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Ledger decided ‘to forge his own way’

Actor Heath Ledger was found dead at a Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearby, police said. He was 28. Ledger, who moved to the United States at age 19, quickly turned away from typical teen films and instead started to build a career on more challenging roles.

Billiton says still hopeful of Rio Tinto takeover

Resources giant BHP Billiton said on Wednesday it still hoped rival Rio Tinto would warm to its uninvited takeover bid, despite opposition from customers who fear it will lead to a stranglehold on prices. BHP chief executive Marius Kloppers said that its executives had been arguing the "irresistible logic" of the tie-up with customers and investors around the world for two weeks.

Australia’s Labour claims election victory

Australia's Labour party claimed victory in national elections on Saturday, signalling an end to 11 years of conservative government led by Prime Minister John Howard. "On the numbers we are seeing tonight, Labour is going to form a government," Labour's deputy leader, Julia Gillard, told Australian television.

Australian PM takes walks on the wild side

A looming election has turned Australian Prime Minister John Howard's traditional morning stroll into a walk on the wild side. Television satirists have popped up in his path dressed as rabbits and worms -- both well-known political creatures here -- while ordinary passers-by have taken to hurling insults at him.

Abattoir beefs up security after gallstone thefts

An Australian abattoir has beefed up security because thieves in its slaughterhouse were stealing cattle gallstones, which are worth almost their weight in gold, a report said on Friday. The Borthwicks Meatworks in Queensland state will cut the pockets off its employees' overalls and conduct random searches to protect the gallstones.

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Community health workers are at the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 in Gauteng, but many have not been paid for months. Sarah Smit and Paul Botes talked to workers who spoke of their love for the job – and how that love has been trifled with

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Adventures, ghost tours and big skies await visitors to the Cape Winelands

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SingularityU Online Summit to contribute to SME growth in 2020

The global speakers lined up for this year's event will address the challenges and opportunities specifically facing small businesses

Policy priorities lie with urgent economic reforms

Professor Raymond Parsons believes that business and consumer sentiment in South Africa would both benefit from even lower borrowing costs

Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria to reopen on Heritage Day

The new, drive-through sculpture exhibition brings to four the number of exhibitions of iconic African and South African art

Request for Quotation for Benguela Current Convention Secretariat

A chartered aircraft for an aerial survey and counting software for cape fur seals and seabirds in Angola, Namibia and South Africa is required

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

Recycling 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

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