Oliver Burkeman

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Boggle-eyed and on the big screen

There are few places on the planet where the influence of five bright yellow residents of Springfield has yet to be felt, and there will be fewer still with the long-awaited arrival of the first Simpsons movie. Oliver Burkeman meets the creators of the series.

Apple of his father’s swollen eye

"Soccer runs in our family's veins," says proud dad Ozzie Liebestein. And sometimes outside his family's veins, too, by the looks of things: five minutes into the interview the nasty gash to his forehead is still oozing. Most fathers might have had a few sharp words to say to their sons had they too been felled by a roundhouse kick to the mandible, but Ozzie will hear none of it.

Viva African football! Viva!

South African football bosses have unanimously committed themselves to keeping unwelcome attitudes and influences out of the local game. "Victrocentrism" -- the disturbing desire to win matches -- has been identified as a major threat to local football.

International space station hijacked

The International Space Station (ISS) is missing and nobody is terribly sure where it has gone. In an extraordinary press conference at Cape Canaveral this week, Nasa admitted that the last communication from the two astronauts on board was more than 48 hours ago and was said to be: “Hey, what's going on? You guys didn't say you were sending a shuttle.”

Incomes-based education introduced

The Department of Education has announced that the next and necessary phase of its futuristic policy will be introduced on a trial basis during the second half of this year. The new phase is called Incomes-Based Education and will be exactly what it sounds like. The more the learner pays, the more the learner gets taught.

Mbeki in surprise SA visit

In an unexpected move that caught political commentators on the back foot, President Thabo Mbeki made a surprise visit to South Africa last Wednesday. His unannounced arrival was leaked to <i>Not the Mail & Guardian</i> by a part-time hangar-sweeper at the South African Air Force base at Swartkops, outside Tshwane.

Zuma’s troops invade Congo

Troops loyal to South African presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma have arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo in preparation for a coup against the incumbent President, Joseph Kabila. The African National Congress Youth League is keen to find new sources of income with which to foot the bill for its "babe magnet" BMWs.

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Fifteen additional speakers for SingularityU SA Online Summit 2020

SingularityU hosts global line-up with an extra 15 speakers to address thought-provoking topics to help solve the world's grand challenges

Recyling water and waste management

One solution to South Africa's water shortage is to install infrastructure that will save rainwater from run-off into the stormwater system

Covid-19 and CVD: The heart in the time of crisis

The pandemic has been a time of great humility for health workers and tactics have had to be changed if they weren’t working

POPIA: it’s not as scary as you think

Companies that get proactive about compliance are creating huge strategic advantages for themselves — they are able to reduce operational costs

CUT declared as medium risk

‘Our major challenge at the university is the access to appropriate technology and internet connectivity for our students’

Headline Speakers announced for SingularityU SA Online Summit 2020

SingularityU announces multi-national line up with world-renowned speakers addressing ground-breaking topics to solve the global grand challenges

JSE lists two new global ETFs

'Impact investing has become increasingly topical and for us to provide investors with access to sustainable investment options is a key focus'

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