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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has found that John Hlophe has a case to answer with regard to his alleged assault of Judge Mushtak Parker and that if the allegation is true, it is likely to lead to a finding of gross misconduct, followed by impeachment.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 6:30 pm
This is a summary of the trending, highest impact, and most active themes and their narratives related to social cohesion and division in South African public-domain social media conversations on 2 July 2020.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 4:14 pm
It’s three days into the new financial year and the City of Johannesburg appears nowhere close to passing its budget. Now, an emergency Provincial Executive Council meeting is to be held on Saturday 4 July to decide what steps need to be taken to ensure the budget is passed.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 4:10 pm
On Friday, the Eastern Cape’s first field hospital admitted eight patients transferred from overwhelmed hospitals in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro. This comes as the Livingstone Hospital is inspected after reports of failing health and safety standards. The National Health Laboratory Service has suspended the services of a courier company after it endangered lives by losing Covid-19 test samples. South African National Defence Force members will be deployed until the end of September.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 4:04 pm
The Covid-19 pandemic provides even more time to reflect on the sort of society we have become even as the ineptitude of the state has been laid bare throughout this period.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 3:55 pm
Posted: July 3, 2020, 2:57 pm
One man at the nearest table, over at the far wall, is shaking with what appears to be a nervous reaction to his pills, but in fact he’d just been told he couldn’t have a glass of wine with his Fillet au Poivre.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 1:19 pm
It’s possible to make some really simple cheeses in your kitchen with equipment that you probably already have and ingredients that are readily available in most supermarkets.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 1:07 pm
La Mouette in Sea Point reached a 10-year milestone this May. With it, a splitting of business interests for the partners involved. And news that private chef Neill Anthony has stepped into the kitchen.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 1:02 pm
Gaborone’s pursuit of Bridgette Motsepe for allegedly financing an attempt to oust Masisi is harming relations.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 12:56 pm
Lucky Montana, the focus of this week’s testimony at the State Capture Commission, wants to finally clear his name. In a letter to the commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, former CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Montana accused Zondo of allowing the commission to become a ‘witch hunt’.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 12:46 pm
It’s been the most exciting week since, oh, about mid-March, as many businesses got the go-ahead to reopen under the easing of Level 3 lockdown restrictions … but restaurants face deal-breaking challenges, and are diners sure they’ll be safe?
Posted: July 3, 2020, 12:42 pm
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Posted: July 3, 2020, 12:32 pm
The response to Covid-19 in the Western Cape is at least a few weeks ahead of that in South Africa’s other provinces. As a result, doctors in the Western Cape’s Covid-19 wards have generally seen more patients over a longer period than their peers elsewhere. The province’s designated Covid-19 hospitals have also had more experience in adapting to the unique challenges posed by the pandemic.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 12:25 pm
The recent suspension of clinician Ebrahim Variava, and the subsequent lifting of the suspension – briefly placed the North West health department in the national spotlight. The department has been under administration for over two years. Marcus Low asks whether the latest developments are symptomatic of still deeply entrenched dysfunction.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 12:11 pm
Money is a symbol and a tool which can have serious impacts on our lives. In this week’s selection, we bring you podcasts that talk about the personal and political nature of cash.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 11:51 am
PARIS, July 3 (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his government resigned on Friday as President Emmanuel Macron acted on a pledge to reinvent his administration and win back disillusioned voters ahead of a possible re-election bid in 2022.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 11:26 am
HONG KONG, July 3 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong man who carried a sign saying "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" as he drove a motorcycle into police during a protest this week has become the first person charged with inciting separatism and terrorism under a new security law.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 11:23 am
