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Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of the 2020(1) games in Tokyo.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 8:04 pm
The Springboks rekindled memories of the 2019 World Cup final as they smashed the British andamp; Irish Lions to level the 2021 series 1-1 and take it to next week’s decider. It ended 27-9.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 7:54 pm
Every time I walk past this cartoon, which happens to be many times a day in these times of limited mobility, I think of things we lost in the fire of the Pandemic of Covid-19.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 6:38 pm
South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker has swum her way into the record books at the Olympics, breaking Olympic and world records for breaststroke, and bagging her country’s first gold medal.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 6:24 pm
With much riding on the shoulders of Hermione Cronje’s Investigating Directorate, it is time for a reality check.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 6:16 pm
President Cyril Ramaphosa faces difficulties on several fronts. Can he get rid of underperforming Cabinet ministers, and still appease different interests within the governing party?
Posted: July 31, 2021, 6:13 pm
‘You can’t go hunting with another man’s dogs’ ... President Cyril Ramaphosa must resolve ANC tensions and secure a Cabinet that supports him.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 6:08 pm
Submissions from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) at the Special Tribunal has shed further light on alleged corruption and other transgressions relating to the Department of Health’s R150-million Digital Vibes communications contract. Then health minister Zweli Mkhize’s son, Dedani, allegedly collected boxes of cash from the company’s director.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 9:33 am
Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of this week’s events around the world.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 7:32 am
As former referees and myriad experts poured over the controversial decisions that shaped the first Test between the Springboks and British andamp; Irish Lions, the greater problem afflicting the game became painfully clear.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 7:14 am
Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of the 2020(1) games in Tokyo.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 9:28 pm
Welcome to Daily Maverickand#039;s crossword. The crossword itself is interactive, meaning you can fill it in on your screen. The blue highlight indicates whether you are typing in across or down. Click on the andquot;iandquot; to remove error checking as you go. We hope you enjoy it! Found a bug? Let us know by emailing firstthing@dailymaverick.co.za Please bear with us while we test out various tech platforms for your crossword. We are getting there! NOTE: You cannot save your progress, so please grab your coffee and donand#039;t close this tab before youand#039;re done! We hope to have a new system up and running soon that will fix this (and then some).
Posted: July 30, 2021, 5:21 pm
The First Thing newsletterand#039;s Ever-lasting Subscriber Photo Gallery.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 4:58 pm
Kenya is the latest African nation to join the Adaptation Action Coalition, to pledge its commitment to adapting to climate change consequences. But countries from the developed world need to honour their climate finance pledges.  
Posted: July 30, 2021, 4:51 pm
Following Daily Maverickand#039;s article on the young KZN provocateur who called for shutting down the highways, we reveal his links to the Zuma family.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 3:57 pm
Thirteen years after Jon Qwelane wrote a derogatory article comparing gays and lesbians to animals, the Constitutional Court ruled that the former journalist and ambassador’s column was harmful.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 3:27 pm
In 2009, the last time the Boks and British andamp; Irish Lions played the second of three Tests, six players ended up in hospital as South Africa won a thriller with the last kick of the match. The stakes are as high again.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 2:12 pm
The former secretary of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, William Khotso de Wee, who vacated the position in 2019 after an allegation surfaced that he received Bosasa-related bribes, has vehemently denied this, saying for two years the false claims have trailed behind him. He also says lessons relating to governance have been learned from the Bosasa saga.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 1:19 pm
With figures that make the likes of the BMW M2, the Ford Mustang Mach1 and Porsche Cayman 718 blush, the Audi TT RS revs into pole position.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 1:17 pm
Gauteng Premier David Makhura provided an update on the economic recovery plan in the province in the aftermath of the rioting and destruction, which has cost the province billions of rands. 
Posted: July 30, 2021, 1:09 pm
GENEVA, July 30 (Reuters) - More than 100,000 children in Ethiopiaand#039;s northern region of Tigray could suffer from life-threatening malnutrition in the next 12 months, a 10-fold jump over average annual levels, the U.N. Childrenand#039;s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 12:30 pm
TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovicand#039;s bid to become the first man to complete the Golden Slam lay in tatters on Friday after he was toppled by Germanyand#039;s Alexander Zverev in the singles semi-finals at the Tokyo Games on Friday.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 12:15 pm
(Bloomberg) --Amazon.com Inc. faces the biggest ever European Union privacy fine after its lead privacy watchdog hit it with a 746 million-euro ($888 million) penalty for violating the bloc’s tough data protection rules.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 12:11 pm
TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - More than half of the expected 5,000 doping tests at Tokyo 2020 have already been conducted, the International Testing Agency said on Friday, with no information yet on any positive cases.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 12:07 pm
The trade union federation is appealing to employers in Cape Town to be sensitive to the needs of workers affected by the violent conflict between rival taxi groups.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 11:29 am
Was it irresponsible for the UN to not intervene, considering the AU’s inability to resolve the dispute?
