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[CABINET RESHUFFLE] Ramaphosa changes more than a third of his Cabinet, takes state security into the Presidency, gives Mboweni a pass out of government


The president moves to bolster safety with Sydney Mufamadi appointed national security adviser while Thandi Modise takes over as Defence Minister. Bheki Cele remains minister of police.


[CABINET RESHUFFLE] Exposed and tarnished by the Digital Vibes scandal, Zweli Mkhize goes down fighting

6 hours ago | Estelle Ellis


From medical doctor to high-ranking ANC politician, Dr Zweli Mkhize has had a distinguished career that on Thursday ended in a mess as he was allowed to step down from his position on the eve of a Cabinet reshuffle, vowing to fight findings that he acted corruptly.


[ZAPIRO] The Loot

10 hours ago | Zapiro




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[CABINET RESHUFFLE] Ramaphosa takes direct control of security agency after years of profligate rogue political operations


In line with recommendations of the 2018 High Level Panel Review into the State Security Agency, President Cyril Ramaphosa tightened control over the body in a Cabinet shuffle on 5 August, locating political oversight in the Office of the President.


[CABINET RESHUFFLE] The ‘Duke of Magoebaskloof’ steps down, paving the way for Enoch Godongwana to become finance minister

6 hours ago | Ray Mahlaka


Godongwana is currently the board chair of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, a state-owned development finance institution, and was previously the deputy minister of public enterprises.


[Islandsite Investments 180] National Prosecuting Authority throws a legal curveball at Gupta lawyers

6 hours ago | Jessica Bezuidenhout


The National Prosecuting Authority has challenged the legal authority of Gupta lawyers BDK Attorneys to act for one of the family’s companies in restraint proceedings in the Free State.


[CABINET RESHUFFLE] The pandemic hot seat: Dr Joe Phaahla promoted to South Africa’s minister of health

5 hours ago | Estelle Ellis


An experienced administrator and three times deputy minister, new Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla will have to take over a troubled portfolio in the middle of a pandemic.


[CABINET RESHUFFLE] Intelligence failure: President Ramaphosa breaks up security cluster

6 hours ago | Carien du Plessis


President Cyril Ramaphosa’s long-awaited Cabinet reconfiguration was extensive, with a strong focus on dismantling the security cluster and bringing it closer to him personally.


[OPINIONISTA] Cabinet reshuffle: ANC Revolt 2021 forces Ramaphosa’s boldest move

5 hours ago | Susan Booysen


President Cyril Ramaphosa used a calculated restructuring strategy, rather than outright ditching, to frame the inter-related moves that characterised his Cabinet reshuffle of 5 August 2021. This subtle framing notwithstanding, it was a Cabinet reconfiguration that was as bold as the intra-ANC factional-coup attempt that had been transforming into a national security crisis in the past month.


[CABINET RESHUFFLE] Rand wobbles slightly after Godongwana replaces Mboweni as finance minister

6 hours ago | Mfuneko Toyana


Shortly after the announcement, the rand weakened, sliding briefly to 14.75 per dollar from 14.38 just before. The currency then steadied to near the 14.60 mark.


[MAVERICK LIFE] Daily Maverick Best Sellers July 2021

| Daily Maverick


Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 24 July


[CABINET RESHUFFLE] Political parties welcome Health Minister Mkhize’s resignation, but expected a greater clean-out


Following the Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday evening, political parties made it clear that they welcomed Zweli Mkhize’s resignation but felt more needed to be done to create an effective Cabinet.


[PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS] Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle: Godongwana is new finance minister, Ministry of State Security is now defunct

8 hours ago | Cyril Ramaphosa


President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a raft of changes to his Cabinet. Read his full speech below.


[THE AFTERMATH] ANC’s Jessie Duarte puts out red alert against calls for ‘second wave’ of unrest

15 hours ago | Carien du Plessis


The ANC has warned that it would not allow people to ‘instigate violence’ as it studies another SMS doing the rounds just as some of former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters started their planning for his in-person court appearance in Kwa-Zulu-Natal next week.


[MAVERICK CITIZEN OP-ED] The Ingonyama judgment: Why the state must heed court orders to halt dispossession and deliver land rights

10 hours ago | Aninka Claassens


Vulnerable rural people in South Africa are being systematically dispossessed of their precariously held property rights. The past decade has seen a colossal battle between the courts and government over land reform and the property rights of the 18 million South Africans living in their former homeland areas.


[OUR BURNING PLANET] Mysterious fish die-off hits Wilderness lagoon

7 hours ago | Tembile Sgqolana


For the past three weeks, residents of Wilderness in the Eastern Cape have noticed an increasing number of fish dying in the Touw River. What’s causing them to die is not yet known.


[CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL UPDATE] Florida hospitals under strain; South Africa registers 13,777 new cases

5 hours ago | Bloomberg


South Africa registered 13,777 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 2,497,655. A further 458 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total official deaths to 73,873. A total of 8,377,606 people have been vaccinated.


[BOOK EXTRACT] Female Fear Factory: Any woman can be made into a whore, so sit like a girl

7 hours ago | Pumla Dineo Gqola


‘Female Fear Factory’ is Pumla Dineo Gqola’s follow up to the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award winner ‘Rape: A South African Nightmare’. Where ‘Rape’ introduced strategies for disrupting rape culture at an individual level, ‘Female Fear Factory’ offers an even bolder vision for collective action against all cultures of sexual violence. ‘Female Fear Factory’ is published by Melinda Ferguson Books (an imprint of NB Publishers).


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[THE BIG QUESTION] SA needs income support for 18- to 59-year-olds and Treasury can afford it, say experts


While the government keeps saying it does not have the money, in the almost 20 years since a state-commissioned basic income grant report was first delivered to Parliament, the number of hungry South Africans keeps rising.


[OPINIONISTA] Gay is okay: Justice may have been delayed, but not denied, after the Qwelane ConCourt judgment

9 hours ago | Neo Mokone and Thembalethu Seyisi


There is no doubt that our ugly past of apartheid extensively and severely limited the expression of black journalists. This includes Jon Qwelane, who was constantly in legal jeopardy, faced constant threats of imprisonment and was left deaf in one ear as a result of police brutality. But that does not give people like him a free pass to spread homophobic views in our society.


[OUR BURNING PLANET] Global warning: An abridged history of the physical science basis of climate change

8 hours ago | Ethan van Diemen


Ahead of the release of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it is noteworthy that the projections and assertions of increasingly confident climate scientists are happening apace, and that doesn’t bode well for the future unless substantial and sustained changes are made.


[OPINIONISTA] Slogans and shibboleths: How ‘Thuma Mina’ perpetuated the myth of self-correction

9 hours ago | Xolisa Phillip


South Africa is fertile ground for political sloganeering. The country has witnessed political catchphrases from the colourful and quirky to the inspirational. But political slogans are often a gift that refuses to give anything beyond words and promises to the electorate. That’s because mottos mask the murky reality of a fraught and fluid political context.


[Tokyo 2020(1) ] The Olympic Games in pictures: Thursday, 05 August

8 hours ago | Maverick Life Editors


Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of the 2020(1) games in Tokyo.


[WELLNESS] When it comes to alcohol, know your limits and watch your health

10 hours ago | Malibongwe Tyilo


According to numerous studies, South Africa has a higher-than-average occurrence of heavy drinking. But what exactly is heavy drinking? And by how much should South Africans reduce their alcohol consumption in order to lower the health risks?


[Maverick Citizen: WOMEN’S MONTH] We’ve been divided by military men for too long — women need to redefine an alternate society

8 hours ago | Rehana Moosajee


The planet’s state of crisis calls for women to show with clarity, conviction and creativity how an alternative is possible: individuals, communities, countries and a world characterised by compassion, social justice, honesty and community.


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[OPINIONISTA] Saving Private Rhino: We must reimagine the future of species conservation in South Africa


We should be looking far more actively at a range of options for conserving rhino. These include philanthropy, public-private-community partnerships, social impact bonds for communities adjacent to national parks, tax incentives and other innovative approaches to securing a national herd of each subspecies of rhino.


[SPOTLIGHT] Covid-19 and HIV: What we can learn from a new WHO report

10 hours ago | Laura Owings for Spotlight


A report by the World Health Organization shows that people living with HIV have a 30% greater chance of developing severe or fatal Covid-19 than those who do not. It argues that vaccines should be prioritised for HIV-positive individuals.


[OPINIONISTA] How to bridge the global gender leadership divide during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond

9 hours ago | Soraya Seedat


In the global healthcare sector, women represent around 70% of the workforce, but hold only 25% of senior leadership roles. For every 16 heads of state worldwide, there is only one woman, and women comprise less than a quarter of the world’s health ministers. They also earn, on average, 28% less than men.


[CURIOSITY] From the ancient city of Knossos: The Lady of the Ring

9 hours ago | Drew Forrest


An intricate gold jewel fashioned more than 3,000 years ago provides a window on an ancient culture that has much to teach the modern world.


[SCORPIO EXCLUSIVE] R1m from Digital Vibes deal bankrolled hair salon, nail boutique for Minister Zweli Mkhize’s son, daughter-in-law

03 AUG | Pieter-Louis Myburgh for Scorpio


More than R1m was siphoned off from the Department of Health’s R150-million Digital Vibes deal to help establish a new hair salon and an up-market nail franchise owned by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s son and daughter-in-law.


