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The Portfolio: Neo Matloga

The artist shares how his practice has evolved: initially he was an oil painter, but now he works in mixed media, marrying painting with collage

JM Coetzee: A fine mind, a formidable intellect

Behind JM Coetzee, the writer lauded for his ‘wonderfully brave, bold mind’ , is John Coetzee, the quiet man

Is Heineken brewing a better Africa?

Multinational corporations are considered motors for development in Africa and the Dutch beer giant Heineken is often cited as one of the best examples. The reality is different and distressing

The art of everyday help

If we can relinquish the smallest of responsibilities under the guise of creating employment, what of the bigger responsibilities on a national level?

Legalised pot spots: A rarity around the world

While many countries have decriminalised the use and possession of cannabis, only a handful have gone as far as to make it fully legal

Dutch judges nix bid to take Brexit case to Euro court

The Amsterdam appeals court agreed with the lower court that the position of Britons living in the EU after Brexit was a matter of EU law

Ghosts of the night watch

'Most puzzlingly, there’s a woman in the middle of the painting — a “mascot”, says Wikipedia demeaningly'

Where street names are double Dutch

To avoid naming streets after rat infestations, the alleys were rather known for the animals that hunted the vermin.

High time to ‘zwijg’ in Amsterdam

A look-out post on the highway going north out of Johannesburg, and named “Shut up, Pretoria” - wouldn't that be nice?

Dutch cuisine gets a shake-up

Amsterdam is leading the country’s culinary renaissance with the opening of four new exciting restaurants.

Miley, toking in Amsterdam is tired and touristy

Sorry, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga – lighting up a "suspicious cigarette" is not good PR – it marks you out as a daft tourist.

Dark forces at work in Amsterdam

South African artist Ruan Hoffmann's recent residency at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam was an opportunity to get away, for a while.

Cannabis chaos as Dutch city flouts drug tourist ban

Authorities in the Maastricht are striking back after some cafes staged an open revolt by selling marijuana to foreigners in defiance of a ban.

Thousands witness opening of long-closed Rijksmuseum

Almost 10 000 people have gathered outside Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum as Queen Beatrix declared the national museum open after a decade-long renovation.

Prostitution a Fokkens nightmare

Life has not been kind to the 'oldest window girls in Amsterdam', but the 70-year-old twins are enjoying their celebrity status.

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Fake trafficking news targets migrants

Exaggerated reports on social media of human trafficking syndicates snatching people in broad daylight legitimate xenophobia while deflecting from the real problems in society

Female cops sent for rape counselling

Brigadier Sifiso Cele denies the rape allegations, saying that they are part of a smear campaign and that criminal charges should have been opened if the accusations were true

‘Lost’ PPE: Morar a ‘player and ref’

Roshan Morar, the auditor who supplied the KZN education department with sanitisers has also been tasked with investigating the “disappearance” of millions of rands worth of PPE

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Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

What is a virtual card, and how does it work?

A virtual card lets you pay online without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information

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