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#SOSColombia: Remember Sharpeville?

May 11th 2021 at 14:51

The Colombian government’s violent repression of political dissent is dangerous

The post #SOSColombia: Remember Sharpeville? appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Travel ban could return after more Covid-19 variants are found in South Africa

May 11th 2021 at 05:30
Airport aerial shot (Delwyn Verasamy)

The government is to decide whether travel restrictions will be implemented after variants originally from India and the UK were detected in South Africa.

The post Travel ban could return after more Covid-19 variants are found in South Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Chad on edge after Déby’s death

May 9th 2021 at 16:20

The sudden death of Chad’s president, who had ruled for 30 years, has left palpable tension and a lack of security in the air

The post Chad on edge after Déby’s death appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Namibian court rejects couple’s appeal to bring their babies home

May 9th 2021 at 14:00

A same-sex couple’s struggle to have their children via surrogacy granted citizenship in Namibia, where marriage between men is not yet legal, is being stonewalled at every turn

The post Namibian court rejects couple’s appeal to bring their babies home appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Farmers, civil rights groups oppose Uganda’s oil project

May 1st 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Farmers and the rights groups have called for an in-depth evaluation of the effects on people’s lives and the environment

The post Farmers, civil rights groups oppose Uganda’s oil project appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

No silver lining for Silvertown

April 30th 2021 at 12:00

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality does little to improve the living conditions in shack settlements in Gqeberha, residents say

The post No silver lining for Silvertown appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

‘Hopefully, it’s all been digitised . . .’

April 29th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Actually, digitising archives is far more complex, expensive and arduous than it sounds

The post ‘Hopefully, it’s all been digitised . . .’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Zondo asks Ramaphosa if the ANC can change its spots

April 29th 2021 at 13:23

The deputy chief justice invited the president to reflect on the matter, given continued corruption since 2017 when he said the party reached a watershed

The post Zondo asks Ramaphosa if the ANC can change its spots appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

India is being pulverised by a second Covid-19 wave

April 28th 2021 at 03:57
By: Eyaaz

Oxygen, hospital bed and medication shortages have left thousands dead. But the ruling party lets millions gather at religious festivals and remains on the campaign trail

The post India is being pulverised by a second Covid-19 wave appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

From order to chaos in a few seconds

April 26th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

The butterfly effect illuminates how even the slightest change in conditions can have massive ramifications down the line

The post From order to chaos in a few seconds appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Addicted to Twitter outrage

April 24th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

The Democratic Alliance is a cue for Twitter fury, but this diminishes intelligent political debate

The post Addicted to Twitter outrage appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Breakaway football tycoon in a league of his own

April 23rd 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid and would-be chairperson of Super League

The post Breakaway football tycoon in a league of his own appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Chad faces an uncertain future

April 23rd 2021 at 13:40

Idriss Déby’s son takes power after strongman father dies in battle a day after his re-election

The post Chad faces an uncertain future appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Leaders need to earn the moral authority to lead

April 21st 2021 at 08:08

Using power and hierarchy creates a culture of fear and discomfort – and no extraordinary customer service has ever been delivered from that type of environment

The post Leaders need to earn the moral authority to lead appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Chad’s president Deby dies in combat: army

April 20th 2021 at 07:11
By: Eyaaz

Chad's newly re-elected President Idriss Deby Itno, in power for three decades, died Tuesday of injuries while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country

The post Chad’s president Deby dies in combat: army appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Mice to the rescue in schizophrenia research

April 18th 2021 at 15:00

A new study has shown that similarities between human brains and those of mice can make them useful for studying mental illness, something previously believed impossible

The post Mice to the rescue in schizophrenia research appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Democracy and open society in Zimbabwe 41 years after independence

April 18th 2021 at 03:00
By: Eyaaz

A full 41 years after ‘freedom’, many Zimbabweans still strive for what they sought then – the enjoyment of their fundamental human rights and freedoms

The post Democracy and open society in Zimbabwe 41 years after independence appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Alcohol lobby’s data is wobbly

April 16th 2021 at 08:20
By: Eyaaz

A recent report by the alcohol industry contradicting established research and should be thoroughly questioned

The post Alcohol lobby’s data is wobbly appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Research outputs do not make a university ranking

April 15th 2021 at 10:05
By: Eyaaz
'Who will the country blame when the tens of billions pumped into ‘free higher education’ don’t yield the expected returns?' Seán Mfundza Muller writes.

The recent department of higher education and training report on universities’ research productivity is interesting but it is only part of the picture

The post Research outputs do not make a university ranking appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

In emotive missive, Zuma says he will not provide answering affidavit to Mogoeng

April 14th 2021 at 15:34

Former president Jacob Zuma on Wednesday submitted a 21-page letter to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng out of “respect”, to let the head of the Constitutional Court know that he would not be deposing an affidavit about an appropriate sanction should he be found to be in contempt of court, as Mogoeng had directed. Mogoeng had […]

The post In emotive missive, Zuma says he will not provide answering affidavit to Mogoeng appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Sindi van Zyl, the doctor who never stopped caring

April 12th 2021 at 05:36

South Africa lost one of its most prominent HIV doctors this weekend to Covid-related complications. Dr Sindi will be remembered for her ability to make HIV and reproductive health knowledge accessible to her hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers.

