Heavy rains in Durban and along the South Coast. Snow in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. And blue skies in Gauteng following heavy downpours on Monday. But not a drop of rain in the Western Cape – the province that seems to need it most. You could be forgiven for thinking that the Weather Gods have gone crazy. By ORATENG LEPODISE.
Eskom paid Trillian R595-million without a valid contract while lying to the public about doing so. This is well established by now. But how the Gupta-linked company was sneaked onto Eskom’s payment system – a system designed to prevent fraud – has always been a mystery. A series of interviews and leaked documents show that suspended chief financial officer Anoj Singh and his management team stand accused of bending over backwards to get Trillian their payday, sometimes bullying mid-level officials into fabricating documents. By Pauli van Wyk for SCORPIO and Susan Comrie for AMABHUNGANE.
Over the last three weeks or so it has become apparent that the race to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC now has three serious contenders, instead of just two. ANC Treasurer Zweli Mkhize has since become a serious contender, joining Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. This has led to speculation, so far without any hard evidence, that Mkhize has been President Jacob Zuma’s preferred candidate all along. This raises the question then of how this race would look if Dlamini Zuma were to pull out. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
The government’s report on funding for higher education has not been made public yet, but already tensions are brewing on university campuses once again. A particular pressure cooker has been the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where violent protests have been occurring over the last few months. On Tuesday, the campus was shut down. What’s happening at CPUT exhibits now familiar features of South Africa’s student protests. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Somewhere at a glittering reception this past weekend, the deputy minister for telecommunications and postal services, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, celebrated her 40th birthday. Guests posted it on Facebook. Her name also showed up on a list of 38 names on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s slate, entitled “CR17 Youth Nomination to the ANC NEC”. Being young in the ANC isn’t what it used to be. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Almost exactly a year ago, campuses around the country erupted in violent clashes not seen since the 1980s, with students calling for free higher education. And while government agreed to provide financial relief for the so-called “missing middle”, the funding crisis is far from over. The student fee conundrum is not isolated to South Africa, however. In Britain, the average student debt is £60,000 (over R1-million) and with nearly half of graduates never repaying their debt, Britain’s student finance system is in crisis. In a public lecture at the Wits Business School, PETER HAIN discussed the student fee crisis in Britain and possible solutions to a universal problem.
Parliament’s justice committee on Tuesday decided to squeeze into a chock-a-block programme a DA request for removal proceedings against the public protector after a rather public display of ANC factionalism. Committee chairman Mathole Motshekga threw a curve ball to party colleagues by proposing an ad hoc committee, similar to the one that appointed the public protector, but was overruled after a quick ANC caucus. Elsewhere in the parliamentary precinct, the communications committee was presented with the SABC annual report and adverse audit finding in the absence of a board whose job in law it to account to MPs. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
“Tweet, Twitter, twat.” A phrase coined by a newsroom colleague perfectly describing inane social media frenzies. Jokes aside, posting your information to sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook is potentially a big mistake if you’re trying to avoid government surveillance. By HEIDI SWART.
Gauteng was hit by a severe thunderstorm on Monday, destroying property and resulting in the death of one person and many being injured. Areas of the West Rand and Ekurhuleni have been the worst affected. All photos by IHSAAN HAFFEJEE.
Op-ed: Did sexual offences, hijackings and murder really increase respectively by 117%, 93% and 9% during 2016/17?
If just for a moment you place yourself in the position of a potential traveller to, investor in and/or rating agent of South Africa and you had just receive these figures in the headline above, released by the Statistician-General of South Africa himself, what would you do? By CHRIS DE KOCK.
Cricket South Africa confirmed on Tuesday that the T20 Global League has been postponed. Despite media being assured just last week that the tournament would go ahead as scheduled, the governing body now says the decision to postpone it was “not taken lightly”. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Following comments by Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe that it was time to review the performance of his cabinet ministers, a cabinet reshuffle was announced by the Chief Secretary in the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, on Monday. And while the reshuffle did not go all out to end Emmerson Mnangagwa’s political career, it has weakened him. By SALLY NYAKANYANGA.
If universities of the future are to be relevant and contribute to building an inclusive, just society, one that nurtures reflection and deep learning, they should be places where we are intrigued by opinions that differ from our own. Such perspectives may challenge the status quo and our assumptions about the world we live in.
Hanging around social media and just life in general you realise that even allies disappoint. Regularly. Someone who understands race and white supremacy doesn’t necessarily get feminism, or vice versa. So we thought we’d put together a handy guide of things woke male feminists should know and live by.
SIMON MANTELL: The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors – hard-nosed watchdog of the profession or docile lapdog?
While the IRBA has the power to de-register audit firms and it might well do so with small firms, the question remains whether it has the stomach to take on the large firms in the event that they step out of line.