Fikile Ntshangase’s life and her courageous fight against the expansion of Tendele coal mine was celebrated during a webinar highlighting the role of environmental activists
Posted: October 22, 2021, 5:05 pm
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Posted: October 22, 2021, 3:37 pm
‘The Bright Side’ is a life-affirming dark comedy with a surprisingly light tone considering that its leading lady is a depressed stand-up comic who’s relieved to find out she has cancer.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 12:27 pm
Posted: October 22, 2021, 12:15 pm
Last week Kaizer Chiefs broke a four-game winless streak when they thrashed Chippa United. Amakhosi are keen to build on that run, but they meet a Matsatsantsa side which is undefeated so far this season.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 12:04 pm
BALTIMORE, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The United States would come to Taiwanand#039;s defense and has a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday, though the White House said later there was no change in policy towards the island.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 11:52 am
MOGADISHU, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Somaliaand#039;s president and prime minister resolved a dispute over appointments to security bodies, allowing a stalled process to elect a new parliament and president to go ahead, the government spokesman said late on Thursday.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 11:45 am
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Ethiopia conducted an airstrike on the capital of the northern Tigray region on Friday for the fourth day this week, as fighting has intensified between central government and regional forces.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 11:36 am
Oct 22 (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on a movie set in New Mexico on Thursday, authorities said.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 11:34 am
This is for people who live under rocks. Allow me to step away from my usual GastroTurf or Karoo Dreaming columns and respond to a circumstance that is strange and unfamiliar for those of us more accustomed to watching others bask in glory while we hover on the sidelines, wondering what that must be like. Never thought I’d ever make Turkish delight … or win this.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:50 am
As the active number of Covid cases drops and international borders open for travel, it’s crucial to maintain this status quo for the sake of tourism; it’s no time to be complacent. But who’s standing in the way?
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:48 am
Cooking from scratch every day is not always easy. I have fur face tripping me up. I trip myself up. I get tripped up by packaging. By dumb ass recipes. There are so many things out there conspiring against the poor well meaning home cook I wouldn’t know where to start listing them.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:47 am
‘Ethos’ is more than ‘character’ in Greek. Add ‘capability’ and ‘upliftment’ and we’re edging closer. Aristotle had his interesting definition about ‘persuasion through character’ but my own definition of ethos is ‘the better side of humanity’. What makes up the sum of the parts of Ethos the restaurant are such characters and even an inanimate one.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:45 am
Orange blossoms are the prettiest things and their subtle orange scent translates into flavour of equal subtlety and beauty. Let’s make ice cream with them.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:42 am
Die Rooi Granaat has recently been transported from the seaside resort of Yzerfontein which Evert Smit and Marais Ziervogel found ‘just too frantic’. In Aurora they have found a place where frantic has never been seen.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:37 am
Biocontrol is regarded as an environmentally friendly method of containing alien flora species and has been described as ‘having huge benefits for South Africa.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:36 am
Barely a week after I dried the peels of the last of the season’s oranges, blossoms appeared to herald the next harvest. The circle of life, in orange.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:35 am
The Life Esidimeni Inquest that started in July has been postponed until 15 November. This is the fifth postponement, meaning another agonising wait for families of the deceased. The inquest is crucial to determine who should be held criminally liable for the deaths of 144 mental healthcare users in 2016. Here, one family member, Christine Nxumalo, shares extracts from her journal on the inquest, the long wait, and dealing with grief.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:30 am
Will COP26 allow a gradual ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels to greener energy?
