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Yesterday — May 13th 2021Daily Maverick

Business Maverick: DoorDash Beats Sales Estimates on Resilient Food-Delivery

May 13th 2021 at 23:39
DoorDash Inc. reported first-quarter revenue that beat analysts’ estimates, reflecting the sustained demand in food delivery even as restaurants begin to reopen and more people get vaccinated. The shares jumped about 7% in extended trading.

Business Maverick: Bitcoin Hovers Around $50,000 Amid the Fallout From Musk’s Blast

May 13th 2021 at 23:33
Bitcoin was on course for a weekly slump of more than 10% after Tesla Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk doubled down on his attack on the token’s energy demands.

Business Maverick: Jack Ma’s Ant Posted $3.4 Billion Profit After IPO Halt

May 13th 2021 at 23:28
Ant Group Co.’s profit rose to $3.4 billion in the December quarter after Chinese regulators thwarted its record initial public offering and told it to scale back its sprawling business.

Business Maverick: Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom

May 13th 2021 at 23:24
Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the country’s largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction.

OPINIONISTA: Electoral reform: Slim chance South African MPs would represent constituents before parties

May 13th 2021 at 18:11
I am not convinced that the direct election of 200 or 300 National Assembly MPs, each representing a single-member constituency, will significantly improve the performance of individual MPs.

CYBERSECURITY: Colonial Pipeline crisis in US highlights the high price of cracks in a nation’s digital armour

May 13th 2021 at 18:11
A truly horrific possibility of national and even international chaos presents itself from the hacker breach at Colonial Pipeline — a company that brings nearly 50% of all petrol and aviation fuel used in the eastern half of the US to markets and customers. The problem of more such chaos is nowhere near close to being solved. Pay attention closely.

AMABHUNGANE: Powerships: How the multibillion-rand tender was (legally) rigged

May 13th 2021 at 17:44
The rules of the government’s emergency power programme were questionable from the beginning. Then a series of dramatic changes and inexplicable decisions steered the multibillion-rand tender towards a ‘predetermined’ end.

AMABHUNGANE: Powerships: How the tender kneecapped renewables and favoured gas

May 13th 2021 at 17:42
Hundreds of pages of ‘briefing notes’ reveal that frustrated renewable bidders warned the government that nonsensical rules of the emergency power programme would force bidders to burn fossil fuels and result in consumers paying more than they need to for electricity.

PARLIAMENT: Health in SA ‘chronically underfunded’ as nation gears up for Covid Phase 2 vaccinations

May 13th 2021 at 17:39
Three days before Phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that 130 public sector inoculation sites would be active from next week. It’s a far cry from the 3,357 sites previously touted – and provides ample fodder for criticism from the opposition.

CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL UPDATE: CDC eases mask rules in US; South Africa registers 3,221 new cases

May 13th 2021 at 17:26
South Africa registered 3,221 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,605,252. A further 44 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total deaths to 55,012.

OPINIONISTA: ANC must reclaim ethical high ground and undergo total reformation of its leadership culture if it wants us back

May 13th 2021 at 17:16
Under Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, the ANC government projected a leadership culture that was professional, diplomatic, disciplined and devoted to public service. They were sincere about improving the lives of South Africans. But President Cyril Ramaphosa inherited a fractious and dysfunctional ANC, one that had become nearly wholly compromised by the project of State Capture.

OPINIONISTA: The formal and hidden curriculum: Bullying poisons the schooling well and must be addressed

May 13th 2021 at 17:12
Bullying is always a problem at all ages, from extremely young children to adults. This is a reality, and the fact is that in life there will always be bullies. The real problem is the magnitude and severity of the situation, and how schools deal with it.

OPINIONISTA: Look to the sun: A home-grown solar industry key to a just energy transition

May 13th 2021 at 17:01
Enhanced localisation can play a major role in increasing the economic impact that could be derived from solar photovoltaic adoption. This is one way of avoiding an unjust transition from coal to renewables.

AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY: Public sector reform: Urgent, difficult, politically sensitive — but entirely possible

May 13th 2021 at 16:49
Paying high salaries in the public sector had no impact on reducing incentives to corruption, while lifestyle audits on politicians, too, had no effect, participants at a 12 May roundtable webinar on public reform heard.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: It’s a big deal: Prosus/Naspers scheme draws sharp criticism

May 13th 2021 at 16:43
The supercomplex deal announced this week by Prosus, which will see Naspers decline in size and Prosus increase in size, is still being weighed up by the market, but it has attracted some sharp criticism, including a claim that it could result in just under R100bn leaving SA’s markets.

SPOTLIGHT: ‘Lies and cover-ups’: What the Charlotte Maxeke fire tells us about health and safety at Gauteng hospitals

May 13th 2021 at 16:35
As Charlotte Maxeke Hospital missed its reopening date this month after a fire in April, there are concerns that the true cost of the blaze is still to be counted and that it is just another indication of a health department and fire service in crisis.

OUR BURNING PLANET: Critically endangered blue whale washes up on Namibian coast

May 13th 2021 at 16:21
The first washed up blue whale in Africa since the 1986 ban on whaling could be an indication of the population recovery of the endangered animal.

World: Netanyahu poised to gain political lifeline as violence flares

May 13th 2021 at 15:52
By: Reuters
JERUSALEM, May 13 (Reuters) - Civil unrest between Jews and Arabs in Israel dealt a strong blow on Thursday to efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main political rival Yair Lapid to form a new government and unseat the Israeli leader.

DAYS OF ZONDO: Choir of credulity: Mosebenzi Zwane claims he knew nothing about Estina’s involvement in Vrede project

May 13th 2021 at 15:49
Former Cabinet minister Mosebenzi Zwane has maintained he did not corruptly benefit the Gupta family, but his testimony at the Zondo Commission continues to beggar belief.

World: U.S. objects to U.N. meeting on Israel, Gaza on Friday -diplomats

May 13th 2021 at 15:43
NEW YORK, May 13 (Reuters) - The United States has objected to a request by China, Norway and Tunisia for a public, virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Friday to discuss the worsening violence between Israel and Palestinian militants, diplomats said.

Fake Covid-19 tests: Second transport company suspends staff without pay while investigation continues

May 13th 2021 at 15:40
Prince Sekhala, the manager of Falcon Coaches, said the two staff members were suspended for three months without pay while the investigation by management continues.

World: CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Shed Masks in Major Shift

May 13th 2021 at 15:36
(Bloomberg) --Fully vaccinated Americans can largely do away with wearing masks, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, the most significant shift in federal guidelines since the start of the pandemic.

World: Kenyan court slams brakes on president’s constitutional changes

May 13th 2021 at 15:26
By: Reuters
NAIROBI, May 13 (Reuters) - Kenya's High Court ruled on Thursday that a drive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to change the constitution was illegal, stopping what his critics have called a political move designed to check his deputy, whom he has fallen out with publicly.

MAVERICK CITIZEN: Four years later, family of Richard Thole — the boy who disappeared down a mineshaft in Ekurhuleni – still seeks closure

May 13th 2021 at 15:17
Four years after her son fell down a mine ventilation shaft, never to be seen alive again, Nombeko Thole is still struggling to find closure on the loss of her boy, Richard.

SPOTLIGHT: New South African plan for HIV/TB delayed because of Covid-19

South Africa will delay introducing a new HIV and TB plan until 2024, deputy president David Mabuza revealed on Wednesday in response to parliamentary questions. The South African National AIDS Council hopes that a year’s extension on the country’s current plan will allow HIV and TB programmes — and targets — to recover from Covid-19.

