Grand promises that train engines made for Transnet under a R50-billion contract would be locally manufactured seem to be off to a rocky start with the Chinese bidders the slowest to localise — amid allegations of Gupta associates’ palms being greased. The deal, announced in 2012, was heralded as a major driver for local industrial development but has been mired in controversy.
He has not wept in press briefings. His cellphone records have not placed him on the phone to members of the Gupta family. Nor has he made a dramatic exit from his job, in the “interests of corporate governance”, then made an equally dramatic return, only to be fired again. He is not Brian Molefe. But Eskom’s chief financial officer, Anoj Singh, worked alongside Molefe when some of the most audacious deals linked to the Gupta family were done at Transnet and Eskom.
Last year I began cutting back on my daily office pick-me-up – a takeaway latte. Instead, I bought refill packs of instant coffee, which cost the equivalent of two lattes. What I used to spend in two days I now stretch for a few weeks. This decision is hardly a matter of life or death. Many South Africans make the choice between not eating today so they can afford to get to work tomorrow – if they have a job.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".