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Travel – Hidden gems of the Northern Cape

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Travel – Hidden gems of the Northern Cape

This week the Northern Cape is in the spotlight. There is so much on offer in this vast province, so here’s our list of off-the-beaten-track adventures and must-see places when you’re planning your sojourn to big sky country.

!Xaus Lodge
If you really need to get away from it all, book at !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. You are...

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Is our search for social cohesion an illusion?

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Is our search for social cohesion an illusion?

Vusi Gumede questions whether social dissonance has taken over and if a common political citizenship is far-fetched in South Africa

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, it is perhaps an opportune time to revisit the “national question”, which refers to the appropriate balance of power and influence among the four racial groups in South...

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Media24’s news captain Fergus Sampson steps down

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Media24’s news captain Fergus Sampson steps down

Media24’s news chief Fergus Sampson has resigned.

“Ishmet Davidson, head of local and southern newspapers, will step in as acting head of Media24 News,” said Media24 today.

Sampson, who has been the chief executive of the news division since 2012, will leave the organisation at the end of the month.

He has cited the reason for his resignation as a...

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Nkandla committee wants to extend deadline

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Nkandla committee wants to extend deadline

Parliament’s ad hoc committee on the Nkandla controversy is seeking an extension of its deadline to submit a report to the National Assembly, committee chairperson Cedric Frolick said.

“We are in consultations,” he said today.

The deadline was October 24 but it became apparent last week that it was unlikely that the committee would be able to meet...

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Buses for pupils suspended after state fails to pay R400m

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Buses for pupils suspended after state fails to pay R400m

Mpumalanga’s scholar transport association has suspended its operations and will not be ferrying pupils to schools because the education department allegedly owes it R400 million.

“We suspended operations. We put our buses in the depot and we are staying at home. But I want to make it clear that we are not on strike and we are not associated with a...

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Celebrating winning women

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Celebrating winning women

City Press’ Winning Women series began as a celebration of the growing ranks of entrepreneurial women in South Africa.

It developed into a showcase of women across the spectrum of society who are leading in their respective fields or who are up-and-coming stars.

Their stories are wonderful, tragic, bizarre and, above all, brave. There are stories of...

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Which Constitutional crisis?

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Which Constitutional crisis?

In the article titled “Nkandla: Anatomy of a Constitutional Crisis”, Richard Calland and Lawson Naidoo say that South Africa “has been plunged into what is arguably a constitutional crisis”.

The authors quote Wikipedia’s definition of a constitutional crisis as “a situation that the legal system’s constitution or other basic principles of operation...

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Lonmin: Profit-shifting report is false

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Lonmin: Profit-shifting report is false

A report claiming that Lonmin is engaging in two transfer pricing arrangements is misleading and false, the company has said.

It was responding to a report titled The Bermuda connection: Profit shifting and unaffordability at Lonmin 1999-2012, which was released by the Alternative Information and Development Centre this morning.

The report claimed...

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Steenkamps want ‘sufficient punishment, not revenge’

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Steenkamps want ‘sufficient punishment, not revenge’

Reeva Steenkamp’s family are not seeking revenge against her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius but do want him to go to jail, the North Gauteng High Court has heard.

“My family are not seeking revenge,” Kim Martin, Steenkamp’s cousin, said to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel today.

“We just feel that if you take someone’s life, shoot behind a door, sho...

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How I Met Your Oscar? Neil Patrick Harris to host Academy Awards

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How I Met Your Oscar? Neil Patrick Harris to host Academy Awards

Los Angeles – Actor Neil Patrick Harris, popular with younger TV viewers as the star of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, has been tapped to host next year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Harris (41) best known as Barney Stinson on the long-running series, has also hosted TV’s Emmy Awards. He has won three Emmys for hosting theatre’s Tony Awards.

The...

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Heidi Klum, Seal divorce finalised

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Heidi Klum, Seal divorce finalised

Los angeles – Model Heidi Klum and Grammy-winning singer Seal are officially divorced.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas finalised the pair’s divorce judgment on Tuesday. They were married for nearly seven years before seeking a split.

Klum filed for divorce in April 2012, roughly two months after the pair announced their separation. They...

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Opposition cries foul in ‘calm’ Mozambique elections

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Opposition cries foul in ‘calm’ Mozambique elections

Maputo – Mozambicans voted in a closely fought test for the ruling Frelimo party, which has run the southern African country since independence from Portugal in 1975, with opposition parties crying foul.

Frelimo is facing growing discontent over a wealth gap that persists despite huge mineral resources, with fast economic growth sidestepping the...

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Friends Friction: BEE verification is a new dompas

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Friends Friction: BEE verification is a new dompas

The way an African company operates is very different to the way European and even American companies work.

Europeans are big on data. Almost everything has to be supported by some kind of evidence, often historical.

American companies are driven by rules and processes. The result is assumed to be correct for as long as the process that was followed...

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Music festival – Pulling up daisies

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Music festival – Pulling up daisies

Malibongwe Tyilo recently attended his first Rocking the Daisies music festival in Cloof, Western Cape, to find out how the other side parties

The very first dance floor I go to is the beach camp dance floor. There are a five others, including the main stage, the electronic stage and a stand-up comedy theatre, all within this wine estate and...

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Motoring review – The post-Golf status symbol

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Motoring review – The post-Golf status symbol

The VW Polo is one of SA’s most popular cars. The new 1.2 TSI, with its subtle changes, is just the cherry on the top of an already celebrated recipe, writes Ané Theron

If I ever give up my glamorous yet financially humble career as a motoring journalist, I’d probably become a car salesperson at a Volkswagen or Toyota dealership.

