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The former president’s latest move against the chair of the Zondo Commission is a new low, even for him. And while his cynicism is more than breathtaking, it is his inconsistency that is staggering.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:39 pm
Just as the British royal family had to reinvent itself to keep in touch with the times, so too does our own 'royal family', the ANC, need to realise that it is in need of soul-searching.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:35 pm
My appeal is for universities to give students access not dependent entirely on the 2020 matric results – that would be unfair. Those results are not likely to be an accurate reflection of student ability and effort. The pandemic has removed the prospects of that for many poor and working-class students in the system.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:31 pm
The unfolding battle between the University of Cape Town’s ombud, Zetu Makamandela-Mguqulwa, and the vice-chancellor, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, reveals how creeping managerialism within UCT risks sliding into ‘executive authoritarianism’, fuelled by the current hyper-racialised climate and culminating in the persecution of whistle-blowers.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:30 pm
Attorneys for former president Jacob Zuma have called for the recusal of Judge Raymond Zondo from the State Capture Commission, citing ‘strained relations’ between Zondo and Zuma and Zondo’s alleged ‘biased disposition’. Zuma has once again played the victim card.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:28 pm
HKGK: There’s light at the end of the tunnel — and it’s not a train
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:27 pm
Research sampling carried out by the Water Research Commission has found very high levels of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in human faeces in water downstream of wastewater treatment plants. This is a critical tool in predicting outbreaks and monitoring infection levels.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:15 pm
Most of our food is the product of chemical farming. Such farming practices have left communities suffering from the effects of ‘pesticide drift’ or ‘spray drift’.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:14 pm
Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape has embarked on an emergency plan to lift water restrictions as an outbreak of Covid-19 infections has reached levels similar to those during the surge in July and August. Residents of the town have access to water for only seven hours every second day. Municipal manager for the Joe Gqabi District Municipality, Zolile Williams, said in his latest update that the incidence of coronavirus infections in the Burgersdorp area is now 906 per 100,000 of the population. A lockdown on movement in the town is under consideration.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:13 pm
Tsogo Sun CEO Marcel von Aulock has a spring in his step. Interprovincial travel is back and South Africa’s borders are scheduled to reopen on 1 October for limited inbound and outbound travel. That means a gradual return to business and a not-to-be-missed opportunity to recoup losses. Von Aulock reflects on that Marriott debacle, weathering the Covid-19 storm and criticism that South Africans are priced out of their own tourism market.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:01 pm
Ebola aid workers from the World Health Organisation and leading NGOs stand accused by more than 50 women of sexual exploitation and abuse in Democratic Republic of Congo, an investigation by The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:56 pm
During the HIV pandemic, doctors were traumatised by the government’s indifference towards patients’ lack of access to treatment. In the case of Covid-19, some physicians say, they have to cope with the devastating consequences of most of the country’s health resources having been allocated to one disease.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:54 pm
For a long time, intermittent fasting was hailed as an effective weight loss and fat burning diet. But a new study suggests this might not be the case. What is intermittent fasting, and does it actually work?
