Marianne Merten

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Banking on new foundations

More than a year after launching the comprehensive plan on sustainable human settlements, aimed at eradicating slums, South Africa still has a backlog of 2,4-million houses. There are delays in the new housing plan, with most provinces yet to launch pilot projects. The <i>Mail & Guardian</i> speaks to the Minister of Housing, Lindiwe Sisulu, about these and other issues.

Film a R1-billion industry

The first study of the film sector in almost five years says it is "particularly important that the restrictive tax and labour legislation is addressed", if the industry is to maintain its stature and increase its competitiveness. According to the Microeconomic Development Strategy Report, which will be officially released later this month, the sector's worth stands at a turnover of R1-billion per annum

From dream to nightmare

A R400-million film and residential project called Dreamworld is turning into a conservationist’s nightmare. Headed by film mogul Anant Singh, and backed by the Western Cape government, the project aims to attract millions of celluloid rands to Cape Town and create 8 300 jobs.

No sex please, we’re Christians

Christian groups clashed with Minister of Education Kader Asmal over Curriculum 2005, report Marianne Merten and Edwin Naidu The revised National Curriculum Statement has...

Opportunities not equal for Cape Town learners

A study conducted by the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town and the University of Michigan, started tracking about 4 800 youths in 2002 to gauge their opportunities and challenges in democratic South Africa. TheTeacher explores some of the findings of this study.

Up the creek Marais goes to court

Former deputy social development minister David Malatsi will this Friday join former Western Cape premier Peter Marais on charges of corruption for soliciting two donations of R300 000 and R100 000.

The jury is out on white male judges

The only white male interviewed for three vacancies on the Bench this week was asked a single question by the Cape's most senior black judge.

Athletes of the sky come home to roost

About 900 winged competitors from around the world will test their mettle in the Cape.

So much for Media Freedom Day ?

THE government has been slammed for trampling press freedom and "returning to the old apartheid days" after police stormed international and local media offices...

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Debt management amid Covid-19 and beyond

This webinar on Debt Management, sponsored by Debt Rescue, had its experts share a practical approach to debt management amid this crisis and beyond

NSTF-South32 Awards

All of the awards are made for outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

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