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How Africa is losing the fight against Ebola

31 August 2014 15:01

In December last year, Ebola virus disease (EVD) broke out for the first time in west Africa. The first patient contracted the disease in Nzerekore, a region in the southwest of the Republic of Guinea close to the border with Liberia.

Making merry: A participant dances during the West Indian Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Monday (September 1 2014). Colourful floats, elaborate costumes and about 1 million people filled Brooklyn’s streets for the annual event.

Picture: Eric Thayer/Reuters

How to Spread it – Lindela Mjenxane: Taking boys to the mountains (to heal)

@City_Press 31 August 2014 15:00

Lindela Mjenxane grew up herding his grandmother’s goats and roaming the hills of the Eastern Cape. It was here, near the small town of Mount Frere between Kokstad and Mthatha, that his love for nature was born.

Ain’t no mountain high enough

27 August 2014 18:45

Jay Naidoo went on an intense spiritual journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Along the way, he learnt more about himself, took inspiration from Africa’s great leaders, and explored the nature of resolve and the human spirit.

Islamic State vs the world

24 August 2014 15:00

The locus of power in the Middle East is shifting and governments are doing what they can to prevent any kind of consolidation, writes Immanuel Wallerstein

How to Spread it – Manilal Chandaria: A responsibility to empower

24 August 2014 15:00

Of Indian descent, Manilal Chandaria was born in Nairobi. His father went to Kenya in 1916 “to earn a living”, which wasn’t easy because he had a very limited education.

Hot or Not

  • This Week


    Beyoncé. And no, she is not hot ­because of that rhinestone bodysuit alone. We salute the singer for proudly proclaiming herself a ­feminist at the MTV Video Music Awards and for so beautifully ­sampling Nigerian writer ­Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s thoughts on what it means to be a feminist today.


    Marikana strike leader Xolani ­Nzuza. This week he told the ­Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people two years ago that he bore no ­culpability and would not apologise for the brutal deaths of security guards Hassan Fundi and Frans Mabelani at ­Lonmin.

  • Previous Weeks


    When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African ­contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the ­Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.


    Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.

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    Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His ­suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
    Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.


    President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.

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    When science is cool, it’s really cool. European spacecraft Rosetta caught up with a comet this week. It will ­attach a probe to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – Chury to its friends – and gather data from its surface. This will offer a peek into what reports call a kind of “astronomical time capsule” to see what things were like when our solar system was born.


    Lending money to poor people at high interest rates is bad enough. Springing one of the biggest shockers in South Africa’s corporate
    history is not hot either. Not long ago, African Bank’s management indicated it was at rock bottom. Almost R10 billion got burnt this week once the extent of its ­problems became clear.

  • Previous Weeks


    Team SA for their 37-medal haul with three days to go at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, getting closer to the target of 43 set by Sascoc and already surpassing the 33 from the 2010 Games. The SA lawn bowls (five gold medals), judo (one) and Rugby Sevens teams proved that the nation should not only always rely on swimming and athletics for gold medals.


    What will it take for the US to ­finally ditch its “softly, softly” ­approach to Israel? Not even the bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza by Israeli forces could do it. The US called the act “indefensible” and called on Israel to “live up to their own standards” of protecting civilians. That’ll show ’em, Obama. Or not.

Behind the icon: Black like Herman Mashaba

@City_Press #Trending 18 August 2014 8:00

“I decided I must go into business because I realised I must do something with this precious life, that I have only one chance to live,” says Herman Mashaba.

‘Tokoloshe’ creates graffiti for Marikana victims

If you spot a stencil of Marikana’s iconic “man in the green blanket” on the streets of Cape Town, you’re not just looking at art – it’s activism, too.

Julius Malema: Our saviour,  who art in  red

10 August 2014 15:00

Daily Maverick journalist Richard Poplak’s vignettes of Julius Malema go from hilarious and tragic to terrifying in his new biography about the EFF commander in chief, Until Julius Comes.



Fifa is not a small federation from Gugulethu, it is a big, powerful international body.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on efforts to get answers from Fifa about match-fixing allegations

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