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19 Feb 2016
DA: Phumzile Van Damme says DA accepts M&G apology and constructive engagement
The DA has noted and accepts the apology published by the Mail & Guardian (M&G) today for leading with a misinformed and ill-advised story on 29 January, titled “Educating Mmusi: Is FW tutoring...
25 Nov 2015
What if there were no whites in South Africa?
Ferial Haffajee is highly respected as one of South Africa’s thought leaders and commentators. She effectively uses her media platform to raise and discuss issues pertinent to the state of the...
22 May 2015
ANC mum on report it risks losing votes in 2016
The ANC would not comment on Friday on a report about its internal election strategy document, in which the party admits it could lose votes in next year's local government election. "We have not...
11 May 2015
Nxasana inquiry: Zuma says they are 'engaging'
The Presidency confirmed that it had stopped the inquiry into the fitness of National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana to hold office on Monday, and said the two parties were...
Nxasana inquiry to start
The inquiry into National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana's fitness to hold office will start in Centurion on Monday. Advocate Nazeer Cassim SC will chair the inquiry to be held at...
21 Apr 2015
Hawks boss quits
Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat has officially resigned as head of the Hawks, police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday. Phiyega told Parliament that Dramat and the police have reached a...
07 Apr 2015
SAA to oppose CEO's suspension challenge
South African Airways (SAA) will oppose suspended CEO Monwabisi Kalawe's bid to get the Labour Court to halt his disciplinary hearing, according to the airline's spokesperson Tlali Tlali. "Mr...
26 Mar 2015
Are 80% of South African schools ‘dysfunctional’?
South Africa’s education system is often described as being in crisis. A recent claim suggests 80% of schools could be “dysfunctional”. We looked at the evidence.
22 Mar 2015
DA: Helen Zille says it’s all true, South African journalism is in an “unprecedented crisis”
This newsletter is a little longer than usual because it includes examples and anecdotes illustrating just how serious the threat to media freedom in South Africa has become. With only a fraction...
01 Mar 2015
DA: Gavin Davis says Muthambi must come clean on New Age adverts
It is reported in City Press today that Minister Faith Muthambi did spend R 1.6 million on a single set of advertisements in The New Age, and that this expenditure did not go through the proper...
30 Jan 2015
Democratic Alliance v African National Congress – The Nkandla SMS case
Ben Winks and I penned an article for the Mail & Guardian last week on the Constitutional Court’s complex and important case involving the DA’s pre-election SMS.  You can read the case here. Our M...
23 Jan 2015
DA wants Key Points Act repealed
The DA plans to submit a private members' bill to Parliament to nullify the National Key Points Act because it is inconsistent with transparency and accountability. "The National Key Points Act of...
13 Jan 2015
Joemat-Pettersson meets with Energy Intensive User Group to plot way forward
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson today met with representatives of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) – comprising South African companies that are the major users of energy in South...
09 Dec 2014
Bridgett Majola identified as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Bridgett Majola, a Senior Associate in the Finance and Banking practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has been identified as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.  The World Economic Forum is an...
28 Nov 2014
SA: Phumla Williams says Government continues to remain focused on repatriation process
Government is disappointed with the Mail & Guardian’s attempt to discredit the collaborative efforts of the South African and Nigerian governments to repatriate the bodies of South Africans that...
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