OP-ED: BRICS building blocks look shaky as fragmented Covid-19 response undermines foundations of solidarity

Instead of summoning a concerted effort from BRICS — Brazil, Russian, India, China and South Africa — the coronavirus pandemic and attendant distribution of vaccines has fragmented this bloc.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Mall pall: Shopping centres take a hammering as Covid-19 rips through retail industry and consumer wallets

May 13th 2021 at 14:40
A post-Covid-19 world has brought in many business failures, resulting in a rising number of empty shops or vacancies at malls. Underscoring this is the recent results of JSE-listed real estate companies that have reported a rise in vacancies at their shopping malls across South Africa.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Steinhoff comes out guns blazing after Tekkie Town’s bid to liquidate the embattled group

May 13th 2021 at 14:34
The Tekkie Town founders have turned to the courts – again – in their battle against Steinhoff, this time applying for its liquidation. It is just the latest in a long-running and complex saga where the winners are lawyers and accountants.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: PGM party: South African mining output leaps 21.3% year on year in March

May 13th 2021 at 14:31
South African mining production shot up 21.3% year on year in March, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Thursday. It’s the biggest bounce in six years. Mineral sales for the month reached a record R75-billion, with 41% of that generated by platinum group metals (PGMs). Among other things, this bodes well for the first quarter (Q1) GDP figure.

Business Maverick: Blunders with Paul Theron from Vestact

May 13th 2021 at 13:19
Angry Old Man Wants His Vaccine. (Expletive warning).

GROUNDUP : Prasa loses application for leave to appeal reinstating executives

May 13th 2021 at 11:05
Judge finds grounds for appeal of Ngoye judgment ‘grossly misconceived’.

Maverick Citizen Analysis: Tax ‘reform’, Covid-19 and growing inequality fuel Colombian uprising

May 13th 2021 at 09:56
Widespread protests across Colombia showed no sign of easing as they moved into the third week, with the government and protesters far from reaching any type of agreement.

Maverick Citizen Op-Ed: Ten years from Tatane to Ntumba: It is time to take rubber bullets out of protest policing

May 13th 2021 at 09:49
The death of Andries Tatane in 2011 should have brought an end to the police’s use of rubber bullets in public order policing, as should the report of the Marikana Commission of Enquiry. The recent death of Mthokozisi Ntumba would have been prevented if this had been done, and once more shows the urgency of the call to stop their use.

NEWSFLASH: Shadow MEC Danville Smith latest ANC member to step aside in face of corruption charges

May 13th 2021 at 09:30
On Thursday, the ANC member of the Western Cape provincial legislature, announced he would ‘step aside voluntarily with immediate effect’ after appearing in court.

FOOTBALL: Champions League final moved from Istanbul to Porto

May 13th 2021 at 09:05
Sixteen days before European football’s showpiece Champions League final, the venue for the match has been changed to accommodate English government restrictions.

DAYS OF ZONDO: ANALYSIS: Looting at intelligence agencies flourished while politicians failed their oversight role

May 13th 2021 at 08:49
Members of intelligence agencies must have felt invincible. Operatives looted cash meant for covert operations and thwarted investigations by over-classifying documents. Politicians knew what was happening but appeared more concerned with targeting the intelligence watchdog than improving accountability.

ASYLUM SAGA: The end of the road: Refugee leaders deported as Cape Town camps earmarked for closure

May 13th 2021 at 08:28
The window is closing for refugees and asylum seekers protesting in Cape Town to either reintegrate into local communities or repatriate. But a small group of ‘hardliners’ are holding on to the vain hope of resettlement to Canada – a promise made to them by persuasive leaders who have since been deported or imprisoned.

South Africa: Activists fear stalled Copyright Amendment Bill is heading back to square one

May 13th 2021 at 07:56
The progress of the Copyright Amendment Bill and Performers Protection Amendment Bill was halted after Cyril Ramaphosa referred the bills back to Parliament for further consideration, as they did not ‘pass constitutional muster and may therefore be vulnerable to constitutional challenge’.

TGIFOOD: Throwback Thursday: Cape Colony chicken pie

May 13th 2021 at 07:23
Hoenderpastei, as this pie is often called, opens the door to old Cape colonial cuisine with its strange complexity and flavours. Its elements include sago, ham, hard boiled eggs and mace.

GROUNDUP : Government to relocate Ventersdorp farmworkers left homeless through eviction

The families have been living in community halls after spending nights on the roadside with their belongings.

AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY: After stalling for almost three years, Bathabile Dlamini coughs up legal costs for reckless conduct as minister 

May 13th 2021 at 06:13
The Constitutional Court found Dlamini personally liable for the social grant payments crisis that led to the litigation and ordered her to pay costs back in 2018. The Centre for Applied Legal Studies said that Dlamini had made every effort to avoid paying costs’.

Newsdeck: CDC Backs Use of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid Shot in Adolescents

May 13th 2021 at 05:37
(Bloomberg) --Children ages 12 to 15 years old can safely take the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, U.S. health officials said, opening an important new phase of the U.S. immunization effort.

Newsdeck: Seychelles Says Shots Work Amid Surge in Most-Vaccinated Nation

May 13th 2021 at 05:34
(Bloomberg) --Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan said vaccines that have been widely administered to the nation’s population are working even as the Indian Ocean archipelago experiences a surge in coronavirus cases.

Newsdeck: Japanese towns drop plans to host Olympic athletes

May 13th 2021 at 05:31
By: Reuters
TOKYO, May 13 (Reuters) - Dozens of Japanese towns have abandoned plans to host Olympics athletes due to concerns they will overburden already stretched medical resources amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday.

DECLASSIFIED UK: Helicopter attack on Nigerian civilians puts British pilot training under fresh scrutiny

May 13th 2021 at 03:25
Declassified visited villages in Nigeria ruined by indiscriminate air strikes, which killed civilians, levelled marketplaces and hit a school — months after we revealed Nigerian air force pilots were secretly training in the UK.
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Business Maverick: Bumble Adds Users, Makes Profit, But Gives Cautious Outlook

May 12th 2021 at 22:26
Bumble Inc., the dating app that gives women the first move, added new users in the first quarter and reported a jump in revenue, but remained cautious about how fast people will return to in-person socializing.

Business Maverick: Tencent-Backed Miaoshou Weighs $500 Million Hong Kong IPO

May 12th 2021 at 22:21
Beijing Yuanxin Technology Co., which runs pharmaceutical e-commerce platform Miaoshou Doctor, is weighing a Hong Kong initial public offering that could raise at least $500 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

Business Maverick: Biggest U.S. Gasoline Pipeline Restarts After Cyberattack

May 12th 2021 at 22:13
The largest gasoline pipeline in the U.S. is returning to service, recovering from a cyberattack late Friday that sent pump prices surging and triggered shortages across the Eastern U.S.

Business Maverick: Musk Sends Bitcoin Tumbling With Shock U-Turn on Payments

May 12th 2021 at 22:07
Tesla Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the electric-vehicle manufacturer is suspending purchases with Bitcoin, triggering a slide in the digital currency.

ON THE MARCH: Cape Town protesters show solidarity with Palestine

May 12th 2021 at 17:38
The protest came after Israel’s air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which have killed at least 56 people since the violence escalated on Monday.

