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/ 6 April 2005

Two die after plane loses wing

Two people died when a small aircraft crashed on to Vergelegen farm outside Somerset West in the Western Cape at about 2.20pm on Tuesday, police said. ”The pilot was performing flying techniques when one of the wings fell off,” said police spokesperson Captain Elliot Sinyangana.

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/ 18 November 2004

Manuel looks to rand relief

A little less market confidence in the rand might be a ”welcome relief”, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said on Thursday. He told a Bureau for Economic Research conference in Somerset West that by making the correct decisions, South Africa had by 2001 been able to adopt an expansionary fiscal stance, in a context of renewed business confidence.

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/ 22 September 2004

Land tax could ruin Eastern Cape farmers

More than half the commercial farmers in the Eastern Cape will face bankruptcy if they are forced to pay a land tax set at 2% of market value, according to research released on Wednesday. That rate would lead to an 89% drop in profits for farmers in the province and have other equally serious knock-on effects.

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/ 21 September 2004

Try a rabbit roast or a bunny burger

Rabbit meat could be the food of the future for poor South Africans, according to a team of researchers from the University of the Free State. In a paper released at a Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa conference, they said the animals are a cheap and easy-to-raise form of low-cholesterol protein.