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The Weekend Wrap

The Budget and the R150bn windfall; when ANC allies killed their own Mandela in Navalny; and how Swedish music took over the world.

The SA Reserve Bank will fork out great gobs of dosh and put them in the pocket of the Treasury, or to put it another way, the taxpayer: R100bn this next year and two tranches of R25bn after that.

By Tim Cohen

Alexei Navalny was a political leader who transcended his political roots and graduated into possibly the closest follower of the example that Nelson Mandela set during his fight for freedom and decades in jail. Navalny is now dead, killed by the very friends of the party that claims Mandela as its lasting icon, in a textbook example of true betrayal.

By Branko Brkic

The ConCourt decision to reject the ANC’s bid to overturn an order for it to hand over all records of its cadre deployment committee is a victory for openness and transparency. But the ANC’s formal cadre deployment policy is only the tip of the iceberg.

By Pierre de Vos

On Monday, 19 February, Cape Town woke to a nauseating stench and the horror of long-distance, live animal translocation. Nearly 20,000 cattle standing and lying in a sea of their own excrement were in a huge ship docked in the harbour. We lift the veil on a shocking industry that violates Halaal.

By Don Pinnock

Animal transport ships, from top: Al Shuwaikh. (Photo: Animal Welfare Foundation) | Mariona Star. (Photo: Animal Welfare Foundation) | Jawan with stability problems. (Photo: Animal Welfare Foundation) | Yosor. (Photo: Animal Welfare Foundation)

Pola Maneli explains what made his cover art for ‘The New Yorker’ so special and memorable.

By Estelle Ellis

A racialised controversy emerged around the sultry ‘brown’ singer Tyla after her Grammy award-winning song ‘Water’. Tyla’s self-identification as ‘coloured’ on TikTok provoked ‘black’ Americans. Lineage can be a powerful mode of (re)integration into society, a space of recognition. But in the absence of archives, and strong and cohesive families, finding this path back to lineage is a troubled pursuit.

By Darlene Miller

The SA Agulhas II arrived back from Antarctica to clear skies and a jubilant crowd on Tuesday. For the first time in some 65 years of official polar exploration, South Africa also called at both its East Antarctic and Marion Island stations in one voyage.

By Tiara Walters

Education can shape the coming generations into virtuous, informed citizens committed to achieving equality, and can provide our children and grandchildren with pathways to solving political and societal problems we ourselves are unable to resolve.

By Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

The Augrabies Falls National Park is a stony, otherworldly place. When the Orange River is in full flood, the unrelenting roar of the falls can be heard kilometres away.

By Julienne Du Toit

The recent Super Bowl contested by the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers drew 123.4 million viewers across all platforms. Taylor Swift was on hand to watch boyfriend Travis Kelce and the rest of the Chiefs beat the 49ers 25-22 in overtime.

By Jon Cardinelli

Thirty years ago, having a drink or two every day was thought to be good for your heart — thanks in part to the so-called French paradox. But research now shows that even a little alcohol can up the chance of developing some types of cancer.

By Liesl Pretorius

Oh, the smugness of the Swedes. That faint whiff of being the chosen people; if you could be chosen without recognising the silly notion of a god.But we have to start with Abba, of course.

By Johan Hakelius

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