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Decline in demand for office space continues

Many companies are revising their requirements as the pandemic continues to upset business plans

Zandile Gumede makes a comeback in eThekwini as ANC conference season kicks off

The regional conferences in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will test the muscle of Cyril Ramaphosa and his faction in the build-up to 2022 congress

Unvaccinated South Africans to pay more for insurance premiums

Insurance companies have adjusted their premiums and people who are not vaccinated will pay more for cover

Little justice for gender-based violence cases in Eswatini

A report details how medical and legal shortages and discrimination curtails survivors’ rights

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Designer Abloh opened the door for Africa fashion

Abloh, who died on Sunday, was the first major black designer to be recognised in an industry often criticised for its lack of diversity

China pledges to support Africa without ‘imposing its will’

China invests heavily in Africa, and is the continent's largest trading partner with direct trade worth more than $200-billion in 2019

Zambian president’s first 100 days

Hakainde Hichilema came to power on a wave of optimism. Has he delivered?

Lessons from Turkey to SA: Economic independence is a battle

Without tighter capital controls, regulating the flow of money in and out of their economies, Turkey and South Africa are vulnerable to the whims of the financial markets

Why Prasa chief executive Zolani Matthews was axed

Zolani Matthews has been fired after an investigation found he deliberately and intentionally failed to disclose that he holds British citizenship

Black Friday better than 2020’s but consumer spending remains subdued

The momentous retail spending event, Black Friday, remains relevant in South Africa as total online spend year-on-year increased by 6%

No end in sight for DA and ActionSA coalition talks

Talks between the two parties have resumed, but it is unclear if any agreement will be reached any time soon

ATM wins secret ballot case on appeal

Former speaker Thandi Modise’s refusal to allow MPs to vote in secret on a motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa was not rational, the SCA held

Sars appeals to ConCourt to keep Zuma’s tax secrets

The high court ruled banning the release of tax information was unconstitutional. Sars disagrees, saying is not only wrong but makes an exception of the former president

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Western Cape schools benefit from zero waste project

The initiative provides schools with a toolkit to reduce the waste they send to landfills by recycling more effectively

New local app promises regular, effective assessments of students

There have been numerous reports of unethical behaviour during Covid-19, but technology built by local academics now ensures exam conditions are being abided by

Reimagining education in a Vuca world

The new St John’s Preparatory School building offers a space that encourages collaboration, complex problem-solving and creativity

Tribute: David Lacey, the greatest football correspondent ever to write in English

David Lacey, who died earlier this month at age 83, leaves an imposing legacy: his writing is the standard by which every football journalist will forever be judged

The 2021 M&G Sport Audit: How our national teams fared this year

Once more we have the opportunity to take our marking pen to their performance

It’s a goal: How a former gangster is changing the lives of children through football

Wynne Dryden is dedicating his life to children in Epping Forest’s gang-riddled streets with the help of his love for soccer

What you need to know about the EU-Belarus migrant crisis

Here is what you need to know about the crisis that has seen thousands of migrants trapped in dire conditions on the Belarus-Poland border

Modi warns bitcoin could ‘spoil’ young Indians

Speaking at an online cybersecurity forum, India's Prime Minister framed virtual money as a domain that needs to be closely policed.

Myanmar junta charges Suu Kyi with fraud during 2020 polls

Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with illegally importing walkie-talkies, sedition and corruption, and faces decades in jail if convicted.

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