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24 April 2017 22:59 (South Africa)
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Power play: Medupi disaster drags on as winter approaches

  • Sipho Hlongwane
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    Sipho Hlongwane

    Sipho Hlongwane is a writer and columnist for Daily Maverick. His other work interests also include motoring, music and technology, for which he has some awards. In a previous life, he drove forklift trucks, hosted radio shows, waited tables, and was once bitten by a large monitor lizard on his ankle. It hurt a lot. Arsenal Football Club is his only permanent obsession.

    He appears in these pages as a political correspondent.

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Photo: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula addresses the media at Hawks headquarters in Pretoria, April 24, 2017. Photo: Greg Nicolson

House of Cards: Ntlemeza is a scandal and embarrassment – Mbalula

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Some of thousands of members of the NUMSA march to highlight corruption within the government during a mass anti corruption march in Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 October 2015. Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: New federation's declaration maps its plan of action

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Lonwabo Tsotsobe of South Africa Photo: ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Cricket: Tsotsobe officially charged under CSA’s anti-corruption code

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: School governing body chairperson Osmond Nkuzo at Mpumelelo Primary School. Photo: Julia Chaskalson

GroundUp: The no-fee school where parents were forced to pay fees

By GroundUp
Photo: Then Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speaks at a news conference in Johannesburg, Thursday, 25 August 2011, Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Vavi & Co: New federation Saftu launches, now the work begins

By Greg Nicolson
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A man waves a flag during the gathering following the March for Science in Berlin, Germany, on 22 April 2017. Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 400 locations across the globe are taking part in the March for Science to recognise scientific progress, raise awareness of scientific discovery, and defend scientific integrity.

While you were sleeping: 24 April 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks to his party deputy Cyril Ramaphosa (L) during the final election rally of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in Soweto, May 4, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

#CR2017, We Have Liftoff: Ramaphosa takes aim at Zuma, state capture

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Then South Africa's Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas arrives for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's 2016 Budget address in Cape Town, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Op-Ed: Betrayal of the promise

By Mcebisi Jonas
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Alibi, Ep 8: SA podcast concludes with finding a lawyer to help, a cop to tell his story and a prison warder to argue for our guy’s innocence

By Paul McNally
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Street Talk: Interracial Relationships (Video)

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Photo: Acting National Commissioner of SAPS Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane. (Photo: Leila Dee Dougan)

House of Car(d)s: Kgomotso Phahlane, the man who could have saved SAPS

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Community members get tested for sicknesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital during the World Diabetes Day awareness campaign led by MaNgema Zuma in Umlazi, South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, 22 Nov 2012 (GCIS)

Health-e News: Junk food, junk status cause skyrocketing medical costs

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa after winning the men’s 400m final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016. Van Niekerk set a new World Record time of 43.03 seconds.  EPA/LUKAS COCH

Athletics: Broadcasting bungle a disservice and insult to South Africa’s athletes

By Antoinette Muller
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.87 – How Evita made Madiba’s long walk to freedom longer (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Komati Power Station (Eskom)

amaBhungane: R10bn in 15 days – another massive Eskom boost for the Guptas

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Wits students gathered at the Empire Road entrance to the institution to protest against poor services at the Yale Village residence. Photo: Bheki C Simelane

Student Protests: Unhappiness over accommodation leads to protests at Wits

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
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Wrestler 'Big Fire' (L) strangles his opponent 'Cowboy' during a hardcore wrestling match at the Brakpan Community Hall, in Brakpan, Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 March 2017. The winner of the fight was the wrestler who could throw his opponent through the metal table. 'Big Fire' went on to win this match. In the East Rand region of South Africa lives dedicated, passionate, amateur hardcore wrestling community, whose members find time between work and family to put on shows for their devoted following of fans at local community halls, high schools and motorcycle rallies. Hardcore wrestling is a form of professional wrestling where disqualifications, count-outs, and all other different rules do not apply. Matches are decided by the use of numerous dangerous items including tables, chairs, barbed wire, light tubes, shovels, chains, hammers, etc.

While you were sleeping: TGIF 21 April

By John Stupart
Photo: South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma (L) jokes with opposition United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa (R) after a signing ceremony committing parties to the electoral code of conduct in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 March 2009. EPA/JON HRUSA

Party/State conundrum: Holomisa and Zuma go head to head in court bid over a secret ballot

By Marianne Merten
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-ED: The ANC in crisis – will it survive?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Water cascading over a pair of hands. (Mike R. Manzano via Flickr)

Op-Ed: The contrition clause of parole

By Ruth Hopkins
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the Education Awards ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg, 22 January 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

ANC succession: ‘Nice Guy’ Ramaphosa needs to rediscover the fiery activist original

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Edward Munch: The Scream – SA style

Life Esidimeni: Most patients moved, but families concerned

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Kgosana is lifted up at a march of 30,000 people on Parliament in protest against the pass laws, 30 March 1960.

Philip Kgosana: The meaning of his courage today

By Tony Heard
Photo: Marius Fransman (Wikimedia Commons)

ANC: National Disciplinary Committee cuts short Marius Fransman’s attempt at Hlaudi routine

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Zuma addresses the Easter Service of the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ (TACC) at Umgababa Church Mission, South of Durban, 16 April 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Team Zuma vs The Banks: The GCIS is the newest distribution platform

By Rebecca Davis
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Protesters shout slogans during a rally against the referendum results in Istanbul, Turkey, 18 April 2017. Media reports Turkish President Erdogan won a narrow lead of the 'Yes' vote in unofficial results, 17 April 2017. The proposed reform, passed by Turkish parliament on 21 January, would change the country's parliamentarian system of governance into a presidential one, which the opposition denounced as giving more power to Turkish President Erdogan.

While you were sleeping: Thursday 20 April 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: (Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande; ANC Treasury General, Dr Zweli Mkhize; ANC Stalwart/Rivonia Treason Trialist, Andrew Mlangeni and Human Rights Lawyer Advocate George Bizos). Funeral service of ANC Stalwart/Rivonia Treason Trialist Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada at Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg. South Africa. 29/03/2017. Siyabulela Duda

Reporter’s Notebook: Interviewing Zweli Mkhize

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A child stands against a gate as refugees from xenophobic violence walk are interviewed by South African government officials at the Rand Airport camp near Germiston, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 August 2008.  EPA/JON HRUSA

GroundUp: No birth certificate, no education

By GroundUp
Photo: Supporters of the Black Sash ‘Hands off our Grants’ campaign demonstrate outside St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town last year. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Equal Education confronts Allan Gray over social grant deductions

By GroundUp