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[RED LIST] Travellers from South Africa have to fork out R77,000 for 10 days of ‘hell’ in filthy, flea-ridden quarantine hotel in UK

Cold food, fleas and shoddy accommodation add insult to financial injury, while red list restrictions could last well into 2022.

[DM168 Op-ED] Some wear it on the outside while others keep it under wraps — a pro-tip guide to expressing your feelings

The end of the tether will always be the end of a tether, but each end is noticeably different.

[MEDIA UNDER FIRE] Journalists jailed in record numbers worldwide – for second year in a row

The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide has reached a record high for the second consecutive year – an alarming trend that has emerged in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ latest prison census.

[OPINIONISTA] A vaccine mandate is not South Africa’s pandemic silver bullet

The decision on vaccine mandates is not simple. It will have longer-term consequences than simply the hoped-for end of the pandemic. Any responsible leader needs to take these consequences into account.

[GroundUp missing millions] NLC remains tight-lipped over R80-million lottery funding for sports project that never materialised

Politically connected businessman Solly Siweya linked to funds meant for rural Limpopo village.

[FOOTBALL] Mamelodi Sundowns remain unbeaten despite yet another refereeing howler in the DStv Premiership

The Brazilians maintain their undefeated reign after 14 DStv Premiership matches. Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs missed another match as the team continues to deal with a Covid-19 outbreak in their camp.

[Maverick Citizen Op-Ed] We need to protect whistle-blowers at institutions of higher learning to stop the rot of corruption

Corruption at South Africa’s tertiary institutions is as prevalent as it is in government and the private sector, which puts the futures of students at risk due to the poor quality of education provided. A commitment to unadulterated ethical standards of accountability is the only way to break the cycle.

[ANALYSIS] SA citizens still don’t get value for money, even as Auditor-General takes glass half-full view of state spending

Just 19% of the R1.9-trillion national and provincial government spending got a clean audit in the 2020/21 financial year, according to Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke on Wednesday.

[OMICRON REACTION] South African health authority approves Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine booster shot

The approval came hours after Pfizer issued a statement saying preliminary laboratory studies demonstrate that three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine neutralise the Omicron variant.

[OMICRON REACTION] Health regulatory body gives the nod to Cape Town company to produce rapid Covid-19 antigen test kits

A new rapid Covid-19 antigen test, developed in South Africa, has been approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority.

[AGE OF THE ASSASSIN] Nafiz Modack bail hearing: ‘Why did police not arrest me sooner if they had almost irrefutable evidence?’

Charl Kinnear murder accused Nafiz Modack argues during a bail hearing on Wednesday that the police inexplicably did not arrest him for months when, with the evidence allegedly at their disposal, it was their duty to arrest him.

[CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL UPDATE] New Jersey reports post-Thanksgiving spike; South Africa registers 19,842 new cases

South Africa registered 19,842 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 3,071,064. A further 36 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total official deaths to 90,038. A total of 26,781,642 vaccines have been administered.

[Sponsored Content] Allocators of capital must enable the COP26 goals to be achieved

Globally, asset managers can play a decisive role in redirecting institutional and retail investors’ capital towards achieving the decarbonisation goals set by the recent COP26 Climate Change Conference.

[BAD FOR BUSINESS] South Africa’s retail sales dip 1.3% in October

After rebounding from July’s crash in August and September, South African retail trade sales fell 1.3% in October compared with the previous month. It’s a bad omen for economic growth prospects in the year’s final stretch.

[GROUNDUP LEGAL THREATS] Fikile Mbalula demands R2-million from GroundUp reporters over luxury home story

The minister accuses us of defamation but neglects to point out any factual errors in our article.

[DOGGED DETERMINATION] Yappy medium: Happy Hounds using vegetable and insect protein to make ‘gentle’ food

A Cape Town company is trying to do things ‘gently’, aiming to decrease its environmental footprint and improve the quality of the food that South Africa’s 10 million dogs eat every day. As part of its plan, it uses vegetables from micro-farmers and insect protein.

