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Weekly Summary

Simple summaries of news we think you should know – not just reporting for reporting’s sake. And, crucially, we tell you why it matters.

Turns out our justice system isn’t THAT broken after all

What’s news? It’s not nice to celebrate someone possibly going to jail, but with all the corruption, state capture and mismanagement we are bombarded with, it is sometimes nice to know that our justice system isn’t broken. On Friday, Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) chairman Rubben Mohlaloga was sentenced to 20 years in prison …

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This overlooked items of news may show which way the election will swing

What’s news? Amongst all the talk about Eskom and all the other political drama taking place nationally, a barely-reported but very significant thing happened in two key by-elections on Thursday. In the Western Cape, the DA lost a ward in Knysna, one of its traditional support bases, while the ANC held on to seven wards …

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We can now all agree Eskom’s tragedy was self-inflicted

What’s news? Load shedding is going nowhere, but some Eskom officials might be. Eskom warned this week that load shedding could continue until April if things don’t change, EWN reported. On Wednesday, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said that at least 40% of the problems at Eskom were due to human error, including fraud, corruption …

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Sabotage at Eskom – or worse?

What’s news? The country underwent another round of infuriating load shedding on Tuesday, with Eskom implementing Stage 3 load shedding. Eskom implemented load shedding on Sunday and by Monday afternoon, several generating units had unexpectedly collapsed, leading to Stage 4 load shedding. It was a drastic measure, meaning increased blackouts across the country, intended to …

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Another lavish Gupta wedding

In case you were worried about the poor Guptas – who literally fled the country in the dead of night with law enforcement snapping at their heels – don’t be. The corruption-accused family got rid of their South African assets when the banks closed their accounts, sparking job losses at their mining and media companies. …

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The alarming letter from these powerful countries to Ramaphosa isn’t really that alarming

You may have caught wind of some worrying news doing the rounds: South Africa’s five biggest trading partners, the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, wrote an unprecedented memo to President Cyril Ramaphosa in which they called for state capture prosecutions, the Sunday Times reported.  But the Daily Maverick reported that the memo was …

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