A British couple left critically ill in an English village were exposed to Novichok -- the same nerve agent used in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the nearby city of Salisbury this year, police said on Wednesday.
INGONYAMA TRUST & LAND EXPROPRIATION: Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini uses expropriation bogeyman to perpetuate control of tribal land
Speaking in Ulundi on Wednesday, amaZulu leaders including King Goodwill Zwelithini and IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi rallied against changing Section 25 of the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation. In reality, they were conflating different land issues and using scare tactics to keep control of land under the Ingonyama Trust rather than allow tenants their customary land rights.
Bentley is one of the few motoring marques that could be considered automotive royalty. Despite its German custodians, it remains resolutely British, with a proud heritage to match. But can Bentley’s take on the SUV formula retain that regal dignity?
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) on Wednesday told MPs that all “glitches” in getting social grants paid should be resolved within the following two days. Getting access to that monthly social grant has been a struggle this month for about 700,000 beneficiaries, who migrated to the new cards. And although Sassa was confident there would not be a repeat of July’s payment debacle as more beneficiaries are receiving the new cards, not everyone was quite convinced.
Following the disastrous start to the distribution of social grants this week, the DA (Democratic Alliance) visited a Sassa pay point at the Zolani Centre in Nyanga on Wednesday. I was joined by my colleague in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Thandi Mpambo-Sibukwana, and our party national spokesperson Solly Malatsi; as we engaged with beneficiaries it was heartbreaking to witness the fear and uncertainty in people who depend on these grants to put food on the table.
India and China make up a third of the world’s population between them – and are the rising tiger and dragon of the global economy – yet both are even further away from reaching the biggest event on Earth, the Fifa World Cup finals, than Bafana Bafana. How come?
AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT: As Pan-African Parliament undergoes urgent audit, its president seeks protection against SA media ‘harassment’
The African Union seems to be taking its theme this year of fighting corruption seriously when it comes to the business of some continental bodies. It’s put Pan-African Parliament president Roger Nkodo Dang on ice pending a graft investigation, and there’s also some action against irregularities, ironically, within the AU Advisory Board on Corruption.
#CapeWaterGate: Day Zero is cancelled – so why are Capetonians being hit with steep water tariff hikes?
As of 1 July 2018, Capetonians will pay on average 19.9% more for water and sanitation. This is despite the fact that the City of Cape Town has officially taken Day Zero off the cards for the next two years. The ANC says it will challenge the tariff increases in court, while community groups have expressed unhappiness too. But the City of Cape Town responds that the matter is at least partly out of their hands.
United States – Liberia: Former Number Two to Charles Taylor convicted on 11 counts of immigration fraud
Witnesses travelled from as far away as Liberia to help sink a former warlord in a US court. There will be more trials as some of those held responsible for the Liberian civil war are held to account.
The hunting of a lion in Umbabat Reserve alongside the Kruger National Park has been cloaked in secrecy ever since it was discovered. With the worldwide outcry at the killing of Cecil several years back, that’s hardly surprising. Here’s what we know so far.
There is a creature known in Zulu as the imvukuzane. It lives underground, has sharp claws and long teeth, but its face is rarely seen. It digs big holes and leaves quite a lot of mess behind on the surface. Daily Maverick picked up the scent of one poking its nose around on the boundaries of one of Africa’s oldest game reserves and followed the sooty footprints of this mysterious creature – all the way back to Fredman Towers in Sandton, where it seems to have concealed itself in the offices of a coal mining company with links to a Chinese energy group and two former government mining officials.