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Janet Heard
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Legit media vs fake news
Editors discuss harassment at WAN Fake news is the “new” threat that sows public confusion and harm, but it is futile for legitimate media to feel like victims. The very term “fake news” is a misnomer. If it is fake, it is not news. This point was made by v...

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Step aside Zille, says departing MP
Photo: Outgoing MP Wilmot James is taking a break from parliament to return to academia for a year. Photo: Janet Heard Mmusi (Maimane) has to get the DA ready for peak performance heading towards the 2019 elections, not be spending time putting out internal...

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Frogs, foreign agents, anything but the facts
New finance minister Malusi Gigaba greets outgoing Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile in parliament Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba can expect rebuttals, rebuke and ridicule from the opposition when he delivers his maiden Treasury budget vote speech on...

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If Ramaphosa hesitates, he risks a wipeout
More than a year ago, I asked an ally of Cyril Ramaphosa how the deputy president reconciled remaining silent over the dishonourable conduct of President Jacob Zuma; and when he planned to show his hand regarding his own presidential aspirations. Timing was...

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MPs who punch above their weight
Many of the 400 members of Parliament (MPs) are often neither seen nor heard from, and don’t deserve their annual R1.03 million pay packets (plus perks). But a sizeable number of public representatives are not just plodding along; they do have an effect. Th...
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