Pierre De Vos: OPINIONISTA: A guide to what happens after the election results are announced

Pierre De Vos: OPINIONISTA: A guide to what happens after the election results are announced

After weeks in which politicians have been swarming across South Africa to canvass for votes - often making promises they know they cannot keep - the...

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Markets don't care about elections. Or do they?

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Markets don't care about elections. Or do they?

Like the election itself, South Africa's markets are in a quandary. The economy is in a poor state, but SA's stock markets are verging on record...

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Trusts under BEE scrutiny in yet another dramatic policy shift

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Trusts under BEE scrutiny in yet another dramatic policy shift

One thing certain about SA's business and economic environment is uncertainty. Targets or policies seemingly set in stone are suddenly not worth the paper they were...

BUSINESS MAVERICK: SARS pencils in an extra R10bn in tobacco excise revenue after clamping down on illicit industry

BUSINESS MAVERICK: SARS pencils in an extra R10bn in tobacco excise revenue after clamping down on illicit industry

One of the most obvious pieces of low-hanging tax fruit is the illicit tobacco industry, which was a big topic at the Hefer Commission. The good...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 192: Evita celebrates a birthday (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 192: Evita celebrates a birthday (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

Business Maverick: The spectre of stagflation is haunting South Africa and the alternative is also scary

Business Maverick: The spectre of stagflation is haunting South Africa and the alternative is also scary

South Africa's economy does not have a lot in its favour at the moment. Relatively moderate inflation in recent years has been one of the few...

ESKOM WOES, continued: Bring urgently needed skills and new capacity, enable independent power generation - Anton Eberhard

ESKOM WOES, continued: Bring urgently needed skills and new capacity, enable independent power generation - Anton Eberhard

Eskom chairman Jabu Mabuza told journalists on Wednesday that Eskom would have a R250bn shortfall over the next three years and even the thumping R69bn capital...

BUSINESS MAVERICK: How are SA's new stock exchanges doing?

BUSINESS MAVERICK: How are SA's new stock exchanges doing?

South Africa's new stock exchanges are reporting they are making great strides in their very short history, yet an argument still exists about whether they will...

BUSINESS MAVERICK ANALYSIS: Born free, taxed to death

BUSINESS MAVERICK ANALYSIS: Born free, taxed to death

Tax rates have become a hot topic recently because of scandals surrounding former Head of South African Revenue Services Tom Moyane and suggestions of an imminent...

EDWARD KIESWETTER INTERVIEW: New SARS boss: ‘I hope to reignite that flame of hope from the flicker of despair’

EDWARD KIESWETTER INTERVIEW: New SARS boss: ‘I hope to reignite that flame of hope from the flicker of despair’

Edward Kieswetter walked into a strike on his first day in office on Monday, April 1. In an interview, he says his three priorities will be...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 188: Evita exposes the April Fools (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 188: Evita exposes the April Fools (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

POLL PICKS RAMAPHOSA: ANC 61%, DA 18%, EFF 10% - Ipsos poll

POLL PICKS RAMAPHOSA: ANC 61%, DA 18%, EFF 10% - Ipsos poll

An Ipsos poll indicates that the EFF could be the official opposition in three provinces, that the DA is unlikely to take three provinces, and that...

Pieter-Dirk Uys: OPINIONISTA: To be or Not to be: The theatrical writing (or rioting) is on the wall

Pieter-Dirk Uys: OPINIONISTA: To be or Not to be: The theatrical writing (or rioting) is on the wall

In the 2019 Budget speech, the creation of a South African National Theatre was mooted. But is it a step in the right direction? Many citizens...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 183: Evita’s Leap Year Anniversary (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 183: Evita’s Leap Year Anniversary (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

Zapiro: SOE Plan

Zapiro: SOE Plan

ANALYSIS: It is perfectly legitimate to scrutinise Ramaphosa's business buddies during his presidency - here's why

ANALYSIS: It is perfectly legitimate to scrutinise Ramaphosa's business buddies during his presidency - here's why

Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe took the unusual step last week of calling a press conference to deny rumours that he would benefit in any way from...

BUDGET2019: Hard reality check for Eskom, public wage bill and no love for taxpayers

BUDGET2019: Hard reality check for Eskom, public wage bill and no love for taxpayers

In a hard-hitting Budget that bluntly put a daily R1-billion price tag on borrowing costs, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni pulled off a political juggling act "in...

Eskom powered by budget bailout

Eskom powered by budget bailout

A R23 billion bailout for Eskom this year will add to government’s spending burden and a rising budget shortfall.

Zapiro: Budget 2019

Zapiro: Budget 2019

Zapiro: Big Talk

Zapiro: Big Talk

Zapiro: Lost Generation

Zapiro: Lost Generation

ANALYSIS: The politics of Load Shedding: The worst may be yet to come

ANALYSIS: The politics of Load Shedding: The worst may be yet to come

On Sunday afternoon, South Africa was hit by the first round of load shedding for 2019. On Monday afternoon, Eskom implemented what's called "Stage Four" load...

EDITORIAL: Eskom -- the terrorist attack from within

EDITORIAL: Eskom -- the terrorist attack from within

The battle for Eskom is the battle for South Africa.

OP-ED: Unbundling Eskom -- the good, the bad and the ugly

OP-ED: Unbundling Eskom -- the good, the bad and the ugly

Now that President Ramaphosa has announced a decision to unbundle Eskom into three separate state-owned entities -- Generation, Transmission and Distribution -- it is a good...

The Interview: Eskom CFO Calib Cassim: 'If we go down, we bring down the sovereign and the economy’

The Interview: Eskom CFO Calib Cassim: 'If we go down, we bring down the sovereign and the economy’

Considering its importance to the South African economy, many people are deeply concerned about Eskom's financial status as a going concern. EE Publishers put Eskom's new...

Lights dim as Moody’s responds to SONA

Lights dim as Moody’s responds to SONA

The ratings agency welcomed splitting Eskom into three but said measures had to be taken to stabilise its financial health on a sustainable basis.

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 181: Evita’s nation in a better state (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 181: Evita’s nation in a better state (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

SONA 2019: Details, Promises, Thuma Mina 2.0 - an election speech designed to lift SA’s spirits

SONA 2019: Details, Promises, Thuma Mina 2.0 - an election speech designed to lift SA’s spirits

Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address hit all the right notes: from restructuring Eskom to removing the biggest risk to the economy - the quantum of...

Eskom Bonds Are Trading Like There’s a Rescue Plan Already

Eskom Bonds Are Trading Like There’s a Rescue Plan Already

There's been enough bad news about South Africa's state-owned electricity company in recent months to rattle the hardiest bond investor. Or so you'd think.

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 180: Evita highlights her pre-SONA Report (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 180: Evita highlights her pre-SONA Report (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

SassaGate: High Court ruling on Sassa grants sees Net1 US market value plunge

SassaGate: High Court ruling on Sassa grants sees Net1 US market value plunge

A ruling by the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday, reversing a portion of an interim November 2018 ruling that the South Africa Social Security Agency...

Dirk De Vos: It is time to dump BB-BEE

Dirk De Vos: It is time to dump BB-BEE

Sometimes it takes a lot of experience, heartache and destruction for a general realisation that a given policy or ideology simply does not work.

Public Investment Corporation Inquiry: CEO Dan Matjila’s friendship with Survé behind bad PIC investments, claims suspended staffer

Public Investment Corporation Inquiry: CEO Dan Matjila’s friendship with Survé behind bad PIC investments, claims suspended staffer

A suspended PIC employee has broken open the inquiry into the state asset manager with allegations former CEO Dan Matjila backed his friend Iqbal Survé's bad...

Zapiro: Next Round

Zapiro: Next Round

SA ranks 73rd in global corruption survey

SA ranks 73rd in global corruption survey

South Africa ranked 73 rd out of 180 countries that participated in a Transparency International (TI) survey - which ranks participating countries according to their perceived...

Analysis: The ANC's future wars will be fought on Twitter

Analysis: The ANC's future wars will be fought on Twitter

Imagine, for a moment, a democracy of more than 50 million people in which members of the governing party routinely attack one another and appear to...

Op-Ed: Section 25 amendments will not result in absolute disregard of the property law framework in SA

Op-Ed: Section 25 amendments will not result in absolute disregard of the property law framework in SA

Do the imminent amendments to section 25 of the Constitution necessitate a change in the property law paradigm in South Africa - is there reason to...

Explainer: Eskom, State Capture and a plan to keep the lights on

Explainer: Eskom, State Capture and a plan to keep the lights on

Daily Maverick takes a look what's at stake amid all the Davos talk of renewal, credible turnaround strategies and growth.

Zapiro: Bosasa

Zapiro: Bosasa

OP-ED: Africa brims with opportunity despite enduring risks

OP-ED: Africa brims with opportunity despite enduring risks

At the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos this week, there are several sessions on Africa and the developing world in general where this report is...

Zapiro: #10YearChallenge

Zapiro: #10YearChallenge

Public Investment Corporation Inquiry: We saw no impropriety -- PIC executives

Public Investment Corporation Inquiry: We saw no impropriety -- PIC executives

The Public Investment Corporation inquiry kicked off with two executives saying they witnessed no legal breaches -- or employees acting for their own personal benefit.

Analysis: Agrizzi's Bosasa corruption testimony - an opportunity for real change in South Africa's politics

Analysis: Agrizzi's Bosasa corruption testimony - an opportunity for real change in South Africa's politics

Will the Bosasa's Angelo Agrizzi testimony at the Zondo Commission change the balance of power in the ANC and could it have an impact on the...

ANALYSIS: When law-making falters even on legacy legislation such as the National Minimum Wage

ANALYSIS: When law-making falters even on legacy legislation such as the National Minimum Wage

Four months after Parliament passed the National Minimum Wage Bill - it was signed into law by the President in late November 2018 to be effective...

ANC vs ANC: Ramaphosa and Magashule contradict each other on Reserve Bank nationalisation

ANC vs ANC: Ramaphosa and Magashule contradict each other on Reserve Bank nationalisation

On the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, President Cyril Ramaphosa directly contradicted his party's secretary-general, Ace Magashule, on the ANC's election...

Zapiro: Light Brigade

Zapiro: Light Brigade

Professor Balthazar: Shamila Batohi bears the weight of bringing accountability back to the land

Professor Balthazar: Shamila Batohi bears the weight of bringing accountability back to the land

This promises to be an important year for the legal system and in some cases will call for out-of-the-box thinking.

ANALYSIS: After the ANC manifesto, it's the turn of the DA and EFF to show their hand

ANALYSIS: After the ANC manifesto, it's the turn of the DA and EFF to show their hand

Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the ANC's election manifesto, it's time for the opposition parties, particularly the Democratic Alliance and the Economic...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 177: Evita exposes multi-parties for Africa (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 177: Evita exposes multi-parties for Africa (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

ANALYSIS: ANC 2019 Manifesto - staking out the Middle Ground

ANALYSIS: ANC 2019 Manifesto - staking out the Middle Ground

The launch of the ANC's election manifesto is a moment to examine several aspects of our society. The party, still, has the biggest network of people...

Zapiro: Dirty Manyi

Zapiro: Dirty Manyi

OP-ED: Forget the poverty trap - it's the wealth trap we need to break

OP-ED: Forget the poverty trap - it's the wealth trap we need to break

A bold new approach to university admissions could be a game-changer.

Rate hike unlikely - for now

Rate hike unlikely - for now

Investec says rates are likely to remain unchanged for the first half of the year unless there’s a further ratings downgrade.

Newsdeck: Enough space in universities and TVETs to take in all matriculants, says Naledi Pandor

Newsdeck: Enough space in universities and TVETs to take in all matriculants, says Naledi Pandor

In its second year, the free education programme promised to students, and to be phased in over five years, has quelled the #FeesMustFall movement and since...

#ANC107 BIRTHDAY BASH: With Zuma at his heel, Ramaphosa invokes ANC unity and renewal through heavy symbolism

#ANC107 BIRTHDAY BASH: With Zuma at his heel, Ramaphosa invokes ANC unity and renewal through heavy symbolism

The ANC message on Tuesday was 'unity in action'. And President Cyril Ramaphosa did his presidential thing with his predecessor in both party and government, Jacob...

amaBhungane: The banker bros who bankrupted Mozambique

amaBhungane: The banker bros who bankrupted Mozambique

In December 2018, the US Department of Justice indicted three former Credit Suisse bankers for their role in bringing Mozambique's economy to its knees. State-owned entities...

ANALYSIS: In South Africa, true political dynamite still doesn't come in small packages

ANALYSIS: In South Africa, true political dynamite still doesn't come in small packages

For obvious reasons, most of the reporting on our political drama appears to focus on the three major parties, the ANC, the DA and the EFF....

Life's a b(l)each at Clifton, Cape Town

Life's a b(l)each at Clifton, Cape Town

I saw this paranoia as a child. Durban of the early 1970s. We would watch white boys and girls playing on trampolines. Indian waiters, suitably servile,...

OP-ED: Eskom: For experts in energy, it's hopelessly grim, open-ended Groundhog Day

OP-ED: Eskom: For experts in energy, it's hopelessly grim, open-ended Groundhog Day

It is now well past time to stop fooling ourselves that Eskom's problems and its indebtedness can be traded out. The focus should be on managing...

OP-ED: May 2019 elections: What is the price of an ANC electoral victory?

OP-ED: May 2019 elections: What is the price of an ANC electoral victory?

All the leading parties appear in a weaker state than in previous years, with only four months before elections. The ANC is plagued by disunity. But...

OP-ED: South Africa needs to change its economic status by reskilling the entire adult population

OP-ED: South Africa needs to change its economic status by reskilling the entire adult population

South Africa faces another year with no signs that it is able to solve its massive social and economic problems. We have been promised a new...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 176: Evita cries iKhekhe!

Evita's free speech: Ep. 176: Evita cries iKhekhe!

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

Analysis: The politics of 2019 - sharp, divisive, dangerous

Analysis: The politics of 2019 - sharp, divisive, dangerous

It has long been predicted that 2019 would be an important year in South Africa's political history. A series of different political dynamics are bound to...

GROUNDUP: Questions and answers about the National Minimum Wage

GROUNDUP: Questions and answers about the National Minimum Wage

This is what every employer and employee needs to know.

FACT CHECK: Are Richard's Bay coal exports the cause of SA's current power crisis?

FACT CHECK: Are Richard's Bay coal exports the cause of SA's current power crisis?

A message circulating like wildfire on social media claims that Chinese ships are currently waiting to be loaded with millions of tons of coal in Richard's...

OP-ED: Alex Boraine, a prince of peace

OP-ED: Alex Boraine, a prince of peace

A major legacy of Alex Boraine's life is the pushback it provides in effectively repelling a view too fashionable in some circles. It is about the...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 172: Evita dreams of a Black’t-out Xmas (Video)

Evita's free speech: Ep. 172: Evita dreams of a Black’t-out Xmas (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

Brij Maharaj: A sardonic sneak preview of 2019

Brij Maharaj: A sardonic sneak preview of 2019

As the old year ends, and the new beckons, prognostic diagnosis about the future is inevitable as well as candid reflections about the past, and smart-alec...

Labour: National minimum wage on the way, a major step in tackling inequality

Labour: National minimum wage on the way, a major step in tackling inequality

On Friday President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national minimum wage would kick in from 1 January. It's a huge victory for workers but only a first...

PARLIAMENT: Scopa demands answers on Steinhoff, VBS and PIC's other troubled investments

PARLIAMENT: Scopa demands answers on Steinhoff, VBS and PIC's other troubled investments

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is rid of two executives and has moved to debar them for having failed to inform it of the looting at...

Zapiro: Recycled

Zapiro: Recycled

New Prosecutions Boss: Shamila Batohi tasked with fighting factionalism and putting out fires in the NPA

New Prosecutions Boss: Shamila Batohi tasked with fighting factionalism and putting out fires in the NPA

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday appointed Advocate Shamila Batohi to head the NPA, the first woman to lead the institution. Her first task will be to...

Pierre De Vos: Why Communications Minister is legally obliged to respect SABC's independence and work with its board

Pierre De Vos: Why Communications Minister is legally obliged to respect SABC's independence and work with its board

The SABC and its board have again been plunged into turmoil after the new Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, clashed with the board over plans to...

Analysis: SABC showdown: Board resignations follow clash with new Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams - but common ground can still be found

Analysis: SABC showdown: Board resignations follow clash with new Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams - but common ground can still be found

There is a lot of heat and history in the kitchen where the SABC board and new Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, must meet in order...

Money matters: Mazzotti: It's Mrs Malema's property and she pays rent

Money matters: Mazzotti: It's Mrs Malema's property and she pays rent

But growing revelations make clear how the EFF aligns its politics with its money flows.

The recession is over

The recession is over

A strong rebound in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors offset a plunge in mining output.

