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Women in the 1940s and 50s

By | July 30th, 2014|Features|

Sex symbols, protest marches and mother’s little helper. It was the era of the split personality. You had silver screen love goddess Rita Hayworth in black satin, performing a one-glove striptease as the ultimate femme fatale. This was taken to a sociopathic level when the bombshell’s image was featured on an atom bomb. […] «Women in the 1940s and 50s»

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Women in the 20s

By | July 30th, 2014|Features|

Tomorrow we may die, so let’s get drunk and make love. They raised their hemlines and their glasses, smoked in public, drove motorcars, claimed the same social and sexual freedom as men, and danced the Charleston until dawn. […] «Women in the 20s»

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Joburg ah Joburg

By | June 11th, 2014|Features|

From the day it was founded on the discovery of gold 128 years back, Joburg has always lived on its wits – the city of the bold, the city of opportunity, the city on the make. For some, it’s Egoli where fortunes have been made; for others, the dream has dissolved into lives of inner city adversity, daily tested by crime, grime and toil. […] «Joburg ah Joburg»

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Women in the 1960s and 1970s

By | May 15th, 2014|Features|

And God Created Women. It was the era of The Pill, the miniskirt, the bikini, Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress and the banning of the ANC. In this, the third essay in our series on Women Through the Decades, we look at women in the 1960s and 1970s. […] «Women in the 1960s and 1970s»

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The real Vuyo

By | October 15th, 2013|Features|

The real Vuyo is Wits IT and Business alumnus Miles Kubheka. Not only is he a Big Big Dreamer, he’s also a Big Big Doer who is walking the long, hard road of being an entrepreneur. […] «The real Vuyo»

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A Man of Destiny

By | August 29th, 2013|Features|

If I must die, let me declare for all to know that I will meet my fate like a man.” These are the words Nelson Mandela intended to read out if he was given the death sentence at the Rivonia Trial in June 1964. Half a century later our globally beloved Madiba can know that he, of all men, accepted his fate like a man. […] «A Man of Destiny»

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The shale gas war – two years later

By | June 8th, 2013|Features|

When we talk about shale gas mining and fracking, we are not talking about one little well in the middle of the Karoo. We are talking about 60% of South Africa’s land surface being targeted for production. […] «The shale gas war – two years later»

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The petrol attendant who became a Judge and Chancellor

By | April 3rd, 2013|Features|

From petrol attendant and bartender to President of the Supreme Court of Appeal and Chancellor of Rhodes University, this is the remarkable story of Judge Lex Mpati. […] «The petrol attendant who became a Judge and Chancellor»

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Dr Fanaroff & the Fantastic Machine

By | January 22nd, 2013|Features|

The arid landscape of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope is being built, is watched over by quiver trees. Sentries from another time, these silent giants date back to the ancient world of the Khoisan and still further back to an age before any human footprints passed this [...]

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South Africa’s Madiba League Universities

By | January 22nd, 2013|Features|

The world has its Ivy Leagues, Oxfords, Cambridges, Kyotos, Tokyos, Pekings and Delhis – recognised as the top universities in the world. Why should South Africa be any different? It is long overdue to establish our own top league, perhaps call it the Madiba League, including the top six research-intensive universities in the country. The [...]

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