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/ 24 January 2007

I was not drunk, says McBride

Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride on Wednesday denied being drunk on the night he rolled his car in late December last year. McBride had left a metro year-end function after he played a game of football and was "not feeling well". But he said he has no "personal recollection" from the time he left the function.

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/ 17 January 2007

Reuters chief executive criticises Telkom

Telkom came under fire this week after international news agency Reuters criticised the company for high telecommunications prices and low-quality bandwidth. Reuters chief executive Tom Glocer told <i>Business Day</i> newspaper that while his company had been expanding in countries such as India, he was reluctant to do the same thing in South Africa.

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/ 9 January 2007

Was McBride going nowhere fast?

The apparent "emergency" in Eden Park to which Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride was rushing before he rolled his car in December did not exist, according to media reports on Tuesday. Meanwhile, police have confirmed they will investigate whether McBride was drunk at the time of the accident.

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/ 18 December 2006

Theatre personality Taliep Petersen killed

"I’m living a life and a half. I’ve gone through different lives. I’ve been blessed, successful, thank God. I’m very grateful." These were words spoken by the late Taliep Petersen in a 2005 interview with the <i>Cape Argus</i>. But now the South African theatre and music industry will have to adapt to a different life, a life without the profound and historic musician and writer.

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/ 1 December 2006

Aids and the media: A love-hate relationship

<img src="" align=left>"Rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals" was the first article published on HIV/Aids, when no one even knew the virus yet. We take a look at 25 years in which the media — particularly South African media — have struggled with ethics, advocacy and fatigue when dealing with HIV/Aids.

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/ 30 November 2006

Aids takes dire toll on SA’s caregivers

<img src="" align=left>Friday brings another World Aids Day, and while some aspects of the disease are relatively under control in South Africa, the epidemic has created ripple effects of complex issues that go unnoticed. One of these issues is the high rate of depression among HIV/Aids caregivers.

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/ 30 November 2006

Living with Aids, not depression

<img src="" align=left>Traditional healers gathered this week under the scorching Limpopo sun in Polokwane on Monday to receive a "speaking book" that is meant to encourage them to combine traditional methods of healing with Western ways of dealing with depression and suicidal patients — especially those living with HIV/Aids.

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/ 22 November 2006

When two bridegrooms go on honeymoon

When rings have been exchanged, tearful "I dos" have been uttered and empty champagne bottles are all that remain after a wedding reception, newlyweds embark on their honeymoon. And now, it seems, hotels and lodges around South Africa are opening their doors to newlyweds who are both in tuxedos or white dresses — gay honeymooners.

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/ 24 October 2006

Drawing for the destitute

Night of 1 000 Drawings, taking place in Johannesburg in November, is based on a concept first implemented in New York. It is a one-night-only exhibition for which anyone, famous or not so famous, can donate drawings. These will be sold to the public for R100 each, with proceeds going to an organisation taking care of the city’s homeless.

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/ 21 October 2006

Give them their daily bread

Lesinewu opens his mouth and bites into an invisible tower of bread he is pretending to hold in his hands. He is in grade six and an athlete for Riverlea Primary, a small school in the south-west of Johannesburg. He says he needs six sandwiches because he is always running. Almost a third of his school’s 890 pupils receive a daily government lunch.

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/ 15 October 2006

Stakes are high for online gambling in SA

In contrast to the United States government’s criminalisation of online gambling, the South African government is legalising the industry in an attempt to regulate and control it. Online gambling — said to be worth millions — is currently illegal in South Africa, but the Department of Trade and Industry has given a draft amendment Bill (which will allow for the licensing of online casinos in South Africa) to the Cabinet for approval.

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/ 11 October 2006

SA languages: One keyboard fits all

A new keyboard has been developed that will allow typing in all 11 official languages in South Africa, said Dwayne Bailey this week, director of <i><a href="" target="_blank" class="standardtext"></a></i>, a non-governmental organisation focused on the localisation of open-source software into all 11 official languages. The keyboard will allow a person to type all characters needed by the Venda, Northern Sotho, Tswana and Afrikaans languages.

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/ 5 October 2006

A stolen childhood

There is hardly any light in the house at 11am. Pieces of cardboard patch broken windows, there are plates and cups piled high in the sink and a thick layer of dust covers the floral pattern of the main bedroom’s duvet. "We use [our parents’ bedroom] to keep stuff in … no one sleeps there anymore," says Thando*, twin sister of Thabo*, who at 14 is an orphan and the head of her household in the dusty township of Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg.

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/ 20 September 2006

March draws attention to plight of homeless

Hundreds of people from the Landless People’s Movement and the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) gathered in central Johannesburg on Wednesday to protest against the slow delivery of services to the poor and the destitute. About 1&nbsp;600 people were expected to take part in the march to the Department of Home Affairs.

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/ 14 September 2006

‘This is where children get healed’

While the bitter taste of antiretrovirals may cause some young children to vomit, the lingering taste helps 11-year old Thumi* remember to take her medicine. Thumi will have to take four tablets, twice a day, for the rest of her life. "She was very sick. She had swollen glands, chronic diarrhoea and she was very thin … Now she’s like any child," says Thumi’s mother, Khetiwe Nkosi.

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/ 8 September 2006

Let’s mix it cheaply, baby

An application available for free download to your cellphone called MXit is making communication via cellphones fast, accessible and dirt cheap. Instant messaging service MXit cuts the cost of an SMS, priced at up to 80c to send a one-word message such as “hello”, by 100 000 times to just 0,0008c.

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/ 28 August 2006

Science: The cure for poverty

Without science and scientists, Africa is doomed to fail in the implementation of the eight Millennium Development Goals, Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena said at a media briefing on Monday. He was discussing the role of science in helping South Africa deal with poverty, economic growth and sustainable development.

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/ 17 August 2006

New comic book illustrates deaf rights

An innovative comic book catering for the deaf community has been developed by the Gay and Lesbian Archives to reach out to the deaf community regarding HIV/Aids, sexuality and rights and empowerment. The comic, aptly titled <i>Are Your Rights Respected?</i>, is part of an independent project of the South African History Archives.

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/ 14 August 2006

Shoot my what?

Just when you think every idea under the blogging sun has been thought of, someone comes along with a simple, yet genius, plan to get people creatively interacting. Renaud Dehareng (30), of Brussels, Belgium, works in municipal social assistance by day, but when he has free time he runs the strange, quirky blog called <i>Sho()</i>.