Kgomoco Diseko: NET1 Financial inclusion: A Trojan Horse milking the poor

Kgomoco Diseko: NET1 Financial inclusion: A Trojan Horse milking the poor

Financial inclusion sounds like a remedy for the discrimination the poor have suffered for decades, but thousands of social grant beneficiaries taking up tempting products have...

Nuclear Energy: Jeff Radebe challenges Necsa board over proper governance

Nuclear Energy: Jeff Radebe challenges Necsa board over proper governance

Independent reports are being received by EE Publishers that energy minister Jeff Radebe has asked the Necsa board to provide reasons why it should not be...

Parliamentary Notebook: Expropriation without compensation set to pass next hurdle, but there's a long road ahead

Parliamentary Notebook: Expropriation without compensation set to pass next hurdle, but there's a long road ahead

Land expropriation without compensation is set to pass its second parliamentary hurdle today when the National Assembly debates and votes on the joint constitutional review committee...

Harvey Tyson, 1928 - 2018: 'Unsinkable' editor who always took his job seriously, but never himself

Harvey Tyson, 1928 - 2018: 'Unsinkable' editor who always took his job seriously, but never himself

South African newspapersman Harvey Tyson died on Friday, 30 November 2018, aged 90.

Zapiro: EFF Incendiary

Zapiro: EFF Incendiary

Gordhan vs Malema: Gordhan calls a halt to racist attacks, threats to family, lays charges against Malema and Shivambu

Gordhan vs Malema: Gordhan calls a halt to racist attacks, threats to family, lays charges against Malema and Shivambu

After a two-day protest by the Economic Freedom Fighters outside of the Zondo Commission while he was testifying, Pravin Gordhan fights back against Julius Malema and...

Days of Zondo: Late-afternoon jabs unravel Mzwanele Manyi's self-serving show

Days of Zondo: Late-afternoon jabs unravel Mzwanele Manyi's self-serving show

Alone in the ring, Mzwanele Manyi seemed like a star. The former media mogul and government spin doctor had the stage all to himself for three...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 170: Evita proves fake news in the twittersphere (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 170: Evita proves fake news in the twittersphere (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

HEALTH-E NEWS: Health-E: Litigation is in the air in Mpumalanga

HEALTH-E NEWS: Health-E: Litigation is in the air in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga's filthy air is likely to be the subject of court action, as environmental groups have grown tired of government giving Eskom's coal-fired power stations free...

Auditor-General Report: No consequences for 98% of misuse of public money in SA

Auditor-General Report: No consequences for 98% of misuse of public money in SA

Who would want to audit South Africa's public finances? Dealing with intransigent state officials, chasing up 'missing' documentation, sometimes being physically threatened - work at the...

Zapiro: Join the Dots

Zapiro: Join the Dots

Days of Zondo: Politics of distraction at play as EFF drowns out Gordhan's testimony

Days of Zondo: Politics of distraction at play as EFF drowns out Gordhan's testimony

Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan says that the fight against corruption is being hamstrung by the politics of disruption. This week, those politics came to...

ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS: Trade misinvoicing costs South Africa $7.4bn in tax a year

ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS: Trade misinvoicing costs South Africa $7.4bn in tax a year

While SARS is scrambling to meet collection targets, a new report estimates the country lost $37-billion in revenue to trade misinvoicing in five years. Trade misinvoicing...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 169: Evita insists - Equality starts at home (Video)

Evita's free speech: Ep. 169: Evita insists - Equality starts at home (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

Days of Zondo: Gordhan, Malema and evidence about Zuma will make for a potent week at State Capture probe

Days of Zondo: Gordhan, Malema and evidence about Zuma will make for a potent week at State Capture probe

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday is likely to be the most politically contested. Gordhan...

Zapiro: Pravin Delayed

Zapiro: Pravin Delayed

Newsflash: Malusi Gigaba resigns 'for the sake of our country'

Newsflash: Malusi Gigaba resigns 'for the sake of our country'

Malusi Gigaba resigned as Home Affairs minister on Tuesday afternoon. The presidency confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa had accepted the resignation.

Days of Zondo: Barbara Hogan: Despite warnings, Gama was Zuma's choice for Transnet from the word go

Days of Zondo: Barbara Hogan: Despite warnings, Gama was Zuma's choice for Transnet from the word go

Former President Jacob Zuma was dead-set on Siyabonga Gama getting the job of Transnet Group CEO and ignored warnings from former Public Enterprises minister, Barbara Hogan...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 168: Evita proves service is deliverable (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 168: Evita proves service is deliverable (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

AMABHUNGANE: Guptas 'tried to use front' to extract Sahara assets

AMABHUNGANE: Guptas 'tried to use front' to extract Sahara assets

Nearly R20-million in Gupta-linked cash appears to be in limbo and may be forfeited to the state following a failed attempt to 'purchase' two aircraft owned...

ANALYSIS: ANC NEC's major indecision and authority problem

ANALYSIS: ANC NEC's major indecision and authority problem

On Saturday the ANC's national executive committee met, and once again was confronted with a number of issues that threaten the balance of power in the...

Evita's Free Speech: Ep. 167: Evita proves that Albert Einstein lives next door (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep. 167: Evita proves that Albert Einstein lives next door (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

Wayne Duvenage: Tax non-compliance and e-toll revolt is government-induced

Wayne Duvenage: Tax non-compliance and e-toll revolt is government-induced

Far too often government has displayed a flippant or nonchalant attitude towards the need for sound and rational policy-making, believing that citizens must simply accept and...

ANALYSIS: After a week of horror, Gigaba needs to rope-a-dope for survival

ANALYSIS: After a week of horror, Gigaba needs to rope-a-dope for survival

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's horror week just got even worse on Thursday: his bid to overturn a finding that he had lied under oath ended...

Pierre De Vos: On the many ways those implicated in corruption defend themselves without ever denying the accusations against them

Pierre De Vos: On the many ways those implicated in corruption defend themselves without ever denying the accusations against them

One of the most telling signs that a person implicated in wrongdoing is guilty of the wrongdoing, is when that individual fails to deny the specific...

Job Stats: Unemployment rise adds to Ramaphosa’s economic woes

Job Stats: Unemployment rise adds to Ramaphosa’s economic woes

Unemployment has risen for the second consecutive quarter, announced Stats SA on Tuesday. The official rate jumped to 27.5% and the expanded rate rose to 37.3%...

Joburg Crime Stats: Give the City of Johannesburg prosecuting powers and prisons, says Mayor Mashaba

Joburg Crime Stats: Give the City of Johannesburg prosecuting powers and prisons, says Mayor Mashaba

In an announcement of the City of Johannesburg's crime statistics for September 2018, Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba lambasted the National Prosecuting Authority for its 10% prosecution...

The curse and cost of State Capture: Nedbank gives KPMG the chop

The curse and cost of State Capture: Nedbank gives KPMG the chop

The shadow cast over global accounting giant KPMG grew a little longer on Monday when Nedbank Group Limited and Nedbank Limited announced that KPMG would be...

Mzukisi Qobo: What did the investment conference deliver?

Mzukisi Qobo: What did the investment conference deliver?

There is much to be excited about in Cyril Ramaphosa's pragmatic push for new investments in South Africa while also being determined to tackle socio-economic challenges...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 166: Evita & the bare cupboard (Video)

Evita's free speech: Ep. 166: Evita & the bare cupboard (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 166.

OP-ED: 2018 MTBPS - idling at a crossroads

OP-ED: 2018 MTBPS - idling at a crossroads

This mini-budget fails to adequately meet the needs of the 64.2% or about 30 million South Africans who live below the poverty line. For these households,...

OP-ED: Tito's Tough Choices

OP-ED: Tito's Tough Choices

Unsurprisingly, with an election coming up, Tito Mboweni has largely avoided the tough policy choices that government needs to make - and not just politically fudge...

MID-TERM BUDGET ANALYSIS: Mr Hard-edged Honesty Mboweni offers mostly blood, toil, sweat and tears. Did we mention Honesty?

MID-TERM BUDGET ANALYSIS: Mr Hard-edged Honesty Mboweni offers mostly blood, toil, sweat and tears. Did we mention Honesty?

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni wore the wrong suit for his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in a sweltering Cape Town. But that MTBPS he delivered...

DAVOS IN THE DESERT: As Saudi investment conference kicks off, SA maintains ambiguous stance on Saudi relations

DAVOS IN THE DESERT: As Saudi investment conference kicks off, SA maintains ambiguous stance on Saudi relations

Tuesday saw the opening of Saudi Arabia's much-touted Future Investment Initiative, dubbed 'Davos in the desert', amid an exodus of senior business leaders and politicians following...

Zapiro: Marshalling Tito

Zapiro: Marshalling Tito

Tito searches for the best of times in the worst of times

Tito searches for the best of times in the worst of times

The finance minister said the economy was at a crossroads as he cut this year’s growth forecast and raised the projected budget deficit.

Parliamentary Monitoring Group: The Week: Mini-budget, Debates and Hearings top the agenda

Parliamentary Monitoring Group: The Week: Mini-budget, Debates and Hearings top the agenda

An eclectic week of parliamentary action beckons in the main chambers and Committee corridor, with all eyes on the new Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, when...

Climate Change: The lack of political will: The biggest hurdle to averting climate disaster

Climate Change: The lack of political will: The biggest hurdle to averting climate disaster

Scientists released a report on global climate change this October that comes with the starkest warning yet: We have just 12 years to make radical changes...

Notes from the House: Is the award-winning Competition Commission starting to smell bad?

Notes from the House: Is the award-winning Competition Commission starting to smell bad?

Democratic Alliance fears that if the Competition Amendment Bill becomes law the Competitions Commission would gain considerable scope to intervene in market structures.

ANALYSIS: Ace Magashule's unstoppable oncoming train, now a few metres closer

ANALYSIS: Ace Magashule's unstoppable oncoming train, now a few metres closer

After all of the fire and fury around the Economic Freedom Fighters and the VBS Bank scandal, which should in all honesty be called the VBS/ANC/EFF...

Scorpio: The great R497m Telkom/SAPS switcheroo

Scorpio: The great R497m Telkom/SAPS switcheroo

The opaque and apparently convoluted nature of a R497-million renewable contract between Telkom/BCX, 41% owned by government, and SAPS for a centralised ICT smart operating centre...

Bonang Mohale: Stimulus commitments are welcome, but delivery must be pulled forward

Bonang Mohale: Stimulus commitments are welcome, but delivery must be pulled forward

The October 2018 MTBPS is an opportune time for a concerted effort to overcome obstacles to a more inclusive growth path.

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Tito Mboweni comes to Parliament to talk VBS scandal and multiple failures that made it possible

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Tito Mboweni comes to Parliament to talk VBS scandal and multiple failures that made it possible

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Tuesday that it was 'a huge concern' that South Africa was failed by VBS Mutual Bank external auditors - a...

EFF Responds: ‘Pure insanity’, ‘madness’: Floyd Shivambu dismisses VBS claims

EFF Responds: ‘Pure insanity’, ‘madness’: Floyd Shivambu dismisses VBS claims

The EFF has dismissed reports that its deputy Floyd Shivambu and the party received millions as VBS Mutual Bank was systematically looted. Julius Malema questioned why...

OP-ED: What do we want from Bain?

OP-ED: What do we want from Bain?

Watching Bain's testimony to the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into SARS in August left me angry and disappointed. I expressed this to Bain's senior leaders and...

ANALYSIS: As Saudi Arabia's diplomatic crisis worsens, SA remains silent - because of the Denel deal, critics claim

ANALYSIS: As Saudi Arabia's diplomatic crisis worsens, SA remains silent - because of the Denel deal, critics claim

Saudi Arabia may pay a heavy diplomatic and financial price for the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. International criticism of the Saudi government has been...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 164: Evita on Innocence and Guilt (T&Cs apply) (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 164: Evita on Innocence and Guilt (T&Cs apply) (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 164.

The state of public finance: Seven in 10 government departments and entities flout the law and regulations - Auditor-General

The state of public finance: Seven in 10 government departments and entities flout the law and regulations - Auditor-General

Public finances are under scrutiny ahead of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement as Parliament ploughs through annual reports detailing performance and financials of the 2017/18 year....

Marius Oosthuizen: SA path to recovery still in the baby steps phase

Marius Oosthuizen: SA path to recovery still in the baby steps phase

South Africa took a few fiscal punches during Zuma's maladministration nightmare, but the truth is, we dodged a kleptocratic bullet that could have sunk us. However,...

Parliamentary Notebook: Cabinet approves policy switch on digital migration while government looks to cap price of unleaded petrol

Parliamentary Notebook: Cabinet approves policy switch on digital migration while government looks to cap price of unleaded petrol

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was in Parliament again on Thursday, not to be told about that pending decision on an inquiry into her fitness for office,...

ANALYSIS: The politics of having the newest new Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni

ANALYSIS: The politics of having the newest new Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni

On Tuesday afternoon President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that he had accepted the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister, and was appointing Tito Mboweni in his...

Zapiro: Viewing Nene

Zapiro: Viewing Nene

Newsflash: Gupta lieutenant demands business class flight from India to address Parliament

Newsflash: Gupta lieutenant demands business class flight from India to address Parliament

At Parliament's ongoing hearing into how the Gupta family obtained naturalisation, it was revealed that key Gupta lieutenant Ashu Chawla had a special demand for Parliament....

WILD COAST MINING RIGHTS: As tensions rise, government insists there's no decision to grant Australian company the right to mine at Xolobeni

WILD COAST MINING RIGHTS: As tensions rise, government insists there's no decision to grant Australian company the right to mine at Xolobeni

Comments made by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe in a radio interview this week gave credence to the idea that the government intends to grant mining...

JOBS SUMMIT: Ramaphosa and job creation - no easy answers in times of crisis

JOBS SUMMIT: Ramaphosa and job creation - no easy answers in times of crisis

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday that a pact between government, business and labour, announced at the Jobs Summit, will create 275,000 jobs a year. While...

Days of Zondo: Zuma, Mahlobo, Joemat-Petterssson, Nkoana-Mashabane strong-armed Nene into signing secret Russian nuclear deal

Days of Zondo: Zuma, Mahlobo, Joemat-Petterssson, Nkoana-Mashabane strong-armed Nene into signing secret Russian nuclear deal

In 2015, prior to his one-on-one meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, former president Jacob Zuma had placed pressure on the minister of finance Nhlanhla Nene...

GroundUp: Victory for debtors as judges rule that cases must be referred to lower courts

GroundUp: Victory for debtors as judges rule that cases must be referred to lower courts

The Pretoria High Court finds that access to justice is denied when banks drag cases into high courts. By Ciaran Ryan.

Analysis: The talented Mr Gigaba and the impermanence of power

Analysis: The talented Mr Gigaba and the impermanence of power

When power changes hands in a political game, many players end up getting caught up in the fallout. While the centre of gravity goes one way,...

Analysis: Nugent and Zondo inquiries: Where Meandos go to die -- flushing out lies, waffle and BS in State Capture project

Analysis: Nugent and Zondo inquiries: Where Meandos go to die -- flushing out lies, waffle and BS in State Capture project

The terms of reference for the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into SARS and the Zondo Commission into State Capture leave little room for waffle, bullshit or...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 162: Evita celebrates with presents (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 162: Evita celebrates with presents (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 162.

United Nations General Assembly: Space-bound Eddie Ndopu gives Brand South Africa a boost

United Nations General Assembly: Space-bound Eddie Ndopu gives Brand South Africa a boost

Brand South Africa was on fire on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, inviting human rights activist and future space-traveller Edward Ndopu to inspire...

Parliamentary Notebook: Repeat offender SAA is among 11 that failed to make the annual report deadline

Parliamentary Notebook: Repeat offender SAA is among 11 that failed to make the annual report deadline

Eleven government departments and entities missed the statutory deadline to table their 2017/18 annual reports in Parliament. As the midday deadline on Friday approached, the tally...

Days of Zondo: #GuptaLeaks: From cloak and dagger handovers to the Zondo Commission - a hard drive’s journey like no other

Days of Zondo: #GuptaLeaks: From cloak and dagger handovers to the Zondo Commission - a hard drive’s journey like no other

A few good men, some of their friends, round trips to Kenya and London and, eventually, two little hard drives containing the #Guptaleaks were on their...

Eye on Crime (Part 2): Joburg's new hi-tech surveillance cameras: A threat to minorities that could see the law targeting thousands of innocents

Eye on Crime (Part 2): Joburg's new hi-tech surveillance cameras: A threat to minorities that could see the law targeting thousands of innocents

The City of Johannesburg has announced a major upgrade to their existing CCTV camera system - one that they say will use smart technology, such as...

Zapiro: UN Unveiling

Zapiro: UN Unveiling

ANALYSIS: Magashule will fight to the bitter end, Zuma too

ANALYSIS: Magashule will fight to the bitter end, Zuma too

It is now becoming clear that those aligned to ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule and former President Zuma are not going to give up their positions and...