OPINIONISTA: Regulatory regime: Use of force by SAPS on Sassa queue signals need for legal reform

May 12th 2021 at 17:22
The use of water cannon by police on a Sassa grants queue in Bellville in January, and Ipid’s investigation results, illustrate the urgency with which we must move to develop a comprehensive legal instrument on the use of force. We need a law that will embody the universally recognised principles on the use of force, and promote lawful and expert use of force by the SA Police Service (SAPS).

SCORPIO: South African insurance industry rocked by Insure Group ‘premiums misappropriation’ scandal

May 12th 2021 at 17:12
When the fraud at VBS Mutual Bank was uncovered in 2018, the bank’s implosion pulled away the blanket covering another black hole, of R1.7bn – this time in the insurance sector.

OPINIONISTA: Learning curves: How school governing bodies must strike a balance between control and management

May 12th 2021 at 17:08
South Africa’s more than 24,000 schools completed elections for school governing bodies – their legal entities – in March and April. This governance function must not be confused with school management, which is the task of the principal and management team.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: PIC pushes Iqbal Survé into a corner as more of his entities, including Independent Media, are dragged to court

May 12th 2021 at 17:02
The Public Investment Corporation has dragged another Survé-linked entity to court to recover overdue monies owed to the state-owned asset manager. The PIC is suing Independent Media to recover R392.6m. It’s also suing Sekunjalo Independent Media and Ayo Technology Solutions, both linked to Survé.

CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL UPDATE: EU seeks bans on India travel; South Africa records 2,759 new cases

May 12th 2021 at 16:53
South Africa registered 2,759 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,602,031. A further 72 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total deaths to 54,968.

OUR BURNING PLANET: UK to recognise animals as sentient and ban trophy imports

May 12th 2021 at 16:47
It’s a huge victory for animal welfare campaigners as the UK moves to halt cruelty to domestic and wild creatures.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Final Revival of Opal & Nev’: A read that’s as thrilling as being at a rock concert

May 12th 2021 at 16:41
Dawnie Walton’s debut novel is a rollicking read about rock stars who don’t exist. And yet its heart and soul are utterly real – and its narrative is like a truth-seeking missile.

ANCIENT JOURNEYS: Richard Burton and the expedition to Harar

May 12th 2021 at 16:33
Sir Richard Burton was an extraordinarily brave explorer, scholar and a genius for language and disguise. A year before this trip to Harar he became the first European to enter Mecca.

FOOD PARCELS: Tannie Maria’s Advice and Recipe Column: Ouma’s Karoo Lamb Pie

May 12th 2021 at 16:24
Sally Andrew is the author of a series of Tannie Maria murder mysteries set in the Klein Karoo. In this monthly column, Daily Maverick collaborates with the (fictional) Karoo Gazette to share some of Tannie Maria’s stories, letters and recipes.

MAVERICK CITIZEN: Assassinations and conspiracies: The web of violence surrounding Cape Town’s bouncer wars is unravelling in court

May 12th 2021 at 16:12
The 2017 murder of steroid king Brian Wainstein was reportedly planned by alleged underworld figures Jerome ‘Donkie’ Booysen and Mark Lifman and carried out by thugs affiliated to the 27s gang. In addition, the State also alleges that Lifman paid to have Cape Flats gang boss Ralph Stanfield killed.

World: Trump wanted troops to protect his supporters at Jan. 6 rally

May 12th 2021 at 16:07
By: Reuters
May 12 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump wanted National Guard troops in Washington to protect his supporters at a Jan. 6 rally that ended with them attacking the U.S. Capitol, leaving five dead, Trump's former Pentagon chief testified on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: Covid-19 vaccination roll-out: South Africa’s greatest political event of 2021

May 12th 2021 at 16:03
While the political focus of the last few months has been on the issues around Ace Magashule, the ANC and its ‘step-aside resolution, the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccination roll-out could now take over as the key issue for the rest of the year. In particular, we may be about to enter a period of what could be called ‘vaccination frustration’.

Viewfinder: BRUTAL TRUTH: Dearth of discipline: The loopholes the SAPS uses to protect its own

This explodes any notion that the country’s police watchdog is able to exercise ‘independent’ police oversight in South Africa, an investigation reveals.

World: South Africa Covid Cases Climb, Though Officials Say It’s Not a Third Wave

May 12th 2021 at 15:54
(Bloomberg) --South Africa’s Department of Health said that while Covid-19 infections climbed 46% in the last week the country has not yet reached a “resurgence threshold.”

SAPS IN CRISIS: Top cop Peter Jacobs heads to court again to stop police bosses from holding disciplinary against him

May 12th 2021 at 15:48
In February, Peter Jacobs, the then suspended Crime Intelligence boss, headed to the Labour Court and successfully halted a controversial disciplinary hearing against him. Now he’s heading down the same path to try to suspend a disciplinary hearing relating to slain cop Charl Kinnear.

World: CDC Advisers Back Use of Pfizer-BioNTech Shot in Adolescents

May 12th 2021 at 15:43
(Bloomberg) --A group of medical experts said children ages 12 to 15 years old can safely take the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, opening an important new phase of the U.S. immunization effort.

World: U.S. FAA to require strengthening key part on Boeing 777 engine

May 12th 2021 at 15:38
By: Reuters
WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) - The head of the Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday the agency is going to mandate strengthening a key engine part on Boeing 777 planes with Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines like the one involved in an emergency landing in February.

MAVERICK CITIZEN: EASTERN CAPE: After thieves steal food for 800 Gqeberha pupils, non-profit donates three months’ worth of meals

May 12th 2021 at 15:32
Moved by the plight of more than 800 pupils facing hunger after thieves cleaned out the kitchen at Frank Joubert Primary School in Schauderville, Gqeberha, the Industrial Development Corporation donated enough food on Wednesday to feed them for three months.

FOOTBALL: Bafana Bafana coach Broos pleads for patience in getting squad up to standard

May 12th 2021 at 15:23
The Bafana Bafana coach’s merry-go-round continues, and the new man at the helm is promising to bring about mental fortitude in the players. Something which he has identified as lacking. 

MAVERICK CITIZEN EASTERN CAPE: Nelson Mandela Bay caught in perfect storm of Covid-19, electricity and water crises, says business chamber

May 12th 2021 at 15:21
Describing the situation in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro as a ‘perfect storm’, the president of the region’s business chamber, Dr Andrew Muir, said the crises in the city had been caused by a decade of service delivery failures.

PARLIAMENT: As debt default hits R1.1bn, Iqbal Survé claims PIC part of conspiracy against his empire

May 12th 2021 at 14:56
Sekunjalo Investment Holdings and Independent Media boss Iqbal Survé told MPs of smear campaigns and unfair, coordinated attacks. But a rather matter-of-fact Public Investment Corporation drew a different picture – that of a debt default of R1.1-billion.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Debt-for-assets swap: Ascendis reaches compromise deal with its creditors

May 12th 2021 at 14:35
The pharmaceuticals and healthcare group will be left with a handful of South African assets if shareholders approve the exchange of its international businesses for its massive debt pile.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: BETI April bounce bodes well for economic recovery

May 12th 2021 at 14:24
The BankservAfrica Economic Transaction Index, a measurement of economic transactions between SA’s banks calculated by Economists.co.za, posted its fastest year-on-year growth on record in April, but any comparison with April 2020 when economic activity imploded under the hard lockdown is bound to be skewed.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Naspers-Prosus share swap scheme may just be a step in the right direction

May 12th 2021 at 14:21
Solving the problem of the Naspers share discount is one that has kept teams of lawyers, actuaries and accountants gainfully employed for months, if not years. A new scheme will see the size of Naspers materially reduced on the JSE and may just be a step in the right direction.

