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It's a tough 16/7 slog but 'Merc C' matrics are top of the class
It's a tough 16/7 slog but 'Merc C' matrics are top of the class
Placing the most promising matric learners in one class and naming it the “C” class, after a luxury Mercedes Benz model, may sound odd but it...
It's raining but QwaQwa hopes dry up
It's raining but QwaQwa hopes dry up
"QwaQwa is burning,” say residents who have been without water for more than a week and without running water for two and a half years.
​Drones, biometrics and the public university
​Drones, biometrics and the public university
A short paragraph titled “Security Enhancements” appeared in the University of the Witwatersrand’s internal newsletter two weeks ago.
​It’s dry, but you can’t drink it
​It’s dry, but you can’t drink it
On a sharp turn leading on to a fast highway the sign makes a brief appearance flashing the words: “This course is irrigated by effluent water”...
​My friend, the Trustafarian
​My friend, the Trustafarian
Robert Kiyosaki launched himself on to my bookshelf in '97 with Rich Dad, Poor...
​Queerness, desire and disability
​Queerness, desire and disability
‘People are crazy,” John Meletse laughs. “They think disabled people can’t have sex; that we have no desire for sex. But we’re the same as...
​It’ll cost R6.5-trillion to save the Arctic, but it’ll be worth it
​It’ll cost R6.5-trillion to save the Arctic, but it’ll be worth it
The world’s climate is changing at such a dramatic rate that the solutions have to be equally monumental to keep up. Where politicians fail to...
What will it take for Africa to industrialise?
What will it take for Africa to industrialise?
There is a shared sense that international trade has a strong potential to contribute to growth and poverty reduction. There are several examples...
Mashonisas and the middle class
Mashonisas and the middle class
In 2003, Sebastian Mvundla lost his job as a security guard at a black-owned advertising company in Sandton. The developers were expanding the...
Maputo’s new port will struggle to weather the coming storm
Maputo’s new port will struggle to weather the coming storm
Temperatures sit in the mid-30s and Maputo’s humidity levels makes breathing feel like a small amount of water is being inhaled with each breath....
Gene-editing: Panel approval ushers in new era
Gene-editing: Panel approval ushers in new era
Last week, an influential American advisory panel supported the “editing” of genes — altering the DNA — that parents pass on...
Slice Of Life: ​Of scars, survival and feeling sexy
Slice Of Life: ​Of scars, survival and feeling sexy
I was in a car accident a few years ago in which my shoulder was very badly injured. After the operation, in which a metal pin was inserted, I was...
Eskom board in the firing line
Eskom board in the firing line
The revelation of a report by the law firm Dentons into the problems at Eskom in recent years has raised serious questions about the entity’s...
Editorial: Real people win if cartels are cracked
Editorial: Real people win if cartels are cracked
Somewhere between the bluster and the bust-up last week, Julius Malema reminded members of the National Assembly of their role in ensuring Parliament...
Zuma drags the ANC down with him
Zuma drags the ANC down with him
The political year is under way. It is an especially important one for South Africa (as well as elsewhere), and it is delicately poised. For the...
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