Evitas free speech: Ep. 161: Evita’s message of homecoming & heritage (Video)

Evitas free speech: Ep. 161: Evita’s message of homecoming & heritage (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 161.

Letter to the Editor: State control of healthcare - a sure route to disappointment and destitution

Letter to the Editor: State control of healthcare - a sure route to disappointment and destitution

Instead of wholesale deference to government diktat and control, South Africans should try to find a way to ensure the quality of private medical care is...

PEOPLE'S TRIBUNAL REPORT: Time to tackle apartheid corruption, put an end to democracy-era graft

PEOPLE'S TRIBUNAL REPORT: Time to tackle apartheid corruption, put an end to democracy-era graft

A new report on Thursday said corruption can only be combated if we delve into our dark, debased past. The report fell short on the details,...

THE PLOT OUTPLOTTED?: As internal polls confirm his personal popularity, emboldened Ramaphosa moves to outflank plotters' cabal

THE PLOT OUTPLOTTED?: As internal polls confirm his personal popularity, emboldened Ramaphosa moves to outflank plotters' cabal

Daily Maverick spoke to officials close to President Cyril Ramaphosa and found out why he is not losing sleep over his opponents' plans.

Zapiro: High Court

Zapiro: High Court

DAYS OF Zondo Analysis: In meddling with the banks on behalf of the Guptas, the ANC besmirched its legacy

DAYS OF Zondo Analysis: In meddling with the banks on behalf of the Guptas, the ANC besmirched its legacy

While the head of the ANC's economic transformation committee, Enoch Godongwana, is an affable and friendly man, evidence on Tuesday by former Rand Merchant Bank CEO...

Days of Zondo: We didn't mean to pressurise the banks - Gwede Mantashe

Days of Zondo: We didn't mean to pressurise the banks - Gwede Mantashe

After Standard Bank bombshell revelations, Gwede Mantashe tells Daily Maverick that 'white monopoly capital was not our angle' and reveals how FNB refused to meet with...

Road to 2019: Corruption, still the axis of political evil

Road to 2019: Corruption, still the axis of political evil

Ahead of the elections in 2019, amid claims that the ANC has changed, that the DA is changing, and the Economic Freedom Fighters are still the...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 160: Evita puts on waterwings (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 160: Evita puts on waterwings (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 160.

Zapiro: All Behind Us

Zapiro: All Behind Us

Mmusi Maimane: Seven Steps to defeating this recession

Mmusi Maimane: Seven Steps to defeating this recession

We cannot afford to let this recession persist. We must take these seven bold steps now to get South Africa growing again. Here are seven interventions...

State of police: Crime stats from Hell - brought to you by years of instability, political pliancy and the SAPS's internecine battles

State of police: Crime stats from Hell - brought to you by years of instability, political pliancy and the SAPS's internecine battles

With an official murder rate of 57 South Africans killed every day - and murder is a yardstick for crime generally - Police Minister Bheki Cele...

ANALYSIS: The day Ace become a political Joker

ANALYSIS: The day Ace become a political Joker

On Sunday morning Qaanitah Hunter and Jeff Wicks published apparent proof in the Sunday Times that there is a plan involving former President Jacob Zuma, and...

Evita's free Speeach: Ep. 159: Evita teaches Theresa new steps (Video)

Evita's free Speeach: Ep. 159: Evita teaches Theresa new steps (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 159.

VIDEO: Street Talk: Forget VAT - let's create jobs!

VIDEO: Street Talk: Forget VAT - let's create jobs!

CPUT students and lecturers complain that the increase in VAT hurts the people who are working hardest. The government should be creating JOBS and not just...

Parliament: Markus Jooste joins growing list of Steinhoff senior managers who claim they ‘did not know’ of accounting irregularities

Parliament: Markus Jooste joins growing list of Steinhoff senior managers who claim they ‘did not know’ of accounting irregularities

Markus Jooste, the former Steinhoff CEO, said on Wednesday that he did not know of any accounting, or other, irregularities at the firm. Appearing before a...

Zapiro: Don't Panic

Zapiro: Don't Panic

Zapiro: Parktown

Zapiro: Parktown

Zapiro - Parktown

Fifty days before MTBPS: SA's public finances, a grim reminder of shaky times

Fifty days before MTBPS: SA's public finances, a grim reminder of shaky times

To say South Africa's public finances are in mess would be like putting lipstick on pig. But politics is about spin and making the impossible at...

COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO SARS: For Moyane and Zuma, Bain was a team player

COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO SARS: For Moyane and Zuma, Bain was a team player

A picture is emerging of consulting firm Bain & Co entering SARS with a premeditated goal directed by Tom Moyane and sanctioned by Jacob Zuma.

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 158: Evita’s live-changing experience (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 158: Evita’s live-changing experience (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 158.

OP-ED: A properly implemented NHI can help bridge divides in a fractured country

OP-ED: A properly implemented NHI can help bridge divides in a fractured country

What is the NHI and what does it have in common with land expropriation? Both have the potential to build social solidarity across race, gender and...

Power Plans: Draft energy IRP welcomed, but some doubts remain

Power Plans: Draft energy IRP welcomed, but some doubts remain

The new energy roadmap moves away from the politically-mired, hugely expensive nuclear expansion project but questions arise over coal and a move to renewable energy.

Zapiro: Mendi Bell

Zapiro: Mendi Bell

Ramaphosa’s land reform policy gets backing from British PM Theresa May

Ramaphosa’s land reform policy gets backing from British PM Theresa May

The UK supports President Cyril Ramaphosa's approach to land reform and believes it could potentially unlock further investment opportunities in Africa.

ANALYSIS: Nelson Mandela Bay fight - we'd better get used to chaos & loathing in SA's contested metros

ANALYSIS: Nelson Mandela Bay fight - we'd better get used to chaos & loathing in SA's contested metros

On Monday morning the Economic Freedom Fighters, voting on a motion brought by the United Democratic Movement and supported by the ANC, were able to remove...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 157: Evita gives @POTUS her wet finger (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 157: Evita gives @POTUS her wet finger (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 157.

STORMY TWIT: Donald Trump decides South Africa deserves some attention, finally. Too bad

STORMY TWIT: Donald Trump decides South Africa deserves some attention, finally. Too bad

A Trumpian Twitter storm has finally found South Africa on the map, rather than Ruritania, or that powerhouse of Nambia. Trump draws his inspiration from the...

Commission of Inquiry into SARS, Day 7: A question for Moyane/Makwakwa: Why fix something that was not broken?

Commission of Inquiry into SARS, Day 7: A question for Moyane/Makwakwa: Why fix something that was not broken?

By now we know the fingerprints of former chief operating officer Jonas Makwakwa have been all over the implosion at SARS. The new Bain and Co's...

Commission of Inquiry into SARS, Day Five: SARS was broken while fixing a problem that never existed. It cost R204-million

Commission of Inquiry into SARS, Day Five: SARS was broken while fixing a problem that never existed. It cost R204-million

R204-million. That is the amount taxpayers paid consultancy firm Bain and Co. Its work, in turn, contributed to the breaking down of SARS.

Fear rules SARS, Nugent inquiry hears

Fear rules SARS, Nugent inquiry hears

A climate of fear has engulfed the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to the point that some staff members are afraid to come forward to give...

Evita's free speech. Ep. 156: Evita exposes the Bantu in your closet (Video)

Evita's free speech. Ep. 156: Evita exposes the Bantu in your closet (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 156.

ANALYSIS: As Days of Zondo start, it's the politics of it that matter

ANALYSIS: As Days of Zondo start, it's the politics of it that matter

The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture got underway this week. It is obvious that it will be some time before this commission makes any...

ANALYSIS: Transnet's looters on the ropes - but criminal charges need to follow swiftly

ANALYSIS: Transnet's looters on the ropes - but criminal charges need to follow swiftly

Hawks boss Godfrey Lebeya told Parliament this week that the unit is investigating fraud, corruption and money laundering in a case involving the largest amount of...

Viva la revolución: Washington sleeps easy: SA envoy to Venezuela calls off 'plans' for military action against US

Viva la revolución: Washington sleeps easy: SA envoy to Venezuela calls off 'plans' for military action against US

Pretoria's man in Caracas has retracted his offer to help Venezuela fight off a feared American invasion.

OP-ED: SARS Acting Commissioner Mark Kingon on Accounting & Accountability: 'We clearly have something to fix'

OP-ED: SARS Acting Commissioner Mark Kingon on Accounting & Accountability: 'We clearly have something to fix'

This is an edited version of an address by SARS Acting Commissioner Mark Kingon to the Institute of Internal Auditors of South Africa, delivered on 13...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 155: Evita gives a toffee

Evita's free speech: Ep. 155: Evita gives a toffee

#Video - Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 155.

ANALYSIS: In choosing the next NPA boss, Ramaphosa must navigate carefully

ANALYSIS: In choosing the next NPA boss, Ramaphosa must navigate carefully

On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa was finally gifted the one thing he has probably wanted the most, ever since he ascended to power at the Union...

Marius Oosthuizen: Ten irrefutable laws of economic success

Marius Oosthuizen: Ten irrefutable laws of economic success

The heart of our economic problem is this: two few people work, because there are too few jobs available, because there are too few companies to...

Zapiro: Chop and mop

Zapiro: Chop and mop

SCORPIO Analysis: Mr Moyane, you failed. Then you lied. Time to tell the truth

SCORPIO Analysis: Mr Moyane, you failed. Then you lied. Time to tell the truth

SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane's press release to journalists on 16 March called Scorpio's painstaking and carefully considered reportage of his behaviour at the helm of the...

OP-ED: Nudges, not nannying, needed if we want to change consumer behaviour

OP-ED: Nudges, not nannying, needed if we want to change consumer behaviour

Educational campaigns are known to be effective in influencing consumer behaviour. Overemphasis on stricter legislation such as the draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery...

OP-ED: South Africa's manufacturing sector needs a rescue plan

OP-ED: South Africa's manufacturing sector needs a rescue plan

The climate for manufacturing in South Africa is dire. Huge structural changes are needed if we are to gear ourselves towards a future with manufacturing as...

Labour Strife: Amcu threatens strike over planned retrenchment of 13,400 Implats workers

Labour Strife: Amcu threatens strike over planned retrenchment of 13,400 Implats workers

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa said on Tuesday that the trade union doesn't make threats. It will shut down Impala Platinum if the company proceeds with plans...

ANALYSIS: Maimane/de Lille 'mutual agreement' enables DA to focus on 2019 elections

ANALYSIS: Maimane/de Lille 'mutual agreement' enables DA to focus on 2019 elections

The negotiated exit of Patricia de Lille from the Cape Town mayor's office has cemented her reputation as a Teflon politician. The political solution announced on...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 154: Evita is marching to Pretoria (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 154: Evita is marching to Pretoria (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 153.

DA Politics: De Lille out - Mutual agreement struck as a political solution to damaging party infighting

DA Politics: De Lille out - Mutual agreement struck as a political solution to damaging party infighting

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is serving notice until the end of October, when she'll vacate the mayor's office. On Sunday, DA national leader Mmusi...

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT WOES: Cash-strapped caregivers jump through bureaucratic hoops rather than abandon babies in need

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT WOES: Cash-strapped caregivers jump through bureaucratic hoops rather than abandon babies in need

When a government bungle leaves you without a salary for the month it's stressful. When one month turns to two, it's panic. When two months look...

Ivo Vegter: Tobacco Bill unjustified by government's own impact assessment

Ivo Vegter: Tobacco Bill unjustified by government's own impact assessment

An impact assessment for the new Tobacco Bill fails to justify many of its provisions, such as the regulation of 'electronic delivery systems' and plain packaging...

Newsflash: Vodacom coughs up over R1-million for violation of O’Sullivan’s privacy

Newsflash: Vodacom coughs up over R1-million for violation of O’Sullivan’s privacy

Vodacom has coughed up R1.2-million in an out-of-court settlement for handing over forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan personal information to jailed former underworld boss Radovan Krejcir's legal...

Zipho Majova: From degree to internship to unemployment - the life of a black graduate

Zipho Majova: From degree to internship to unemployment - the life of a black graduate

Black graduates are faced with the bitter choice of either working for free, for the bare minimum, or not working at all.

ANALYSIS: Ramaphosa rakes in the big investments - but SA's political economy and public finances are in deep trouble

ANALYSIS: Ramaphosa rakes in the big investments - but SA's political economy and public finances are in deep trouble

There are big numbers, and there are small numbers. And then there's context, although with the 2019 elections steadily approaching, politicians may well just do a...

BRICS Forum: SA plans to sue US over import tariffs on cars

BRICS Forum: SA plans to sue US over import tariffs on cars

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says import tariffs breach South Africa's African Growth and Opportunity Act rights.

Zapiro: Self-correction Election

Zapiro: Self-correction Election

BRICS SUMMIT: SA to lead by example as it welcomes a world of leaders, not all of them democratic

BRICS SUMMIT: SA to lead by example as it welcomes a world of leaders, not all of them democratic

The South African government will not be playing Big Brother by teaching democracy to any 'undemocratic' leaders who visit the country this week for the BRICS...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 152: Evita repeats her celebration of Madiba (Video)

Evita's free speech: Ep. 152: Evita repeats her celebration of Madiba (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 152.

SCORPIO: Victim, villain or pawn: Why Eskom 'whistle-blower' Suzanne Daniels was fired

SCORPIO: Victim, villain or pawn: Why Eskom 'whistle-blower' Suzanne Daniels was fired

Suzanne Daniels, who was sacked as head of legal and compliance of Eskom on Friday, was a whistle-blower and a doer of good in the eyes...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 151: Evita lifts the lid on a boiling pot (Video)

Evita's free speech: Ep. 151: Evita lifts the lid on a boiling pot (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 151.

#MADIBA100: Nelson Mandela's legacy: The Rorschach Test for South African politicians

#MADIBA100: Nelson Mandela's legacy: The Rorschach Test for South African politicians

Almost every major political party in South Africa - with the notable exception of the Economic Freedom Fighters - has, at some point, claimed that it...

MEERKAT TELESCOPE LAUNCH: Snapshot of centre of the Milky Way reveals clearest ever image of supermassive black hole

MEERKAT TELESCOPE LAUNCH: Snapshot of centre of the Milky Way reveals clearest ever image of supermassive black hole

In the months and years to come, the data used to build a picture of the centre of the Milky Way will be analysed and academic...

Analysis: The Urgency of Now: ConCourt's delayed decision on Nxasana's past and Shaun Abrahams' future

Analysis: The Urgency of Now: ConCourt's delayed decision on Nxasana's past and Shaun Abrahams' future

Within all of the discussions and debates around who holds ultimate political power and whether President Cyril Ramaphosa is "strong" or "weak", there is a sub-discussion...

Analysis: Ramaphosa returns to South Africa with 20 billion reasons to feel better, but back home is where his real problems still are

Analysis: Ramaphosa returns to South Africa with 20 billion reasons to feel better, but back home is where his real problems still are

President Cyril Ramaphosa may have returned from a three day-three country trip strengthened by his reception abroad, and armed with an investment commitment of $20-billion, but...

OP-ED: Mind the Gap: Addressing South Africa's cybersecurity skills shortage

OP-ED: Mind the Gap: Addressing South Africa's cybersecurity skills shortage

Cybersecurity expertise in South Africa is rather limited as the traditional higher education institutions - our universities and universities of technology - have largely failed to...

OP-ED: The Head and the Load, William Kentridge's epic production on imperial indifference in WWI, premieres in London

OP-ED: The Head and the Load, William Kentridge's epic production on imperial indifference in WWI, premieres in London

An astounding work by SA's premier artist William Kentridge pays homage to the hundreds of thousands of African soldiers who fought and died in World War...

SASSAGATE: Net1 is 'cheating' social grant beneficiaries, charges Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu

SASSAGATE: Net1 is 'cheating' social grant beneficiaries, charges Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu

Net1 companies providing social grants are deceiving beneficiaries to maintain their market share, Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu said on Tuesday, as Sassa continues to implement...

Emile Ormond: Deceptively Simple? How SA can boost investor sentiment

Emile Ormond: Deceptively Simple? How SA can boost investor sentiment

Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff famously said that "football is a simple game. It is just very hard to play it simple". The same rings true...

State Capture, continued: Ghosts of Zuma and Conflicts of Interest lurk behind Jiba, Mrwebi SCA majority finding

State Capture, continued: Ghosts of Zuma and Conflicts of Interest lurk behind Jiba, Mrwebi SCA majority finding

Former President Jacob Zuma's rape trial as well as allegations of corruption related to the arms deal formed the unseen architecture around Tuesday's Supreme Court of...

