Where did all the masks go?

Before Covid-19 lockdown South Africa’s personal protective equipment manufacturers exported masks like there was no tomorrow, contributing to the current shortage.

Battleground social media: How disinformation, propaganda and manipulation shape our online discourse

From Putin, Trump and Zuma directly to your screen – or via a myriad of intermediaries – the goal is the same: influence. In this multi-part series we explore how disinformation and propaganda flood our timelines and unmask some of the players involved.

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Treasury orders investigation into Joburg’s EFF-linked fleet contract

National treasury has deemed a controversial City of Johannesburg fleet contract “irregular”, instructing that it should be cancelled and subjected to a forensic investigation.

Lindiwe Sisulu appoints ‘conflicted’ firm to run investigation

There are questions about the overlapping political and corporate relationships of a forensic firm she appointed.

Lindiwe Sisulu accused of flushing out officials blocking her advisor’s pet project 

In separate affidavits, the heads of two water utilities allege that the human settlements, water and sanitation minister is behind a campaign to oust them.

Betting on the banks in a time of Covid-19

Government’s major stimulus measures rely on the financial sector – banks in particular – to support real economic activity in exchange for unprecedented (temporary) deregulation and other support. How’s that working out so far?

Gone phishing: Business owner almost scammed by fake Covid-19 government tender

Fraudsters claiming to be health department officials are peddling tenders for a non-existent sanitiser machine.

Wild West Web: the return of the scam

It takes less than a weekend for a blocked website to reinvent itself and go after the same target audience.