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:54 pm
As the world moves towards a low-carbon development trajectory, failure to decarbonise the South African economy – one of the most carbon-intensive in the world – is threatening South Africa’s exports and will weaken an already fragile manufacturing sector.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:52 pm
The poor state of health infrastructure and services in the Eastern Cape made headlines during the Covid-19 pandemic and triggered promises of government intervention, but in some hospitals those providing and receiving healthcare note little to no improvement.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:50 pm
During the second quarter economic meltdown, more than two million jobs were lost. On a technicality and counter-intuitively, the official unemployment rate went down – but that does not capture the true state of affairs.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:49 pm
Business Maverick understands that the latest suspension also affects operations of SAA subsidiaries including low-cost carrier Mango Airlines, SAA Technical, Air Chefs and SAA Cargo.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:37 pm
Cricket South Africa has seemingly won its battle with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee over the latter’s intention to set up a task team to investigate the sport. But the war for control of Cricket South Africa is not over.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:36 pm
Emerging markets came up tops during the last week, with large global banks finding they offer relatively attractive opportunities compared to their developed market counterparts. But these assessments are unlikely to hold the grouping in good stead until the US elections and other hurdles are behind us – and investors can see further than a couple of months out.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:33 pm
Tender tycoon Edwin Sodi returned to the State Capture inquiry on Tuesday 29 September to explain a slew of payments to politicians over six years. The multimillion-rand transfers include references to ministers, deputy ministers, and the ANC. His reply: No harm, no foul.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:19 pm
LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Britain's House of Commons approved legislation on Tuesday that gives ministers the power to break its divorce deal with the European Union, despite the threat of legal action from Brussels and unrest within the governing Conservative Party.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 7:45 pm
BAKU/YEREVAN, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Armenia and Azerbaijan accused one another on Tuesday of firing directly into each other's territory and rejected pressure to hold peace talks as their conflict over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh threatened to mushroom into all-out war.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 7:39 pm
PARIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) - French health authorities on Tuesday reported 8,051 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, up sharply from Monday's 4,070, while intensive care admissions were also on the rise.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 7:30 pm
Maverick Citizen this week shares the stories of 26 workers who have been at the frontline of the Covid-19 response. These men and women work in health facilities in the nine provinces, some as doctors, others as nurses and some as mortuary workers, cleaners and porters. Journalist Nomatter Ndebele and photographer Thom Pierce undertook the challenging task of crisscrossing the country, at times under tight lockdown regulations, to document the stories of these incredible people who do not view themselves as heroes. In the second episode they go from KwaZulu-Natal to the Northern Cape to the Free State.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 7:07 pm
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Posted: September 29, 2020, 12:35 pm
The Johannesburg High Court has sentenced former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli to five years in prison for kidnapping and assault charges that date back to 1998. Mdluli immediately applied for leave to appeal in an attempt to avoid donning orange overalls, but his application was denied.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 12:28 pm
BAKU/YEREVAN, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Tuesday of firing directly into each other's territory beyond the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, as the worst regional fighting since the 1990s raged for a third day and civilian deaths mounted.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 12:18 pm
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Human rights group Amnesty International stopped its work in India on Tuesday saying the government had frozen its bank accounts in the latest action against it for speaking out about rights violations.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 12:15 pm
Sept 29 (Reuters) - The global coronavirus death toll rose past a million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim statistic in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 12:03 pm
Tanzanian president John Magufuli approaches elections buoyed by victory in the local polls and a solid track record on the economy. But it's not all plain sailing.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 11:14 am
This recipe by Diane Cassere, a.k.a. The Foodie’s Wife, so impressed The Foodie (a.k.a. Your TGIFood editor) that he ditched his own recipe and decided to run with hers instead. He should know: he had it for supper last night.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:36 am
Springbok director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, made all the right noises about the world champions wanting to play in the 2020 Rugby Championship, but simultaneously made a strong case for why it’s a bad idea.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 10:25 am
Anxiety levels in America are peaking as the country heads into winter with an average of over 40,000 new Covid-19 cases a day. On top of that, having a president who refuses to commit to a peaceful transition of power does little to settle nerves.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:30 am
“There have been as many plagues in the world as there have been wars, yet plagues and wars always find people equally unprepared.” – Albert Camus, 1947 
Posted: September 29, 2020, 8:55 am
In what resembles a bad cut and paste job, an analysis of the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality’s annual reports since 2016 has shown that little progress has been made in improving the region’s roads — with potholes in the dusty streets of the Karoo town Graaff-Reinet becoming the stuff that legends are made of.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 7:07 am
Posted: September 29, 2020, 7:02 am
When he was 14, Aubrey Williams’ grandmother Lil taught him to sew on her old Singer sewing machine. Nearly thirty years later, these skills came in handy when Williams and his husband Lionel Millard turned their old Victorian Karoo Hotel into a wool duvet factory under lockdown.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 5:51 am
South Africa plans to tap global appetite for green bonds to help fund an infrastructure program worth as much as 2.3 trillion rand ($135 billion) over the next decade.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 3:28 am
Microsoft Corp. said Office 365, Teams and some of its other online services are experiencing service interruptions.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 3:25 am
WELLINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - New Zealand will launch its home summer of cricket with a Twenty20 match against West Indies at Eden Park on Nov. 27 before two test series against the Caribbeans and Pakistan, New Zealand Cricket said on Tuesday.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 3:04 am
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is holding out hope more leaders will step forward and take responsibility for their actions. Meanwhile, former president Jacob Zuma is crying prejudice and urging Zondo to recuse himself. The inquiry’s focus on Free State corruption continues this week.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 12:14 am
The assassination of Anti-Gang Unit Section Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear has exposed how deeply the underworld is intertwined with the South African Police Services.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 11:24 pm
It’s been nearly seven months since the first cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Western Cape. Premier Alan Winde says now the focus should turn to dignity, getting back on track and, most importantly, ensuring industries and the economy reopen safely to prevent a possible second wave of infections.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 10:59 pm
As if this year’s US presidential race wasn’t strange enough, the New York Times has unleashed an astonishing report on the president’s finances and taxes. Will these revelations affect the balloting – or even the Tuesday debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden or are the other woes already overwhelming voter attention?