#100MenMarch: Hundreds gather to drum home message of no gender-based violence

#100MenMarch: Hundreds gather to drum home message of no gender-based violence

As the fight against the abuse of women and children continues, a number of organisations held a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to show their support...

Michael Hulley 2.0: Zuma's new lawyer Mantsha was once struck off the role, and later delivered Denel to the Guptas - basically, he's ideal for the job

Michael Hulley 2.0: Zuma's new lawyer Mantsha was once struck off the role, and later delivered Denel to the Guptas - basically, he's ideal for the job

Shocking but not surprising: former President Jacob Zuma has appointed a new attorney to represent him - a man who was once labelled dishonest by a...

Zapiro: Jonas and the Whale

Zapiro: Jonas and the Whale

OP-ED: First it was Oudekraal - now the City of Cape Town wants to sell off Maiden's Cove

OP-ED: First it was Oudekraal - now the City of Cape Town wants to sell off Maiden's Cove

The City of Cape Town has advertised the sale and lease of precious public open space in the protected scenic coastal reserve known as Maiden's Cove....

ANALYSIS: In the run-up to 2019 elections, Ramaphosa's action options are severely limited

ANALYSIS: In the run-up to 2019 elections, Ramaphosa's action options are severely limited

Over the weekend President Cyril Ramaphosa met with Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, publicly assuring him that government and the ANC had no interest in removing land...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 150 - Kaktus Files #13: A Second Chance (there will not be a third) (Video)

Evita's free speech: Ep. 150 - Kaktus Files #13: A Second Chance (there will not be a third) (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 150.

PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PRICING: How your health issues are manipulated to serve the interests of big medical business

PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PRICING: How your health issues are manipulated to serve the interests of big medical business

Private healthcare companies continue to build new facilities and doctors have been referring patients to hospitals to fill the beds, with some patients not needing to...

Ivo Vegter: Why a wireless open access network won't work

Ivo Vegter: Why a wireless open access network won't work

Both local and international experience cautions that a monopoly wireless open access network will fail to achieve its objectives of improving access to telecommunications and reducing...

Analysis: Desperation Central - Moyane makes new demands on Ramaphosa

Analysis: Desperation Central - Moyane makes new demands on Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa's Tom Moyane-shaped headache is not getting any better for him. More than three months since that notorious meeting at Ramaphosa's Hyde Park home...

Land hearings: Anger & Emotion happened, but then What?

Land hearings: Anger & Emotion happened, but then What?

Black South Africans are largely landless and most speakers during four days of hearings in Limpopo expressed their anger over a lack of redress for apartheid...

SARS inquiry: In a withering ruling, Judge Nugent refuses all Moyane’s demands

SARS inquiry: In a withering ruling, Judge Nugent refuses all Moyane’s demands

Retired Judge Robert Nugent summarised the contents of the document handed in by suspended SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane's counsel Dali Mpofu, as a "disgrace".

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 149 - KAKTUS FILES #12: 1948 And All That (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 149 - KAKTUS FILES #12: 1948 And All That (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 149.

SARS INQUIRY, DAY THREE: Jonas Makwakwa's swift rise to power, and his abuse of it

SARS INQUIRY, DAY THREE: Jonas Makwakwa's swift rise to power, and his abuse of it

The testimony of witnesses on Wednesday was all about how Tom Moyane treated SARS like a concentration camp. His right-hand man Jonas Makwakwa, however, stole the...

Semenya back on track after challenging IAAF rules

Semenya back on track after challenging IAAF rules

Caster Semenya bid to put her run-in with the IAAF over controversial new rules on testosterone behind her when she made her Paris debut on Saturday...

SARS INQUIRY: Pravin Gordhan joins the dots on the world-class revenue service trashed by State Capture

SARS INQUIRY: Pravin Gordhan joins the dots on the world-class revenue service trashed by State Capture

Public Enterprises Minister and former SARS commissioner Pravin Gordhan was the first witness to appear at the inquiry into the running of the revenue authority on...

amabhungane: What global software giant SAP really knew about the Guptas

amabhungane: What global software giant SAP really knew about the Guptas

Newly leaked documents show that SAP knew it was dealing with the Guptas more than a year before the #GuptaLeaks allegations emerged. Despite acknowledging that its...

Mark Heywood: 'No Funds Available': Can South Africa afford its Constitution?

Mark Heywood: 'No Funds Available': Can South Africa afford its Constitution?

The Constitution of the Republic of SA, as it is officially known, is a justifiably celebrated and much cited document. Nearly 22 years after it was...

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 148 - KAKTUS FILES #11: War and Pieces (Video)

EVITA'S FREE SPEECH: Ep. 148 - KAKTUS FILES #11: War and Pieces (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 148.

Land Issue: SA gears up for public hearings on land - but logistical challenges are immense

Land Issue: SA gears up for public hearings on land - but logistical challenges are immense

From today, Parliament will embark on six weeks' worth of public hearings around South Africa. The topic: land expropriation without compensation. The aim: to make all...

Immigrants, artists and crying children

Immigrants, artists and crying children

Some time ago, I met an Uber driver in Cape Town, an immigrant and refugee from another African country, riven by war. He wanted nothing for...

Mining Charter: Minister Mantashe opens a careful new chapter

Mining Charter: Minister Mantashe opens a careful new chapter

The draft mining charter is looking to balance policy certainty and stability for the mining industry, benefits to communities and workers, while pursuing transformation not by...

KAROO KOS: Karoo Food: Life feels better after digesting this meaty tome

KAROO KOS: Karoo Food: Life feels better after digesting this meaty tome

Karoo Food, by Graaff-Reinet based foodie, chef and seasoned 'Karooster', Gordon Wright, sure is one meaty tome. Launched at the annual Stoep Tasting Wine Weekend in...

Analysis: KZN and North West, ANC's ticking clockwork oranges

Analysis: KZN and North West, ANC's ticking clockwork oranges

On Friday the ANC's provincial conference in KwaZulu-Natal was stopped from going ahead by a court order. There are very few solid predictions that can be...

GROUNDUP: Post Office to pay all social grants, including cash

GROUNDUP: Post Office to pay all social grants, including cash

MPs call for government to investigate CPS dealings.

OP-ED: VAT zero-rating may be a dead end

OP-ED: VAT zero-rating may be a dead end

The bottom line is that there is no entirely satisfactory way to protect the poor from the VAT increase. And that draws attention to a larger...

RIGHT OF REPLY: Hogan Lovells: The professional role of lawyers is sometimes misunderstood or misconstrued

RIGHT OF REPLY: Hogan Lovells: The professional role of lawyers is sometimes misunderstood or misconstrued

Over the past several months, Daily Maverick has published a series of articles questioning our actions, our motives and ongoing engagement with SARS. In this right...

Judith February: We have more important matters to deal with than renaming airports

Judith February: We have more important matters to deal with than renaming airports

Naming and renaming can be controversial and bring out the ugliest impulses in a society, as we know only too well here in South Africa.

Andile Ndevu: Renaming Cape Town International Airport: An opportunity to unite

Andile Ndevu: Renaming Cape Town International Airport: An opportunity to unite

We should take the opportunity of renaming Cape Town International Airport to unite and acknowledge our common history and destiny.

EDITORIAL: SARS inquiry by Judge Nugent, the game-changer South Africa desperately needs

EDITORIAL: SARS inquiry by Judge Nugent, the game-changer South Africa desperately needs

It looks as though we may have to settle in for the long haul in the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption. There has been very...

Eddie Cottle: The Labour Relations Amendment Bill - A victory for Business

Eddie Cottle: The Labour Relations Amendment Bill - A victory for Business

On 29 May 2018, the South African Parliament passed the National Minimum Wage Bill together with the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour...

Public Investment Corporation: CEO Matjila says he's staying put at embattled PIC while the pressure builds for greater transparency

Public Investment Corporation: CEO Matjila says he's staying put at embattled PIC while the pressure builds for greater transparency

Claims of Dan Matjila's looming suspension arose earlier this week when it emerged that the PIC's investment committee is looking again at the corporation's recent R4.3-billion...

MAVERICK INTERVIEW: Reserve Bank Governor Kganyago, a voice of reason amid a political cacophony

MAVERICK INTERVIEW: Reserve Bank Governor Kganyago, a voice of reason amid a political cacophony

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago is a level-headed man who remains above the political fray while steering the country's macroeconomic policy. Kganyago is unassuming and brilliant,...

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation: Godfrey Lebeya, Hawks' new boss, is bad news for organised crime

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation: Godfrey Lebeya, Hawks' new boss, is bad news for organised crime

The welcome announcement on Thursday of the appointment of Dr Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya to head the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) comes at a...

OP-ED: Willemse vs Mallett is but a symptom - we must open rugby to millions

OP-ED: Willemse vs Mallett is but a symptom - we must open rugby to millions

Beyond the walkout that played out on live TV over the weekend, it's time for some introspection about South African rugby's institutional framework that's largely set...

Daily News: ANC plans to put Constitution to the test by expropriating land without compensation

Daily News: ANC plans to put Constitution to the test by expropriating land without compensation

The ANC's land summit has recommended that the state begin expropriating land without compensation immediately to test the limits of Section 25 of the Constitution. The...

Evitas free speech: Ep.143 - Kaktus Files #6: A Royal Intermission (Video)

Evitas free speech: Ep.143 - Kaktus Files #6: A Royal Intermission (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 143.

SA POST OFFICE LIQUIDITY: Tardy payment frustrates SA Post Office suppliers

SA POST OFFICE LIQUIDITY: Tardy payment frustrates SA Post Office suppliers

Suppliers are at the receiving end of the SA Post Office's lingering problems.

ANALYSIS: Land Issue - Ramaphosa takes charge

ANALYSIS: Land Issue - Ramaphosa takes charge

Over the weekend the ANC held perhaps the most important and constructive discussion over the land question in the country's history. The debate was just a...

Zapiro: Acting against abuse

Zapiro: Acting against abuse

ENERGY MIX: Industry experts are watching to see if State Capture still has a role in future of energy in South Africa

ENERGY MIX: Industry experts are watching to see if State Capture still has a role in future of energy in South Africa

If South Africa's new energy plan contains nuclear power as part of the country's future energy mix, it suggests that State Capture is still embedded in...

OP-ED: Pravin Gordhan's Hobson's Choice at SAA

OP-ED: Pravin Gordhan's Hobson's Choice at SAA

Each new SAA CEO has been appointed with much fanfare and the expectation that this time it will be different. Yet it never is. The losses...

Zapiro: Scavengers

Zapiro: Scavengers

ANALYSIS: Miner safety - where to from here?

ANALYSIS: Miner safety - where to from here?

Zero harm was widely welcomed as a target by the mining industry. But despite considerable improvements, mining fatalities remain unacceptably high. Why?

ANALYSIS: Does the class action silicosis settlement go far enough?

ANALYSIS: Does the class action silicosis settlement go far enough?

Phthisis, silicosis, or simply "underground disease": it's a condition which has robbed South African gold miners of their health and livelihood for over a century. Now,...

OP-ED: Trump's threat to cut US aid to South Africa - the real issues

OP-ED: Trump's threat to cut US aid to South Africa - the real issues

Unlike the other top 10 nations most frequently voting against the US in the UN, South Africa, in security terms, is viewed as a vital strategic...

Act of Retaliation: Trump rejects SA's appeal for exemptions to high steel and aluminium import tariffs

Act of Retaliation: Trump rejects SA's appeal for exemptions to high steel and aluminium import tariffs

Was this retaliation for South Africa repeatedly voting against the United States in the United Nations General Assembly?

Scorpio: Analysis: The case against Tom Moyane

Scorpio: Analysis: The case against Tom Moyane

The list of Tom Moyane's sins is long, most of it grounds for dismissal. Yet the suspended tax boss is still clinging to his job while...

Evita's Free Speech: Ep. 139: KAKTUS FILES #3 - Colonising the Darkness (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep. 139: KAKTUS FILES #3 - Colonising the Darkness (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 139. By PIETER-DIRK...

PARLIAMENT: South Africans' personal information still not properly protected

PARLIAMENT: South Africans' personal information still not properly protected

As was revealed by the recent data breach at Facebook, we live in a world where the protection of private information is ever more important. But...

SPECIAL REPORT: Government surveillance of social media is rife. Guess who’s selling your data?

SPECIAL REPORT: Government surveillance of social media is rife. Guess who’s selling your data?

If you are tweeting or posting about a "security threat", law enforcement can fish you out of the ocean of the world's 2.6-billion social media users....

Op-Ed: North West uprising and restoring democratic values and practices

Op-Ed: North West uprising and restoring democratic values and practices

The way the Ramaphosa-led government addresses the current uprising in North West goes to the core of restoring democracy, legality and regularisation of state actions, after...

MEDIA: Sekunjalo claims again that it is a victim of a disinformation campaign

MEDIA: Sekunjalo claims again that it is a victim of a disinformation campaign

Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, which owns Independent Newspapers, released a statement on Sunday claiming that it was a victim of a disinformation campaign.

Zapiro: Zapiro: Hot Seat

Zapiro: Zapiro: Hot Seat

POLITICS: Ramaphosa's first 100 days: 'From the Politics of the Panga to the Politics of the Scalpel'

POLITICS: Ramaphosa's first 100 days: 'From the Politics of the Panga to the Politics of the Scalpel'

As we reflect on the progress made over the past 100 days, the evidence indicates that the ANC is changing for the better.

South Africa, a country of coalitions?

South Africa, a country of coalitions?

South Africa's electoral system is built around the concept of power-sharing - it's just that the ANC has commanded a sufficient majority in every general election...

Inside the 'coal supply emergency' at Eskom

Inside the 'coal supply emergency' at Eskom

Credible reports are being received of alarming coal supply problems at numerous Eskom coal-fired power stations in South Africa's Mpumalanga province.

Welcome to the new Daily Maverick

Welcome to the new Daily Maverick

Dear Reader, today we're proud to announce that we are finally giving this precious publication of ours a new look, and with it, a new life.

Labour Minister declares May the month of the minimum wage; workers’ reservations ignored

Labour Minister declares May the month of the minimum wage; workers’ reservations ignored

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Thursday dedicated May, celebrated in South Africa's political calendar as Workers' Month, to the national minimum wage. In describing it as...

Analysis: The rebellious side of Patricia de Lille is back – and the DA should watch out

Analysis: The rebellious side of Patricia de Lille is back – and the DA should watch out

Patricia de Lille's relationship with the DA is on its last legs. The only question remaining is when the final severance will happen - not if....

Five Fingers for Marseilles: SA’s ghostly Western shoots high

Five Fingers for Marseilles: SA’s ghostly Western shoots high

A gun-slinging Western, in Sotho, shot in small-town South Africa. Sounds unlikely, but "Five Fingers for Marseilles" has already received critical acclaim at major festivals in...

Operation Fix SoEs: Gordhan replaces Denel board

Operation Fix SoEs: Gordhan replaces Denel board

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday announced a new board for state-owned defence company Denel. The floundering Denel has been implicated in State Capture allegations...

SARS Wars: Case against SARS executives postponed, accused blame 'ulterior' motives

SARS Wars: Case against SARS executives postponed, accused blame 'ulterior' motives

The case against former SARS executives Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Andries Janse van Rensburg was postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate's on Monday morning until...

DA Federal Congress: DA not for racists, says Maimane, as he vows to win votes door to door

DA Federal Congress: DA not for racists, says Maimane, as he vows to win votes door to door

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane told delegates at the closing of the party's federal congress to go out and go up against the current race-based narrative...

Analysis: Helping Zuma/Hurting Ramaphosa via KZN strategy – not likely, not realistic, not doable

Analysis: Helping Zuma/Hurting Ramaphosa via KZN strategy – not likely, not realistic, not doable

On Sunday morning the country's bigger Sunday newspapers screamed about plots afoot to prevent former President Jacob Zuma from having to actually face his court ordeal....

Right of Reply: Independent Media response to amaBhungane/Daily Maverick

Right of Reply: Independent Media response to amaBhungane/Daily Maverick

South Africa, we have a problem. There is a move afoot in the country that is potentially far more dangerous than the Guptas' attempted takeover of...

The Eve of Zuma’s Day in Court: The true believers await their martyred Msholozi

The Eve of Zuma’s Day in Court: The true believers await their martyred Msholozi

On the eve of former president Jacob Zuma's day in court, his supporters gathered in central Durban to show their ongoing appreciation of a man who...

Op-Ed: To solve the real land problem, we might have to change the Constitution – but not the property clause

Op-Ed: To solve the real land problem, we might have to change the Constitution – but not the property clause

The Constitution may present significant hurdles to the important question of urban land reform. The position of local government in the Constitution needs revisiting. By DIRK...

Op-Ed: Cambridge Analytica vs Facebook – a breach of trust

Op-Ed: Cambridge Analytica vs Facebook – a breach of trust

As the world reels from the impact of the recent Cambridge Analytica data privacy breaches, we have each felt this crisis as a body blow right...