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:13 am
Steel industry workers have lost more than R200m in wages since the strike started on 5 October. The strike could have ended a week ago if Numsa accepted an improved wage offer of 6% from workers. Instead, the trade union insisted on an 8% adjustment.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:09 am
This week adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 became able to get vaccinated at government and private vaccination sites without their parents’ consent. This has sparked a debate about the Children’s Act and the relationship between children’s rights and parents’ responsibilities and rights.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 9:55 am
During the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health this week, Doctors Without Borders announced the results of TB-PRACTECAL. A total of 89% of patients on the new regimen (which is shorter and less toxic) were cured, compared with 52% in the standard of care group.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 7:29 am
Walmart Inc. has started a pilot program in which shoppers can buy Bitcoin at Coinstar kiosks in some of its U.S. stores.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 3:48 am
The whistle-blower who received a record $200 million award provided regulators with extensive evidence that benchmark interest rates were being manipulated -- scandals that contributed to Libor’s demise and resulted in banks paying billions of dollars in fines.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 3:39 am
A collapse in shares of Snap Inc. dragged technology companies exposed to digital advertising lower late on Thursday after the owner of the Snapchat app warned that customers are cutting back on ad spending.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 3:33 am
China Evergrande Group made an interest payment on a dollar bond ahead of a Saturday deadline, according to a report in the Securities Times, sending the embattled developer’s stock and bonds higher.
Posted: October 22, 2021, 3:25 am
In an innovative plan to try to ensure constant electricity supply, members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber have stepped up to provide security guards to protect the metro’s electrical infrastructure after cable theft caused the loss of millions of rands in the manufacturing industry.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 10:24 pm
Overflowing sewage and a lack of job opportunities were some of the biggest issues raised by communities in Cape Town during an electioneering visit by ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 10:19 pm
eThekwini’s once destructive Radical Economic Transformation-centred business forums — previously described as criminals, thugs and thieves by President Cyril Ramaphosa and KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala — have consolidated, rebranded (again) and embarked on a ‘professionalisation’ drive to gain access to lucrative public-sector contracts without scaring investors.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 10:14 pm
Convicted fraudster J Arthur Brown, who led Fidentia while R1.4bn went missing, has been released from Voorberg Prison on parole after serving seven years of a 15-year sentence.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 10:06 pm
The investment bank has been named in criminal investigations for its alleged involvement in a number of the infamous German “CumEx” tax scam transactions. Of particular interest to prosecutors in Germany is the case of US pension funds that relied on Investec to make allegedly fraudulent tax claims.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 9:20 pm
The laying of criminal charges could be seen as an attempt at a contingency plan, given that Zuma’s special plea for the removal of Downer is unlikely to succeed.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 9:12 pm
South Africa registered 520 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 2,918,366. A further 81 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total official deaths to 88,835. A total of 21,011,187 people have been vaccinated.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 9:10 pm
The State Capture Inquiry has dismissed Arthur Fraser’s claim that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo hasn’t given him a fair hearing and should not be considered as a nominee for Chief Justice.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 9:07 pm
Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation newspaper, revealed this on Thursday at a Daily Maverick webinar on a report which has just been released about restrictions on free expression and the freedom of the press in Eswatini.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 8:22 pm
Oct 21 (Reuters) - Barbados has elected its first-ever president to replace Britainand#039;s Queen Elizabeth as head of state in a decisive step toward shedding the Caribbean islandand#039;s colonial past.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 8:22 pm
French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a new subsidy program to help contain the impact of a severe spike in energy costs on millions of workers who rely on cars.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 8:00 pm
A group of 43 countries denounced China’s human rights record at the United Nations on Thursday, criticizing Beijing for its detainment of Uyghurs in the western region of Xinjiang.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 7:47 pm
The Khulumani Support Group is demanding that the government provide apartheid-era victims and survivors of human rights violations with long-delayed reparations.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 7:26 pm
ANC municipal candidates’ pledges made this week may have been a gallant attempt at ANC image correction, but in the absence of a tangible watershed, Damascene occurrence, the undertakings went adrift.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 7:01 pm
With trillions lost in revenue globally and up to 50% of jobs lost in Africa’s tourism sector, the industry faces an uncertain future.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:58 pm
