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21 February 2018 22:46 (South Africa)
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SACP warns against Zuma’s last-ditch efforts to stay in power

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

Photo: SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande (GCIS photo)
Photo: Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba briefs the media ahead of delivering the Budget on 21 February 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

Budget 2018: Not enough money to go around, and especially not for nuclear

By Marianne Merten
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses the media shortly before delivering his budget speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Leila Dougan

Budget 2018: VAT is increased – A first for new SA

By Marianne Merten
Photo:  Home-made guns on display at the South African Police Service's (SAPS) Heritage Services Museum in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa, 09 November 2017. South Africa has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

ISS Today: Budgeting to end violence?

File Photo: Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane (GCIS)

Minister Zwane's no-show at Parliament prompts inquiry

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: South Africa’s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa April 4, 2017. REUTERS/James Oatway.

Newsflash: Malusi Gigaba under shadow on Budget Day as damning judgment emerges

By Rebecca Davis
Photo:  South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma at Tuynhuys on Tuesday night. Photo: @presidencyZA/(Twitter).

Zuma and Ramaphosa: the truth beneath the Cheshire Cat grins

By Carien du Plessis

US actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the European premiere of 'Red Sparrow' at Leicester Square in London, Britain, 19 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 21 February 2018

By John Stupart

Street Talk: Living with the virus (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: Former springbok coach Peter de Villiers. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

SA Rugby: Decoding Divvy and the SARU fog donkeys

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Since the National Lottery Commission first started allocating grants in 2002, sport has received R6 billion, education R2.8bn. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Lottery money – R6bn for sport, only R2.8bn for education

By GroundUp
Photo: Residents had to climb over the fence to Steenvilla, because police blocked the entrances, when an eviction took place in November. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Crime mars Cape Town’s largest social housing project

By GroundUp
Photo: Former South African President Jacob Zuma, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Brazilian President Michel Temer attend a BRICS Business Council and Signing ceremony, at the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, 04 September 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/Kenzaburo Fukuhara /POOL

Op-Ed: SA’s foreign policy – towards greater strategic partnerships post-Zuma

Photo: Then South African president-elect Jacob Zuma walks with South African President Kgalema Motlanthe outside parliament after Zuma was formally elected the country's next President in Cape Town, May 6, 2009.  REUTERS/Nic Bothma

SAPS Clean-Up: Scopa hears of ‘millions’ mooted as IPID flushes out the mess of the Mangaung ‘Shadow State’

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: A worker walks past stacks of sugar at Tongaat Hulett factory in Triangle, over 400kms south of Harare, Zimbabwe, 09 February 2018. The company, which is South African owned, produces 220,000 tons of sugar annually of which 70% is for local consumption and 30% exported. The company's sugarcane is currently being planted on 29,000 hectares and 17,000 is being held by small-scale growers. Photo: EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Op-Ed: Sugar and poultry industries could boost Ramaphosa’s jobs drive

By Francois Baird
Photo: Malusi Gigaba, then Home Affairs minister. Photo: Reuters

Budget 2018: High expectations of Ramaphosa’s administration may be taxing for ordinary South Africans

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa replies to the debate on the State of the Nation Address in Parliament, 20 February 2018. Photo: GCIS

SONA 2018: Ramaphosa charm offensive extends to land expropriation, unemployment and that ‘reshuffle’

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A method for detecting listeriosis in food products in Chile. Photo: Flickr

Listeriosis: Crisis as death toll rises


Reporter’s Notebook: Walking with the President

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Western Cape Provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer seen testifying on Tuesday, 1 April 2014, the last day of phase one of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into alleged police inefficiency in the area. The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille after complaints of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

Analysis: The corrosive effect of corruption – court convicts former Provincial Commissioner, Arno Lamoer

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Then South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing, China, 14 July 2015. Photo: EPA/NG HAN GUAN / POOL

Analysis: Ramaphosa’s China Conundrum – to kowtow or hit back?

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Former SA president Jacob Zuma confers with the former State Security Minister David Mahlobo at the ANC Policy Conference, 1 July 2017, Nasrec, Johannesburg.

Op-Ed: What Ramaphosa needs to do to fix state spying, Part 2 – mass and tactical surveillance

By Jane Duncan
Photo: An Airlink plane (Wikimedia Commons)

Competition Commission: Black entrepreneur dared to challenge Airlink’s monopoly to Mthatha – then she was booted out

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Sigidi in Mgungundlovu. Photo: Thembela Ntongana

GroundUp: Battle over mining rights in remote Eastern Cape villages

By GroundUp
Photo:A South African girl reads on her bed at the Cravenby Care Centre in Parow, South Africa, 19 July 2007. The centre, also know as a safe house, supports 52 abused women and children, HIV/Aids victims, drug and alcohol addicts as well as abandoned children and exists entirely on donor funding. Photo: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Health-e News: When love hurts and there’s no money to help

Photo: People build shacks on City-owned land in Philippi. (Photo: Vincent Lali)

GroundUp: Philippi land occupiers describe desperation

By GroundUp
AnnMarie Wolpe

GroundUp: AnnMarie Wolpe was a pioneer in gender and education

By GroundUp
Photo: Global Action Nepal

Letter to the Editor: Early childhood development centres cannot be a substitute for quality family engagement

By Daily Maverick

Scorpio: Gupta Inc – It’s game on as fightback begins

Photo: Two same-sex cake figures are seen in the first civil wedding ceremony between two men in Berlin, Germany, 01 October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA

Op-Ed: It is time to secularise marriage in South Africa

By James Lotter