OUR BURNING PLANET OP-ED: Southern Africa is in the climate crisis firing line — we need urgent climate justice strategies

May 12th 2021 at 14:15
Southern Africa is one of the most water-scarce regions in the world. Various weather studies have shown that increases in the global temperature are likely to disrupt the already temperamental rainfall patterns. Now is the time for our leaders to take the necessary actions towards climate justice.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An urgent plea: Persons with disabilities must be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination

May 12th 2021 at 14:10
As a person with a disability, I am deeply distressed that to date the forthcoming immediate registration of the Phase 2 rollout plan is primarily for persons over 60. Persons with disabilities under 60 have not been prioritised, writes reader Marlene le Roux.

MAVERICK CITIZEN OP-ED: Africa’s response to vaccine nationalism gives the world a lesson in geopolitical rebooting

What nations choose to do with their Covid-19 vaccines has very real geopolitical consequences. Whether they share with others or provide life-saving vaccines to nations less fortunate than they are will have wide-reaching implications for the people and for international relations.

MAVERICK CITIZEN OP-ED: The TRIPS fandango: Don’t water down the waiver – lives depend on it

Several countries in the global North – many of whom have procured enough vaccines to vaccinate their populations many times over – have blocked the TRIPS waiver. Germany in particular has vehemently opposed the decision of the Biden administration not to block the waiver as it was absolutely aghast that in a pandemic, monopoly protections should be lifted, even temporarily.

OP-ED: New agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states is a global turning point for cooperation

The agreement renews, modernises and deepens the special relationship the African, Caribbean and Pacific states and the European Union have built over more than 40 years.

Pipeline

May 12th 2021 at 10:56
By: Zapiro

Newsdeck: Afghan forces fight to recapture Taliban-held district outside Kabul

May 12th 2021 at 07:53
By: Reuters
KABUL, May 12 (Reuters) - Afghan security forces mounted an operation to recapture a Taliban-held district outside the capital Kabul on Wednesday just before the start of a three-day ceasefire at midnight, a local official said.

MAVERICK 168: SEEKING SOLUTIONS: Rivers of sewage: Solving South Africa’s wastewater treatment problem

May 12th 2021 at 07:07
Two weeks ago, DM168 published an investigation looking into the dismal state of SA’s sewage treatment works. Struck by the report’s findings, we asked you, the reader, to suggest solutions. Here’s what you had to say:

TGIFOOD: What’s cooking today: Cardamom ice cream & turmeric tuiles

May 12th 2021 at 06:59
This recipe was devised as a dessert to follow a curry; cool, crisp and refreshing but nicely spicy too.

SPOTLIGHT: OP-ED: Getting people out of the clinic can support HIV treatment adherence

May 12th 2021 at 06:58
The growing crisis in many of South Africa’s clinics has reached a point where patient care is being compromised and there is a deepening worry that people living with HIV are being pushed out of treatment, argues Anele Yawa and Lotti Rutter. In this op-ed, they ask whether repeat prescription collection strategies are simpler and quicker than waiting in long clinic queues.

ISS TODAY: ANALYSIS: Gender stereotypes towards drug abuse undermine women’s battles with addiction

May 12th 2021 at 06:53
Mauritius is an example of how approaches globally neglect the stigma and discrimination faced by female users. 

COVID CATASTROPHE: Act urgently or pay with our lives: Report reveals a disparate world unprepared for future pandemics and health crises

May 12th 2021 at 06:49
‘We need a revolution; something must give; we can’t continue as we are. The report provides lots of data and numbers, but we must remember these are people who have lost their lives and livelihoods. Covid must be a turning point and the Panel report sets out how and why it is urgent to act.’ Precious Matsoso, former director-general of health in South Africa.

NIDS-CRAM: OP-ED: Vaccines and vulnerability: Survey provides window of insight into SA’s Covid second wave

May 12th 2021 at 06:19
The latest survey finds that flattening learning trajectories associated with schooling in 2020 have compromised education gains made over much of the last decade. This bodes ill for the entire Covid generation of learners in the schooling system. Policy interventions to mitigate the negative implications of these educational trajectories are urgently needed.

Age of Accountability: Judicial Conduct Committee to probe Zuma-era arms deal commission whitewash by judges

May 12th 2021 at 05:41
In the aftermath of a North Gauteng High Court finding, judges Willie Seriti and Hendrick Musi will now have to explain why the Arms Procurement Commission overlooked crucial information prior to making findings in 2016 that the arms deal was clean as a whistle.

IN COURT: SANParks CEO forced to take special leave after sexual assault allegations

May 12th 2021 at 04:25
Following complaints of sexual assault and common assault claims against him, the CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni, has been asked to take special leave pending a legal procedure.

VIRAL OVERLOAD: Give us the vaccine: New survey reveals 70% of South Africans want the jab

May 12th 2021 at 04:03
NIDS-CRAM study also shows that rotational schooling is harming the trajectory of learning and depriving kids of a school meal.

World: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s non-profit teams up with Procter & Gamble

May 12th 2021 at 00:00
By: Reuters
May 11 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's Archewell Foundation said on Tuesday it has entered into a multi-year partnership with consumer goods company Procter & Gamble aimed at building more compassionate communities.

Business Maverick: A Basquiat Painting Just Sold for $93.1 Million at Christie’s

May 11th 2021 at 23:37
A painting of a skull by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for $93.1 million at Christie’s in New York on Tuesday night, becoming the artist’s second-most expensive work to sell at auction and setting a new benchmark for this week’s blockbuster evening sales.

Business Maverick: Value Investing Is a Winner From Tech Wreck on Wall Street

May 11th 2021 at 23:30
A fast and furious rotation into value shares is sweeping Wall Street while long-time market favourites -- technology shares -- are extending their decline.

Business Maverick: After $260 Billion Slide, Alibaba Aims to Show the Worst Is Over

May 11th 2021 at 23:26
That will be the question for executives and investors as the Chinese e-commerce giant reports earnings on Thursday in the wake of a government crackdown on co-founder Jack Ma’s empire. Profit and revenue for the quarter are sure to be less consequential than any concrete evidence about whether the regulatory issues are resolved.

Business Maverick: TikTok Begins Testing In-App Shopping to Challenge Facebook

May 11th 2021 at 23:22
ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok is working with brands including streetwear label Hype to test in-app sales in Europe, a move that will intensify its competition with Facebook Inc. and further blur the line between social media and online shopping.

World: Cheney Assails Trump in Fiery Remarks Before Vote on Her Ouster

May 11th 2021 at 23:02
(Bloomberg) --Republican Representative Liz Cheney said former President Donald Trump and his loyalists are undermining democracy and risk inciting more violence by persisting in their false claim of a fraudulent 2020 election.

CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL UPDATE: England reports no Covid deaths; South Africa registers 1,548 new cases

May 11th 2021 at 17:46
South Africa registered 1,548 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,599,272. A further 71 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total deaths to 54,896.

OPINIONISTA: Factional splits in the ANC are an entertaining sideshow to the real issue facing the party – corruption

May 11th 2021 at 17:32
The country is fed up with corruption and corrupt practices. It is depressing watching or hearing news about corruption at the Zondo Commission and knowing how rampant corruption is in our country. Fighting corruption should be a fight taken up by all of us, using all available resources, including the power of the vote in the next local government elections.

