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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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The White Slaves Of Africa

By | January 22nd, 2013|Features|

In the 1600s and the 1800s over 1,25 million British and European citizens were captured by North African slave traders and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and Morocco. Prodded and examined like livestock, the white slaves were sold to the highest bidder. […] «The White Slaves Of Africa»

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Plugged in on the Wild Coast Pinky and the Computer

By | December 5th, 2012|Features|

Neziswa Mcinga, known as ‘Pinky’, was 23 years of age and at a dead end in her life when computer skills came to her community in the deep rural region of Dwesa on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. […] «Plugged in on the Wild Coast Pinky and the Computer»

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How Is South Africa’s Linefish And Seafood Doing?

By | October 10th, 2012|Features|

There’s good news and there’s bad when it comes to the state of South Africa’s linefish and seafood. The bad news is that 79% of our key linefish species are over-exploited or collapsed, with populations of household favourites such as Cape Salmon/Geelbek reduced to 3% of their original abundance and kob/kabeljou reduced to somewhere around 4%. The good news is that some of these key linefish populations are starting to show signs of recovery, notably as a result of a 70% reduction in the number of permits issued in the linefishery sector ten years back. […] «How Is South Africa’s Linefish And Seafood Doing?»

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Future Cities, Future World

By | August 16th, 2012|Features|

You wake up in the morning, switch on your solar-powered lights, head over to your coffee maker and enjoy a delicious renewable energy beverage. You get dressed in carbon neutral clothes produced by off grid factories and catch the wind-powered underground to your energy-efficient office. A dream? No. Welcome to Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates. […] «Future Cities, Future World»

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