[Maverick Citizen Op-Ed] Amazon’s Liesbeek development: Preserving ‘the Place of the Stars’ from corporate plunder

10 hours ago | Pregs Govender


This week the Goringhaicona Khoi Khoi Traditional Indigenous Council and Observatory Civic Association went to court to prevent the destruction of the intangible heritage of the Liesbeek Riverine Valley and the environmental harms inherent in this development. They have 56,000 supporters on their petition website, more than 60 organisations backing Heritage Grading for the Two Rivers Urban Park, and support from multiple professionals who argue the development is contrary to all planning, environmental and heritage considerations.


[OPINIONISTA] The Financial Wellness Coach: How to get the best pension from your hard-earned retirement savings

9 hours ago | Kenny Meiring


Question: I am 65 years old and am retiring next month. I have R5-million in retirement savings and wish to use this to get a good pension for me and my wife. My wife is 60 and has no retirement savings, so this pension must last for both of our lives. What monthly pension can we expect?


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[THE CONVERSATION] Victoria’s Secret joins the ‘inclusive revolution,’ finally realising diversity sells


Victoria’s Secret learned a lesson other leading fashion brands and the industry at large are coming to realise: diversity sells.


[MAVERICK CITIZEN: WOMEN’S MONTH] Young and committed: Women as agents of change are powering the collective shift towards a just society

10 hours ago | Shanti Naidoo-Pagé


Young women and those who embrace the power of the feminine are a vital weapon against a broken system with the potential to create a new leadership incorporating the greatest qualities of humanity — hope, compassion, sensitivity, acceptance and nurture.


[MAVERICK CITIZEN: WOMEN’S MONTH] SA’s mistreatment of migrant women highlights the triple oppression of black African women everywhere

10 hours ago | Sharon Ekambaram


We need systemic change to address the core problems of racism and socioeconomic inequality as they affect the majority of black African women.


[THE AFTERMATH] Good party sends explosive evidence to Hawks unit of 26 individuals directly implicated in SA’s July unrest

04 AUG | Ferial Haffajee


The Good party has given the Hawks a USB stick containing explosive evidence of ANC members’ involvement in the July mayhem. But will the Hawks act?


[PARLIAMENT] Public Protector impeachment inquiry in the balance while feathers ruffle over public disorder probe

17 hours ago | Marianne Merten


Parliament’s Section 194 inquiry into the fitness for office of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is in limbo — until 13 August, when the rules committee must chart a way forward, the National Assembly programming committee heard on Thursday.


[ISS TODAY: ANALYSIS] SAPS needs more than increased numbers of public order police to protect South Africa from violent unrest

17 hours ago | David Bruce


In the wake of the July unrest, other options are needed to ensure better handling of large-scale public violence.


[RUGBY: ANALYSIS] Erasmus has challenged an entire system that needs an overhaul

17 hours ago | Craig Ray


Rassie Erasmus will soon face a World Rugby disciplinary hearing for comments he made in a video released (or leaked) on social media exposing abject officiating. Despite the irregular delivery method, it has brought the sport to a seminal moment.


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[TOKYO 2020] Heart attack survivor Braspennincx powers on to clinch cycling keirin gold


As sporting comeback stories go, Dutch rider Shanne Braspennincx’s surprise gold medal in the women’s keirin at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday is as inspirational as they get.


[CORONAVIRUS UPDATE] Cape health authorities plead with residents to behave responsibly over long weekend

15 hours ago | Suné Payne


The call by the Western Cape health department’s Dr Keith Cloete was triggered by a rise in trauma admissions over the past weekend, as the number of active cases in the province surpasses Gauteng's.


[ANALYSIS] ANC Crimes With No Punishment point the way to a failed state

04 AUG | Stephen Grootes


If a group of people was able to cause this much violence, damage and death with no consequences, there will be nothing to stop it from doing so again.


[Spotlight] Blow to Health Professions Council as new registrar David Motau suspended and facing serious charges

04 AUG | Ufrieda Ho for Spotlight


The already battered image of the Health Professions Council of South Africa has suffered another blow with its recently appointed registrar, Dr David Motau, appearing in court this week in connection with allegedly corrupt payments amounting to R8.7-million relating to his time as head of the Free State health department. Motau has since been suspended.


[Business Maverick] Biden Proposes Stronger Than Expected Vehicle Emission Rules

24 mins ago | Bloomberg


The Biden administration Thursday proposed new mileage standards and limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks that exceeded what some environmentalists feared would be issued.


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