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28 February 2017 09:39 (South Africa)
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KwaZulu-Natal props up its strawman; Nkandla scandal deepens

  • 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: South African President Thabo Mbeki answers questions in Parliament in Cape Town, September 20, 2000. (Reuters)

Nzimande hails Mbeki as one of the greatest intellectuals of the liberation movement

By News24
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Street Talk: My Hair. My Roots? (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: Members of the South African Police force patrol an area around the Jeppe Street men’s hostel where local South African men attacked shops owned by foreign nationals overnight in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 February 2017. Incidents of xenophobic attacks have occurred in both Pretoria and Johannesburg over the past week. Local police forces have been increased in the hot spots to try to contain the outbreak. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Gauteng Xenophobia: Gigaba and Mashaba trade accusations

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Workers underground at Lonmin Rowland Shaft setting up for drilling and later drilling. By GREG MARINOVICH.

Op-Ed: Let’s get mining under way – again

By Dirk de Vos
Photo by Steve Evans via Flickr.

Rhino sale bombshell hidden in new draft regulations

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Letter sent by Eastleigh Primary School to parents (via social media)

GroundUp: Gauteng school withdraws xenophobic letter

By GroundUp
Photo: South Africa’s rugby coach Allister Coetzee (BackPagePix)

Rugby: SARU finally confirms its anything-but-merry coaching-go-round

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African residents travel on the back of a pick-up truck as they look for foreign nationals during a xenophobic march by the Mamelodi Concerned Residents through the streets of Pretoria, South Africa, 24 February 2017. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK\

Analysis: The awful politics of xenophobia

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Xenophobia and the question of universal rights

By Raymond Suttner
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.79 – Oceans oceans everywhere, not a drop to drink? (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: (in the Pic - President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyryl Ramaphosa flanked  Minister Pravin Gordhan, Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Director General Lungile Fuzile give a thumbs up to the budget speech outside Tuynhuis). Cape Town 22/02/2017, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Reshuffle Catch-22: Would a Cabinet shakeup help Zuma or backfire against him?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (Photo by Financial Mail)

SARS Wars: Tom Moyane's multiple storms

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Minister of Higher Education and Training, and SACP general secretary Dr Blade Nzimande briefs media on the 2016 Post–School Education and Training Opportunities and plans for this academic year, 11 July 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Cabinet tremors: What will the Communists do?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Young Kenyan innovator Caroline Wambui shows a journalist (R) the interface of a mobile app called ‘Life Pocket’ that she designed in Utawala, Nairobi, Kenya, 15 December 2016. Wambui who has recently completed her high school education at the Embakasi girls secondary school in the Mukuru kwa Njenga slums of Nairobi, conceived of the app after her uncle died when the family couldn’t find a matching kidney in adequate time. Together with her teacher Damaris Muteti (not pictured), Wambui learnt to code and built the app so patients, donors, doctors and hospitals can easily communicate and people who need to receive or donate organs can find a match. The app is currently being piloted by a number of hospitals and is expected to be available to the public by February 2017.  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Op-Ed: Smart tech can make fees fall

By Magda Wierzycka
Photo: A dog looks down an alleyway between shack homes in Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 07 September 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Health-e News: The inequality gap and its impact on health

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: Electricity pylons at Koeberg nuclear power plant. Photo: Brent Meersman

GroundUp: Russian nuclear deal places massive liability on South Africans

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma joined by Minister Faith Muthambi, via a GCIS link-up, engaged with listeners of different Community Radio stations across South Africa, (Photo: GCIS)

Analysis: Reality Check – how strong is Zuma’s support base?

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Judge Essa Moosa (Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp)

Essa Moosa: The struggle lawyer who was ‘everywhere’

By Ryland Fisher
Photo: South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma smiles as he is welcomed by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (R) upon his arrival at Khartoum airport January 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah.

ISS Today: The ICC can bring South Africa back into the fold

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Potala Palace is on the Red Hill of Lhasa, Tibet. The Palace was rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama in 1645. It was the seat of Dalai Lamas and also the political center of Tibet. The 13th Dalai Lama extended it to the present size, 117 meters (384 ft) in height and 360 meters (1,180 ft) in width, covering an area of more than 130,000 sq meters. Comprised of the White Palace (administration building) and the Red Palace (religious building). Lhasa, Tibet. (Photo by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr)

Letter to the Editor: Chinese Embassy responds to Rebecca Davis’s story on Dalai Lama’s new representative

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Fireblade's hangar.

Oppenheimers & Guptas: Into the Great Unknown

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and President Jacob Zuma (GCIS)

amaBhungane: Bathabile Dlamini’s Game of Chicken

By AMABHUNGANE
Main photo: Residents of a Somali neighbourhood in Pretoria West armed themselves with stones and bricks as a group protesting their presence approached them.

GroundUp: In photos – Xenophobic Violence in Pretoria

By GroundUp
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Members of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team prepare the Mercedes W08 Formula One car after British driver Lewis Hamilton (centre) tested the car ahead of a photocall to launch the new Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 car and team at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, Britain, 23 February 2017.

While you were sleeping: 24th February 2017

By John Stupart
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Street Talk: Dating across the colour line (VIDEO)

By Street Talk
Photo: SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (l), No 2 Jonas Makwakwa (r).

SARS Wars: Moyane under pressure as suspended No 2 lands a new controversy

By Marianne Thamm
Caption: Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) welcomes South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma in Khartoum July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

GroundUp: Why South Africa can still withdraw from the International Criminal Court

By GroundUp
Photo: President of Cameroon, Paul Bia attends a press conference at the end of the Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, 17 May 2014. EPA/CHRISTOPHE KARABA

ISS Today: There’s more to Cameroon’s protest than meets the eye

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Yong-Bock Kim, a prominent anti-nuclear power activist, addressed protesters against the South Africa-Russia nuclear deal outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Russian deal has far-reaching financial implications, says EarthLife lawyer

By GroundUp