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BRIEF: What’s that smell?

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If you live anywhere in Joburg or Mpumalanga, you might have gotten a whiff of a terrible smell in the past few days. It smells a lot like rotten eggs. Ew, right? But that’s actually the smell of sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide. The Gauteng Weather service even issued a warning about poor air quality …

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BRIEF: SO-NA, So good

In case you missed it, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address last week covered the basics, but didn’t inspire enough confidence. It’s the same old story: good ideas and goodwill for Ramaphosa, but a faction-riven governing party and bloated cabinet getting in the way. As Business Day’s Carol Paton points out: “What is needed is …

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BRIEF: Recovery on the jobs front

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After a torrid 2020, which saw about 3 million people losing their jobs in the first half of the year, we have some good news thanks to the survey with the worst name ever (National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey aka Nids-Cram). Whatever its name, it’s pretty reliable: a huge national household survey …

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BRIEF: Euphonik/Fresh story puts rape culture in the spotlight

Popular DJs, Fresh and Euphonik, will not be going on trial after allegations of sexual assault were levelled against them. The National Prosecuting Authority announced this week that it had decided not to prosecute the DJs, who were sacked from Primedia Broadcasting following the allegations. In a statement, the pair said they had been exonerated. …

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BRIEFS: Jacques Pauw’s fake news is bad for journalism

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“Write drunk, edit sober,” was the mantra of the great writer Ernest Hemingway. One South African journalist took this a little too far this week, causing huge damage to the journalism industry. Jacques Pauw wrote a piece for the Daily Maverick documenting his own arrest, claiming it was for not paying his bill at a Cape Town …

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