SCORPIO: The Moyane Dossier, Part 2 – Gupta VAT payments unpacked – Six Red Flags Moyane and Mokoena chose to ignore

SCORPIO: The Moyane Dossier, Part 2 – Gupta VAT payments unpacked – Six Red Flags Moyane and Mokoena chose to ignore

SARS is shifting gear from denying illegality in the Gupta VAT debacle to blaming the brothers for misleading them, now seemingly conceding to have been part...

Scorpio: ‘No winnable criminal case against Trillian whistle-blower’

Scorpio: ‘No winnable criminal case against Trillian whistle-blower’

The National Prosecuting Authority has declined to charge Mosilo Mothepu, the former Trillian executive whose revelations ripped the State Capture carpet from under her former bosses...

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: The world reacts to the death of a lioness

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: The world reacts to the death of a lioness

Easter Monday saw the death of a South African woman so famous she could be referred to by just one name: Winnie. In the hours following...

It’s Complicated: The land issue according to the ANC Nasrec conference

It’s Complicated: The land issue according to the ANC Nasrec conference

On Monday afternoon the ANC finally published the resolutions from its Nasrec Conference, which finished in December 2017. Yes. There has been a gap of three...

Analysis: The EFF vs …............. (insert next enemy’s Name/Acronym/Description)

Analysis: The EFF vs …............. (insert next enemy’s Name/Acronym/Description)

After the ascent of Cyril Ramaphosa, several members of the commentariat suggested that this would put both the DA and the EFF in difficult positions. Some...

Zapiro: Ghosts in the Machine

Zapiro: Ghosts in the Machine

Ghosts in the Machine

Mining Charter: New Minister, old approach?

Mining Charter: New Minister, old approach?

Word coming out of weekend talks is that new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is intent on retaining the outline of the controversial Mining Charter championed...

SARS Wars: End of the road for Tom Moyane, one of State Capture’s most loyal foot soldiers

SARS Wars: End of the road for Tom Moyane, one of State Capture’s most loyal foot soldiers

The suspension by President Cyril Ramaphosa of SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane on Monday night brings to an end a 42-months' long reign of terror which not...

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.134 – Evita on killing three budgets with one kindness (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.134 – Evita on killing three budgets with one kindness (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 134. By PIETER-DIRK...

Promised Land: How MK vet made farming work for him

Promised Land: How MK vet made farming work for him

Former uMkhonto weSizwe fighter Errol April swapped his AK47 for apples. In 2013, April was given a Western Cape fruit farm to run as part of...

SARS Wars: ‘Rogue Unit’ prosecutor Sello Maema compromised, but NPA is keeping mum

SARS Wars: ‘Rogue Unit’ prosecutor Sello Maema compromised, but NPA is keeping mum

The Priority Crimes Litigation Unit, which has been abused as a key structure within the NPA to target perceived enemies of former President Jacob Zuma and...

Health-e News: Imminent tax on sugary drinks is just the start – Motsoaledi

Health-e News: Imminent tax on sugary drinks is just the start – Motsoaledi

South Africa is less than two weeks away from implementing the hard-won tax on sugary drinks. Now that "we've got a foot in the door", says...

Scorpio: The Moyane Dossier, Part 1 – How SARS boss disregarded the law to pay Guptas’ VAT refund

Scorpio: The Moyane Dossier, Part 1 – How SARS boss disregarded the law to pay Guptas’ VAT refund

Tax boss Tom Moyane aided possible acts of money laundering and fraud while contravening the VAT and Tax Acts when he allegedly pressured SARS officials to...

GroundUp: How Cape Town more than halved its water usage

GroundUp: How Cape Town more than halved its water usage

Water consumption has dropped dramatically, but there is still more to be done. By Aidan Jones for GROUNDUP.

Scorpio: NICS paid R600,000 into Makwakwa’s account. Today they are SARS debt collectors

Scorpio: NICS paid R600,000 into Makwakwa’s account. Today they are SARS debt collectors

On Friday, SARS appointed a debt collector fingered in an alleged money laundering ring linked to Chief Officer Jonas Makwakwa. New Integrated Credit Solutions is now...

Gupta-linked companies fail to force Bank of Baroda to stay in SA

Gupta-linked companies fail to force Bank of Baroda to stay in SA

The North Gauteng High Court threw out an application on Monday by companies linked to the Gupta family to force the Bank of Baroda to continue...

Siya Khumalo: Listeria Monocytogenes: South African business’s dirty little secret

Siya Khumalo: Listeria Monocytogenes: South African business’s dirty little secret

People's feelings about a company govern the extent to which they'll "forgive" its transgressions.

Analysis: Hypocrisy’s many shades

Analysis: Hypocrisy’s many shades

It is known the world over that politicians, in democracies and other forms of government, are going to be hypocritical from time to time. Expediency, putting...

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.133 – Evita registers anti-racism week (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.133 – Evita registers anti-racism week (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 133. By PIETER-DIRK...

Op-Ed: How ANC changed gear on land reform

Op-Ed: How ANC changed gear on land reform

The unresolved land question in South Africa is a time bomb. An entirely different approach is required if democracy is to survive in our country. By...

Renewable Energy Burst: Jeff Radebe to sign off wind and solar power projects after a two-year hiatus

Renewable Energy Burst: Jeff Radebe to sign off wind and solar power projects after a two-year hiatus

In his new post in Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has renewed the government's commitment to renewable energy. After a delay of two years,...

Mcebisi Jonas on State Capture, the economy and Nelson Mandela Bay

Mcebisi Jonas on State Capture, the economy and Nelson Mandela Bay

Mcebisi Jonas keeps a level head amid talks of expropriation of land without compensation and a potential mayorship candidacy for Nelson Mandela Bay. By NKATEKO MABASA.

Tillerson's Travels: US mum on SA land expropriation question

Tillerson's Travels: US mum on SA land expropriation question

The jury's still out on how the US government views the decision by the South African Parliament to amend the Constitution to allow expropriation of land...

TRAINSPOTTER: Cyril Ramaphosa and his many big, fat, mayo-drenched polony sandwiches

TRAINSPOTTER: Cyril Ramaphosa and his many big, fat, mayo-drenched polony sandwiches

The rise of Cyril Ramaphosa was supposed to give South Africans a chance to have a nice cup of tea following the nine-year Zuma donnybrook. Instead,...

Listeriosis outbreak: The blame games begin

Listeriosis outbreak: The blame games begin

The world's worst outbreak of listeriosis in history has claimed 180 South African lives and counting. Now, the time-honoured national pastime of finger-pointing and blame-shifting has...

James Speirs: Land Reform: Confusion across the political spectrum

James Speirs: Land Reform: Confusion across the political spectrum

One thing is clear: until poor South Africans own their homes, be they in cities or rural areas, development will stall.

Steven Boykey Sidley: The New Order in SA: The world’s shortest political honeymoon

Steven Boykey Sidley: The New Order in SA: The world’s shortest political honeymoon

Remember those days when we walked around optimistic and misty-eyed about the rebirth of South Africa under the new president? When we reacted to his speech...

Analysis: What Mantashe’s thesis says about the new mineral resources minister

Analysis: What Mantashe’s thesis says about the new mineral resources minister

Gwede Mantashe inherited the mineral resources portfolio from Mosebenzi Zwane, meaning it's beset by challenges. The former ANC secretary-general's Wits Master's thesis provides some insight into...

Parliament: Historic land expropriation agreement reached amid South Africa’s changing politics

Parliament: Historic land expropriation agreement reached amid South Africa’s changing politics

The EFF on Tuesday scored a backhanded political victory when the ANC supported its call for a constitutional amendment for land expropriation without compensation, even as...

President’s Keepers’ Jacques Pauw raided – but why now?

President’s Keepers’ Jacques Pauw raided – but why now?

NB Publishers is standing by Jacques Pauw - and Pauw says no journalist would keep sensitive documents lying around the house. But more pressing is the...

Cabinet Reshuffle: Ramaphosa plays difficult balancing act

Cabinet Reshuffle: Ramaphosa plays difficult balancing act

In his second week on the job, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday night. He made wide-sweeping changes and fired some of former...

Health-E News: What's for breakfast, Jozi?

Health-E News: What's for breakfast, Jozi?

Over half the population has unhealthy levels of body fat. At Johannesburg's three busiest taxi ranks, energy drinks, chips, pap and meat are the most popular...

Op-Ed: Promise of a new dawn, lost in the 2018 Budget speech

Op-Ed: Promise of a new dawn, lost in the 2018 Budget speech

In the coming days, SECTION27 will be engaging with civil society organisations on how best to challenge the regressive proposals in the Budget. By DANIEL MCLAREN.

Budget 2018: Ratings agency still gloomy amid talk of renewal

Budget 2018: Ratings agency still gloomy amid talk of renewal

If you ever need somebody to ruin a party, consider inviting a dude from a ratings agency. At a Daily Maverick post-Budget event in Cape Town...

Zuma and Ramaphosa: the truth beneath the Cheshire Cat grins

Zuma and Ramaphosa: the truth beneath the Cheshire Cat grins

Not even a week since former president Jacob Zuma's grudging resignation speech, President Cyril Ramaphosa threw him a warm farewell party on Tuesday night in the...

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

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

Amid the 2018/19 Budget talk of tough decisions, tax increases and government spending cuts to put the rands and cents to government priorities for the year,...

Mining Charter: Ramaphosa to the rescue – but community voices still ignored

Mining Charter: Ramaphosa to the rescue – but community voices still ignored

President Cyril Ramaphosa's personal intervention in the current impasse around the controversial Mining Charter has been greeted with relief and optimism by industry players. One of...

Scorpio: Gupta Inc – crushed and on the run

Scorpio: Gupta Inc – crushed and on the run

By their own admission, the wage bill across the various Gupta companies stood at more than R160-million in late 2017. With big brother Ajay Gupta now...

Op-Ed: Van Onselen's false revolution cannot go unchallenged

Op-Ed: Van Onselen's false revolution cannot go unchallenged

Nothing is more frustrating than analysts and journalists whose hatred and dislike of the Economic Freedom Fighters blinds their ability to not only see the truth,...

A civil engineer’s view: What Cape Town could do with its stormwater

A civil engineer’s view: What Cape Town could do with its stormwater

Cape Town gets more rain than it can use - but at the moment it doesn't have capacity to clean or store all this water. Late...

Ramaphosa’s turn: Hard work ahead

Ramaphosa’s turn: Hard work ahead

The election and swearing in of Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa as South Africa's fifth president on Thursday marked the end of a bruising 11 days in the...

Report: A tale of two days – Zuma’s last and Ramaphosa’s first

Report: A tale of two days – Zuma’s last and Ramaphosa’s first

Jacob Zuma's last-minute resignation from the country's presidency left ANC parliamentarians with a palpable sense of relief after the caucus convinced him they would vote with...

GroundUp: Mines report progress in preventing deadly silicosis

GroundUp: Mines report progress in preventing deadly silicosis

But very little information on dust monitoring. By Pete Lewis for GROUNDUP.

Street Talk: Must Zuma buzz off? (Video)

Street Talk: Must Zuma buzz off? (Video)

Should he stay? Should he go? Should he be dragged to court and prosecuted? And will Cyril Ramaphosa do a better job? We hit the streets...

#CapeWaterGate: The figures prove that Capetonians are saving water

#CapeWaterGate: The figures prove that Capetonians are saving water

We're not entirely sure where the 60% of water-wasters are hiding, but the City's own figures show that Cape Town's residents responded to calls to reduce...

Op-Ed: Managing Zuma’s departure without undermining democratic values

Op-Ed: Managing Zuma’s departure without undermining democratic values

Cyril Ramaphosa has - for some weeks - engaged Jacob Zuma regarding his vacating the State Presidency. It is important that Zuma leaves and it may...

Op-Ed: Post Zexit – lessons for Ramaphosa on building an inclusive state

Op-Ed: Post Zexit – lessons for Ramaphosa on building an inclusive state

A voluntary exit by Jacob Zuma would help the ruling party remain more cohesive, and Cyril Ramaphosa should not be maligned for attempting to effect this....

Judith February: Letting Zuma off the hook is not Ramaphosa’s prerogative

Judith February: Letting Zuma off the hook is not Ramaphosa’s prerogative

It seems as if South Africans are waiting for the white smoke to rise from atop the Union Buildings telling us that the ANC has given...

The Final Countdown: How should Zuma go?

The Final Countdown: How should Zuma go?

As South Africa holds its collective breath, the question in the ether is how President Jacob Zuma will at last leave power. Thursday brought few indications...

Analysis: Jacob Zuma’s exit, a political hyper-drama

Analysis: Jacob Zuma’s exit, a political hyper-drama

President Jacob Zuma is under pressure. That it's not quite going his way emerged strongly when Parliament, in an unprecedented move, postponed the State of the...

Pierre de Vos: Would it make any difference if SONA was not just postponed, but cancelled?

Pierre de Vos: Would it make any difference if SONA was not just postponed, but cancelled?

On Tuesday - as controversy rages around the possible removal of Jacob Zuma as President of the country - the State of the Nation Address (SONA)...

Notes from the House: Don’t forget the impeachment option

Notes from the House: Don’t forget the impeachment option

While the country has been debating when will Jacob Zuma will go, Parliament's Rules Committee has been hard at work making sure the impeachment option is...

SassaGate: Bathabile Dlamini attacks officials on Twitter while experts suggest Sassa be barred from paying grants

SassaGate: Bathabile Dlamini attacks officials on Twitter while experts suggest Sassa be barred from paying grants

The Constitutional Court Section 38 Inquiry mandated to probe whether Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini should be held personally liable for the SassaGate scandal last...

Helen Zille: From the Inside: Day Zero Memes and Myths abound – let’s get back to essentials

Helen Zille: From the Inside: Day Zero Memes and Myths abound – let’s get back to essentials

Discussions during the past week have proved, once again, that fiction has more traction than fact, especially on an emotive issue. Also this week we saw,...

Brij Maharaj: Ramaphosa’s SONA: First Edition

Brij Maharaj: Ramaphosa’s SONA: First Edition

An imagined first State of the Nation Address to Parliament by 'President' Cyril Ramaphosa.

Op-Ed: The quest for truth and trust amid rumours and research notes about Steinhoff, Capitec et al

Op-Ed: The quest for truth and trust amid rumours and research notes about Steinhoff, Capitec et al

We have become too sceptical of those in positions of authority (whether in business or otherwise) to trust that anyone would act other than for their...

TRAINSPOTTER: Cow Patsy – How Ace Magashule, and his Gupta dairy scam in Vrede, explain Jacob Zuma’s final hours

TRAINSPOTTER: Cow Patsy – How Ace Magashule, and his Gupta dairy scam in Vrede, explain Jacob Zuma’s final hours

For the past 23 years, ANC warlord and Free State Premier Ace Magashule has presided over a medieval dead zone, in which his courtiers ran around...

South Africa’s Electricity Choice (Part 2): Renewable Energy is a win-win

South Africa’s Electricity Choice (Part 2): Renewable Energy is a win-win

Renewables everywhere thrive on the fair and open competition that no new nuclear plant has achieved anywhere. Nuclear costs are murky, rising, and augmented by the...

Eskom board hits ground running, issuing stern ultimatum to staff

Eskom board hits ground running, issuing stern ultimatum to staff

Eskom Chairman Jabu Mabuza is sending a stern warning to Eskom employees to come clean or be shown the door. By ORATENG LEPODISE.

Zuma corruption charges: Will NPA team leader Moipone Noko defend the king?

Zuma corruption charges: Will NPA team leader Moipone Noko defend the king?

As President Jacob Zuma fights for his political life there are a few chess pieces left on the board that might still be able to defend...

Oscar van Heerden: It’s the Economy, Stupid: How to unlock avenues for investments

Oscar van Heerden: It’s the Economy, Stupid: How to unlock avenues for investments

With the nostalgia dying down post the Nasrec ANC conference and some positive steps being observed from certain quarters such as the Asset Forfeiture Unit and...

Newsflash: Eskom admits its financial frailty, blames poor leadership

Newsflash: Eskom admits its financial frailty, blames poor leadership

Releasing Eskom's long-delayed interim results on Tuesday, acting Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe admitted that the energy utility's financial position is unsustainable. He blamed poor leadership at...

Analysis: Team SA had to work double-time and hit the right notes to capture world’s attention at Davos

Analysis: Team SA had to work double-time and hit the right notes to capture world’s attention at Davos

Team South Africa has returned from the World Economic Forum at Davos triumphantly, claiming renewed investor confidence and interest in a country soon to be helmed...