The post Sindi van Zyl, the doctor who never stopped caring appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Jacob Zuma’s onslaught on the law is flawed

April 8th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Delaying tactics while pretending to be impatient and casting aspersions on the courts are old tricks

The post Jacob Zuma’s onslaught on the law is flawed appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Five KZN campuses closed after prospective students ‘invade’

April 7th 2021 at 09:52
The cause of death and the events leading up to the student’s death remain unclear.

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Wednesday closed its five KwaZulu-Natal campuses until further notice after scores of prospective students descended on its main campus a day earlier in the hopes of being accepted to study.   DUT said that a “significant number” of prospective students had gathered at the Steve Biko Sports Centre overnight […]

The post Five KZN campuses closed after prospective students ‘invade’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Bavuma’s burden and the dearth of Black batsmen

April 7th 2021 at 04:13
By: Eyaaz

Temba Bavuma’s uncle, who watched the Proteas captain develop into the successful cricketer that he is, explains what makes him a good leader and what is going wrong in nurturing Black talent

The post Bavuma’s burden and the dearth of Black batsmen appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Mdluli fails to have high court judge recused

April 6th 2021 at 09:30
Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli

The former crime intelligence boss brought the application citing bias after the state moved to prevent further spurious delays on his decade-old fraud and corruption charges

The post Mdluli fails to have high court judge recused appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Why South Africa’s electricity blackouts are set to continue for the next five years

April 6th 2021 at 08:47
By: Eyaaz

South Africa is once more experiencing periodic power cuts. These typically take the form of scheduled supply interruptions, for two to four hours a day, whenever the country’s electricity system is overloaded. Such overloading currently happens on 40-50 days a year. Eskom, the country’s power utility, recently admitted that such interruptions are likely to persist […]

The post Why South Africa’s electricity blackouts are set to continue for the next five years appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Chris Morris, morality and the missing CSA millions

April 6th 2021 at 08:38
By: Eyaaz

The overlooked allrounder fetched almost R33 million in India while CSA and domestic cricket struggle financially. And players could feel the pinch even more with proposed changes to the game

The post Chris Morris, morality and the missing CSA millions appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Killing in the name of blasphemy

April 6th 2021 at 08:32
By: Eyaaz

Pakistan’s harsh laws against religious profanity are being abused to settle personal and political scores, leading to an alarming rise in convictions and even murder

The post Killing in the name of blasphemy appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

A debt-equity swap will save SAA

April 3rd 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz
SAA to shed 944 jobs but pilots get pay rise totalling R100m

Keeping the airline going is worth it for the jobs and related businesses that will be affected if it goes down

The post A debt-equity swap will save SAA appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

What connects the M to the G?

April 1st 2021 at 15:00

The Ampersand connects the M to the G. We leave ‘when-we’ Weekly Mail nostalgia and financial strain behind and focus on the now

The post What connects the M to the G? appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Editorial: Keeping the faith — in people

April 1st 2021 at 15:00

We are exhausted, scared, hurt, overwhelmed, heartsore, sick and disillusioned. But in this past year people have helped each other.
So many of us are still here thanks to the kindness of others.

The post Editorial: Keeping the faith — in people appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Trump rages at Covid experts who criticised him

March 30th 2021 at 07:49
By: Eyaaz

The bitter outburst came after Fauci told CNN how shocked he had been when Trump last April called for states to "liberate" themselves as experts pleaded with Americans to obey shutdown orders

The post Trump rages at Covid experts who criticised him appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Universities should transform their methodology

March 30th 2021 at 06:34
By: Eyaaz
'Who will the country blame when the tens of billions pumped into ‘free higher education’ don’t yield the expected returns?' Seán Mfundza Muller writes.

By using a more transformative approach, research in communities can contribute to socioeconomic upliftment

The post Universities should transform their methodology appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

A more complex reality in Cabo Delgado

March 29th 2021 at 04:29
By: Eyaaz

In the Mozambican province wracked by a violent insurgency, the convenient labelling of those rising up against the predatory elite paints a picture that is far from reality

The post A more complex reality in Cabo Delgado appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Review: BMW X5 — A Frankenstein tale come true

March 27th 2021 at 14:30

The BMW X5 Competition, an unholy merger from the mind of a monster-maker, continues its tradition of scaring anyone who holds its wheel

The post Review: BMW X5 — A Frankenstein tale come true appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

New Covid-19 grant, old Sassa problems

March 23rd 2021 at 06:14
By: Eyaaz

A sharp increase in the number of social grant recipients after the introduction of the special grant during the pandemic has exacerbated the strained grant payment system

