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21 January 2018 22:13 (South Africa)
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South Africans are sinking under debt – and the credit amendment bill won’t pull us out

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    Mandy de Waal

    Mandy de Waal is a writer who reports on technology, corruption, science, the media and whatever else she finds interesting. She loves small stories and human narratives, and dislikes persistent evangelists, bad poetry and the insane logic that currently passes for political rhetoric. Back in journalism after spending time in the corridors of corporate greed, de Waal has written for Mail & Guardian, Noseweek, City Press, Rapport, MoneyWeb, Brandchannel (New York) and a number of other good titles. She now writes for The Daily Maverick because it’s the smart thing to do.

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Eskom Crisis: SA Government announces new board and removes executives facing corruption charges

By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Photo: Mayor Patricia de Lille speaks at a media briefing at a sports field in Maitland,  16 November 2017 . The mayor demonstrated the operation of the proposed water points should the city reach 'Day Zero'.

Water crisis: Curve balls and chaos at Cape Town council meeting reveal political games

By Marelise van der Merwe
Theewaterskloof dam in mid-winter, July 2017. Photo: Christiaan Sterfontein.

Council passes motion to strip Patricia De Lille of her powers over water crisis

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi.  Photo:Vanessa Burger/(Elitsha)

amaBhungane: Security firms under scrutiny over plague of violence and death at Glebelands hostel


An Airbus A380-800 aircraft of UAE carrier Emirates comes in for a safe landing at Duesseldorf International Airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, 18 January 2018. The German Meteorological Service (DWD) has issued severe weather warnings due to strong winds. DWD warns that storm ‘Friederike’ is predicted to be in full effect on 18 January bringing gale-force winds along with it.

While you were sleeping: 19 January 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: The Pretoria High Court has ordered the Ekurhuleni municipality to build homes for over 130 households that have been waiting since 2000. Archive photo: Julia Chaskalson

GroundUp: Scathing judgment against Ekurhuleni municipality for 17-year housing delay

By GroundUp
Photo: Grade 00 students partake in early childhood development activities at Khayelitsha’s first private school for girls, Molo Mhlaba, situated in Harare centre on Thursday 18 January 2018. Photo: Hlumela Dyantyi

Molo Mhlaba: The Khayelitsha school daring to be different

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Gauteng department of health deputy director of mental health Hanna Jacobus appeared at the Life Esidimeni arbitration on Thursday, 18 January 2018. (Greg Nicolson)

Life Esidimeni: The weight of 143 bodies – yet no real remorse from those responsible

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Some protesters arrived with tyres as the demonstration outside Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging continued for a second day.

GroundUp: Police vehicle petrol-bombed in Hoërskool Overvaal protests

By GroundUp
Photo: Piyoosh Goyal, right.

amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Meet the money launderers

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Union Minister Kapil Sibal and Congress candidate from Chandini Chowk Delhi flashes the victory sign as he arrives to file his nominations for the upcoming parliamentary elections in New Delhi, India, 20 March 2014.  EPA/STR

amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Indian politician’s deal with Gupta partner

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo by www.ctp.org.uk.

amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Liverpool company owns 49% of Indian firm implicated in kickback scheme

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Gauteng department of health deputy director of mental health Hannah Jacobus appeared at the Life Esidimeni arbitration on Thursday. Greg Nicolson

Life Esidimeni: Official throws Dr Manamela under the bus

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille addresses a media conference on Thursday, 18 January, 2018. “The people still abusing and wasting water seem to have it in their minds that Day Zero just can’t happen... This is not the case.” Photo: Leila Dougan

De Lille announces new emergency water rations: 'We have reached a point of no return'

By Marelise van der Merwe

Former Trump Campaign Manager and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (L) leaves the building after he testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Washington, DC, USA, 16 January 2018. Bannon refused to answer questions from the committee and was served on the spot with a subpoena.

While you were sleeping: 18 January 2018

By John Stupart
File Photo: General view of buildings in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly.

Joburg Housing: ANC councillor held for illegal sale of City-owned property, alleged hijackers appear in court

By Nkateko Mabasa
Photo: Kouga Dam (Source: Department of Water Affairs)

Eastern Cape Drought: Rapidly overtaking the Cape Town crisis

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Newly elected ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule at the ANC’s December 2017 National Conference. Photo: Leila Dougan/Chronicle

Critics claim new ANC SG Magashule wants to cement control in Free State before moving to Luthuli House

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: The distribution of police is highly unequal. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Here’s how unfairly police are distributed

By GroundUp
Photo: EFF members protested outside Hoërskool Overvaal over it being an Afrikaans-only school.

GroundUp: In photos – protests and violence at Afrikaans high school in Gauteng

By GroundUp
Street Talk

Street Talk: Gender – who cares? (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: Richard Mdluli (Bongiwe Gumede/foto 24)

Crime Intelligence: Axing Mdluli will allow cops to ‘release state power’ on crime while new Hawks head sought – Mbalula

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Small terracotta figurines depicting US President Donald J. Trump (R) and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un are on display in the workshop of pastoral master craftsmen of San Gregorio Armeno in Naples, southern Italy, 14 December 2017. EPA-EFE/CIRO FUSCO

Foreign Relations: SA fails to respond to US request to downgrade relations with North Korea

Photo: File photo of Richard Mdluli (Sapa)

Analysis: The rise and fall of Richard Mdluli, a man who damaged our society

By Stephen Grootes
Caption: Theewaterskloof Dam, facing the back of the Franschhoek Mountains, July 2014 (wet), versus January 2018 (dry). Pictures: Greg Gordon Allafricapix

#CapeWaterGate: As fake news flows, real photos show drought’s effect on dams

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: A screen grab of the programme, SABC 3 Real Talk with Anele, which hosted Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

SABC confirms payment from Department of Social Development for Bathabile Dlamini interview 'not normal'

By Marianne Thamm
File Photo: Students from Wits University demonstrate on campus during a fourth week of clashes with police forces during protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, 10 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Tertiary students unhappy with conditions attached to free higher education

Photo: A screen grab of  the programme,  SABC 3 Real Talk with Anele, which hosted Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

Social Development has allegedly paid SABC R500,000 to interview Bathabile Dlamini – but no one's talking

By Marianne Thamm
File Photo (2011): Cape Town city at night. Photo: Martie Swart/(Flickr)

Cape Town Mafia – investigative officer rushed to hospital with chest pains

By Marianne Thamm