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The big story: The real issues behind the student protests

There are many factors at play in the ongoing student protests, so we’re going to try to summarise the most important ones for you.  What’s happening: Protests erupted at Wits University last week, then spread to other public universities after historically indebted students weren’t allowed to register. They owe nearly R10bn to the country’s 26 …

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No Habib, ‘we’ don’t use the N-word here

Former University of Witwatersrand (Wits) vice-chancellor Prof Adam Habib has come under fire for using the N-word during a webinar with students. Habib, who is now a director at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, justified his use by loosely claiming that South African’s are comfortable with the use of the word depending on the context. Now the context within which he used the word is not clear, but really, that’s not the point: the word was never for South African’s to claim.

Accountability monitor: Steinhoff execs face German justice

Remember the 2017 Steinhoff scandal? Senior execs at the furniture and household goods multinational blatantly cooked the books to falsely inflate profits. CEO Markus Jooste promptly resigned… but four years later has yet to be charged. It was South Africa’s largest-ever private sector fraud and accounting scandal, and the lack of arrests has made the …

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Building a greener Joburg

Johannesburg’s electric vehicle (EV) rollout may be accelerated with the UK’s help; it just gave us R64 million to fund ten green projects. One is ambitiously aiming for all new buildings in Johannesburg to be “net-zero carbon” by 2030 and to support electric vehicle rollouts. 🚙 NPO Sustainable Energy Africa, which is spearheading the vehicle …

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OUR TAKE: A RIGHT ROYAL BOMBSHELL

Whether or not you’re interested in the British royals, it’s an interview so explosive, it got nearly everyone talking. Former actress and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry sat down with America’s favourite talk show host, Oprah Winfrey. The broadcast on Sunday dropped several bombshells aimed at The Firm, as the …

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