South Africa’s Electricity Choice (Part 1): Why Ramaphosa must kill the nuclear dream

South Africa’s Electricity Choice (Part 1): Why Ramaphosa must kill the nuclear dream

Shifts ever more adverse to nuclear new-build have accelerated on every front. The global nuclear enterprise is slowly dying of an incurable attack of market forcesi....

State Capture: Lord Hain refuses meeting with Hogan Lovells until firm admits wrongdoing and apologises

State Capture: Lord Hain refuses meeting with Hogan Lovells until firm admits wrongdoing and apologises

Earlier in January Lord Peter Hain delivered a stinging attack in the House of Lords on international law firm Hogan Lovells for its tailored handling of...

Helen Zille: From the Inside: From hot water to thin ice on the Day Zero trajectory

Helen Zille: From the Inside: From hot water to thin ice on the Day Zero trajectory

We in the Western Cape have a fundamentally different approach to the role of partnerships with the private sector. Policy approaches make the difference between success...

Paul Hoffman: State Capture Commission: There’s no time to waste – here’s what needs to be done

Paul Hoffman: State Capture Commission: There’s no time to waste – here’s what needs to be done

Free advice is usually worth what one pays for it. Nevertheless, the evidence leaders in the State Capture Commission, whoever they may be, will have their...

Hugh Masekela: Still Grazing – but now in the Elysian Fields

Hugh Masekela: Still Grazing – but now in the Elysian Fields

Attempting the impossible, J. BROOKS SPECTOR tries to sum up the musical legacy of the late Hugh Masekela and to savour the chances he had to...

Analysis: The Downfall of The Talented Mr Molefe

Analysis: The Downfall of The Talented Mr Molefe

Thursday's damning court ruling against former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is justifiably seen by many as his well-deserved comeuppance. But it is also evident that myths...

Eskom Inquiry: Former CFO Anoj Singh joins the growing queue of the ‘I don’t know’, ‘I can’t say’, ‘It wasn’t me’

Eskom Inquiry: Former CFO Anoj Singh joins the growing queue of the ‘I don’t know’, ‘I can’t say’, ‘It wasn’t me’

It wasn't me. I was not obliged to do so. I did not know. There is an ever-lengthening queue of senior officials from State-owned Entities (SoEs)...

GroundUp: How severe is the drought? A detailed look at the data

GroundUp: How severe is the drought? A detailed look at the data

Facts are few, opinions plenty, on the cause of the water crisis. By Piotr Wolski for GROUNDUP.

SassaGate Inquiry: The truth ‘lost in elaboration’ as belligerent Bathabile Dlamini glowers, blames and evades

SassaGate Inquiry: The truth ‘lost in elaboration’ as belligerent Bathabile Dlamini glowers, blames and evades

Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini was visibly irritated at having to answer questions at Monday's historic inquiry, ordered by the Constitutional Court and headed by...

Analysis: A drought of nature compounded by a drought in leadership

Analysis: A drought of nature compounded by a drought in leadership

The politics of water in times of scarcity is not about counting ever-evaporating cubic metres of dam water, as important as this is, but the creeping...

TRAINSPOTTER: The House that Zuma built

TRAINSPOTTER: The House that Zuma built

It's crumbling, brick by cheap-ass brick. But what comes next? By RICHARD POPLAK

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

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

On 18 December, slap bang in the middle of the ANC's bruising elective conference at Nasrec, Anele Mdoda, host of the SABC 3 Real Talk with...

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

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

Lies, misinformation, genuine errors and conspiracy theories about the Cape water crisis are all circulating busily on social media. The reality is scary enough without the...

GroundUp: Drought – Has Cape Town planned well for Day Zero?

GroundUp: Drought – Has Cape Town planned well for Day Zero?

There are several unanswered questions. By Aidan Jones and Nathan Geffen for GROUNDUP.

GroundUp: Sassa to start paying grants through Postbank in February

GroundUp: Sassa to start paying grants through Postbank in February

Cash payments of social grants are still to be done by Cash Paymaster Services -- for now. By Barbara Maregele for GROUNDUP.

Scorpio: Hogan Lovells declares 'disappointment' at Lord Hain accusations

Scorpio: Hogan Lovells declares 'disappointment' at Lord Hain accusations

International law firm Hogan Lovells is "disappointed" by Lord Peter Hain's "unfounded accusations" over the firm's handling of the Jonas Makwakwa debacle, the firm's Regional Managing...

Stay of execution as De Lille faces 60 days of scrutiny

Stay of execution as De Lille faces 60 days of scrutiny

Beleaguered Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille received a heavy smackdown at a press conference held in Cape Town following a meeting by the...

ANC's 106th: After the NEC meeting, lips zipped on Zuma’s fate

ANC's 106th: After the NEC meeting, lips zipped on Zuma’s fate

Despite the hype, and as promised, President Jacob Zuma's recall wasn't discussed at the first meeting of the ANC's newly-elected national executive committee in East London,...

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa's speech – low bar, high expectations

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa's speech – low bar, high expectations

When South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa stands up to give his first January 8th Statement as leader of the ANC, he will face a set...

Op-Ed: It's time to repackage the South African solution

Op-Ed: It's time to repackage the South African solution

To mobilise the country behind a common agenda, South African youth need to get a clear message that they should aspire to being owners and controllers...

Removing Zuma? Crucially important, but not easy, or simple

Removing Zuma? Crucially important, but not easy, or simple

The moment it was announced that the then-ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had won the race to be the new leader, it was obvious that pressure...

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa's push for unity continues

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa's push for unity continues

ANC leaders made much of unity at the party's first-of-their-kind birthday celebrations on Monday, ahead of a meeting by the newly-elected national executive committee where the...

Op-Ed: Cape Town’s bid to lock down the water crisis

Op-Ed: Cape Town’s bid to lock down the water crisis

The City of Cape Town is facing its worst water crisis ever. Residents, businesses and the agriculture sector are all starting to feel the pinch as...

Jacques Pauw: SARS’ court application against writer ‘conceded the truth’ – NB Publishers

Jacques Pauw: SARS’ court application against writer ‘conceded the truth’ – NB Publishers

The South African Revenue Service's decision to file a High Court application against investigative journalist Jacques Pauw confirms that the contents of his book The President's...

#ANCdecides2017 Analysis: Women’s League does no favour to serious problems in ANC gender agenda

#ANCdecides2017 Analysis: Women’s League does no favour to serious problems in ANC gender agenda

The ANC Women's League says that the fact that the ANC's new Top Six are all male bar one is the result of patriarchy in action....

Cyril Ramaphosa; He got there, eventually.

Cyril Ramaphosa; He got there, eventually.

The news late on Mon 18 Dec that Cyril Ramaphosa had won the election for the13th Presidency of the ANC was met with a huge amount...

Pierre de Vos: How the new ANC leadership can 'recall' Zuma as president of South Africa

Pierre de Vos: How the new ANC leadership can 'recall' Zuma as president of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma has now ended his two terms as president of the African National Congress (ANC), and Cyril Ramaphosa (not perceived to be a great...

#ANCdecides2017: South Africa reacts to election of Ramaphosa

#ANCdecides2017: South Africa reacts to election of Ramaphosa

As the ANC election results percolated through South African society, the general response seemed to be one of tentative optimism despite a number of controversial figures...

Analysis: What cost the President’s free tertiary education plan?

Analysis: What cost the President’s free tertiary education plan?

President Jacob Zuma made the both surprising and utterly unsurprising move on Saturday of releasing his response to the Heher Commission's report on the Feasibility of...

House of Cards: Shaun Abrahams directed by ConCourt not to make decisions regarding Zuma

House of Cards: Shaun Abrahams directed by ConCourt not to make decisions regarding Zuma

In many ways a Constitutional Court directive issued on Friday that incumbent-not-incumbent head of the NPA, Shaun Abrahams, not take any decisions with regard to the...

#ANCdecides2017: The Top Six that could have been

#ANCdecides2017: The Top Six that could have been

It was always a tight race and there were always going to be losers. Here are the leaders that delegates to the ANC's 54th National Conference...

Op-Ed: Undocumented minors – The life and death struggle for education

Op-Ed: Undocumented minors – The life and death struggle for education

School is out, and as the class of 2017 await their final results, two young women will be conspicuously absent. One a South African, the other...

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.121 – Evita wears Nasrec fancy dress (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.121 – Evita wears Nasrec fancy dress (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 121. By PIETER-DIRK...

Marelise van der Merwe: Goodbye 2017: The Other News Awards

Marelise van der Merwe: Goodbye 2017: The Other News Awards

Each week, Daily Maverick brings you some of the less headline-grabbing events of the world. This week: we're not dishing out trophies as such, but honourable...

#ANCdecides2017: The Great Chakalaka Conundrum

#ANCdecides2017: The Great Chakalaka Conundrum

In which J. BROOKS SPECTOR attempts to read the future while driving a DeLorean to divine the ANC's and the country's possible future. And once again,...

Analysis: Why are South Africa’s securocrats so jumpy over Jacques Pauw & Ronnie Kasrils?

Analysis: Why are South Africa’s securocrats so jumpy over Jacques Pauw & Ronnie Kasrils?

There's every indication that South Africa's security establishment has a bad case of the jitters. We're seeing attempts to indict published books, journalists being harassed, and...

Newsflash: Double trouble for Zuma as court dismisses State Capture review case and orders him to personally pay costs

Newsflash: Double trouble for Zuma as court dismisses State Capture review case and orders him to personally pay costs

The only way President Jacob Zuma's week could be worse is if his Gupta-gotten gains were invested in Steinhoff shares. By PAULI VAN WYK.

Explainer: ANC Leadership Race – exact sequence unclear, but it’s likely that the opening session will happen first

Explainer: ANC Leadership Race – exact sequence unclear, but it’s likely that the opening session will happen first

It's upon us at last, so, what to expect during the ANC's 54th national conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg starting on Saturday? It's...

SassaGate Reloaded: Three steps towards payments for social grants revealed by Post Office and Sassa

SassaGate Reloaded: Three steps towards payments for social grants revealed by Post Office and Sassa

A three-phase hybrid model of payments for social grants between the South African Post Office and Sassa announced on Sunday will hopefully make it harder for...

ANC Leadership Race: Just one week before the show, Dlamini Zuma’s side appears to feel the pressure

ANC Leadership Race: Just one week before the show, Dlamini Zuma’s side appears to feel the pressure

With just five days until the ANC's leadership conference kicks off, it is still impossible to predict an outcome. Not many at the beginning of the...

MultiChoice scandal: Yunus Carrim – when did I ever voice my support for e.tv?

MultiChoice scandal: Yunus Carrim – when did I ever voice my support for e.tv?

ANC MP YUNUS CARRIM hits back at a suggestion that he was doing e-TV's bidding in its battle over encryption with MultiChoice. Here, the former communications...

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.120 – Evita recreates the silly season (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.120 – Evita recreates the silly season (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 120. By PIETER-DIRK...

Op-Ed: A personal glimpse at how MultiChoice cuts, amends and abandons deals

Op-Ed: A personal glimpse at how MultiChoice cuts, amends and abandons deals

MultiChoice's content procurement has always been obscure. Although little is now known about its ANN7 dealings, it's worth examining its relationship with e.tv to understand why...

Paul O’Sullivan vs The State: Forensic investigator demands R199-million for unlawful arrest

Paul O’Sullivan vs The State: Forensic investigator demands R199-million for unlawful arrest

On April Fool's Day 2016 a posse of Hawks officers dragged forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan off a plane at OR Tambo International in front of two...

GroundUp: Drought – Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero?

GroundUp: Drought – Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero?

There are several unanswered questions. By Aidan Jones and Nathan Geffen for GROUNDUP.

Op-Ed: UK must investigate all bank accounts held in London by any SA state-owned company – Peter Hain

Op-Ed: UK must investigate all bank accounts held in London by any SA state-owned company – Peter Hain

In a hard-hitting speech against corruption - from the top - in South Africa, Lord PETER HAIN argued in support of Amendment 69B before the Money...

Ramaphosa: The myths, the man – and the making of a president?

Ramaphosa: The myths, the man – and the making of a president?

Alongside Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, immediate past chair of the African Union Commission (AU), who was a Cabinet minister under presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, Cyril...

Op-Ed: A Snake Eating its Tail – South Africa cannot let two Zuma-era travesties get him off his corruption charges, again

Op-Ed: A Snake Eating its Tail – South Africa cannot let two Zuma-era travesties get him off his corruption charges, again

If President Jacob Zuma is not prosecuted, after so many years of court wrangling, it will be a travesty and a tragedy. By PAUL HOLDEN.

Op-Ed: Beware the dangerous ambitions of the anti-business propaganda campaign

Op-Ed: Beware the dangerous ambitions of the anti-business propaganda campaign

The formal business sector in South Africa has been subjected to a propaganda onslaught that has damaged it. It has painted business as universally corrupt, led...

ANC Leadership Race: With branches’ cards revealed, a tough, tight contest looms

ANC Leadership Race: With branches’ cards revealed, a tough, tight contest looms

It's set to be a close race in the ANC's national elective conference after the nomination of ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in KwaZulu-Natal - the...

GroundUp: ‘Zuma promised me a house’

GroundUp: ‘Zuma promised me a house’

A 73-year-old amputee lives alone in a dilapidated mud home, waiting for a promise of a house. By Nompendulo Ngubane for GROUNDUP.

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.119 – Evita avoids talking sex-things (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.119 – Evita avoids talking sex-things (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 119. By PIETER-DIRK...

Notes from the House: Parliament shows its mettle with full-scale investigation into State Capture

Notes from the House: Parliament shows its mettle with full-scale investigation into State Capture

Amid calls for allegations of State Capture to be thoroughly investigated and equally determined efforts to prevent it from happening again, Parliament decided to take on...

ANC Leadership Race: Ramaphosa bags the Eastern Cape but branches choose Zweli Mkhize and David Mabuza over Naledi Pandor

ANC Leadership Race: Ramaphosa bags the Eastern Cape but branches choose Zweli Mkhize and David Mabuza over Naledi Pandor

In the Eastern Cape on Thursday, the ANC overwhelmingly nominated Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for president. It's the first of the big provinces to nominate, and...

Parliament: Obfuscation & Fuzzy Talk – SARS’ Moyane defends Makwakwa’s return to work and bonus

Parliament: Obfuscation & Fuzzy Talk – SARS’ Moyane defends Makwakwa’s return to work and bonus

South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner Tom Moyane maintains that Jonas Makwakwa, Chief Officer for Business and Individual Taxes, had every right to be back at...

amaBhungane: Dodgy World Cup deal comes back to bite Free State premier Ace Magashule

amaBhungane: Dodgy World Cup deal comes back to bite Free State premier Ace Magashule

While South Africa was caught up in the 2010 World Cup frenzy, Free State premier Ace Magashule was allegedly pulling the strings behind a multimillion-rand tender...

Multichoice scandal is posing painful questions about a corrupt nexus -  Naspers must answer them

Multichoice scandal is posing painful questions about a corrupt nexus - Naspers must answer them

Friday's GuptaLeaks story was important for revealing what looked like a corrupt nexus between the Gupta's ANN7 television channel, its pay-TV carrier Multichoice and former Minister...

Op-Ed: Fighting Corruption – an economic growth policy all on its own?

Op-Ed: Fighting Corruption – an economic growth policy all on its own?

There is no shortage of economic policy programmes in South Africa and we tend to race through them without implementing any of them. By DIRK DE...

Cape WaterGate: Western Cape drought won’t dry up tourism, says advisory firm

Cape WaterGate: Western Cape drought won’t dry up tourism, says advisory firm

The number of tourists flocking to the Cape may feel like droves, but in the grand scheme of things the numbers are unlikely to have much...

Op-Ed: Will South Africa come to the rescue of Zimbabwe? Don’t hold Your breath

Op-Ed: Will South Africa come to the rescue of Zimbabwe? Don’t hold Your breath

South Africa's muddled role in championing good governance and peacekeeping on the continent holds little promise of being the beacon of light. By JOHN FILITZ.

Scorpio: The Makwakwa Dossier, Part One – Moyane, Hogan Lovells and the investigation that never really was

Scorpio: The Makwakwa Dossier, Part One – Moyane, Hogan Lovells and the investigation that never really was

Jonas Makwakwa's disciplinary process seems so tailored that it borders on the realm of being cooked. Tom Moyane tried his utmost to keep the facts and...

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.117 – Evita draws a line in the sandbox of power (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.117 – Evita draws a line in the sandbox of power (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 117. By PIETER-DIRK...

SassaGate: CPS accused of making R614m more than declared on grants

SassaGate: CPS accused of making R614m more than declared on grants

Cash Paymaster Services, a subsidiary of Net1 UEPS, told the Constitutional Court in May that it made R1.1-billion profit over five years delivering social grants. A...

ANC Leadership Race: Dlamini Zuma and Ramaphosa seek support in Mpumalanga

ANC Leadership Race: Dlamini Zuma and Ramaphosa seek support in Mpumalanga

The ANC's presidential battle will soon come to a head in Mpumalanga, the ANC's second largest province and possibly the most important in determining which way...