[CONSTITUTION @25] The Constitution Hill precinct — seat of justice and a living museum

Friday, 10 December 2021 marks 25 years of our country’s Constitution. Maverick Citizen will publish articles throughout the week commemorating the occasion with various reflections from ordinary South Africans and civil society. The articles will culminate in a special newsletter that will go out on 10 December.

[OPINIONISTA] Africa’s future: It’s the dwindling of hope that’s a killer

It is as if we live in a parallel world where China (and Asia in general) does not exist, and where there are no new conflicts, coups, piracy on the east and west coasts, rampant corruption, food insecurity, displacement and an African version of the ethno-nationalism and searches for purity that is mushrooming around the world.

[CONSTITUTION @25] ‘It does not protect us’: Rural women speak out about the Constitution

Friday marks 25 years of South Africa’s Constitution. Maverick Citizen will publish articles throughout the week commemorating the occasion with reflections from ordinary South Africans and civil society. The articles will culminate in a special newsletter on Friday.

[ECONOMY] Exasperated IMF (again) urges South African government to speed up implementation of structural reforms

International Monetary Fund officials have reiterated that the government is moving too slowly on implementing structural reforms on energy, telecommunications and transport, reducing red tape for businesses, addressing systemic corruption and paring down the degree of state ownership.

[OPINIONISTA] A walk on the wild side in Bainskloof and reflections on the transient nature of life and death

When the heavens of the black south-easterly wind briefly lifted, I was drawn to the scene of a recent accident. The Saturday evening prior, just as I’d returned from rock-hopping delight in the Witte River below the Bainskloof Pass, a grandmother had driven off the road a mere 2km from where I live at Eerste Tol.

[BANKING] TymeBank International secures $180m investment from Tencent and CDC Group

TymeBank International has received $180m from Tencent and the CDC Group to complete its Series B capital raise, which is intended to enhance the growing presence of TymeBank in South Africa, with GOTyme, another branch in the Philippines.

[BUSINESS MAVERICK WEBINAR] Dearth of a (good) salesman: There is an art to selling when done right, says entrepreneur extraordinaire Richard Mulholland

Richard Mulholland believes that the act of selling is ‘beautiful and not crass’ when done right — involving two parties, a business and a customer, getting value and feeling they have both won at the end of a sales process.

[LESSONS FROM MY FATHER] On persistence and love: Anthony William Haward Mallett

As I look back on my life, I am convinced that the good fortune that I’ve enjoyed has been directly tied to the fact that I had loving parents who stuck together; that my father absolutely adored my mother, and that he set such a great example for us as kids.

[ECONOMIC WOBBLE] Sacci Business Confidence Index declines in November

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) Business Confidence Index (BCI) declined by more than two points to 92.8 in November. Worryingly, it was the first month this year in which the index has been lower than the corresponding month last year – the latest sign that the economy’s fourth quarter (Q4) performance is hardly shooting the lights out after a contraction in Q3.

[THE CONVERSATION] Children live online more than ever – we need better definitions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ screen time

The pandemic has fundamentally altered every part of our lives, not least the time we spend on digital devices. For young people in particular, the blurred line between recreational and educational screen time presents new challenges we are only beginning to appreciate.

[BOOK REVIEW] Why you should read ‘Our Ghosts Were Once People’

It’s safe to say that thinking about death and dying is generally not soothing to the psyche. And yet, in ‘Our Ghosts Were Once People’, edited by Bongani Kona, the precarity of our life becomes an empowering subject.

[OPINIONISTA] South Africa’s economy is alive and kicking – contrary to what the quarterly GDP figure suggests

Literally hundreds of jokes exist on statisticians and statistics. There are good reasons hardly any of them are flattering, as once again demonstrated by the GDP data for the third quarter of 2021, published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

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