The first field hospital to open its doors in the Eastern Cape, the Rev Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni Field Hospital, admitted its first patients on Wednesday night. Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane also announced this week that his government intends to build six more of these facilities to handle the influx of Covid-19 patients.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:59 am
Pepper, chilli and lamb go so well together. This is a quick and easy, yet very impressive-looking dish to prepare on the braai.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:53 am
With current global craziness, a sense of humour is an essential service for coping. That together with Krugerrands stashed behind baked beans in your mountain bunker.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:43 am
Food and social grant commitments have fallen woefully short.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:39 am
Veteran activist receives award for HIV/Aids work.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:31 am
Police raids in 2017/18 were unconstitutional and done with ulterior motives.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:24 am
But realising his dream of shared prosperity will be no easy task for Chakwera. He inherits a country deeply divided, politically, regionally and ethnically.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:22 am
July 2 (Reuters) - Indonesia is working to produce its own COVID-19 vaccine next year, amid growing anxiety that developing countries could have difficulty getting access to a future jab, the head of Indonesia’s national COVID-19 research team said Thursday.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:11 am
The old-school Labia Theatre in Cape Town has launched a new streaming service; we’ve reviewed one of their movies in selection, a uniquely sincere adventure film, about a young woman who walked 2,700 kilometres of Australian Desert on foot.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 9:48 am
DAKAR, July 2 (Reuters) - African countries have lost almost $55 billion in travel and tourism revenues in three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the African Union (AU) commissioner for infrastructure and energy said on Thursday.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 9:21 am
DAKAR, July 2 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) does not think there are manifold undetected coronavirus infections in Africa with people dying unreported, the regional director of the organisation said on Thursday.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 9:17 am
July 2 (Reuters) - The United States reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the largest daily increase any country has ever reported, according to a Reuters tally.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 9:09 am
The Southern Africa Human Rights Roundup is a weekly column aimed at highlighting important human rights news in southern Africa. It integrates efforts of human rights defenders and facilitates evidence-based engagement with key stakeholders, and institutions on the human rights situation across the region. The roundup is a collaboration between the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and Maverick Citizen.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 8:46 am
Explosive information aired at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture this week supports long-held suspicions that former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana received massive alleged bribes from one of the SoE’s foremost contractors. Scorpio analysed the latest evidence alongside other documentation and source accounts to piece together what could be one of South Africa’s most astonishing cases of alleged high-level corruption.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 8:01 am
RIP colleague and friend, co-founder of the Daily Maverick food platform, bon vivant, jazz singer, mensch of notable progeny.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 7:48 am
New data shows Britain’s Royal Air Force trained Saudi personnel in 2019 on fighter jets used to bomb civilians in Yemen – a country on the brink of famine – while UK soldiers coached other forces in the Saudi-led coalition at nearly a dozen army bases in Britain.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 7:25 am
Attorney and filmmaker Odette Geldenhuys peppers her sentences with ‘ja, ja, ja’ as she thinks deeply while speaking. 
Posted: July 3, 2020, 7:00 am
HONG KONG, July 3 (Reuters) - The popular protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" connotes separatism or subversion, the city's government said, pointing to crimes that are covered under the new national security law imposed by Beijing.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 3:11 am
With the U.S. Justice Department nearing a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for antitrust violations, a coalition of states that are conducting a parallel investigation are divided over the best strategy for taking on the internet giant, according to people familiar with the matter.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 2:44 am
Colin Huang’s ascent is one for the history books: In just six months, his fortune swelled by $25 billion -- one of the biggest gains among the world’s richest people.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 2:30 am
After two days of testimony at the Zondo Commission, a burning question still remains: is there proof that former CEO Lucky Montana used money that came from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to buy two properties worth almost R25-million?
