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Uhuru Kenyatta labelled the International Criminal Court as a racist, imperialist institution. Mondli Makhanya debunks the Kenyan president’s assertion

‘The ICC [International Criminal Court] has been reduced to a painfully farcical pantomime, a travesty that adds insult to the injury of victims. It stopped being the home of justice the day it b...

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SABC drops ‘xenophobic’ ads after backlash

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SABC drops ‘xenophobic’ ads after backlash

The SABC has told City Press it will terminate a series of print adverts following complaints of xenophobia from the public.

The ads were run in August to encourage people to pay their TV licence fees. Instead, according to commentators on social media, they encouraged racism and insulted other countries, portraying the people of Kazakhstan,...

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Paul Mashatile: Don’t destroy e-toll gantries

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Paul Mashatile: Don’t destroy e-toll gantries

Removing the e-toll gantries from Gauteng highways is not a solution, the ANC in the province has said.

“We reject the reckless calls for the gantries to be removed and destroyed,” ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile told the Gauteng advisory panel on e-tolls at the provincial legislature.

He said the technology of the e-toll gantries was...

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Massive accident in Alberton as petrol tanker loses control

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Massive accident in Alberton as petrol tanker loses control

Two people have been confirmed dead following a multi-vehicle accident on the N12 East near Voortrekker Road in Alberton this morning, Ekurhuleni emergency services said.

“For now we have only accounted for two people that have been declared dead on scene,” spokesperson William Ntladi said.

“The number of injuries is not yet accounted for. We are w...

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Book review – Rape of Rachel: A nauseatingly vivid account of oppression

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Book review – Rape of Rachel: A nauseatingly vivid account of oppression

Rachel’s Blue by Zakes Mda
Kwela Books
272 pages
R195 at kalahari.com
3/5

On the first page of Zakes Mda’s latest novel, Rachel’s Blue, readers encounter Jason de Klerk, a likable guy who ends up as the villain.

His South African-sounding name and the mention of hippies might prompt them to think this is an offbeat book about a South African fringe...

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Winning Women – Maira Koutsoudakis: A Life of design

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Winning Women – Maira Koutsoudakis: A Life of design

Maira Koutsoudakis, CEO of the Life group of companies and Life Interiors, Architecture and Strategic Design, has spun a web of simple but striking beauty over everything she has touched, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Internationally acclaimed interior architect Maira Koutsoudakis works in an aesthetic heaven, her Hyde Park boutique office loft...

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Beyond ‘good’ and ‘bad’ teachers

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Beyond ‘good’ and ‘bad’ teachers

Early in my former career in the corporate world, I was mentored by a man who warned me not to accept that there were “good” and “bad” employees.

Even though he had been a director at the company for some time, he was still battling to command respect from fellow directors and juniors alike.

This was common at the peak of corporate South Africa’s t...

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Nel casts doubt on Pistorius’ defence witnesses

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Nel casts doubt on Pistorius’ defence witnesses

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel tried to discredit two of the witnesses called by Oscar Pistorius’ defence during sentencing procedures.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, called three witnesses today – the athlete’s psychologist Dr Lore Hartzenberg, his manager Petrus van Zyl, and correctional services department social worker Mashaba Joel Maringa.

Under...

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Your favourite music – uninterrupted

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Your favourite music – uninterrupted

Traditional radio remains the number one way in which new music is discovered.

The tricky part is that this process is interrupted by features, adverts and presenters.

The top 40-type format of almost all music-driven stations means you are most likely to hear Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love more often than the very new Ed Sheraan.

And even if you do hear a...

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Danes move to outlaw sex with animals

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Danes move to outlaw sex with animals

Copenhagen – Denmark’s government has proposed a new law banning sex with animals, saying it needs to put a lead on bestiality so that the country doesn’t become a hot spot.

The law would bring Denmark in line with restrictions in European countries including in neighbouring Germany, Norway and Sweden, said Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister...

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Nkandla tuck shop must pay back Shuttleworth

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Nkandla tuck shop must pay back Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth sued the government to pay him back the R250 million it taxed him when he emigrated.

Can you imagine Msholozi taking that call? “Bra Mark, a funny thing happened with that R250 mill. Do you like fire pools?”

Will we be paying Shuttleworth back with Nkandla tuck shop coupons? I hear he wants to put the money into a fund for people...

