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“The Cape Winelands District: a thousand things to do and then some wine!” These words aptly describe this unique area, home to wonderful places situated in wide open spaces, where adventure is not only possible, but likely! If you are planning your post-pandemic escape, the Cape Winelands District welcomes you warmly. The district offers something...
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The Democratic Alliance (DA) should choose Mbali Ntuli as its next leader but will make the mistake of choosing John Steenhuisen.  If I turn out to be wrong about how the leadership race ends, I will apologise to voting delegates of the DA for my poor predictive powers. The choice between Ntuli and Steenhuisen is...
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The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) reopens on Heritage Day, Thursday  September 24 at 10am with a new, drive-through exhibition of South African sculpture. The drive-through sculpture exhibition includes numerous beautiful and thought-provoking pieces by South African artists, including (but not limited to) works by Owen Ndou, Aziwimpheleli Magoro, Lucky Makamu...
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To my three amazing sons, I wanted to explain why I started to cry the other day. When the three of you looked at me with concern when my voice cracked. It wasn’t just about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was yet another moment the deep, almost existential, sadness I’ve felt ever since...
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Over 20 years ago, when Charles Parry began urging government officials to get tougher on the alcohol industry, he heard some smug jibes from liquor executives. “You’re not going to get anywhere,” they told him. “We have better access. We braai with these guys [government officials].” In 2010, he learned that the industry were plying...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserved better than this.  The Supreme Court justice, who served the court from 1993 until her death on Friday, was a bastion of feminism and progressive values. Battling prejudice, cruelty and self-interest for decades. Right now we should be celebrating that. We should be using her example to remind ourselves, and our...
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Cabbages and Kings is a novel written more than a century ago by O Henry, in which he coins the phrase “banana republic”. Originally, the phrase described a country controlled by foreign companies that exploit its natural resources and the working class. Over the years, it has developed to mean any country that is led...
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The media has reported on a public school in Midrand, worth R82 million and brand new, which has not opened for the past three years because the school was built on a wetland. According to reports, no approval to build the school, particularly given it is on a wetland, was sought from the City of Johannesburg....
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COMMENT Thirty years ago, in a small Swedish city called Sundsvall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first major report. Even then, the major dilemmas facing those who sought rapid action were clear. An account by Jeremy Leggett, who had thrown in a well-paid job as a geologist for Shell to become...
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COMMENT The rapid adoption of digital financial services is touted as a silver lining in the dark cloud cast by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. E-commerce is booming, squeezing 10 years of growth in penetration into three months, according to a McKinsey report.  While global payments are expected to decline this year in line with a...
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