Ever since...

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Watch – Was Reeva happy?

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Watch – Was Reeva happy?

The post Watch – Was Reeva happy? appeared first on City Press....

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Win: Want to engage with policy makers? Here’s your chance

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Win: Want to engage with policy makers? Here’s your chance

Win a chance to engage with top level South African policy makers, implementers and analysts at the seventh SPMA International Conference.

20 tickets are up for grabs to the round-table discussions on October 28 2014.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will be delivering the keynote address and Eyewitness News’ Katy Katopodis will be the moderator for...

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Win Pirates match tickets

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Win Pirates match tickets

City Press is giving away tickets to the Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars league match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Absa Premiership clash kicks off at 8.15pm.

To win, SMS: Bucs/Your Name/City to 42987

The competition closes on Thursday (October 16) at midnight.

Normal competition terms and conditions apply, and winners must collect their...

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Mandla Mandela ‘drew firearm in road rage incident’

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Mandla Mandela ‘drew firearm in road rage incident’

A state witness has testified about how he saw Mandla Mandela taking his firearm from his car before pointing it at his victim in an apparent road rage incident.

Lwandile Madala was today testifying at the Mthatha Regional Court where Mandela, the eldest grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, is facing pointing-of-a-firearm and assault...

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Thabo Matlaba injury blow for Bafana

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Thabo Matlaba injury blow for Bafana

Bafana Bafana will be without Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba for today’s crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville.

According to Bafana’s media officer, Matlhomola Morake, who revealed the news this morning on Twitter, Matlaba had been ruled out after he was named in Shakes Mashaba’s starting line-up for a fou...

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Spinning into a heroin oblivion

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Spinning into a heroin oblivion

Tuesday morning. I’m standing on the corner of Stephen Dlamini and St Thomas roads. I’m watching one of the whoonga heads sheltering from the sun in the lee of an electricity box trying to revive his smacked-up bra. They’re both battling.

The smack head slumped against the box is moving in and out of consciousness. His face is covered in puke and...

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My encounter with the man who killed my father

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My encounter with the man who killed my father

The National Prosecuting Authority reached out to my family to enquire about whether or not we would like to meet Eugene de Kock.

As many would imagine, it wasn’t a decision we came to without many dinner-table discussions and some trepidation from members of the family.

We agreed to schedule our meeting for the following Tuesday. In the days to...

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Food: Cooking under Karoo stars

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Food: Cooking under Karoo stars

Cooked in the Karoo
Justin Bonello
Written by Helena Lombard
Penguin
R299 at kalahari.com
240 pages

So everyone knows Justin Bonello as the guy who has that mad braai programme on television.

In this book, which turns out to be quite a pleasant surprise, we also get to know him as tour guide, nature lover and sometimes car mechanic.

I own too many...

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Kesha accuses music producer of drugging, raping her

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Kesha accuses music producer of drugging, raping her

Los Angeles – Pop singer Kesha and music producer Dr Luke unleashed duelling lawsuits trading accusations of abuse and extortion.

The Die Young singer says she wants out of her record contract with the hit-making producer.

Kesha (27) whose legal name is Kesha Sebert, has accused Dr Luke in a civil lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court of...

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Spy tapes: What a lot of bull, Bulelani

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Spy tapes: What a lot of bull, Bulelani

Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I read such a piece of bombastic bull.

Written in the highfalutin jargon of a legal memorandum, it failed miserably.

This is the letter by former national director of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka, written last week after the release of the transcripts of taped intelligence conversations that got President...

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We’re not happy with Pistorius verdict – ANCWL

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We’re not happy with Pistorius verdict – ANCWL

The ANC Women’s League will apply to be a friend of the court if an appeal in the Oscar Pistorius case went ahead, the league said yesterday.

“We will register as a friend of the court, if the NPA appeals,” said ANCWL spokesperson Jacqui Mofokeng.

Sentencing procedures in the case against Pistorius are currently underway in the...

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TV preview – Pawn Stars hits South Africa

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TV preview – Pawn Stars hits South Africa

History Channel

Tuesdays

8.30pm

The second-biggest reality TV show in the US is making its move to South Africa, setting up shop at the Cash Inn Pawn Shop in Hyde Park, Joburg.

Pawn Stars premiered in the US in 2009 and recently aired its 327th episode. Pawn Stars SA has been commissioned for an initial run of 16 half-hour episodes and will begin...

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Continue paying while we review e-tolls – ANC

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Continue paying while we review e-tolls – ANC

Motorists should continue paying their e-toll bills while the system is being reviewed, the ANC in Gauteng has said.

“There’s a law approved by the government … so they should continue to pay as we try to find a solution,” provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile told journalists at the provincial legislature today.

He was speaking after the...

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June Steenkamp rejected Oscar’s ‘blood money’

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June Steenkamp rejected Oscar’s ‘blood money’

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother June rejected a R375 000 payment from her daughter’s killer, Oscar Pistorius, as “blood money”, the North Gauteng High Court has heard.

“She rejects that, she doesn’t want blood money,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel told parole officer and social worker Annette Vergeer during cross-examination today.

She earlier presented her report...

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Doctors resort to ‘MacGyver medicine’ in Ebola countries

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Doctors resort to ‘MacGyver medicine’ in Ebola countries

Lack of equipment in Ebola-stricken countries is forcing doctors to improvise as they try to administer healthcare.

“I had to do a blood transfusion on a child using a syringe,” Medicines Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) paediatrician Dr Julia Switala told reporters in Joburg today.

“I have seen and done things I never thought I would do. I...

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Warlord Incorporated

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Warlord Incorporated

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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