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Rock'n'roll pioneer Bo Diddley dead at 79

Staff Reporter

Guitarist and songwriter Bo Diddley, who died of heart failure on June 2 at age 79, was an innovative R&B pioneer who forged rock'n'roll's signature beat but rarely got the credit -- or the riches -- heaped on his fellow musical icons. He died at his home in Archer, Florida, where he had been convalescing since last year after suffering a stroke and later a heart attack.

Only death deters

Primarashni Gower

Had I been two shades lighter, I would have turned red with embarrassment when strangers inquired if I was "Ronnie Pillay's daughter. You're that reporter at the Natal Witness newspaper. How was your scholarship to America?" they asked. It was the late 1990s and my father had been telling his friends about his eldest daughter's exploits.

Cadbury invests in sustainable cocoa production

Staff Reporter

Chocolate maker Cadbury Schweppes announced on Monday an investment in sustainable cocoa production in Ghana, a move intended to guarantee a long-term supply of the most important ingredient used in its signature bars and candies. The investment will affect an estimated one million cocoa farmers located primarily in Ghana.

Nike scores with Umbro takeover

Ben Perry

United States sportswear giant Nike ventured further into the British football market on Tuesday after agreeing to buy rival Umbro, maker of the England soccer strip, for $582-million. The cash bid, worth 195 pence per Umbro share, values the British group at 285-million, a joint statement said.

You can be a banker to the world's poor

Claudia Parsons

Fuelled by last year's Nobel Prize for a man nicknamed "banker to the poor", microlending to small businesses in the world's poorest countries is booming as individuals discover they can be their own mini World Bank. And you don't have to be Bill Gates to get in on the act.

Nike to sponsor Sundowns

Staff Reporter

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club on Saturday announced that, effective from June 1, Nike South Africa will be the official technical sponsor of the club for a period of four years. Nike partners with the world's most successful players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Wayne Rooney as well as Benni McCarthy and Aaron Mokoena.