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Mind Games: Fans cheered the wrong man for that penalty

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Mind Games: Fans cheered the wrong man for that penalty

Doubtless many bottles and cans of the sponsor’s product were raised to toast Patrick Lambie last Saturday night but, as it turned out, fans were acknowledging the wrong man.

Sure, it was Lambie who kicked a glorious penalty from 55m out to give the Springboks a long-awaited victory over the All Blacks. But he might not have had a penalty to kick...

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Sadtu does not rule

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Sadtu does not rule

Teacher union Sadtu adopted some obstructionist resolutions at its conference last week to stymie measures to fix the education system. Angie Motshekga explains the state’s rationale behind the proposals

Sadtu does not rule

Sadtu members are unwilling to accept suggestions that Annual National Assessments, biometric systems and competency tests for markers of matric

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Who wants to be a black industrialist?

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Who wants to be a black industrialist?

The Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE) has called for new government support for so-called black industrialists to jettison the usual definition of “black-owned” in favour of 100% ownership by black people.

BBCBE general secretary Gregory Mofokeng told City Press his organisation was advocating for the complete exclusion of...

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Caffeine addict? it’s in your genes

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Caffeine addict? it’s in your genes

The next time you rush to judge a colleague, friend or relative who’s pouring their sixth cup of coffee for the day, just remember it’s in their genes.

New research suggests that some people can’t control their caffeine cravings because a set of genes determines how much satisfaction they get from a good cup of java.

In a study published in the...

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Movie review – Ninja Turtles: Nunchucks and pizza

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Movie review – Ninja Turtles: Nunchucks and pizza

Film: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (UIP)
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner
3/5

Any kid born in the 80s and growing up in the 90s will remember the TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those heroes in a half-shell with their Zen master/rat dad called Splinter.

The film industry has known for a long time...

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Apple is still the world’s best brand

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Apple is still the world’s best brand

Apple keeps its pole position after being named the world’s most valuable brand for the second year in a row.

The technology giant’s brand has a value of about $118.86 billion (R1.3 trillion) – up 21% from last year.

Interbrand’s list of the most valuable brand names globally was dominated by American companies, and four technology companies f...

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In out: Faf’s pay load in the pipeline

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In out: Faf’s pay load in the pipeline

In the few days since I joined Twitter, I’ve learnt that Kevin Pietersen released a book, Graeme Smith delivered a lecture (of all things) at UCT and Faf du Plessis did a photoshoot at Maboneng Precinct in Joburg.

If that wasn’t enough, I also learnt that the gorgeous Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, who recently won the China Open in B...

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Businessman ‘offers’ to pay for Nkandla report to be scrapped

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Businessman ‘offers’ to pay for Nkandla report to be scrapped

A politically connected Umhlanga businessman linked to allegations of high-level corruption in the police, allegedly offered to foot the bill for a court bid to have Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandlagate report scrapped.

In the week in which a shadowy lobby group backing President Jacob Zuma offered to pay his share of the Nkandlagate tab,...

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Safa ousts Chief

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Safa ousts Chief

The expulsion of Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana as SA Football Association (Safa) vice-president yesterday has left more questions than answers.

The decision to fire the vocal Nonkonyana was endorsed at Safa’s 24th annual congress at the Sandton Convention Centre in northern Joburg.

The two immediate questions are: Will Nonkonyana take his expulsion lying...

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Manufacturing in terminal decline

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Manufacturing in terminal decline

The stagnation of South Africa’s manufacturing sector over the past two decades is resulting in a spectacular, and ongoing, deindustrialisation of the economy.

Manufacturing was eclipsed as the largest contributor to GDP as far back as 1998. But since then, its weight in the economy has halved from 22% to just 11.1% this year, according to the...

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Too young to get ill?

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Too young to get ill?

Insurance cover can seem like a waste of money when you are in your 20s or 30s. But don’t tempt fate. Maya Fisher-French advises on critical illness, income protection and life cover

When Greg (35) was rushed to hospital after a virus attacked his heart, it gave him a serious wake-up call. The attack came out of the blue. While he was for all...

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EFF drama in Namibia

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EFF drama in Namibia

If the tough time three of South Africa’s most prominent red berets had in Windhoek this week is anything to go by, Namibia isn’t ready for economic freedom.

An Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) delegation, led by MPs Magdalene Moonsamy, Andile Mngxitama and Mpho Ramakatsa, was briefly detained at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek on...

