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Transforming the higher education sector in South Africa has a long way to go, although some ground is getting covered. Then there is the even bigger challenge of ensuring access and affordability for all. The coronavirus pandemic has put into sharp focus the indispensability of blended approaches: blended learning and teaching approaches combine online lecturing...
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During the peak period of the pandemic, Openserve doubled speeds for free on its network, introduced symmetrical speeds to its fibre portfolio and increased sync profiles. Openserve also offered numerous incentives, including discounted or free installations. It launched and enhanced its various offerings to provide customers with affordable internet connectivity options through its Openserve Fibre...
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South African police killed someone every 20 hours last year on average, according to statistics released late last year by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). The 424 deaths reported represent a slight decrease from 2018/2019 when 440 people died “as a result of police action.” Since the killing of Collins Khosa and Nathaniel Julius, there has been...
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COMMENT The Covid-19 pandemic put unprecedented stress on students across the country. Campuses that had been hubs of learning for decades were empty. Universities had to find ways to continue while not leaving anyone behind. With thousands of students of diverse backgrounds and means at each institution, this was no easy feat. Administration, staff and...
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Every asset that moves fast attracts the B-word.  But what the last few decades of research in finance has taught us is that it’s not so easy to spot financial bubbles, at least not until after they collapse. The very fact that we don’t have “successful” bubbles tells us that our definition of bubbles is...
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A brutal pandemic, anaemic growth, huge job losses and an increasingly austere state have converged to create a sense of perpetual anxiety among millions of South Africans. When it struck, the country was ill-prepared to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Poor service delivery, weak oversight institutions and a depleted fiscus ensured that the state’s social...
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Virtual racing has breathed new life into the cycling career of South Africa’s top woman professional road-racing cyclist, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, who became the first-ever UCI Cycling eSports world champion when she raced to victory in her workout space in December. The Spain-based cycling champion, who was forced to train indoors because of the Covid-19 lockdown,...
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South Korean retail investors pointed to the U.S. GameStop saga to pressure local regulators to extend the country’s ban on short-selling stocks. They succeeded, at least for now.  Then, GameStop happened.  In January, retail investors in the U.S. banded together on Reddit to bet in favor of stocks (like that of American video game store...
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South Africa’s department of health gathered the country’s best and brightest for a virtual briefing on Monday evening. Here scientists presented the latest findings on a variant of the new Covid-19 — called 501Y.V2. This variant was first identified in South Africa in 2020 by a genomics team led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and...
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Covid-19 cases have been increasing rapidly but Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has assured the public that the government is pulling out all the stops to ensure the country gets vaccines.  The total reported cases have risen to more than a million, 29 577 people have died and about 900 000 have recovered from Covid-19. The...
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