Edward Zuma calls on Zondo to recuse himself from state capture commission

Edward Zuma calls on Zondo to recuse himself from state capture commission

Edward Zuma, who seldom shies away from tackling his father's critics, harsh words for the head of the state capture commission.Popular for voicing his controversial opinions and attacking his father’s critics, former president Jacob Zuma’s son Edward has come out guns blazing on the ongoing state c

  Bernice Maune
Zimbabwe annual inflation rate skyrockets to 790%, political tension grows

Zimbabwe annual inflation rate skyrockets to 790%, political tension grows

Zimbabwe’s inflation rate, which has come in at just under 790%, reflects the collapse of the country under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Robert Mugabe in 2017. Corruption is widespread and conspicuous and Mnangagwa’s team has failed to come up with any smart ideas to fix the economy. A

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SA spaza shops: A front for moneylaundering, modern day slavery

SA spaza shops: A front for moneylaundering, modern day slavery

Drive past a spaza shop in a South African township and the signage, merchandise and general informality give the impression that these are small businesses helping the poor survive from day to day. But there’s a nasty side to spaza shops, with a secretive industry developing behind shop frontages:

  Jackie Cameron
Lessons for SA as Zimbabwe’s maize looted from the hungry – Cathy Buckle

Lessons for SA as Zimbabwe’s maize looted from the hungry – Cathy Buckle

Cathy Buckle says food aid supposed to feed the hungry is diverted to the black market by corrupt officials and sold in Zimbabwe’s neighbours.Zimbabwe had one of the worst rainy seasons from October to December last year, which severely impacted crop prospects. Global Agricultural Monitoring reports

  Linda van Tilburg
The REAL reason SA nurses are disappearing: They have a ticket to emigrate

The REAL reason SA nurses are disappearing: They have a ticket to emigrate

Douglas Gibson asks: Where have our teachers and nurses gone?News reports of African migrants drowning in the Mediterranean and freezing to death after hiding in the wheel compartments of UK-bound aeroplanes by attempting to enter Europe illegally might make you think that Great Britain is a very ha

  Jackie Cameron
Can Mboweni prevent a tax revolt? Sizing up taxpayer fatigue with SA govt

Can Mboweni prevent a tax revolt? Sizing up taxpayer fatigue with SA govt

South African taxpayers are squeezed hard – harder than most, and get very little back from the government in exchange for money paid into the fiscus. South Africa ranks as having among the world’s highest tax rates, behind countries like the US, Australia, Canada and Denmark. However, the differenc

  Jackie Cameron
Poverty stigma driving student hunger, study finds

Poverty stigma driving student hunger, study finds

Food insecurity affects millions of South Africans, but you’d think that a university student on a government bursary would be among the privileged few to escape. Not so, this research among 500 University of Zululand students says. The factors driving hunger are fascinatingly different to those in

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The Clover buyout: Why RMB had key role to play

The Clover buyout: Why RMB had key role to play

RMB acted as the sole financial advisor, lender and structuring bank to a consortium of investors led by Israel’s Central Bottling Company Group.Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has helped facilitate several interesting deals in South Africa’s corporate landscape over the years. One of the most recent roles

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Zimbabwean doctor-leader abducted – health crisis deepens – Cathy Buckle

Zimbabwean doctor-leader abducted – health crisis deepens – Cathy Buckle

Darker shades of South Africa in 2009 when our doctors went on a pay strike, succeeding in a favourable revision of the Occupation-Specific-Dispensation, their Zimbabwean colleagues’ current strike has a far bleaker outlook – and an ominous catalyst. Veteran Zimbabwe correspondent Cathy Buckle takes

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New narrative needed to solve anti-migrant crisis; diversity expert

New narrative needed to solve anti-migrant crisis; diversity expert

What’s really behind the ongoing murders of foreign nationals trying to eke out a living in South Africa? Depending on your politics, it’s either xenophobia or criminality, or a mixture of both. It suited two previous ANC governments to hang the attacks on the hook of criminality taking advantage of

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“Othering” fellow Africans a dangerous new national sport – survey

“Othering” fellow Africans a dangerous new national sport – survey

If ever a data-driven quality survey deserves to quicken government’s response to the growing tide of xenophobia (not to mention major continental political fall-out with direct, aggravating economic consequences), this one does. When one tenth of South Africans canvassed say they haven’t taken part

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Cool heads and fact checking needed after xenophobic attacks

Cool heads and fact checking needed after xenophobic attacks

The xenophobic attacks on foreign-owned businesses in South Africa have caused outrage across Africa. This morning a Ghanaian newspaper screamed: Xenophobia: African commission to sue South Africa for $10bn. A group called the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) brought the case

  Linda van Tilburg
RMB helps funnel global investment of $650m into African infrastructure

RMB helps funnel global investment of $650m into African infrastructure

RMB transactor Lwandile Nene unpack’s the bank’s role in assisting the Africa Finance Corporation to close $650m Eurobond debt issue at an attractive interest rate. As a result of interest generated ahead of the issue, demand was so strong that the interest rate was cut from an indicative 4.75% to a

  Alec Hogg
The birthing of iThokazi – new four-into-one BEE renewable energy player

The birthing of iThokazi – new four-into-one BEE renewable energy player

In this special podcast, RMB Infrastructure Transactor, Sindisiwe Mbuli takes us into the deal which combined four previously independent BEE entities into iThokazi – a 100% black owned renewable energy company. iThokazi owns six solar PV projects and two wind farms, which together, generate 300MW o

  Alec Hogg