Posted: July 2, 2020, 11:04 pm
Among the 387-odd staff members who work for the ANC are a few redeployed high-flyers – including Nomvula Mokonyane and Malusi Gigaba – who have added a sizeable chunk to the R21-million salary tab the party is burdened with.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:54 pm
Only three out of the seven grades scheduled to return to their classrooms next week will do so, according to the Department of Basic Education and other education authorities. This decision comes as the department faces mounting pressure from trade unions, parents and the courts to make sure Covid-19 safety requirements are met before more pupils return.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:39 pm
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:36 pm
The standoff comes at a time when the country is experiencing a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, from 132 in June to 567 infections and seven deaths by 2 July.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:32 pm
In a hard-hitting judgment, the Johannesburg High Court declared unconstitutional warrantless searches of private homes and the people inside — and gave Parliament two years to fix Section 13(7)(c) of the SAPS Act. Importantly, the ruling makes significant findings on how public officials exercise power.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:30 pm
Durban and Johannesburg’s major orchestras say they’re bucking the trends of an arts industry harshly disrupted by Covid-19.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:27 pm
In his recent address to the nation on Covid-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa admitted that the tide of femicide and violence against women has not receded. A mysterious Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide has reportedly been established and R80-million made available in grants to civil society. Are these just more empty promises?
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:17 pm
When fisherwomen and fishermen cannot go out to sea, they repair their nets. Covid-19 has given us an amazing opportunity to repair our nets as institutions of higher learning. We must grab this opportunity to both reimagine and repurpose institutions of higher learning.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:15 pm
Far from being banal bureaucratic documents, timetables are the heartbeat of a school. Without them, nothing works. Trying to manage timetables when Covid-19 demands physical distancing, and with teachers booked off sick, is a nightmare.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:13 pm
The Pretoria High Court ruling on the Covid-19 tobacco ban was just one of several similar setbacks for big tobacco, and victories for the global anti-smoking campaign.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:10 pm
‘The inhumane manner in which the City acted in this case is in conflict with the basic values of our Constitution and with the Constitutional Court’s judgments on the matter, which require evictions to be conducted in a humane manner.’
Posted: July 2, 2020, 10:04 pm
The victory in the re-run of the Malawi election on 23 June of the Tonse Alliance, headed by Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima, highlights three big lessons for oppositions in Africa if they want to mount a serious challenge against incumbents. But there is no escaping the challenge that now lies ahead in the transition from political to economic choices.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:47 pm
Elon Musk provoked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the course of taking a victory lap on Twitter over Tesla Inc.’s surging share price.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:40 pm
Chief Rabbi Goldstein’s defence of Chief Justice Mogoeng saddens and frightens me. His recent article in Daily Maverick is underpinned by an unexamined, incorrect and dangerous assumption that those critical of the policies of the Israeli government are anti-Semitic.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:39 pm
It is encouraging to see that the party created by the ‘accidental’ former Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba, The People’s Dialogue, is seeking to develop a policy that is capable of successfully addressing corruption.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:37 pm
The dollar’s long reign over the international financial system depended on the US remaining economically stable, financially credible, and culturally open. Now that the US system’s dysfunctions are being laid bare, the rest of the world may start to question its basic competence and state effectiveness.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:33 pm
NPC International Inc., the largest franchisee of Pizza Hut restaurants in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy after coronavirus-related shutdowns added to competitive pressures in the restaurant industry.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:32 pm
This case is probably one of the most important of the democratic era. Most immediately it is about the lives of millions of children, their hunger and their ability to reap the benefit of their right to education.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:16 pm
‘The Room Where It Happened — A White House Memoir’: Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book, savaging the incumbent president as incompetent and unfit for office, has brought criticism on the author as well, for not testifying at the impeachment inquiry or Senate trial. We’ve read it and this is what we think of it.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:15 pm
Lack of independence, poor accountability and a culture of silence are some of the issues plaguing the auditing profession globally. A new report by non-profit, Open Secrets, shows how cracks in the system have caused a credibility crisis in the industry and why this is a matter of public interest.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:06 pm
Patients, visitors and employees at Port Elizabeth’s Livingstone Hospital were met by the horrifying sight of rats licking at water the colour of blood pouring from a blocked drain on Thursday 2 July. This was within days of the facility dismally failing a safety inspection — but the Department of Health insisted that an unknown person had put beetroot peels down the drain at the hospital, causing the water to go red.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 8:59 pm
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