Posted: July 30, 2021, 10:25 am
Zeekoevlei, Zandvlei and Rietvlei closed have been closed with sewage spills blamed.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 10:02 am
Threshold is an honest and empathetic documentary following a teenager’s gender transition and their Brazilian activist family’s reconceptualization of identity.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 9:52 am
If men were made to read women’s stories it would reduce the rates of violence against women, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said on Wednesday evening during the Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture at the University of Cape Town.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 9:09 am
After 11 starry years and earning a place among the top 50 restaurants in the world, Cape Town’s arguably most famous restaurant will bow out gracefully at the end of September 2021.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 8:37 am
It’s the way those succulent white flakes slide over one another. Hake skin and batter stick slightly to the newsprint. In their own saliva-inducing aura of salt and vinegar, potato chips lie alongside the fish, slap and simple.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 7:23 am
The swimming sensation earned South Africa’s first gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games by storming to a world record in the 200m breaststroke on Friday.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 7:02 am
I have learned in a long life that spontaneity is not necessarily a trustworthy thing, not least where food is involved. I first discovered this on an impromptu visit to Arniston, but this story is not so much about a trip to the seaside as a frozen chicken.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 6:58 am
Gilly Walters began making nougat in her kitchen in Hilton in the KZN Midlands to make ends meet and created a confectionery legacy.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 6:25 am
Smoke knows no borders or boundaries. Freed from tea leaves smouldering with spices and sugar, it works its sorcery on the food we surrender to it.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 6:24 am
Tea, in the lore of smoking food, is as elemental as lemon to Hollandaise or bay to béchamel. If smoke is as integral to life and cooking as fire and water, tea is whatever you want it to be; the elements you choose dictate what the flavour will be. Combining the two, tea and smoke, is one of the ancient arts of cooking.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 6:20 am
Amazon.com Inc. emerged as the essential store for homebound shoppers during the coronavirus pandemic, propelling its sales and profits to new highs. Now, the rush online is slowing down as vaccinated consumers peel away from computers and smartphones and revert to old habits like traveling and dining out.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 3:46 am
Neuralink, the futuristic brain-computer interface company founded by Elon Musk, said it has raised $205 million in fresh venture backing, by far the biggest haul of any company in its field.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 3:42 am
Nikola Corp. founder and former chairman Trevor Milton has been charged by prosecutors with making false statements to investors in the electric-vehicle startup. The charges follow a difficult year for the company, which went public and almost immediately faced questions about its production and technology.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 3:38 am
Two-time Academy Award nominee Scarlett Johansson sued Walt Disney Co., claiming the biggest entertainment company in the world broke its promise to release her latest film “Black Widow” only in movie theaters when it made it available for streaming on the Disney+ video service.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 3:34 am
WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Thursday urged local governments to pay people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and set new rules requiring federal workers to provide proof of vaccination or face regular testing, mask mandates and travel restrictions.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 2:33 am
July 29 (Reuters) - The International Space Station (ISS) was thrown briefly out of control on Thursday when jet thrusters of a newly arrived Russian research module inadvertently fired a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost, NASA officials said.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 2:31 am
(Bloomberg) --Two-time Academy Award nominee Scarlett Johansson sued Walt Disney Co., claiming the biggest entertainment company in the world broke its promise to release her latest film “Black Widow” only in movie theaters when it made it available for streaming on the Disney+ video service.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 2:20 am
TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - Tatjana Schoenmaker won the womenand#039;s 200m breaststroke on Friday in a world record time of 2:18.95 to deliver South Africaand#039;s first gold medal of the Tokyo Games.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 2:14 am
Pol­i­tics and sport are cu­ri­ous bed­fel­lows but there is no escap­ing the fact that they are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked. Yet the Inter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, which is iron­i­cally a hugely po­lit­i­cal en­tity mas­querad­ing as a sports organisation, does its best to sep­a­rate pol­i­tics and sport.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 1:15 am
While nothing can excuse the sale of naked pictures of a child on the internet, some people are turning to crime because of poverty and the high unemployment rate.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 11:58 pm
Posted: July 29, 2021, 11:36 pm
‘We run the risk of the younger generation losing confidence in the political system… and we have the risk of people doing what we saw in the riots recently where if they feel the political system doesn’t represent them, they express themselves in other sorts of ways’ – Valli Moosa.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 11:31 pm
Historically, homosexuality was considered a pathological condition that needed to be ‘cured’. While strides have been made to do away with this theory, it is still pervasive.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 11:22 pm
Rassie Erasmus offered to withdraw himself from active participation in the series between the Springboks and the British andamp; Irish Lions. But there is no way he can leave quietly now, after a ‘leaked’ video of him dissecting some abysmal officiating from the first Test sent the sport into a frenzy on Thursday.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 11:14 pm
They weren’t prepared, but Gauteng police were certainly aware of what was approaching them.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 11:13 pm
On Youth Day, members of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Youth Clubs engaged with like-minded young people interested in making a difference within their communities. On a tour to the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre, once known as Pretoria Central, they discussed the feelings it invoked. 
Posted: July 29, 2021, 11:11 pm
South Africa registered 13,751 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 2,422,151. A further 523 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total official deaths to 71,431. A total of 7,279,912 people have been vaccinated.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 10:43 pm
The ANC chokes and South Africa convulses. This reality emerges as the country limps out of the aftermath of the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng riots.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 10:40 pm
One route. Only six issued operating licences. And thousands of commuters desperately looking for transport to work, study and elsewhere as train services have collapsed.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 10:39 pm
A singular focus on getting vaccines to the population shows what can be achieved when business and government work together.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 10:37 pm
Minister of Police Bheki Cele has told Parliament’s police committee he knew ‘nothing’ about a high court ruling that his national commissioner had been in breach of his duties while Khehla Sitole, in turn, said any talk of his resignation was ‘premature’.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 10:36 pm
Khopotso Bodibe, beloved brother, friend, colleague, journalist, activist and wonderful human became another Covid statistic this week. Friends and colleagues, old and more recent, shared their memories.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 10:21 pm
We find ourselves at a historic moment of compounding emergencies and time is of the essence. The lethargy of the past decade in implementing a sustainable energy policy, aggravated by pervasive corruption, has cost us the luxury of incremental change.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 10:03 pm
Without entrepreneurial energy, the creative juices of China’s New Economy will be sapped, along with hopes for a long-promised surge of indigenous innovation.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 10:02 pm
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