State Capture: HSBC continues to investigate its links to Gupta family

State Capture: HSBC continues to investigate its links to Gupta family

HSBC will continue to review the bank's exposure to alleged money laundering of the proceeds of State Capture in South Africa by the Gupta family. This...

ANC Leadership Race: Desperate moves at branch level as clock ticks to December

ANC Leadership Race: Desperate moves at branch level as clock ticks to December

Less than a month stands between sometimes chaotic branch meetings, a rising number of disputes, a consultative gathering by angry party veterans, and the ANC's much-anticipated...

Crime stats show highest record of carjacking In 10 years!

Crime stats show highest record of carjacking In 10 years!

Some crime stats in brief - INCREASE: Murder, house robbery, robbery with aggravating circumstances, drug-related offences...

Sponsored - Holiday cruise beckons for SA tourists

Sponsored - Holiday cruise beckons for SA tourists

Ocean Cruising can be likened to the Babotie of holidays - loved by those who have done one, dismissed erroneously by those who haven’t yet!

Evita’s Free Speech: Ep. 116 – Evita flags the keepers (Video)

Evita’s Free Speech: Ep. 116 – Evita flags the keepers (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of Evita's Free Speech. Here's Episode 116. By PIETER-DIRK UYS.

Analysis: Zuma risks sacrificing higher education at the altar of his ego

Analysis: Zuma risks sacrificing higher education at the altar of his ego

President Jacob Zuma is reported to want to introduce free higher education. The poor and middle-class might rejoice, but Zuma's plans will only worsen their plight....

ANC Leadership Race: A diminishing spectrum of Zuma’s nuclear options

ANC Leadership Race: A diminishing spectrum of Zuma’s nuclear options

With the ANC leadership battle now entering its final stretch, it is becoming apparent that it is going to be a nail-biter. For the moment, it...

Anton Harber: Celebrate the good while addressing the bad in journalism

Anton Harber: Celebrate the good while addressing the bad in journalism

While we celebrate the work of investigative reporters in exposing state capture and corruption, we also need to interrogate where some of our colleagues went wrong...

Trainspotter: Keeping the President – Securocrats on the Rampage

Trainspotter: Keeping the President – Securocrats on the Rampage

One of the great ironies pertaining to human society is the following: when huge institutions implode, comedy is the principal byproduct. Sure, there will also be...

Analysis: Ramaphosa’s open slate plus Naledi Pandor manoeuvre

Analysis: Ramaphosa’s open slate plus Naledi Pandor manoeuvre

While the ANC likes to pride itself on its traditions and its "own way of doing things", the current race to be its new leader is...

Who is Lord Peter Hain and why are Zupta bots trolling him?

Who is Lord Peter Hain and why are Zupta bots trolling him?

It's a cliché of course, but those who don't know history are bound to repeat it. It didn't take the Zuptabots long to start trolling Lord...

TRAINSPOTTER: The President’s Reapers – Zuma sets the stage for the Dlamini Zuma wrecking crew

TRAINSPOTTER: The President’s Reapers – Zuma sets the stage for the Dlamini Zuma wrecking crew

If the NDZ/MKMVA cap fits, wear it. By RICHARD POPLAK.

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.115 – Evita on Armed Struggles and the President's KXXpXrs (Video)

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.115 – Evita on Armed Struggles and the President's KXXpXrs (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 115. By PIETER-DIRK...

GroundUp: Why communities have gone to court over the Mining Charter

GroundUp: Why communities have gone to court over the Mining Charter

The mining industry has been built on a system of inequality and exclusion. This must change. By Lee-Anne Bruce, Robert Krause, Wandisa Phama and Louis Snyman...

State of the dams: The Cape’s water supply at a glance

State of the dams: The Cape’s water supply at a glance

The Western Cape is facing its worst drought in recent history. Here's what you need to know about its significant dams. By JASON NORWOOD-YOUNG and MARELISE...

Finding Art: James Gubb’s stock price protest poetry breaks boundaries. JSE disagrees.

Finding Art: James Gubb’s stock price protest poetry breaks boundaries. JSE disagrees.

On 31 March Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, while addressing the media outside of the Treasury offices in Pretoria after he and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas had...

#BlackMonday promoted anti-black racism - EFF

#BlackMonday promoted anti-black racism - EFF

Johannesburg - The #BlackMonday campaign, held to protest the recent spate of murders of farmers, had characteristics of racism, the Economic Freedom Fighters said on Tuesday.

SassaGate Reloaded: Scopa cracks the whip, orders Sassa to resolve impasse urgently

SassaGate Reloaded: Scopa cracks the whip, orders Sassa to resolve impasse urgently

With the threat of the possible issue of a subpoena hanging over her head, Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini attended Tuesday's joint sitting of Parliament's...

ISS TODAY: Is Zuma’s nuclear gamble still in play?

ISS TODAY: Is Zuma’s nuclear gamble still in play?

Government's contradictions are likely intended to muddy the waters and avoid pushback from civil society. By Judith February for ISS TODAY.

Analysis: ANC Leadership Race – still not about hearts and minds, but political alignments and vested interests

Analysis: ANC Leadership Race – still not about hearts and minds, but political alignments and vested interests

The once bullet-proof road to the Presidency through the ANC is a tussle between two completely separate political mechanisms. To win the ANC's leadership battle one...

GroundUp: Cape Town’s food basket faces uncertain future

GroundUp: Cape Town’s food basket faces uncertain future

The Philippi Horticultural Area Food and Farming Campaign have taken the City of Cape Town's rezoning decision for judicial review. By Mary-Anne Gontsana for GROUNDUP.

The Interview: The unflappable Mr Maimane

The Interview: The unflappable Mr Maimane

At this point in the ANC's history, you'd think that all an opposition party has to do to prosper is - well, nothing. But is the...

SCORPIO: Tom Moyane’s payment of Exco bonuses ‘grounds for dismissal or suspension’

SCORPIO: Tom Moyane’s payment of Exco bonuses ‘grounds for dismissal or suspension’

The Auditor-General has given tax boss Tom Moyane an ultimatum: Declare controversial bonus payments to your executive committee as irregular expenditure or SARS gets slapped with...

Crime Stats Analysis: The SAPS – while seeking solutions – is part of the problem

Crime Stats Analysis: The SAPS – while seeking solutions – is part of the problem

The long and short of South Africa's crime statistics is that murder is up, as are home and business robberies, carjackings and stock theft. The SAPS...

Gigaba’s mini budget raises downgrade fears

Gigaba’s mini budget raises downgrade fears

The risk of S&P downgrading SA’s local currency credit rating to junk next month has risen following the release of the Medium Term Budget yesterday.

TRAINSPOTTER: The ANC’s ultimate Dark Horse candidate – one’s interview with Zweli Mkhize

TRAINSPOTTER: The ANC’s ultimate Dark Horse candidate – one’s interview with Zweli Mkhize

Dr Zweli Mkhize, Treasurer-General of the African National Congress, is now the third force in what was meant to be a two candidate succession race between...

Analysis: Firing Ramaphosa could turn into political suicide for Zuma

Analysis: Firing Ramaphosa could turn into political suicide for Zuma

It is now beyond trite to say that tensions are rising within the ANC, and that the stakes - money, power, lives, an entire country -...

Op-Ed: Can South Africa’s constitutional democracy be sustained?

Op-Ed: Can South Africa’s constitutional democracy be sustained?

Despite the troubled time that South Africa is going through, it is not on the verge of becoming "just another failed African post-colonial experiment". Far from...

#CapeWaterGate: ‘I wish we could have acted better’ – DA’s Maimane

#CapeWaterGate: ‘I wish we could have acted better’ – DA’s Maimane

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says he's confident that Cape Town won't run out of water. In an interview with Daily Maverick on Thursday, however, Maimane...

ANC Leadership Race: Rumour mill in overdrive, Ramaphosa lives to fight another day

ANC Leadership Race: Rumour mill in overdrive, Ramaphosa lives to fight another day

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's Thursday morning started with rumours doing the rounds that he'd be axed and replaced by ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma before the...

Cabinet Reshuffle Analysis: Jacob Zuma, the Disruptor-in-Chief

Cabinet Reshuffle Analysis: Jacob Zuma, the Disruptor-in-Chief

In one fell swoop President Jacob Zuma rid himself of a political critic and appointed a close ally to a key portfolio in Tuesday's Cabinet reshuffle....

Three universities castigated for announcing increases before release of Fees Commission report

Three universities castigated for announcing increases before release of Fees Commission report

Unilateral fees increases for the 2018 academic year by some universities might be a recipe for disaster, warns the Higher Education Transformation Network. By ORATENG LEPODISE.

Cabinet Reshuffle: A worried South Africa responds

Cabinet Reshuffle: A worried South Africa responds

President Jacob Zuma's Tuesday Cabinet reshuffle was greeted with almost unanimous concern from quarters unconnected to the ANC. While the axing of Higher Education Minister Blade...

Op-Ed: Why does the government hold on to SAA?

Op-Ed: Why does the government hold on to SAA?

It is a truism that governments have no business running an airline. The airline industry is notoriously capital and skills intensive and yet has hair-thin margins....

ANC Leadership Race: Court applications as politics by other means

ANC Leadership Race: Court applications as politics by other means

The road to the ANC's December conference appears to be lined with court cases. Hardly a day goes by without the news that someone or other...

Zuma Spy Tapes Judgment Day cometh: Will Shaun Abrahams finally honour his oath of office?

Zuma Spy Tapes Judgment Day cometh: Will Shaun Abrahams finally honour his oath of office?

Shaun Abrahams, head of the country's beleaguered National Prosecution Authority will find himself in the spotlight on Friday when the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein...

Life Esidimeni: Deaths recounted, but will government hold its own accountable?

Life Esidimeni: Deaths recounted, but will government hold its own accountable?

After two years of fighting, relatives of Life Esidimeni patients entered an arbitration process aimed at achieving truth, redress and closure on Monday. They have to...

Analysis: Hoping for a new lease of life, KPMG SA gets a new leadership

Analysis: Hoping for a new lease of life, KPMG SA gets a new leadership

It takes time for the wheels of government to grind, so much more so when parts of that government are compromised at best and well and...

ANC Leadership Race: With Mpumalanga’s massive growth, it’s now David Mabuza, the decider. Be very afraid.

ANC Leadership Race: With Mpumalanga’s massive growth, it’s now David Mabuza, the decider. Be very afraid.

When trying to put together the complicated puzzle that is the ANC's leadership election equation, it is important to assign values to your pieces. You need...

Analysis: Coalitions no easy route come 2019, as current co-operation pacts wobble

Analysis: Coalitions no easy route come 2019, as current co-operation pacts wobble

Project 2019 is well under way in the ANC, DA and EFF as all eye victory in the next national elections. But each of South Africa's...

Parliament: Public Protector’s curious take on her powers as she stands by review of Reserve Bank mandate

Parliament: Public Protector’s curious take on her powers as she stands by review of Reserve Bank mandate

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Thursday stood by her call to review the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) constitutional mandate, part of the controversial Absa Bankorp...

amaBhungane & Scorpio: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 3 – Eskom tells McKinsey and Trillian to #PayBackTheMoney

amaBhungane & Scorpio: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 3 – Eskom tells McKinsey and Trillian to #PayBackTheMoney

Eskom has moved to reclaim R1.6-billion paid to McKinsey and Trillian for a consulting project that left the power utility "open to excessive economic exposure", according...

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Lynne Brown confident as annual report season raises governance issues

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Lynne Brown confident as annual report season raises governance issues

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has staked her reputational recovery on a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) probe into Eskom's dodgy dealings highlighted in the #GuptaLeaks emails....

Chamber of Mines: It’s impossible to talk to Zwane

Chamber of Mines: It’s impossible to talk to Zwane

As the battle over the third Mining Charter continues, the Chamber of Mines is directly criticising Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane who, despite his public pronouncements,...

Parliament: SAPS performance targets missed as torture and deaths at the hands of police rise

Parliament: SAPS performance targets missed as torture and deaths at the hands of police rise

The SAPS admitted failure in reaching its own performance targets due to "dereliction of duty" when its generals appeared before Parliament's police committee. Sans acting national...

SARS Wars: KPMG report – the Firm, the Lawyers, the Auditor and the Blame Game

SARS Wars: KPMG report – the Firm, the Lawyers, the Auditor and the Blame Game

While KPMG SA might have withdrawn the findings and conclusions of a controversial "forensic" report into an alleged covert unit in SARS as well as offered...

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 2 – Contract to pay McKinsey and Trillian R1.6-bn ‘invalid’

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 2 – Contract to pay McKinsey and Trillian R1.6-bn ‘invalid’

In Part 1 of the #Guptaleaks: The McKinsey Dossier, we detailed how global consultancy McKinsey lined up a R9.4-billion bonanza from Eskom with the help of...

The Interview: Mark Heywood

The Interview: Mark Heywood

Earlier in 2017, the SECTION27 executive director announced that he would be stepping down. Heywood was executive director of the Aids Law Project, co-founder of Treatment...

ANC Leadership Race: Eastern Cape hands key victory to Ramaphosa

ANC Leadership Race: Eastern Cape hands key victory to Ramaphosa

It was a good weekend for supporters of the ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa after his camp scored a major victory in the Eastern Cape.

TRAINSPOTTER: Billable Hours — how SA’s best and brightest screwed the country out of a future

TRAINSPOTTER: Billable Hours — how SA’s best and brightest screwed the country out of a future

Idiots are bad. Smart people are worse.

SARS Wars: A year after Makwakwa scandal hit the headlines, his fate is still not spoken of

SARS Wars: A year after Makwakwa scandal hit the headlines, his fate is still not spoken of

More than a year ago, on 15 September 2016, SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane finally suspended Jonas Makwakwa, his then second-in-command, after the Financial Intelligence Centre had...

Zeitz Mocaa: Cape Town’s new art museum stuns and provokes

Zeitz Mocaa: Cape Town’s new art museum stuns and provokes

The past weekend saw the public opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. A project unprecedented in its scale and ambition on the African...

KPMG SA: CEO Nhlamulo Dlomu – pulling a jumbo out of a nosedive

KPMG SA: CEO Nhlamulo Dlomu – pulling a jumbo out of a nosedive

On Friday 15 September KPMG International made a dramatic admission that KPMG SA had fallen way short of governance standards.

Op-Ed: Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid

Op-Ed: Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid

A serious engineering study and report has dispelled the myths and propaganda peddled by fired former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.

Op-Ed: KPMG – Too big to fail?

Op-Ed: KPMG – Too big to fail?

KPMG is struggling to survive and its recent restructuring and public pronouncements have not helped its cause either.

SARS vs KPMG: Cornered Moyane risks total exposure

SARS vs KPMG: Cornered Moyane risks total exposure

On Monday, SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, barely able to contain his rage, denounced KPMG SA for retracting on Friday the findings and recommendations of its 2014...

ANC Leadership Race: KwaZulu-Natal is Ground Zero

ANC Leadership Race: KwaZulu-Natal is Ground Zero

KwaZulu-Natal ANC's current leadership is set to fight for survival in a week that will see fierce lobbying and counter-lobbying to stay the effects of a...

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: A third Gupta-Transnet ‘kickback’ contract unearthed

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: A third Gupta-Transnet ‘kickback’ contract unearthed

Transnet bought seven of the world's most expensive port cranes because its Chinese state-owned supplier inflated the price to pay off the Guptas, a kickback contract...

GroundUp: Gordhan urges South Africans to be informed about Eskom

GroundUp: Gordhan urges South Africans to be informed about Eskom

Simple booklet explaining the Eskom Inquiry has been published. By William Yoder for GROUNDUP.

National Development Plan: Five years on, are celebrations really in order?

National Development Plan: Five years on, are celebrations really in order?

This month marks five years since the government's National Development Plan was adopted by Parliament - and a spirit of celebration is in the air.

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – Pretoria’s beehive in Paris

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – Pretoria’s beehive in Paris

This is the seventh edition of the Open Secrets' series, Declassified: Apartheid Profits.

Zuma, State Security and Public Protector behind attack on SA Reserve Bank, court papers reveal

Zuma, State Security and Public Protector behind attack on SA Reserve Bank, court papers reveal

An explosive affidavit filed by the South African Reserve Bank in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday has confirmed suspicions that Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, colluded...

TRAINSPOTTER: The Way we are. The Where we are.

TRAINSPOTTER: The Way we are. The Where we are.

There are literally hundreds of rumours circulating the South African political space. Here's Richard Poplak's take on what's playing out.

Analysis: What’s behind the ‘sale’ of The New Age and ANN7 to Jimmy Manyi?

Analysis: What’s behind the ‘sale’ of The New Age and ANN7 to Jimmy Manyi?