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Local lass dressed for success in Hollywood

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Local lass dressed for success in Hollywood

When The Walking Dead shambles back on to our screens ­tomorrow, the characters’ wardrobes will once again be straight out of South Africa – the costume designer for the ­series was born, raised and educated in Cape Town before she hit the big time in Hollywood.

Eulyn Womble joined the series as a costumier in its first season and was promoted in...

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Hey, Sadtu, leave them kids alone

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Hey, Sadtu, leave them kids alone

Leaders of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) might have condemned a host of measures meant to keep teachers in check, but some of its own members are appalled by the union’s reluctance to take orders from anyone.

At its congress in Boksburg on Gauteng’s East Rand last week, the union rejected the basic education department’s proposal to imp...

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Secret funders can’t pull the strings

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Secret funders can’t pull the strings

The offer by an unknown group of individuals calling themselves the “public members’ unit team” to pay whatever share President Jacob Zuma owes for the costly Nkandlagate debacle is not something that should be encouraged.

The group, headed by Durbanite Vumelani Mchunu, wants to raise funds to pay back the money eventually attributed to President...

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Cartoons: Bittersweet laughter

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Cartoons: Bittersweet laughter

Schadenfreude is a German word that roughly means “laughing at someone’s misfortune”.

In that vein, Jerm’s new cartoon compilation, ComedyClub, gives South Africans the perfect opportunity to laugh at themselves.

I love Jerm’s quirky style of illustrating and the watercolour look of his work. Some of his comics are devilishly spot-on. His work on t...

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Why is Dookoom so angry?

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Why is Dookoom so angry?

There are irate farm workers, pitchforks and tyres, and the word ‘poes’ is used every few seconds, but brazen new hip-hop metal outfit Dookoom wants to spark ­conversation, not violence. Grethe Koen asks the band tough questions

It is one of those videos that – for better or worse – raises goose bumps on your arms when you watch it. Larney Jou Poes...

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Dookoom’s voice in SA music

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Dookoom’s voice in SA music

Dookoom’s Larney Jou Poes reminds me of my arrival at Harvard University a few years ago. I had just unpacked my bags when Die Antwoord went viral. A few scholars, cultural activists and I debated it on Facebook. The issue: Is Die Antwoord blackface?

I argued that cultural appropriation in music, theatre and media is not new.

Poet and cultural...

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Freedom of speech should not incite hate

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Freedom of speech should not incite hate

Imagine for a moment a white Afrikaans person publishing a song in which black people are repeatedly chanted to be “k*****s”.

The artist calls former president Nelson Mandela a terrorist, claims that black people are garbage criminals and that this thuggishness is embedded in their bloodline. To top it off, he calls for the burning down of black...

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7 of the most controversial songs

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7 of the most controversial songs

South Africa has had its fair share of controversial songs since democracy. They have divided public sentiment and tested the law. Gugulethu Mhlungu and Siyabonga Sithole round them up.

Kaffir – Arthur Mafokate

Released in 1995, this song was the first big musical controversy of our new democracy.

The EP containing the track had four versions of the...

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A Part Hate: A Gangster Called Big Times – Dookoom (Independent)

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A Part Hate: A Gangster Called Big Times – Dookoom (Independent)

Apartheid wasn’t just a brutal, oppressive, racist system; it was a living, breathing nightmare.

And Cape Town hip-hop crew Dookoom’s new EP, A Gangster Called Big Times, is the legacy of that nightmare writ large, sculpted out of menacing beats, aggressive synths and lyrics dripping with hatred, resentment and self-loathing.

It’s as if it has been b...

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Dookoom: AfriForum will take legal action

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Dookoom: AfriForum will take legal action

AfriForum says it intends to take legal action against hip-hop group Dookoom’s song and video.

Dookoom’s new song is controversially titled Larney Jou P**s.

In it, the band rolls a burning tyre across farm land and emblazons their logo on to a hill. Some viewers will see it as a visual representation of burning down farms.

“It romanticises v...

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Sudan stun Nigeria

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Sudan stun Nigeria

Sudan stunned Africa Cup of Nations title-holders Nigeria 1-0 in a 2015 qualifier while Algeria, Ivory Coast and South Africa achieved impressive away victories.

Algeria overcame Malawi 2-0, Bafana Bafana triumphed by the same score in Congo Brazzaville and Ivory Coast won 2-1 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sierra Leone exceeded expectations...

