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Demons in Nigeria’s northeast

25 January 2015 15:00

Five years ago, when President Goodluck Jonathan took office, the question about Boko Haram was: What do they want?

Rescue ranger: Engineers test-drive a Salamander, an amphibious tricycle, on the lake surrounding the Taal volcano, south of the Philippines’ capital Manila, on Wednesday (January 28 2015). The Salamander is capable of travelling on both land and water and can be used for rescue operations when there is flooding. The petrol-powered version can carry five passengers and would cost around 200 000 Philippine pesos (about R52 000).

Picture: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

How to Spread it – Solome Lemma: Amplifying African voices

25 January 2015 15:00

Solome Lemma, co-founder of Africans in the Diaspora, says that there are heroes among us and they are African, writes Gayle Edmunds.

Climbing the mountain of Cape Town’s whiteness

Martina Dahlmanns blew the whistle on racism encountered by her friend Tumi Mpofu, who recently tried to go to dinner at a restaurant at the Twelve Apostles hotel in Cape Town. Mpofu asked Dahlmanns to make the booking, which was confirmed. The booking was subsequently denied when the visitors turned out to be black. This is Dahlmanns’ story of finding a diverse space in the Mother City

How to Spread it: Corruption buster fights the good fight

18 January 2015 15:00

Robtel Neajai Pailey has written for publications across the world, including the International New York Times, and news and opinion website The Daily Beast.

Matrics decoded

@City_Press #Matric2014 11 January 2015 15:00

Is SA producing quality matriculants and what do the numbers tell us about the state of education in the nation? Sipho Masondo asked a few experts in their fields for their assessments of the 2014 results.

Behind the Icon – Sandra Prinsloo: Leading lady

21 December 2014 15:00

This week 21 Icons celebrates the 21st and final icon of its second season: Sandra Prinsloo, the doyenne of South African stage and screen. The 21 Icons portrait features Prinsloo kissing a shadow projected on to a white background.

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    Captain marvellous AB de Villiers for his amazing feat when the Proteas slayed the West Indies on Sunday. He scored 149 runs off just 44 balls, with nine fours and 16 sixes, the most by a local and the joint highest number of sixes overall in an ODI innings. He equalled the world record of ­India’s Rohit Sharma. Div reached three figures off just 31 deliveries.


    Nothing can stand in the way of the king’s wishes – this much is clear in Swaziland, where King Mswati III ordered that schools not reopen yet. He made the order so that schoolboys can instead help weed his ­sorghum fields. And in return, the pupils will be rewarded with a 2015 calendar, bearing the face of none other than Mswati himself.

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    Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has brought hope to the nation. He’s won 10 out of 10 games since his appointment and goes into the first Afcon game against Africa’s powerhouse,
    Algeria, in high spirits after drawing with former African champs Zambia and Cameroon, before demolishing Mali midweek. We are behind this bunch of winners. Go for it and make us proud.


    Talana-Jo Huysamer (23), pictured above, and Chantlé Hoffmann (42) wanted the same parking spot in Cape Town’s Harfield Village. So Huysamer, who is white, allegedly shocked Hoffmann, who is coloured, with a Taser and called her the k-word. This kind of behaviour won’t help white Cape Town shake off the ‘racist’ tag it hates so much.

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    In his quest to overhaul a dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, Pope Francis ­delivered a severe dressing-down to his senior churchmen in his Christmas greeting, accusing them of ­micromanagement, boastfulness, gossip and hypocrisy. This comes in the wake of the pope ­helping the US and Cuba bring an end to 50 years of public hostility. No ­wonder the world loves him.


    Controversial SABC COO and acting CEO Hlaudi Motsoeneng doesn’t seem to have learnt a thing from the fate of former board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala. Under his leadership, the SABC issued another dumb instruction this week: The visuals of the “Pay back the money” parliamentary fracas will no longer be flighted on TV.

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    Musician John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, sponsored food trucks in New York so that crowds protesting against the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings by white ­policemen didn’t have to go hungry. They paid for the trucks on behalf of a Twitter-based activist group, Operation Help or Hush. Nice to know the gorgeous couple are good citizens, too.


    ‘Harsh’ and ‘abhorrent’ were the toughest words CIA boss John Brennan could find to defend revelations that his agency tortured and brutalised detainees after 9/11. Declassified pages from a massive secret report exposed ­harrowing details of just how the agency operated – and how the US government knew all about it.

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    Chad le Clos keeps getting ­better every time he dives into a swimming pool. On Thursday night, he broke ­another world record and picked up a second gold medal at the world short-course championships in Qatar. The young swimmer is the kind of sports star who makes us look ­forward to the next Olympics. After all, he’s our golden boy.


    We all have bad days at work, but it seems a little career limiting to complain publicly about how much the job bores us. Gauteng’s ­community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who earns R1.7 million a year, took to ­Facebook to bemoan the “boring” legislature this week. We’re sorry your life’s so tough, ma’am.

Female fighters battle for freedom and equality in Syria

17 December 2014 13:15

Every night before 27-year-old Arin goes to bed, she hangs her Makarov, a Russian semi-automatic pistol, from a steel coat rack by the entrance to her one-bedroom apartment in a small, dusty town on the Syrian border with Iraq.

Faces of Nigeria

@City_Press 14 December 2014 15:00

They were not only beloved mothers and fathers, devoted daughters and sons, and adored siblings. The 85 South Africans who died in the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations guesthouse in Lagos were also citizens with irreplaceable skills. Among them were six teachers, a doctor, five senior government officials and a host of go-getters destined for success. These are the faces of the tragedy

Africa’s list of influence

@City_Press 7 December 2014 15:00

Given the transformation that is happening at every level in every country, it might not seem the right thing to do to pick out just a handful of individuals as the continent’s most influential people.



Do they think I fought against apartheid just to reinstall it?
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on the ANC describing the city as South Africa’s apartheid capital

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