OPINIONISTA: Crisis mode: It’s time to sound the alarm on the Eastern Cape water shortage

May 11th 2021 at 17:30
The water situation in the Eastern Cape is a clear and present emergency. The province’s seven million people are living in fear and anxiety due to a major shortage of water, a situation that has been going on for many years, but which has now degenerated into a crisis.

OPINIONISTA: Like pilots, public servants must return to the simulator, lest they crash-land

May 11th 2021 at 17:29
Crash-landing an expensive aircraft gets a pilot into serious trouble, whereas, for a public servant, losing a billion rand through irregular, unauthorised or wasteful expenditure has no consequences, even if it resulted in the death of poor citizens from abject hunger or helplessly bleeding to death in a hospital hallway.

OPINIONISTA: Beware economists bearing policy paradigms

May 11th 2021 at 17:28
Our societies are confronted with vital challenges that require new economic approaches and significant policy experimentation. The Biden administration has launched a bold and long-overdue economic transformation. But those who are seeking a new economic paradigm should be careful what they wish for.

OPINIONISTA: The Financial Wellness Coach: Being smart about capital gains tax can help reduce the liability on your loved ones when you die

May 11th 2021 at 17:26
Question: First, let me tell you how much I enjoy your column; it is always informative. You recently wrote about the fact that offshore clients can move shares into a beneficiary-nominated endowment fund. I queried this with my financial adviser and she says that any sale would attract capital gains tax, which would possibly negate any gain in executor fees. Is this correct?

OPINIONISTA: Don’t allow the ANC sideshow to blur the 1994 political picture

May 11th 2021 at 17:23
In the midst of the never-ending shenanigans in the ANC, we must stay focused on the ultimate objective post the 1994 election: a better life for all; the structure of our economy, which remains skewed; the ownership patterns of land and other commodities; establishing a wealth tax and introducing a basic income grant.

MAVERICK CITIZEN : Residents’ input crucial in community safety plans to help combat rampant Cape Flats crime

May 11th 2021 at 17:16
A number of safety plans implemented by the government have failed to stem violence in gang-infested residential areas — but a new plan in Cape Town has called for public participation.

DAYS OF ZONDO: Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana wants evidence leader Vas Soni removed from State Capture Inquiry

May 11th 2021 at 17:12
The former CEO of Prasa, Lucky Montana, told the State Capture Commission that evidence leader Vas Soni SC had been hostile and should be recused.

Spotlight: Vaccines: Needle to know: Do I still need to wear a mask when vaccinated, and other questions

May 11th 2021 at 17:05
With the Covid-19 mass vaccination roll-out set to start on 17 May, many more people will receive their vaccines – for now, those older than 60. Elri Voigt looked into what, if anything, will change for those who have had their jab, and what other countries have done.

BHEKISISA : Shot in the dark — Making sense of Covid vaccines and potential side effects

May 11th 2021 at 16:59
Vaccines are the world’s most powerful tool to fight the Covid pandemic. Soon, South Africa will start with its mass roll-out. 

MATTERS OF OBSESSION: Can you listen to art?

May 11th 2021 at 16:49
Curator Gcotyelwa Mashiqa digs into ‘blackness’ and asks us to look beyond appearances, even of art itself.

SPACE OPERA: The Galactic game: Enter Elon Musk

May 11th 2021 at 16:44
We go back to the beginning of SpaceX, Blue Origin and another famous billionaire space entrepreneur and explore their motivation, as well as the potential rewards that could make some of the richest men on Earth, much, much richer.

WELLNESS: Collagen supplements: why the hype?

May 11th 2021 at 16:33
‘As we age our body produces less collagen and we lose about 1% collagen per year from about 30 years old,’ says dermatologist Dr David Presbury. Can we prevent this from happening?

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Will Adapt IT suitors jump ship following allegations about the CEO?

The allegations concerning Adapt IT CEO Sbu Shabalala may be enough to scare off the firm’s suitors. But both are legally bound to the deal.

ANTI-GRAFT PROBE: Johannesburg Property Company plans to reinstate two chiefs despite SIU financial misconduct findings

May 11th 2021 at 16:04
The Special Investigating Unit found evidence suggesting the CEO and CFO of the Johannesburg Property Company committed financial misconduct that led to more than R18m in fruitless and wasteful expenditure. And yet, the institution’s board wants to lift their suspensions so they can manage the company’s almost R1bn budget.

PARLIAMENT: Paradox of ‘stepped aside’ — ANC legislators still required in the House to vote, but not to speak

May 11th 2021 at 15:52
ANC MP Bongani Bongo has taken leave from Parliament, signalling that the governing party’s rule — step aside if criminally charged or face suspension — is biting. But the rule is a paradox — regardless of stepping aside or suspension, legislators must attend committees and sittings of the House.

OUR BURNING PLANET: Green power: UCT put in crosshairs by climate crisis activists taking a stand against fossil fuels

May 11th 2021 at 15:45
Students and members of the Green Campus Initiative, Fossil Free South Africa and the Climate Justice Charter Movement staged a die-in on the University of Cape Town’s middle campus on Tuesday, calling for the university to divest from fossil fuels.

World: Israel Vows Harsher Gaza Attacks as Sides Draw Nearer to War

May 11th 2021 at 15:44
(Bloomberg) --Israel vowed to step up its attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after two women were killed by militant rocket fire, nudging the latest outbreak of violence closer to all-out war.

World: Man City crowned champions as Leicester win at Man United

May 11th 2021 at 15:37
By: Reuters
MANCHESTER, England, May 11 (Reuters) - Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Tuesday after second-placed Manchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester City.

BUSINESS MAVERICK Op-Ed: The Interview: Standard Bank’s Jacko Maree talks economic challenges, solutions — and that $100bn investment challenge

May 11th 2021 at 15:24
The following is the transcript of a podcast in which Andrew Skipper, head of the Africa practice at Hogan Lovells, interviews Jacko Maree, the non-executive chairman at Standard Bank Group. Maree raises pertinent macro issues and challenges facing the SA economy and talks about the need for an investment-led strategy.

PROFILE: Suitcase of Memory: SA author A’Eysha Kassiem tackles racial and cultural identity in debut novel

May 11th 2021 at 15:18
A’Eysha Kassiem is a fresh, black voice on the literary scene. Her novel, Suitcase of Memory, delves into the untold stories of apartheid South Africa and grapples with the memory of our country’s fraught past.

BUSINESS MAVERICK ANALYSIS: Spectre of global inflation again looms large — and triggers a sell-in-May-style stock market tumble

May 11th 2021 at 15:04
A resurgence in inflation market fears sees tech shares head into the red for May. But there’s still little evidence to support the likelihood of a sustained upward shift in global inflation — and thus the prevailing inflation narrative. So, looking back at month-end, it could be that the sell-in-May-and-go-away adage proves more apt.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Green shoot: SA manufacturing output rises 4.6% year on year in March

May 11th 2021 at 14:59
Manufacturing production in South Africa rose a relatively brisk 4.6% in March compared with the same month in 2020. This raises the prospect that the GDP performance in the first quarter of 2021 may not be as bad as previously expected. It may also stem from manufacturers ramping things up ahead of the Eskom price hikes in April.

