Newsmaker of the year: Jacob Zuma — the face of an insurrection

Former president Jacob Zuma showed this year that he will do anything to keep out of prison and keep a hold on power — even if that means SA has to go up in ...

Newsmakers of 2021: Gift of the Givers’ Imtiaz Sooliman

Imtiaz Sooliman’s Gift of the Givers provides communities with water, hospital patients with food, doctors with PPE. In all ways, it stands in where the state ...

Newsmakers of 2021: Eskom’s heart of darkness

Persistent load-shedding has kept SA’s struggling power utility solidly in the news this year — and its under-fire CEO André de Ruyter along with it

Newsmakers of 2021: Xi Jinping’s red flags

China’s Xi Jinping has spent the better part of 2021 consolidating his power. What that means for the international system remains to be seen — but early signs ...

Newsmakers of 2021: Herman Mashaba gets in on the action

The success of ActionSA in the local government elections caught many off guard, and its subsequent surprise vote (with the EFF) for DA mayoral candidates in ...

Newsmakers of 2021: Judging Rassie Erasmus

SA’s director of rugby had the world game in a state with his strident assessment of a referee’s performance in a Springboks-British & Irish Lions match in ...

SA’s top suburbs

Covid has prompted many to reassess where and how they live. This, along with interest rates that are close to 50-year lows, has sparked a surge of activity in ...

Where to buy your next house

A shift in home-buying patterns has seen a number of new contenders replace perennial outperformers in the FM’s top suburbs rankings this year

Omicron ultimatum: the end of lockdowns and beginning of mandates

International travel bans due to Omicron have tanked many a travel operator’s summer season hopes. But the SARS-CoV-2 variant needn’t spell disaster for SA’s ...

Just what is the ‘new Net1’?

Fintech firm Net1 is still trying to shake the image of a company fleecing social grant recipients. But winning back legitimacy isn’t that easy

Inside SA’s welfare-industrial complex

With a new Covid grant, and demand for a basic income grant spiking, companies such as GovChat are getting in on the action. Is SA risking another Net1 debacle?

Enoch Godongwana: new piper, same tune

Like his predecessor, Enoch Godongwana is pushing for economic reform and cost efficiency. But while the Treasury can opine about things, it cannot control ...

Enoch Godongwana vs raiders of the Treasury

Finance minister Enoch Godongwana’s first medium-term budget speech was a valiant attempt to do the right thing — maintain spending discipline, lower debt and ...

The dirty truth behind renewables

There’s a renewed focus on efforts to limit global warming and ensure a ‘just transition’ away from dirty fossil fuels. It may look like a no-brainer, but from ...

November 1, Independents’ Day

There’s been a proliferation in the number of small parties and independent candidates entering the ring ahead of the local government poll. It’s indicative of ...

Making municipalities work: two tales of success

In a municipal landscape of pervasive failure and underperformance, Midvaal and Senqu are two of very few standout stars. Their municipal managers tell the FM ...