What are we to make of the purchase by Jimmy Manyi of the Gupta-owned media assets? On the information available, it looks like a scam.

Morningside News delivers hyper-local news, views and events to Sandton residents!

Morningside News delivers hyper-local news, views and events to Sandton residents!

When it comes to news, we’re spoilt for choice with a variety of news channels, newspapers, websites, radio bulletins and social media feeds to choose from....

ANC in Opposition: Challenging the DA while it’s vulnerable in Joburg

ANC in Opposition: Challenging the DA while it’s vulnerable in Joburg

Barely a month goes by without a no confidence motion somewhere across government. The latest motion is playing out in Johannesburg.

PetroSA signs $400m deal with Russian company

PetroSA signs $400m deal with Russian company

The Russian-government owned geological company, Rosgeo, has landed a $400 million deal to develop oil and gas blocks off the Cape south coast.

Crunch time for ANC as KwaZulu-Natal court battle gets under way

Crunch time for ANC as KwaZulu-Natal court battle gets under way

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is the boss, but of late it's had the need to feel out some possible allies very publicly. Its message has been...

Zama zamas demand mining permits from Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Zama zamas demand mining permits from Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Illegal miners, organised under the banner of Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA), took to the streets of Pretoria on Tuesday and marched on the...

Op-Ed: Marikana – Five Years of Injustice

Op-Ed: Marikana – Five Years of Injustice

On the fifth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre on 16 August, it is timely to recall the actions and inactivity of our President and Deputy Present...

#GuptaLeaks: Guptas’ blue lights mystery solved

#GuptaLeaks: Guptas’ blue lights mystery solved

The #GuptaLeaks have finally solved the mystery of the blue light vehicles that illegally ferried hundreds of guests to the infamous Sun City wedding extravaganza in...

Accountant turned Braai Day master: Jan Scannell on how fires unite SA

Accountant turned Braai Day master: Jan Scannell on how fires unite SA

Jan Scannell, aka 'Jan Braai', is a chartered accountant turned braai master who has reignited Heritage Day in South Africa.

Gender-based Violence: Mbalula admits SAPS neglects cases – but no special treatment for Manana

Gender-based Violence: Mbalula admits SAPS neglects cases – but no special treatment for Manana

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday said the SAPS "neglected" many cases of violence against women by failing to accept cases of gender violence, not investigating...

Zuma Survives Ouster Bid to Keep Grip on South African Power

Zuma Survives Ouster Bid to Keep Grip on South African Power

South African President Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence motion in parliament, ensuring that he'll maintain his grip on power until at least the end of the...

Named and shamed: MPs who backed Zuma in previous no-confidence vote

Named and shamed: MPs who backed Zuma in previous no-confidence vote

History tells us that all seven previous motions of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma were heavily rejected by the majority of ANC MPs.

The art of UCT’s Max Price: Siding with ignorance and misperception

The art of UCT’s Max Price: Siding with ignorance and misperception

Two years ago, 74 artworks on public display at the University of Cape Town were removed to protect them from protesting students. At the time, UCT...

South Africa Appoints Jarana to Turn Around Unprofitable SAA

South Africa Appoints Jarana to Turn Around Unprofitable SAA

South Africa's National Treasury confirmed the appointment of Vodacom Group Ltd. executive Vuyani Jarana as the first permanent chief executive officer of the state-owned carrier since November...

Bringing our copyright laws into the digital era

Bringing our copyright laws into the digital era

There are a great deal of positives to the draft Copyright Act Amendment Bill, which is before parliament in public hearings this week. But some tweaks...

Gupta Family Deny South African Emails are Real in BBC Interview

Gupta Family Deny South African Emails are Real in BBC Interview

A raft of emails leaked to South African media about how the Gupta family have won billions of rands of contracts from state-owned companies and influenced...

GroundUp: Digital TV for poor households – understanding the Concourt’s judgments

GroundUp: Digital TV for poor households – understanding the Concourt’s judgments

Set top boxes case split the highest court three ways. By Safura Abdool Karim for GROUNDUP...

Dear Shaun Abrahams, put up or ship out and let others do your job

Dear Shaun Abrahams, put up or ship out and let others do your job

The current reopening of the inquest into the death of activist Ahmed Timol in 1971 while in police custody is a reminder not only of how...

S. Africa Central Bank Warns Policy Uncertainty May Deepen Slump

S. Africa Central Bank Warns Policy Uncertainty May Deepen Slump

South Africa's central bank warned that an economic slump may deepen if the government doesn't address political turbulence and a policy vacuum in mining and agriculture...

GroundUp: Civil society mobilises to end Zuma presidency

GroundUp: Civil society mobilises to end Zuma presidency

A People's March is to be held on 7 August in Cape Town in advance of the no confidence vote in Zuma in Parliament scheduled for...

Politics to Weigh on South Africa's Central Bank, Moody's Says

Politics to Weigh on South Africa's Central Bank, Moody's Says

South Africa's central bank is under increasing political pressure to maintain "expansionary" monetary policy, Moody's Investors Service said...

GroundUp: Cybercrimes Bill threatens our freedom

GroundUp: Cybercrimes Bill threatens our freedom

There are just two days left to give your comments to Parliament. By Murray Hunter for GROUNDUP...

South Africa Raises Forecast for Record 2017 Corn Harvest

South Africa Raises Forecast for Record 2017 Corn Harvest

South Africa, the continent's biggest producer of corn, increased its forecast of this year's record crop after farmers improved their yields...

Parliament & State Capture: Inquiry into Eskom's role passes first hurdle, but is it just a show of form?

Parliament & State Capture: Inquiry into Eskom's role passes first hurdle, but is it just a show of form?

Parliament's public enterprises committee is inching towards its inquiry into Eskom's dodgy procurement dealings, state capture and governance troubles including Brian Molefe's controversial return as chief...

Zuma's Home Region Seeks Allies in S. Africa Succession Race

Zuma's Home Region Seeks Allies in S. Africa Succession Race

South African President Jacob Zuma's home province is making overtures to one of the key power blocs in the African National Congress in a bid to...

Op-Ed: Resisting evictions from farms

Op-Ed: Resisting evictions from farms

Many evictions from farms are illegal. Farm dwellers can resist them and can insist on the protection of their rights. Knowledge of the law is a...

Health-e News: Pills, prevention and politicking – the unfinished business of HIV

Health-e News: Pills, prevention and politicking – the unfinished business of HIV

The world's most important HIV scientific conference is currently under way in Paris - yet mere days ago, one of the country's iconic Aids activists died...

Vuwani: Unhappy community on the march, again

Vuwani: Unhappy community on the march, again

Schools that were damaged in last year's protests are functional, but Mhlanga said the learning conditions are not ideal...

Violence erupts in Hout Bay as City attempts to reblock

Violence erupts in Hout Bay as City attempts to reblock

Spokesperson for the mayor, said police and other law-enforcement personnel removed “52 illegally erected and unoccupied structures...

Red Ants turf residents out of Johannesburg building

Red Ants turf residents out of Johannesburg building

A number of evictees said they were also worried about the “nyaope boys” stealing their goods after the Red Ants had left...

Welfare minister commits to work with post office

Welfare minister commits to work with post office

The South African cabinet minister who oversees more than $11 billion in annual welfare payments said she is committed to working with the state-owned post office...

What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

The National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has plans to divert water from the Berg River to the Voelvlei Dam...

After 59 deaths allegedly at the hands of SAPS in Gauteng, no officer has faced justice

After 59 deaths allegedly at the hands of SAPS in Gauteng, no officer has faced justice

The next says an officer in Tembisa hit pedestrians with his car mirror and then pulled over. “The constable produced [his] service pistol and he shot...

Fact sheet: The state of South Africa’s prisons

Fact sheet: The state of South Africa’s prisons

South Africa’s most famous ex-prisoner wrote in his autobiography that “no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails”...

Vitol Drops Plan to Buy Gupta Stake of S. African Coal Terminal

Vitol Drops Plan to Buy Gupta Stake of S. African Coal Terminal

Vitol Group, the world's largest independent oil trader, walked away from a deal to buy a stake in the Richards Bay Coal Terminal...

SAP opens probe into South African unit kickback reports

SAP opens probe into South African unit kickback reports

SAP has put four senior managers in South Africa on leave and begun a probe...

WATCH: South Africa rising – mass movement targets Zuptas on Mandela Day

WATCH: South Africa rising – mass movement targets Zuptas on Mandela Day

The Conference for the Future of South Africa is a landmark event, and we encourage organisations that are not yet part of our process to join...

The A-bomb – R2-billion amnesty package for Zuma?

The A-bomb – R2-billion amnesty package for Zuma?

An offer of R2-billion has been presented to Jacob Zuma, making it the most significant financial amnesty ever made to a sitting head of state....

Cannabis Chronicles: Dagga Couple go global

Cannabis Chronicles: Dagga Couple go global

From the end of July to the middle of August, South Africa will be on the front lines of international drug policy reform...

South Africa Suspends Mining Charter Pending Court Challenge

South Africa Suspends Mining Charter Pending Court Challenge

South African Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has suspended the controversial new Mining Charter pending judgment...

S. Africa Central Bank to Proceed With Action Against Mkhwebane

S. Africa Central Bank to Proceed With Action Against Mkhwebane

South Africa's central bank will persist in seeking a court order to set aside an instruction from the nation's anti-graft ombudsman...

South Africa Is Said to Mull State Internet Company Merger

South Africa Is Said to Mull State Internet Company Merger

South Africa is considering a merger of state-owned technology companies Broadband Infraco and Sentech...

South African lions shot dead after Kruger Park escape

South African lions shot dead after Kruger Park escape

A trio of lions which escaped from South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park have been shot dead after killing a cow...

School Maths: Dropping the bar for mathematics passes may not add up

School Maths: Dropping the bar for mathematics passes may not add up

A proposal by the Department of Basic Education could put paid to the requirement that pupils in Grades 7, 8 and 9 pass maths in order...

Why did Hout Bay explode?

Why did Hout Bay explode?

A showdown is looming. Zara Nicholson, spokesperson for the mayor, says...

Public Protector u-turn on SARB challenge, still tackling Absa, Gigaba

Public Protector u-turn on SARB challenge, still tackling Absa, Gigaba

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane considered legal advice and decided not to oppose the application...

S. African Graft Ombudsman Won't Oppose Central Bank Challenge

S. African Graft Ombudsman Won't Oppose Central Bank Challenge

South Africa's anti-graft ombudsman won't oppose the Reserve Bank's court application to review and set aside her instruction...

South Africa's Welfare Agency Scraps Minister's Advisory Teams

South Africa's Welfare Agency Scraps Minister's Advisory Teams

The South African Social Services Agency has scrapped the advisory groups that were set up to plan for the future of the country's...

Thieves steal computers from South African state prosecutors' offices

Thieves steal computers from South African state prosecutors' offices

In March, burglars stole 15 computers containing information on South Africa's judges and court officials...

Four lions escape South Africa's Kruger park

Four lions escape South Africa's Kruger park

In May, the agency captured five lions that broke free from the same park...

Bell Pottinger apology – playing the victim – not accepted

Bell Pottinger apology – playing the victim – not accepted

It's the age-old excuse, “We didn’t know.” But that essentially is the thrust of Bell Pottinger’s grovelling apology..

South Africa Taxi Council Suspends Plan for July 12 Strike

South Africa Taxi Council Suspends Plan for July 12 Strike

Taxi operators in South Africa suspended plans to strike on July 12, pending the outcome of talks with Transport Minister Mkhacani Maswanganyi...

Arthur Lenk: 11 things I learned in South Africa

Arthur Lenk: 11 things I learned in South Africa

As I approach the end of four wonderful years as Israel’s Ambassador in South Africa...

SA data 14 times more expensive than India? Beware #DataMustFall fake news.

SA data 14 times more expensive than India? Beware #DataMustFall fake news.

The #DataMustFall movement seems to resurface from time to time after reaching its zenith last year...

Printing money would trigger a painful South African recession

Printing money would trigger a painful South African recession

SA risks slipping into a long and painful economic recession if the central bank is forced to abandon its policy...

The building blocks of success: Capitec CEO on why they’re number 1

The building blocks of success: Capitec CEO on why they’re number 1

Last year, Capitec broke new ground with a live webcast of its AGM, and this year CEO Gerrie Fourie did the same thing...

South African firm develops new identification technology.

South African firm develops new identification technology.

Developers say field tests so far have shown that aiDX capabilities surpass the accuracy of conventional methods by up to 20 times...

South African court bars schools from promoting any one religion

South African court bars schools from promoting any one religion

Argued that it was in the interest of South Africa's democracy that public schools not be allowed to favour a specific religion...

Tough choices ahead for Kruger National Park

Tough choices ahead for Kruger National Park

What is the purpose of national parks in modern South Africa and where will the money come from to protect and sustain them? asks TONY CARNIE

Mallett hails 'incredible' Springboks turnaround

Mallett hails 'incredible' Springboks turnaround

Former South Africa forward and coach Nick Mallett hailed the Springboks for completing a 3-0 Test series whitewash over France...

Smoke on The Water – what to save when you are about to lose it all

Smoke on The Water – what to save when you are about to lose it all

Writer, journalist, producer and musician CHRIS DU PLESSIS lost his home and everything in it during the recent fires that raged through Knysna. Read his story...

How the Springboks fared as they whitewash France

How the Springboks fared as they whitewash France

The Springboks finally buried their Ellis Park bogey against the French with their first-ever victory against the Tricolors in Johannesburg...

Second week of mass evictions and violent protests in Port Elizabeth

Second week of mass evictions and violent protests in Port Elizabeth

Police conducted a raid at 03:00, arrested 12 and confiscated petrol bombs and tyres...

KZN thoroughbred auction to attract SA’s horse racing elite

KZN thoroughbred auction to attract SA’s horse racing elite

This year’s July is expected to attract more than 50 000 racing enthusiasts...

Proteas look to lay the foundations of a legacy at the World Cup

Proteas look to lay the foundations of a legacy at the World Cup

South Africa begin their World Cup campaign in England this weekend...

AB ‘excited’ to lead T20 side

AB ‘excited’ to lead T20 side

Although the date of the next ICC World T20 tournament is yet to be confirmed, De Villiers says bilateral T20 series are important...

SAA wins for best staff service

SAA wins for best staff service

We will continue with the introduction of service enhancements to add to a host of improvements such as a family check-in services at OR Tambo International...

SARB governor fights back: Hands off the central bank - if you want to preserve SA economy

SARB governor fights back: Hands off the central bank - if you want to preserve SA economy

As President Jacob Zuma and his clique make noises to change the Constitution, South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago has fought back...

Boks to prepare for French backlash

Boks to prepare for French backlash

The Springboks will continue to focus on their own processes and fundamentals during the build-up to the final...

Open letter to the 'super-suit without substance', Minister Malusi Gigaba

Open letter to the 'super-suit without substance', Minister Malusi Gigaba

It’s also emerged in recent days, that Gigaba bulldozed through the Guptas’ South African citizenship, despite previous government officials rejecting their applications...

Bekker 'disappointed' at major debut display

Bekker 'disappointed' at major debut display

South Africa's Oliver Bekker says he is disappointed after missing the cut in his US Open debut at Erin Hills...

Police spooks threaten to strike

Police spooks threaten to strike

Turmoil is brewing within the police’s crime intelligence unit, with operatives threatening to go on strike...

How they fared – the Springbok performance scorecard

How they fared – the Springbok performance scorecard

No coach will ever express unreserved satisfaction for the way their team has played, and Bok coach Allister Coetzee is no different...

Thousands left stranded by Johannesburg taxi blockade

Thousands left stranded by Johannesburg taxi blockade

Talks between the National Taxi Association and SA Taxi Finance Holdings stalled resulting in taxi drivers turning off their engines...

Lambie not considering retiring, say Sharks

Lambie not considering retiring, say Sharks

The Sharks have firmly denied that flyhalf Pat Lambie is considering retirement following his latest concussion...

Proteas too 'macho' to handle pressure?

Proteas too 'macho' to handle pressure?

World-renowned physical and mental conditioning expert Paddy Upton has an interesting take on where the Proteas are going wrong...

South African to lead World Farmers' Organisation

South African to lead World Farmers' Organisation

This is the first South African to lead the World Farmer’s Organisation, according to Johannes Möller, president of Agri SA...

Hare-brained run-outs scupper SA

Hare-brained run-outs scupper SA

The Proteas ended up being bundled out for 191, with a criminal five and a half overs to spare...

Molefe: Will Gordhan take Solidarity's bait ...

Molefe: Will Gordhan take Solidarity's bait ...

And spill the beans in court?

Zuma's presidency at risk as ANC debates ouster

Zuma's presidency at risk as ANC debates ouster

ANC's NEC can tell Zuma to resign; parliament has final say.