MAVERICK CITIZEN OP-ED: Private-public politics: State control crucial for vaccine equity and to stop queue-jumping by the rich

If the private sector had been given the go-ahead to procure and distribute vaccines, it would have had dire ramifications for health equity in this and future pandemics. It would have allowed people with money and medical insurance to access scarce vaccine supplies (in theory) and lead to no consideration of public health equity or need.

Viewfinder: Police Brutality: How SAPS protects the killers within its ranks

Every year, police in South Africa kill hundreds of people and are accused of brutalising thousands more. A new investigation by Viewfinder has revealed that the killings and brutality are enabled by police management’s reluctance to discipline officers accused of wrongdoing in these cases. This is true even when watchdog investigations conclude that these officers should be disciplined. Given free rein to reoffend, problem officers may become emboldened. For their victims, the consequences can be dire. 

SPOTLIGHT: COVID-19: Is the Free State ready for a third wave?

May 11th 2021 at 12:43
Covid-19 numbers have in recent weeks been rising in the Free State, leading some to fear that the province might be at the beginning of a third wave of infections. Questions are also being asked about the ability of the healthcare system to cope with a potential third wave and its ability to rapidly roll out vaccines.

Maverick Life: Family Constellations: A controversial and bold ‘development’ in therapeutic practices

May 11th 2021 at 12:34
From the courtrooms of Mexico, through university masters programmes, to several doctoral theses in circulation on the topic today, Family Constellations is a ‘work’ or ‘modality’ that has undergone much research and scrutiny in its relatively short but controversial 30 years of existence.

GROUNDUP: Hundreds march to Parliament to protest against Israeli air strikes in Gaza Strip

May 11th 2021 at 12:22
Protesters in Cape Town are demanding that South Africa boycott, divest and impose sanctions on Israel in the wake of military action against Palestine.

NEWSFLASH: Jessie Duarte: ‘We hope Magashule will apologise this week’

May 11th 2021 at 11:09
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has stressed that the NEC’s decision to suspend members facing criminal charges was about defending the party rather than targeting secretary-general Ace Magashule, who is expected to apologise this week for trying to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa.

BEHIND THE NEWS : Site of struggle: Dual battle for housing and dignity unfolds in District Six

May 11th 2021 at 09:49
In District Six, Cape Town two groups are seeking housing and dignity — long-standing land claimants and more recently, a group of backyard dwellers that has moved into an empty field which the City of Cape Town now has an interdict against. 

ROLLOUT UPDATE: Appointments for Covid-19 vaccines ‘coming very soon’, says Zweli Mkhize

May 11th 2021 at 08:59
People who are over 60 and have registered to receive the vaccine on the government’s system will soon receive a message to schedule their appointments as the Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said they were still on track to start the next phase of vaccinations by Monday next week.

RISING SONS: Higgo leads SA’s next generation of golfing stars into the future

May 11th 2021 at 08:49
A new generation of South African talent is starting to make an impression in the golfing world. Could South Africa be in for another ‘golden generation’ in the coming years?

SOCCER: TTM revelling in Nedbank Cup triumph but fight for survival is not over

May 11th 2021 at 08:25
Limpopo side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila managed to claim the Nedbank Cup in their first-ever appearance in a major final. They are now hoping to use the momentum from this impressive victory to avoid the relegation and promotion playoffs.

GROUNDUP : Sleeping rough to get a disability grant (Video)

People sleep outside a Sassa office through the night hoping they will be served the next day.

Newsdeck: Israel Clashes Escalate as Netanyahu Sees Extended Conflict

May 11th 2021 at 07:46
(Bloomberg) -- Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel with dozens of rockets overnight, and Israeli aircraft pounded their facilities in lethal raids, after a showdown over Jerusalem erupted into one of the most intense confrontations between the sides in years.

Newsdeck: At least eight killed in Russian school shooting – local authorities

May 11th 2021 at 07:43
By: Reuters
MOSCOW, May 11 (Reuters) - At least seven school children and one teacher were killed on Tuesday and many more wounded after a lone teenage gunman opened fire in a school in the Russian city of Kazan, the mayor's office said, prompting a Kremlin call for tighter gun controls.

TGIFOOD: What’s cooking today: New York brisket

May 11th 2021 at 07:03
In every second movie set in New York City, somebody somewhere will cook, order, or talk about brisket, or their mother’s recipe for it. Here’s my stab at cooking it and getting it right.

OPINIONISTA: Twenty lessons in 20 years: Lesson 16 – Don’t neglect rhythmic, well-designed meetings

May 11th 2021 at 07:01
Over the past 20 years, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges. He has also had the privilege of learning from the journeys of over 13 000 entrepreneurs who have passed through Raizcorp. In this series of articles, Allon shares 20 of some of the most important lessons he has learned using a sequence that mirrors the typical stages of any entrepreneurial journey – from ideation through to scaling a business.

OPINIONISTA: Twenty lessons in 20 years: Lesson 15 – Don’t fall victim to the lazy vision statement

May 11th 2021 at 07:00
Over the past 20 years, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges. He has also had the privilege of learning from the journeys of over 13 000 entrepreneurs who have passed through Raizcorp. In this series of articles, Allon shares 20 of some of the most important lessons he has learned using a sequence that mirrors the typical stages of any entrepreneurial journey – from ideation through to scaling a business.

OPINIONISTA: Twenty lessons in 20 years: Lesson 12 – Make time to think

May 11th 2021 at 06:54
Over the past 20 years, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges. He has also had the privilege of learning from the journeys of over 13 000 entrepreneurs who have passed through Raizcorp. In this series of articles, Allon shares 20 of some of the most important lessons he has learned using a sequence that mirrors the typical stages of any entrepreneurial journey – from ideation through to scaling a business.

OP-ED: It is time to do a rethink on special economic zones — the current model isn’t working

May 11th 2021 at 05:22
It is time to do a radical rethink of South Africa’s approach towards special economic zones (SEZs). The current approach, which has been tried since the establishment of the industrial development zone in Coega in 2001, has failed to make a meaningful impact on South Africa’s developmental prospects. Nor will it ever succeed in doing so.

Maverick Citizen: Explainer: Tripped up: All you need to know about the Covid-19 TRIPS waiver and what it may achieve for SA (and what it won’t)

May 11th 2021 at 05:14
A waiver would not be a global answer to the pandemic but would be a step in the right direction. It would remove the legal barriers that prevent cross-border cooperation in generic manufacturing of Covid-19 medical products as well as cross-border manufacturing capacity building – both long-term considerations. In the short and medium term a waiver would facilitate generic export to members in need (with limited and no manufacturing capacity, eg African countries) and simplify and potentially speed up generic production (for those with manufacturing capacity such as India).

Maverick Citizen: Tuesday Editorial: Bob Marley Lives! (Still) So Much Trouble in the World

May 11th 2021 at 05:01
Forty years ago today Bob Marley died of cancer. He was 36, at the peak of his career and giving expression to the heaving of billions of people wanting to breathe, wanting freedom from racism and other oppressions.

DECLASSIFIED UK: Boris Johnson’s new ethics adviser made secret trips to Gulf dictatorship

May 11th 2021 at 04:53
Lord Geidt, tasked with investigating government sleaze, did not tell parliament he was counselling an Arab autocrat. Whitehall insists he complied with transparency rules, but is this what the evidence suggests?

