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Telkom is ‘a fat kid sitting on a pile of sweets’

Why are we one of the most expensive countries on Earth for internet access? Even President Thabo Mbeki pointed out as far back as February in his State of the Nation address that the charges by Telkom are "unacceptable". Ian Fraser takes a look at the Telkom monopoly, as well as the "thug logic of the local cellphone companies".

Wireless world

If you're a regular local Internet user then you will know just how complicated and slow the whole business of getting online is. Sentech's new MyWireless service aims to change all that. MyWireless is a new broadband Internet access service, now available from Sentech (www.

Cocaine in the cot

Once upon a time, you could buy cocaine, opium, amphetamines and morphine in most shops. Many products were happily filled up with stuff that today, would get you busted - from the cocaine in Coca Cola through to arbitrary products like "Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup.

Where do hackers make their homes?

Buried any pets lately? Well, why not join the ranks of grieving ex-animal owners, and post a tribute to your squished dog or cat, at The Online Pet Cemetery. Staying with creatures that have too much energy and brains that don't quite grasp things like they should, how about Teenage Brains?

Gay Muslims and the CIA–Bin Laden Connection

Let's start this week's column in the toilet. Literally. Pick your receptacle of pleasure, or merely send someone a great toilet-related postcard from the Toilet Museum. Next, their political party is world famous and consists of surreal, crazy and occasionally drunken people having a LOT of fun.

Pearl Harbor and the vampire commandos

Well, the column is in a new home, with better walls, roofing and much better owners - that said, let's dive into the newest, weirdest and latest online sites. In Copenhagen the local birdlife has taken to adopting various cellphone ring tones, presumably to stand out from the rest of the flock.

Finally, an important issue? the comb-over

Fancy going up against a chicken, in a game of noughts and crosses, for $10 000? Well, you'd have to get to Las Vegas to do it in person - but here's an article detailing how a bunch of specially trained chickens are - even as we speak - milking the gamblers at a casino right now.

Non Random Weirdness time

He's the ultimate dead parrot customer and Minister for Silly Walks, and known throughout the parts of the world that understand things like 'comedy'. However, he's not John Cleese, he's a celebrity impersonator. Discover what life is like for someone Being John Cleese.

Proud Anorexics and the Microsoft Haters

It seems to be only this country which treats its deaf citizens as if they're morons. Watch local 'designed for the deaf' TV, and notice that the content seems laughably juvenile and pretty offensive to any deaf person with an IQ -- because being deaf doesn't mean 'stupid'.

Bjork, Mullets and Winnie the Pooh in a foul mood

You know that feeling when looking for a telephone number and a bizarre name happens to catch your eye - well, you're not alone. Have a look at a collection of names at The Funny Name Server. In keeping with this week's 'silly season' theme, rejoice at the oodles of info to be gleaned from Useless Knowledge.

Kilroy Was Here

Okay let's start off by looking at the animal known as Robert Mugabe. Just to demonstrate that it's not only white people who can be deranged morons; take a read of this supposedly 'African' viewpoint of this Nazi neighbor our President likes holding hands with - at Mugabe The Man of 2001.

Anthing that makes Telkom wet it’s pants must be good

I didn't realize that Zimbabwe's new media laws prohibit anyone from making rude comments about Mugabe, and it doesn't matter whether they're inside the borders of that country or not. It's now illegal to say anything rude about Mugabe, anywhere.

Anti-gravity and the Museum of Hoaxes

I think it was Churchill who when asked what constituted Naval traditions replied 'Rum, Sodomy and the Lash'. So with that in mind, why not take a look at some of the happy songs all those sailors used to sing onboard their ships, at Work Songs of the Sea.

Extreme ironing and the Cannibal Holocaust

Okay, so you're rich, bored, and you haven't discovered that sending me money is a great way of making me happy. So what can you do? Before you try changing channels on your TV, why not browse through the options to be found at <i>101 Things To Do Before You Die</i>.

Sumo humping – it’s a conspiracy

Local TV has decided to screen a BBC 'conspiracies' series, finally introducing the idea that the world is a lot sneakier than previously thought. So here's a few more conspiracy things. Starting way back in time, try this interesting page from the 1960's, of a journalist's escape after Sharpeville.

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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

Press Releases

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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