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All a-jitter: wither Twitter?

With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose - might end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions, depending on who buys it.

The Big Read: The lady and the Trump

To understand the US presidential election, imagine two athletes. One who wandered onto the field as if by accident and discovered he could win with natural talent, another who has fought and struggled in the sport for a lifetime.

The Big Read: Let me put some life on Mars

Every so often I have a desire to do something that very few others have done, so that in old age I'll be able to rock back on my barstool and recall it in exquisite detail for my lucky companions.
Julius Malema, leader of South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters, gestures during a media briefing in Alexander township near Sandton, South Africa

The DA and the EFF: A blind date, a shotgun marriage and then divorce

The EFF's municipal manifesto is ill-conceived, devoid of economic understanding, and lacking basic economic calculations, writes Steven Boykey Sidley

OPINION: Political rookie Mashaba not the best fit for Joburg mayor

The last question about the local government elections is who will run Johannesburg. And it shouldn’t even arise. The ANC ended the elections as the largest party in the city, but DA leader Mmusi Maimane insists his mayoral candidate, entrepreneur Herman Mashaba, will be the party’s nominee when the new council meets for the first time next week.
Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) addresses his supporters during his campaign ahead of the August 3 local elections, in Etwatwa

Opinion: EFF first wants the ANC to eat humble pie

The outcome of coalition negotiations can be notoriously hard to predict. Every party needs to keep its options open, which requires a willingness to strike bargains with unlikely partners.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma arrives for the official announcement of the munincipal election results at the result centre in Pretoria

Opinion: Nurturing factions will aggravate the ANC’s disease

Deflecting attention from President Jacob Zuma and the electorate’s brutal assessment of his leadership is likely to feature strongly at the ANC leadership meeting this weekend.

We need planes for our brave troops, not for Zuma

A disturbing report in this newspaper yesterday to the effect that hundreds of our troops have been left stranded in Darfur after a peacekeeping mission has driven home the fact that the South African Air Force's heavy airlift capacity has been dangerously eroded.

The truth will set us free; lies will not build a democracy

Politicians are a critical part of our lives. Their decisions shape our present and our future. So it is unnerving when political entities appear to have no clue about the rule of law, or the facts at hand.

Saudi could cut anti-terror ties over US law: analysts

Saudi Arabia could reduce valuable security and intelligence cooperation with longstanding ally Washington after a Congressional "stab in the back" allowing 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom, experts warn.

ASK WENDY - Parents: Can we expect a fee refund now?

Parents of students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, led by advocate Terry Price, are threatening legal action against the university, claiming that it failed to honour the rights of non-protesting students.