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#CabinetReshuffle sparks protests

President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle caused shockwaves across the nation Friday. Zuma fired five ministers and reshuffled several more including, controversially, Finance Minister Pravin...

Whose responsibility is it to keep women safe on taxis?

Naledi Moses* doesn’t usually catch taxis at night. But in August last year she got home late from campus and didn’t want to walk...

Sassa social grant crisis averted, for now

On Friday 17 March, the Constitutional Court ruled that the invalid South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) will...

‘If the government doesn’t listen now they are committing suicide’

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been in turmoil since 2014 after the Constitutional Court found that the tender process in which...

“Living after the fire, it feels like hell” – displaced Imizamo...

Imizamo Yethu, an informal settlement on the edge of affluent Hout Bay, was devastated by fire at the weekend. According to the City of...

City of Cape Town redesigning Imizamo Yethu but residents know nothing...

The City of Cape Town has begun redesigning parts of Imizamo Yethu, the informal settlement in Hout Bay that was devastated by fire at...

Ministers kill ‘done but unsigned’ emergency grants deal

A high-powered task team of cabinet ministers has thrown out the deal negotiated between the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) and outsourced provider Cash...

400+ soldiers in Parliament? What is Zuma preparing for?

On Tuesday evening it was revealed that the Presidency has deployed more than 400 soldiers to parliament ahead of #SONA2017 in Cape Town. Reports suggest that...

Health minister claims young doctors are fussy, while they urge him...

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has slammed claims that there is a shortage of available posts for newly-qualified health professionals in South Africa - but...

The many problems with the SABC and its troubled board

Last week, the ad hoc committee’s report into the investigation of the SABC board’s fitness to function was leaked to the media. Whoops. This,...

Open letter to Pravin Gordhan urges him to take responsibility in...

In an open letter to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, head of department of anthropology at Wits, Dr Kelly Gillespie, expressed her disappointment that Gordhan...

After the Party: The ANC missed the many varieties of the...

According to EBRAHIM FAKIR AND ELNARI POTGIETER, the ANC ignored the working class in urban areas in the run-up the this year's local election.  The...

ANC councillor in Durban: “You have to be the eyes and...

Durban's ward 26, comprising of beachfront areas and tourist spots, is a hotly contested area in this year's local government elections. The ward was...

Now the South African government is playing with our online freedoms

It's as if they thought we wouldn't find out. While the world has been going to shit of late, with bombings here (Istanbul, Saudi...

A strong SABC is crucial for democracy in South Africa

On Friday, members of the media and civil society staged a protest outside the SABC's offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. They were protesting the...

South African politicians just don’t get us anymore

There exists within the current South African political climate, indicators that it is time for greater youth representation. TAD KHOSA reviews the current crop...

War on terror: Will South Africans protect their sovereignty?

After reports circulated that South Africa may be a target for terrorist groups, FEZILE KANJU questions whether South Africa's sovereignty is at stake, and...

Do South Africans want more local music on their radios?

Last week, the SABC announced that it will start playing 90% local music across all its radio stations, a decision which was welcomed by...

There’s a mixed reaction to the launch of the Black First...

Andile Mnxgitama launched his Black First Land First movement on May 14 in Orlando West, Soweto. Although Mngxitama placed great emphasis that the movement...

More local jams on the radio means more jobs

Icasa, the broadcasting regulator, says it will still go ahead with instituting a 60-70% local music quota on all radio stations in the country...
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