The post New Covid-19 grant, old Sassa problems appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Still no justice for Soweto Derby dead

March 23rd 2021 at 06:04
By: Eyaaz

The biggest rivalry in SA football has also been the deadliest, with 87 people losing their lives in violence and stampedes at different stadiums. Yet those responsible are never held to account

The post Still no justice for Soweto Derby dead appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Long-term solutions needed for South Africa’s higher education

March 22nd 2021 at 00:00
By: Eyaaz

Government must lead, but organised labour and business must play their part in tackling youth unemployment and upskilling the youth, so that the coronavirus crisis can be turned into an opportunity

The post Long-term solutions needed for South Africa’s higher education appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

The ‘secret’ health of our presidents

March 21st 2021 at 15:35

Tanzanian president John Magufuli’s death came after weeks of denial, but reporting on the fitness of African leaders can be perilous for journalists

The post The ‘secret’ health of our presidents appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Parent power key to schools’ performance

March 21st 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

School governing bodies, where parents are vital, are the fourth-largest electoral base in the country

The post Parent power key to schools’ performance appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

US cannot afford to alienate murderous crown prince

March 20th 2021 at 19:58
The Saudi crown prince

With the US announcing its ‘recalibration’ of its relationship with Saudi Arabia, it remains to be seen whether the oil-rich kingdom feels cowed

The post US cannot afford to alienate murderous crown prince appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Adam Habib, you can’t say the N-word

March 18th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

The former Wits leader won’t get away with anti-Blackness in the UK by hiding behind a politically Black identity

The post Adam Habib, you can’t say the N-word appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Why words matter

March 18th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

When the M&G apologised for using the word ‘paralysed’ metaphorically in a newspaper headline, some Twitter users responded with allegations of ‘wokeness gone mad’. But as cultural practices evolve, it doesn’t hurt to try to be kind first

The post Why words matter appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

A day at the ‘stone factory’

March 17th 2021 at 18:50
By: Eyaaz

The Continent observed the demonstrations outside Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University

The post A day at the ‘stone factory’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Ousmane Sonko’s support highlights waning separatist sentiment in Casamance

March 17th 2021 at 18:41
By: Eyaaz

Until recently, many Casamancaise complained that Senegal would never accept a national political leader from the region – and this complaint fuelled the separatist sentiment

The post Ousmane Sonko’s support highlights waning separatist sentiment in Casamance appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Deadly explosions blast open Equatorial Guinea’s dysfunctional governance

March 17th 2021 at 18:31
By: Eyaaz

The blasts were a result of poorly stored explosives at a military base in the city, President Teodoro Obiang said in a statement on Sunday night

The post Deadly explosions blast open Equatorial Guinea’s dysfunctional governance appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Crafting credible election commissions in West Africa

March 16th 2021 at 05:17
By: Eyaaz

There are several ways West African countries can strengthen their election management, but election commissions must constantly evolve if they are to oversee elections that reflect the will of voters

The post Crafting credible election commissions in West Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Corporate amends: What is enough?

March 14th 2021 at 14:10

Without getting to the bottom of the problem or offence, apologies and offers ring hollow.

The post Corporate amends: What is enough? appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Second-chance matriculants need support

March 10th 2021 at 09:00

There is a programme for people to rewrite their national certificate outside of the school system, but they aren’t monitored and they need a study material portal, free data and academic support

The post Second-chance matriculants need support appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Few wealthy families employ a philanthropic strategy

March 9th 2021 at 10:04
By: Eyaaz

Having a formal plan in place helps families and trusts to assist others more efficiently when crisis strikes

The post Few wealthy families employ a philanthropic strategy appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Stop Zambia’s digital squeeze

March 9th 2021 at 06:31

A proposed cyber law will muzzle Zambians and restrict the opposition ahead of the elections

The post Stop Zambia’s digital squeeze appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

ArcelorMittal is ‘slowly becoming a burial site’

March 9th 2021 at 02:23
By: Eyaaz

After the deaths of three employees who got trapped in a control room, workers allege that management frequently coerces them to bypass health and safety procedures

The post ArcelorMittal is ‘slowly becoming a burial site’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

What lengths would you go to to pay off your debt?

March 8th 2021 at 06:31
By: Eyaaz

In this extract, from the anthology Upshot curated by Lauren Beukes, the author imagines rich people and voters at home deciding on his character’s fate

The post What lengths would you go to to pay off your debt? appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Former French president Sarkozy handed jail term for corruption

March 2nd 2021 at 04:12
By: Eyaaz

The conviction sets a new low-point in the tumultuous political career of the right-winger who remains a dominant political figure in France, admired by fans for his tough talk on crime and immigration

The post Former French president Sarkozy handed jail term for corruption appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

What South Africa’s universities have learnt about the future from Covid-19

March 1st 2021 at 14:00

South African tertiary institutions had to move to emergency remote learning with little warning last year. But experts say a blended learning model will become the new normal for education

The post What South Africa’s universities have learnt about the future from Covid-19 appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

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