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Myanmar has spiraled into civil war following a military coup, the outgoing U.N. special envoy on Myanmar said on Thursday, warning that the chance to return to democracy is disappearing and signaling that further targeted sanctions could be helpful.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:57 pm
Private debt is still a little-known corner of finance, with less transparency and liquidity than the markets for speculative-grade bonds and syndicated loans.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:54 pm
Sibanye-Stillwater has upped its wage offer to four unions in its gold mining unit, but not by a lot, according to a document seen by Business Maverick. The unions are seeking a mandate from their members with the conciliation process extended to 10 November under the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, which is promising. But their members may not go for it.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:43 pm
African countries are still struggling to get Covid-19 vaccines. One reason for this is the misconception that the continent wasn’t hard-hit by the pandemic. But the numbers tell a different story.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:42 pm
Namibia’s parliament is debating reforms to the abortion law that would bring the country in line with international standards on sexual and reproductive health rights. Activists, medical doctors and public health experts are urging lawmakers to ensure that ‘every pregnancy in Namibia should be a wanted pregnancy’.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:41 pm
Early childhood development (ECD) is crucial to the wellbeing and development of millions of children under the age of six in South Africa. While this remains the responsibility of the Department of Social Development, local governments can play a significant role in ensuring that it is provided safely in communities. Yet, political party manifestos say nothing about it.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:15 pm
The Southern Ocean’s role in driving the global carbon cycle may be stronger than expected as the biological carbon pump is not ‘switched off’ in winter as previously thought. These revelations are good news, but may not be enough to offset the massive impact of climate change and specifically carbon emissions.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 5:05 pm
Even as the great schism between the Muslim and Jewish religions deepened, Essaouira became the only Muslim city with a majority Jewish population, totalling 16,000. Jews were given the protection of the King’s personal seal.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 5:00 pm
Some people (you know who you are) still cling to the myth that the owners of private property may deal with their property as they see fit, and may therefore decide not to rent their property to someone because of their race, sexual orientation, religion or other prohibited status. This is unlikely to change until landlords and estate agents who unfairly discriminate against prospective tenants are prosecuted and imprisoned – as provided for by the Rental Housing Act.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:51 pm
The world is seeing TB deaths starting to increase for the first time in over 10 years. To turn things around and to put an end to TB being a leading infectious disease killer globally, we need to make sure the voices of people affected by TB are at the core of developing person-centred, quality TB care, free from stigma and discrimination, argue a group of TB experts and activists.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:39 pm
Minister of Home Affairs claims the problem is being addressed.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:31 pm
There is a long-held, but incorrect, assumption that South African voters are rigid and have a tendency to be overly loyal to their preferred political parties. However, the composition of the class of 2016, in terms of which parties were elected to govern municipalities across the country, says otherwise. The electorate has, over the years, shown a healthy appetite for political flexibility.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:25 pm
Once again the flames of xenophobia-driven unrest are being fanned, this time in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, after an alleged collision between a South African taxi driver and a Somalian driver turned into a fist, then gun, then fire fight, resulting in the streets of the predominantly coloured township of Korsten being set ablaze.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:23 pm
We can’t have a country that takes emotional decisions based on unclear objectives. Foreign policy decisions need to be informed by our national interest. This is how other countries decide their approach to dealing with the rest of the world.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:19 pm
People living in the country without IDs are not able to register with the Covid-19 vaccination programme. While they see many of their South African friends being vaccinated around them, they have been left out.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 4:13 pm
Fifty or 60 years ago, the borders of South Africa were, if anything, even more porous than they are today; it was almost impossible to guard against small-scale, let alone single, infiltration. Also, any individual qualifying in appearance as ‘white’ would be unlikely to be summarily stopped and searched. This I knew from previous experience, so I had few qualms about deciding to pay one last visit ‘home’.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 1:32 pm
Relative peace provides a chance to boost production and trade, and help prevent communities being recruited by Boko Haram.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 1:28 pm
The Proteas will start the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup on 23 October with some confidence after a week of morale-boosting pre-tournament wins and strong individual performances.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 12:56 pm
BERLIN, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE on Thursday said data from a Phase III trial demonstrated high efficacy of a booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine against the virus, including the Delta variant.
Posted: October 21, 2021, 12:37 pm