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26 June 2017 10:51 (South Africa)
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    Rebecca Davis

    Rebecca Davis studied at Rhodes University and Oxford before working in lexicography at the Oxford English Dictionary. After deciding she’d rather make up words than define them, she returned to South Africa in 2011 to write for the Daily Maverick, which has been a magnificilious decision.  

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Photo: (Left) Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba speaks at the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum in Sandton, Johannesburg on Tuesday, 16 July 2013. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA; (Right) South Africa's Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas arrives for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's 2016 Budget address in Cape Town in this February 24 photo. (GCIS)

TRAINSPOTTER: Exclusive — Leaked letters expose fight over Border Management Authority

By Richard Poplak
Photo: Some of the South African crew of the ill-fated SS Mendi, 1917, one of the photographs on display at Abantu Bemendi, a project of The Centre for African Studies (UCT)

SS Mendi: Dialogues with the drowned

Photo: Natasha Stuurman (39) stands outside her home with her two youngest daughters in Kuilsriver. Stuurman has seven children. Two receive meals from the Peninsula School Feeding Association at HJ Kroneberg Primary.

CHRONICLE: Child feeding schemes battered by recession and drought

By Leila Dee Dougan
Photo: Wool weaver Mietjie Witboy, 59, sits outside her tiny house with some of her dogs as she weaves wool in the small Karoo town of Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa, 10 November 2014. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Rural Western Cape residents not left behind in health services

By Nomafrench Mbombo

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.96 – Evita on Secret Ballots and Silly Brexits (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: President Jacob Zuma at Siyanqoba Rally in Soweto, 8 January 2017. (Greg Nicolson)

Analysis: The ANC's Top Nine proposal will not address real issues

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: School children from Kgotlelelang wait to greet Argentina soccer coach Diego Maradona in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Our country needs a compelling dream that pulls all of us forward and inspires us to work together

By Marius Oosthuizen
Photo: Henri van Breda, who is accused of a triple murder, arrives at the Western Cape High Court for his trial in Cape Town, South Africa, 26 April 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: The right to broadcast court cases – Henri Van Breda, Visvanathan Ponnan and open justice

By Dario Milo
Photo: Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi at the media briefing on the employment status of doctors and newly qualified pharmacists in South Africa, 19 Jan 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Health-e: Cancer treatment in the public sector is ‘in crisis'

Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila (L) is welcomed by his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma during the two-day meeting of leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

DRC/SA Talks: Zuma unlikely to pressure Kabila to go to the polls


News24 #GuptaLeaks: Guptas spied on Manuel, Malema and bank bosses

By News24
Photo: A group of Wells Estate shack dwellers gather outside the Motherwell Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. The case was postponed. Photo: Joseph Chirume

GroundUp: Police and NPA want land occupiers ‘punished by the courts’

By GroundUp
Photo: Thousands of hopeful job applicants queue for 200 positions advertised by the Metro Police Department in Durban September 9, 2009. Unemployment figures in South Africa for the second quarter of 2009 stand at 23.6 percent, according to official government statistics. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Op-Ed: Employability programmes help tackle high cost of work-seeking

Photo: President Jacob Zuma chairing the Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council (BEEAC) workshop, focusing on Radical Socio-Economic Transformation at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria. 20 June 2017. (GCIS)

Secret ballot for What? Why Zuma can still laugh it off

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo by Andreas Levers via Flickr.

Op-Ed: How drugs (and alcohol) kill – and it’s not what you think it is

By Zane Dangor

Scorpio and amaBhungane #GuptaLeaks: Direct evidence Gupta henchmen prepared fake race-baiting tweets

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Minister Bathabile Dlamini (GCIS)

Analysis: Sassa, Minister Dlamini, CPS and others under continuing spotlight

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at the Second Extraordinary Summit of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9 November 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

A Merry Muddle: The Guiding Document for South Africa’s Foreign Policy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Anthony Carroll (photo supplied)

Potential Trump pick for US ambassador to SA is ‘a good friend of South Africa’

Photo supplied

GroundUp: Most allegations of assault in prison are not properly investigated

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma responds to Questions for Oral Reply in the National Assembly in Parliament, Cape Town (Photo: GCIS)

Parliament: Zuma stands up to ConCourt Ruling, but there are more questions than answers

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Duane Gervais, right, in the rubble of his uncle’s Knysna Heights house that was one of 846 houses in the Garden Route town gutted by fire

GroundUp: Knysna fire’s wake-up call

By GroundUp
Photo: Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng hands down judgment in the matter concerning a secret ballot in a motion of no confidence. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

No Confidence Motion: ConCourt throws secret ballot decision back to Mbete

By Greg Nicolson
Main photo: Residents gather to meet on Wednesday morning at Wells Estate after mass evictions. Photo: Joseph Chirume

GroundUp: Second week of mass evictions and violent protests in Port Elizabeth

By GroundUp
Photo: Bird’s eye view of the waterfall above the gorge at the headwaters of Mabola river. Photo: Johnny Miller/AfricanDrone

Watership Down: The reality of mining Mabola

By Oxpeckers
Photo: The front page of WMC LEAKS.

SCORPIO: In the non-surprise of the year, smear campaign tracked to a Gupta associate

By Marianne Thamm and Jean Le Roux
Photo: Lifers in prisons across the country are demanding that parole be considered for them. (GroundUp)

GroundUp: Prisoners across the country demand parole hearings

By GroundUp
Photo: Carl Niehaus (Left), Mzwanele Manyi (centre), Kebby Maphatsoe (Right) – all photos courtesy of EWN.

Reporter’s Notebook: Journalism in the time of lies

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South Africa’s Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu releases the audit results of the country's municipalities for the financial year 2012-13 in Pretoria on Tuesday, 30 July 2014. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Analysis: Does the Auditor-General need more teeth?

By Greg Nicolson