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Weekly news summary


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Individual summaries on key news items, thoroughly researched and fact-checked.

Our take: South Africa is in your hands

Following last week’s riots, it’s been disheartening to watch our government leaders this week. Instead of making up for failing to anticipate the looting or

In memoriam

This week, South Africans mourned the loss of five high-profile figures.  Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo, who succumbed to Covid-19 on 9 July, was laid to

English football reckons with racism

English soccer fans were heartbroken after the national men’s team lost to Italy on penalties in Sunday’s UEFA European Football Championship (Euros) final. England last



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Deep Dives


In-depth takes on key topics, with the breadth that is often missing in daily reports, also delivered via our subscription services.


Deep Dives

In-depth takes on key topics, with the breadth that is often missing in daily reports.



Explainers on topics that often pop up in the news with the context you need.



Local gov

Our regular, data-driven investigations into crucial areas of our democracy.



Weekly Summary

We read the week’s news so you don’t have to and summarise it.



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