Posted: September 28, 2020, 10:52 pm
Richard Mdluli was a key cog in the state security machinery that protected Jacob Zuma. On Tuesday, the Johannesburg High Court will sentence him after he was convicted of kidnapping and assault.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 10:52 pm
The MDC has split more than five times and the latest occupation of the party headquarters is likely to aggravate the already fierce battle for the iconic building which both camps see as the soul of Zimbabwe’s democratic struggle.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 10:35 pm
The EFF has repeatedly revealed itself to be anti-science, anti-knowledge, shallow in its understanding of the deep meaning of education and bordering on fascist. It purports to be pan-African in outlook, and yet grills Malusi Gigaba on his national origins. It’s simply bizarre. The many young and disaffected people attracted by the EFF’s rhetoric are being taken for a ride.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 10:32 pm
Transgender activists were surprised by the openness of the Department of Home Affairs during a recent meeting with minister Aaron Motsoaledi. But now tangible steps toward policy reform need to be made.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 10:19 pm
Many train commuters have no choice but to travel on more expensive modes of transport after extensive vandalism and pillaging of the rail infrastructure, especially during the Covid-19 lockdown. Daily Maverick visited stations around Gauteng and saw the devastation — and also witnessed pillaging first-hand. (Additional reporting by Shiraaz Mohamed)
Posted: September 28, 2020, 10:08 pm
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:52 pm
Under Level 1 coronavirus regulations, more people will head back to work using either private vehicles or public transport. For those using public transport there are limitations, notably at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:51 pm
A new report says that Home Affairs’ massive backlog in processing asylum seekers has created fertile ground for corruption.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:50 pm
Over the last few weeks, members of the Electoral Commission of South Africa have been emerging to communicate the ongoing preparations for the 2021 local government elections. And while there have been calls for those polls to be merged with the 2024 national elections because of Covid-19, the IEC has made it clear that in its view that’s a non-starter.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:48 pm
Tobacco use is a common risk factor to the onset of the four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs): Cardiovascular disease (CVD – heart disease and strokes), cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes. An estimated 48% of deaths in South Africa are attributed to NCDs, with CVD accounting for 18% of these deaths.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:41 pm
It took five weeks of hard lockdown, and another month of severely restricted movement, for people to really appreciate the outdoors. I, for one, was delighted to get back on to the mountain at the beginning of June, and – as I discovered – so was the rest of Cape Town. This is a good thing – mostly.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:39 pm
Week17: Hello, hello? How echo chambers reinforce your biases.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:30 pm
If we are serious about universal healthcare, we need to match the commitment shown by community health workers. Not only must their contribution to the pandemic response be recognised, but they deserve a say in health policymaking and implementation that affects them, the authors argue.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:10 pm
On 19 August 2020, Uganda’s Constitutional Court gave maternal health rights a place in the Ugandan Constitution when the Constitutional Court declared access to basic maternal healthcare including emergency obstetric care in public health facilities as a right.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:09 pm
He is credited with the reinvention of Exclusive Books, and has now a new task on his hands: driving the revival – and ensuring the survival – of one of the country’s oldest retail brands.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:08 pm
Business rescue does not guarantee a company will live to see another day, but it does give it a fighting chance.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:02 pm
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