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Minimum wage to dominate labour indaba

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Minimum wage to dominate labour indaba

A national minimum wage will be a central discussion at the upcoming labour indaba, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has said.

“Most workers are not aware of their rights. Minimum wage also does not mean workers should be trapped into earning the minimum wage in perpetuity,” she said today.

She was speaking to 700 domestic workers during a meeting...

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ANC Youth League to march against crime, demand police visibility

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ANC Youth League to march against crime, demand police visibility

The ANC Youth League in Gauteng is planning to march to the Daveyton police station to highlight an increase in car hijackings in the area.

“The ANCYL in Gauteng will tomorrow be marching to the Daveyton police station together with community members to highlight the increase in crime levels, and car hijacking incidences in particular, in the a...

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Stop blaming the past – FW De Klerk

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Stop blaming the past – FW De Klerk

South Africans must start supporting all national teams and not only the rugby and football teams.

That’s what former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate FW de Klerk said after receiving an award at the 24th South African Football Association (Safa) annual Congress held at the Sandton Convention Centre today.

He added: “We must s...

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Pressing Issues: Expect fireworks at Safa’s AGM

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Pressing Issues: Expect fireworks at Safa’s AGM

Every four years, the SA Football Association (Safa) elective congress provides fireworks.

The annual general meetings (AGMs) in between are usually calm and never draw much attention.

But tomorrow’s one promises to be different.

There are a number of innovations that the country’s football governing body has up its sleeve this time around.

According...

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Inside Labour: Social policy dogged by free market

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Inside Labour: Social policy dogged by free market

Once again, we’re getting calls from a number of trade unions for the private sector to exercise “social responsibility” in order to help build a developmental state. It is a far cry from 1996, when the combined labour movement presented alternative economic ­policy proposals.

But trade union leaders should be fully aware that social...

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Esmeralda Amada – the name of Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling’s baby

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Esmeralda Amada – the name of Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling’s baby

Los Angeles – Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have reportedly named their baby daughter Esmeralda Amada Gosling.

The couple, who welcomed their first child last month, have officially chosen a cute moniker for their new bundle of joy, according to her birth certificate obtained by gossip website TMZ.

It is believed the pair may have taken the name...

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EFF condemn SAPS for firing cop who lied, joined protest

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EFF condemn SAPS for firing cop who lied, joined protest

The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng today condemned the South African Police Service for dismissing a police officer who lied to get time off to participate in an EFF protest.

According to Gauteng police, Moses Sako booked off work in May claiming to take his child to the doctor, but was seen taking part in protests outside the Alexandra...

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Final plea, Mr President

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Final plea, Mr President

Dear Mr President

I first wrote to you in 2012, asking you to take responsibility for your allegedly corrupt actions.

Since then there’s been Guptagate, Public Protector spats, employment opportunities for your family and Nkandlagate.

You have operated with impunity, shifting the blame and avoiding responsibility.

I know this letter will cause many to...

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The do’s and don’ts of a friends-with-benefits situation

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The do’s and don’ts of a friends-with-benefits situation

#Trending’s resident sex coach, Jade Zwane, has some advice for those who find themselves in a friends-with-benefits situation

So, here’s the definition of “friends with benefits”, according to the Urban Dictionary: “Typically, two good friends who have casual sex without a monogamous relationship or any kind of commitment.”

Now we’ve all known s...

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Child grants not driving teen pregnancies – government

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Child grants not driving teen pregnancies – government

There is no scientific evidence to support claims that child support grants are driving a surge in teenage pregnancies, says the government.

It says the main driver is a lack of family planning, according to briefing notes handed out at a social protection, community and human development media briefing in Pretoria today.

“There have been wild c...

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Tourist’s body found on Table Mountain

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Tourist’s body found on Table Mountain

The body of a Japanese tourist has been found on Table Mountain, Western Cape emergency services said today.

The 24-year-old man went missing in Platteklip Gorge last night, spokesperson Robert Daniels said. He had been hiking in the dark.

His death was believed to be an accident, Daniels said.

The man was found during a search and rescue mission at...

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Friends Friction: Art of jazz can change boardrooms

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Friends Friction: Art of jazz can change boardrooms

Business can learn a lot from jazz.

Historians disagree on the origins of the genre or the meaning of the word. Some say it started as a negative word, as in: “The niggers are jazzing up the music.”

What is clear from history is that American writers like Gerald W Johnson lamented the jazz generation. “Among the very young, the ­impression prevails t...

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