operations Centre, 8 May 2014. (Photo: GCIC)

Analysis: Temperature rising in the ANC’s pressure cooker

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: President Zuma and CEO Brian Molefe address the media after Zuma spoke to Eskom staff at company headquarters in Megawatt Park, Sunninghill.  06/05/2016 Kopano Tlape (GCIS)

Parliament: Sudden vacancy appears in finance committee as Gordhan prepares for a tough Budget

By Marianne Merten
Photo by Benjamin Disinger via Flickr.

Cyberspying: The Ghost in Your Machine

By Heidi Swart
Photo: Scanning electron microscope image of TB bacteria. (Photo: Janice Haney Carr via CDC (public domain)

GroundUp: South African study offers hope against drug-resistant TB

By GroundUp
Photo by Don Pinnock.

Op-Ed: South Africa opens the door to the sale of wildlife parts

By Don Pinnock
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TRAINSPOTTER: Chronicle of a banking scandal foretold

By Richard Poplak
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Swiss musher Ueli Gerber leads his six Samoyed dogs during the international dog sled races in the Bernese Oberland, Kandersteg, Switzerland, 18 February 2017. 

While you were sleeping: 20th February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Theewaterskloof Dam in June 2016. It has the capacity of almost all the other 13 dams supplying Cape Town’s water combined. Photo: Masixole Feni

GroundUp: This Water Crisis won’t be Cape Town’s last

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma officially opening Medupi Power Station’s commercialised Unit 6. Liphalale, Limpopo. 30/08/2015, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Analysis: Zuma’s Great Gamble

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: President Jacob Zuma welcomed by Eskom CEO Brian Molefe at Eskom headquarters in Megawatt Park, Sunninghill on his monitoring visit to the state owned power utility. 06/05/2016 Kopano Tlape GCIS

Life of Brian: Mexican standoff looms for Zuma over Guptas’ new Cabinet deployee

By Ranjeni Munusamy
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.78 – Evita on not calling a spade a spade (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: The building, which has a large metal door big enough for a vehicle to drive through, does not have any signage. It is in a rundown shopping complex just off Cindi Street, Atteridgeville. (Photo by Health-e)

Health-e News: Esidimeni’s dead were stored in a pile in a rundown private Atteridgeville mortuary

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: NSFAS Chairman Sizwe Nxasana delivers a statement during a media briefing on the 2016 budget allocations and outline administration processes for additional funding following recent government resolution on historic debt and upfront registration fee for NSFAS students in Johannesburg, 21 June 2016 (Photo: GCIS)

NSFAS: Students claim their future is on hold after fund’s continued failures

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Security officials remove members of the Economic Freedom Fighters during the State Of The Nation Address (SONA) by President Zuma in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 09 February 2017. EPA/SUMAYA HISHAM / POOL

Exposed: Parliament’s crisis communication plan for SONA2017

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana. (Photo by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) via Flickr)

Would Parliament’s accounting and financial management stand up to scrutiny?

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Children play at Pomona Estate informal settlement in Kempton Park. Photo: Julia Chaskalson

GroundUp: Land Claims Court halts eviction of 2,000 people in Kempton Park

By GroundUp
Caption: The Thembokwezi site in Khayelitsha, where Bongiwe Ninini’s body was dumped after she was murdered. The site, where houses were meant to have been built, has stood empty for eight years. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Bongiwe Ninini’s murder shines a light on inequality

By GroundUp
Photo: This cliff on the West Coast partially collapsed allegedly because of activity at the Tormin mine.

GroundUp: Critical court showdown on mining and environment

By GroundUp