Business Maverick: ByteDance Eyes a New $185 Billion Business Ahead of Mega IPO

May 10th 2021 at 23:40
Zhang Yiming built ByteDance Ltd. into the world’s most valuable private company via a string of blockbuster apps like TikTok that challenged Facebook and other incumbents on their own turf. His latest target: Alibaba.

Business Maverick: Rout Lands on Nasdaq Where Shorts Are Massing, Bulls Getting Out

May 10th 2021 at 23:37
Whatever caused the tech selloff, and inflation angst looks to be the likeliest culprit, evidence has been gathering for weeks that traders were bracing for declines.

Business Maverick: Gold Holds Near Three-Month High as Inflation, Fed in Focus

May 10th 2021 at 23:34
Gold held near the highest level in three months as investors weighed growing inflation risks and comments from Federal Reserve officials on the labor market for clues on monetary policy going forward.

Business Maverick: Gas Stations Running Dry as Hacked Pipeline Tries to Restart

May 10th 2021 at 23:30
Gas stations along the U.S. East Coast are beginning to run out of fuel as North America’s biggest petroleum pipeline races to recover from a paralyzing cyberattack that has kept it shut for three days.

OPINIONISTA: The ANC’s ‘family feud’ will have a lasting impact on SA’s political landscape – here’s what could happen next

May 10th 2021 at 17:44
The ANC effectively saturated South Africa and everything it stood for with its members and/or loyalists. Then the unthinkable happened — a family feud that is threatening to bring the ANC down.

OPINIONISTA: Social Relief of Distress Grant: State chooses austerity over the welfare of millions

May 10th 2021 at 17:24
The ANC government has said it cannot afford the continuation of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant. But the Constitution says the state must ‘within its available resources’ work to ‘progressively realise’ its duty to fulfil the constitutional right to social assistance. It is not a matter of financial ability but a matter of political will. The government continues to rely on loopholes and vague language to skirt its constitutional obligations.

OPINIONISTA: The Chilling: The biggest issue in world press freedom is attacks on women journalists

May 10th 2021 at 17:22
The online attacks on women journalists are bound to populist politics, disinformation and intersectional discrimination, says a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco)/International Centre for Journalists report released on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.

CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL UPDATE: US cases hit eight-month low; South Africa registers 1,129 new cases

May 10th 2021 at 17:20
South Africa registered 1,129 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,597,724. A further 90 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total deaths to 54,825.

WATCHING BRIEF: SA Football Association ‘supports the safe return’ of fans

May 10th 2021 at 17:17
South African football fans could be granted the opportunity to once again watch live action, with talks being held to forge a way forward.

A MATTER OF DEGREE: Credentials, power and authority: Why officials are tempted to make false qualification claims

May 10th 2021 at 17:13
Regular squabbles about whether a politician has degrees and diplomas (and whether they should confess to muddying the waters about their education) mean there must be a better way. Let’s do some thinking about this one.

SCORPIO: House, guns, cars: Transnet pension fund gets personal in quest for Trillian ‘loot’

May 10th 2021 at 17:12
The spotlight has fallen on the sale of cars and the ownership of Eric Wood’s Sandhurst home and Limpopo game farm, with the Transnet pension fund seeking the sequestration of the former Trillian CEO.

SCORPIO: Bribes are not tax deductible: SARS rejects payments by Regiments Capital to letterbox companies

May 10th 2021 at 17:02
The SA Revenue Service has taken issue with alleged professional fee deduction claims of hundreds of millions of rands by Regiments Capital for payments it made to letterbox companies linked to the State Capture scandal.

ANALYSIS: Ace trapped in a vice of his own making

May 10th 2021 at 16:44
The decisions of the ANC NEC, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, appear to mark a crucial defeat for the party’s suspended Secretary-General Ace Magashule.

GROUNDUP: Lotteries Commission fast-tracked R500,000 grant for singer Simphiwe Dana’s extravaganza

May 10th 2021 at 16:34
The funding was awarded just weeks after a brand-new nonprofit company was registered, and after the event took place.

SPACE OPERA: The Galactic game: Meet the billionaire players with space tourism ambitions, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson

May 10th 2021 at 16:30
We go back to the beginning of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and another famous billionaire space entrepreneur and explore their motivation, and the potential rewards that could make some of the richest men on Earth, much, much richer.

World: NBC Is Dropping Golden Globes After Criticism Over Diversity

May 10th 2021 at 16:18
By: Reuters
Comcast Corp.’s NBC network is dropping the Golden Globes from next year’s broadcast schedule, saying the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that puts on the annual awards show needs to reform its poor record for diversity.

World: U.S. pipeline hackers say their aim is cash, not chaos

May 10th 2021 at 16:13
By: Reuters
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 (Reuters) - The ransomware gang accused of crippling the leading U.S. fuel pipeline operator said on Monday that it never meant to create havoc, an unusual statement that experts saw as a sign the cybercriminals' scheme had gone awry.

DAYS OF ZONDO: ‘Hawks’ wanted R500m from me, claims former Prasa boss Lucky Montana during commission testimony

May 10th 2021 at 16:01
Former Prasa chief executive Lucky Montana was supposed to answer questions about property transactions, but he ended up making allegations that witnesses were threatened to testify.

World: England players unlikely to feature in rescheduled IPL – Giles

May 10th 2021 at 15:56
By: Reuters
May 10 (Reuters) - England's centrally contracted players are likely to miss the remainder of the COVID-19-hit Indian Premier League season if the Twenty20 tournament clashes with the international schedule, managing director Ashley Giles said on Monday.

REUNION PLEDGE: Highlands North gets a new classroom after old boy’s open letter to the Class of ’81

May 10th 2021 at 15:53
A pledge of R5,000 by a former student from Highlands North Boys’ High School four months ago, tied to an appeal to others for financial contributions, has led to the acquisition of a new classroom.

RUGBY: Georgia offer Boks some needed preparation before Lions series

May 10th 2021 at 15:47
Georgia will have the honour of being the first team to clash against the 2019 world champion Springboks since that famous night in Yokohama 18 months ago.

World: U.S. military ship fires 30 warning shots after encounter with Iranian vessels

May 10th 2021 at 15:40
By: Reuters
WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Adapt IT CEO takes leave of absence amid divorce battle, assault allegations — share price tumbles

May 10th 2021 at 15:39
The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Adapt IT CEO, Sbu Shabalala, allegedly hired armed thugs to threaten the partner of his estranged wife, Neo Shabalala. The couple have reportedly been estranged for the past four years and are getting divorced.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: The best medicine: It’s a win-win as Clicks buys Pick n Pay’s retail pharmacies

May 10th 2021 at 15:32
The health, beauty and pharmacy retailer will gain lucrative pharmacy licences through the deal, while Pick n Pay will continue to attract the same customers without having to foot the costs of running a dispensary.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Rocking rand: Currency at 16-month highs as it dances to beat of commodity cycle

May 10th 2021 at 15:25
The rand is back at pre-pandemic levels, reaching 16-month highs against the US dollar. This has been driven in large part by the commodity cycle and global interest rates and is hardly a reflection of the performance of the wider economy. South Africa’s economic output is decidedly not at pre-Covid levels.

MAVERICK CITIZEN: READING IN THE PRESENT TENSE: Verne Harris’s ‘Memory Bandit’: The political and personal imperatives of listening to ghosts

May 10th 2021 at 15:22
Locked down, locked in, many of us have had time to read more books than ever before. Readers, passionate about their own favourite books, are curious to know what writers have been reading during this bleak and lonely period? What was already on their shelves, what did they borrow, buy or read online?

