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Metrobus denies reports of racist bus driver

Metrobus denies that eight high school children were kicked off a bus in Johannesburg by a racist driver, the company's managing director said on Wednesday. According to a newspaper report, school children, aged between 14 and 17, said a black bus driver swore at them and kicked them off the bus because they were white.

HIV tests for Oprah’s girls

Pupils from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls will be sent for HIV/Aids testing with their parents' consent, said Oprah Winfrey at the opening of the school at Henley-on-Klip, Meyerton, on Tuesday. The school for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds was officially opened by Winfrey at a star-studded event.

R2bn in gold stolen from SA mines

Gold theft from mines was estimated at R2-billion rand annually, the Chamber of Mines said on Thursday. Chamber of Mines deputy legal adviser Anton van Achterbergh said that a report, compiled by the Institute of Security Studies, ''confirmed ... that about R1,8-billion- to R2-billion-worth of gold is stolen every year''.

Earth won’t be destroyed by asteroid just yet

If an asteroid is found to be on a collision course with Earth, it could be deflected, a scientist from the European Space Agency said at the Johannesburg Planetarium on Saturday. An asteroid called Apophis, which means ''the destroyer'', was detected in 2004 and was initially projected to collide with the Earth in 2029.

Cosatu admits cracks in leadership

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) admitted on Thursday that there were rifts in its leadership. "On the matter of leadership, there are cracks and there are cracks in every union," Cosatu president Willie Madisha told reporters at a briefing on the resolutions adopted by Cosatu's ninth national congress. Madisha said that these problems were all being confronted this week.

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