MAVERICK CITIZEN: Tribute: Tony Morphet (1940-2021) – The ‘Durban Moment’ public intellectual who merged social and civic life

May 10th 2021 at 15:15
The much-loved and deeply influential educationalist and critic Tony Morphet died peacefully at home in the early hours of 2 May. This came after a lengthy illness, which he bore with stoicism and grace, intellectually alert and active to the end.

ANALYSIS: Inside the NEC: How Ramaphosa dealt Ace a double blow and scored a victory for ANC reform

May 10th 2021 at 15:08
President Cyril Ramaphosa has agreed to a new land expropriation party committee in return for high-level party support for his tough stance on the step-aside rule.

MAVERICK CITIZEN: EASTERN CAPE DROUGHT: Nelson Mandela Bay wins a week’s grace after rain falls in catchment area

May 10th 2021 at 15:05
The Eastern Cape’s biggest metro, Nelson Mandela Bay, has won a week’s grace after rain fell in the catchment areas of its two biggest dams — both of which are at dangerously low levels. It is estimated that parts of the metro will start running out of water by July unless the region gets more rain.

MAVERICK CITIZEN OP-ED: Pit toilets at schools: You can’t fix what you can’t count

May 10th 2021 at 14:56
Hundreds of schools in Limpopo still rely on unsafe and unlawful pit toilets. But conflicting data sets make solving the problem near impossible.

BUSINESS MAVERICK 168: Hey, big spenders, watch out! Nedbank takes aim at consumerism in new campaign

May 10th 2021 at 13:52
Nedbank has taken aim at consumerism in a campaign focused on affluent spendthrifts, who have outstanding debt of more than R600-billion. The financial group is bringing the campaign to our screens and the streets of ‘Africa’s richest square mile’.

BUSINESS MAVERICK 168: Money tips to help women improve their financial security

May 10th 2021 at 13:21
In 2019, 41.8% of households in South Africa were headed by women. So, roughly 7.2 million South African women were either the sole or the main income earners in their families. As the country celebrates Mother’s Day on 9 May, DM168 takes a closer look at the intricacies of financial planning for women.

MAVERICK CITIZEN OP-ED: Get the shovels out: Death of the coal industry must bring new beginnings in Mpumalanga

The phase-out of coal will bring fundamental changes to the industry, especially in the lives and jobs of workers. In Mpumalanga, where most coal mining operations and coal-fired power stations are concentrated, a diversified approach to dealing with the fallout might be best.

MAVERICK CITIZEN : Saving our memories: The quest for true representation in our collective history

May 10th 2021 at 12:50
As we strive to create accurate representations within our collective memories, it is relevant to understand that history shapes the ways in which we see others and ourselves; the past impacts the present and informs our future. That is why it is important to formulate ways in which memory institutions can fill existing gaps and prevent them from recurring in the future. 

OPINIONISTA: Creativity and quaggas: Commercialising university technology

May 10th 2021 at 12:08
In 1974, during the first oil crisis, a structural chemist named Johan Coetzer returned to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to resume his scientific career after a year’s break.

NEWSFLASH: Say sorry, Ace: Magashule must apologise for his late night shenanigans or face disciplinary action

May 10th 2021 at 12:03
It’s heads you lose, tails you lose for the ANC’s suspended secretary-general as President Cyril Ramaphosa finally gets tough.

OP-ED: Leave no child behind: Lessons learnt so far from Covid-19 on future-proofing education

May 10th 2021 at 11:57
What will happen in schools and education globally if another pandemic strikes or if Covid-19 spirals out of control with more aggressive variants? The reality is that even though we have made gains during the pandemic our education system has not been future-proofed. However, we now have the best picture of what needs to be done to achieve this.

MAVERICK CITIZEN: SOUTHERN AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS ROUNDUP: Zambia’s new cyberlaws in the run-up to August’s presidential elections draw a mixed response

May 10th 2021 at 10:53
While the need to regulate the use of the internet is recognised, there is concern over the extent of the regulation and its effect on freedom of expression, the right to information and the right to privacy.

MAVERICK CITIZEN Op-ed: ‘New’ technology, old deal: Cape Town’s drip system plan will entrench water apartheid

Cape Town’s indigent residents cannot be expected to survive on water trickling out of a tap. Proposing yet another technological fix for the problem of poor infrastructure and historic inequality is racist, inhumane and disingenuous. It can neither advance a partnership between the city’s citizens and its leaders, nor improve the lives of most of its residents. Water needs to be dramatically redistributed if any systemic change is going to take place in this city.

JUDGMENT DATE INTERVIEW: One week to Phase 2: Western Cape confident it can pull off ambitious Covid-19 vaccine programme – for all and on time

May 10th 2021 at 09:33
The Western Cape Health Department is confident it has the means and logistics to vaccinate nearly 70,000 healthcare workers against Covid-19 before phase 2 of the roll-out begins in less than a week. Its director, Keith Cloete, assured the public that the province has all the doses, vaccination sites and vaccinators needed to vaccinate those over 60 before the end of July. These 'moving parts' will come together, he promised.

CAPE TOWN NEWSFLASH: Covid-era shack dweller movement protests over basic services as third wave looms

On Monday morning about 100 people from the Intlungu yaseMatyotyombeni Movement marched to the provincial legislature with the intention of handing over their demands for basic services to Alan Winde, the premier of the Western Cape. Winde wasn’t available but the group vowed to return.

Newsdeck: Tokyo Gives a Taste of What Covid Era Olympic Games Will Be Like

May 10th 2021 at 08:07
(Bloomberg) -- The Tokyo Olympics went off without a hitch. That is, at least, at a test event at the city’s National Stadium in preparation for the main spectacle.

ISS TODAY: ANALYSIS: Ethiopia-Sudan border tensions must be de-escalated to prevent regional destabilisation 

With both countries facing grave internal challenges, resolving the century-old al-Fashaga border dispute won’t be easy. 

Newsdeck: Deadly Fungus Infection Found in Covid-19 Patients in India

May 10th 2021 at 07:39
(Bloomberg) --India’s health authorities warned about a fungal infection seen in some Covid-19 patients which can disfigure facial features and even kill, as the country continues to grapple with the world’s fastest-growing coronavirus outbreak.

GROUNDUP : Betting World workers up the ante, demand Covid-19 relief funds

May 10th 2021 at 07:37
The holding company is in business rescue after the pandemic shut down the horse racing industry.

10-16 May: The week in civil society: How to build global peace and better regulate medicines, elections and wine

May 10th 2021 at 07:35
This week, civil society focuses on how to get things right — whether it’s the safety of medicine, the fairness of elections or removing poisonous chemicals from the wine industry. The week ends with a focus on how to nurture peace in decidedly unpeaceful times.

Newsdeck: French court rejects claim in Agent Orange lawsuit

May 10th 2021 at 07:13
By: Reuters
PARIS, May 10 (Reuters) - A French court on Monday threw out a lawsuit brought by a French-Vietnamese woman against more than a dozen multinationals that produced and sold toxic herbicide Agent Orange, used by U.S. troops during the war in Vietnam.

TGIFOOD: What’s cooking today: Chicken enchiladas

May 10th 2021 at 07:09
I made flour tortillas on Sunday, and enchilada sauce, then cooked cubes of chicken breast with onion, chilli and black beans. The result: chicken enchiladas.
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