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Nuclear site Thyspunt ‘Not Safe’ says top scientist

By |2019-06-24T08:18:05+00:00November 28th, 2016|Features|

It is not safe to build the proposed nuclear project at Thyspunt, and far more baseline research is required before any decisions should be made. These are the findings of a critical new research report released by the Africa Earth Observatory Network (AEON) institute at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth. Based on [...]

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Is South Africa technically ready for the shale gas industry?

By |2019-06-24T08:18:05+00:00October 17th, 2016|Features|

This is the question addressed in a report released yesterday, titled ‘South Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industry’, commissioned and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The report, produced by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), with inputs from a panel of leading South African and international [...]

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The music of potential

By |2019-06-24T08:18:05+00:00October 17th, 2016|Corporate, Features|

The first time I visited the village of Hamburg in the Eastern Cape where the Keiskamma Music Academy is based, I was told about a man who traverses the coastal dunes on foot at night, creating patterns with his footprints in the sand. I was not at all sure if he was real but the [...]

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For Whom The Bells Ring

By |2019-06-24T08:18:06+00:00October 16th, 2016|Features|

  Heritage. Whose heritage? Why preserve Heritage? These are major issues in contemporary South Africa and something that Wits alumnus James Ball (BA Hons 2011; MA 2012) daily explores. “Joburg is my spiritual home. I love this city. I love walking the streets, exploring the city and finding its hidden heritage secrets,” says James Ball, [...]

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Perceptions and realities in a time of elections

By |2019-06-24T08:18:06+00:00October 16th, 2016|Features|

Michael Elions polycarbonate artwork of Sunglasses, dedicated to Nelson Mandela, at Sea Point, Cape Town. The piece controversially co-funded by Ray-Ban is considered to be in poor taste by some. Image Jayne Haywood. 21.03.15 - Rhythms of South Africa   Perceptions of South Africa wildly fluctuate from hope and excitement to fear and [...]

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Climbing Mountains Changing Capitalism

By |2019-06-24T08:18:06+00:00October 16th, 2016|Features|

Nic Kohler, Wits alumnus (BSc 1993) and the CEO of the Hollard Insurance Group, talks to Heather Dugmore about alpine challenges and the need for business and capitalism to change. We all know that accident and health insurance is really only tested in complex, bizarre situations, and who better to attest to this than Nic [...]

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Creative Feel editorial ACT & Nedbank Arts Affinity May 2016 620 words

By |2019-06-24T08:18:06+00:00October 12th, 2016|Features|

40 years of talent and revelation The year was 1976, the month was June, and as the Market Theatre prepared for its eagerly awaited opening on 19 June, the national youth uprising exploded on 16 June. It is forever branded on our minds through Sam Nzima's image of Hector Pieterson. In memory of June 1976 and in [...]

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The Art of Africa

By |2019-06-24T08:18:07+00:00October 12th, 2016|Features|

African art is an internationally recognised discourse that has, in the main, been written by non-African scholars from Europe and North America. Prof Ruth Simbao is focusing on changing this through a new DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa, launched in January this year. “The fact that much of what is [...]

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Weekend Post – Software City – Port Elizabeth Rising

By |2019-06-24T08:18:08+00:00October 12th, 2016|Features|

Port Elizabeth is rapidly rising as a software development city. Companies with headquarters in other South African and international cities are opening offices or expanding their base here for a number of reasons, including the lower cost of property and rentals, the quality of life and the pipeline of graduates who are skilled in software development, [...]

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Rhodos Prof Edkins and Dr Veale

By |2019-06-24T08:18:08+00:00October 12th, 2016|Features|

Sometimes two brilliant minds find each other in such specific research areas that it makes real the possibility of aligned mental pathways actively seeking each other in the universe. Such is the coming together of two Rhodes academics: Professor Adrienne Edkins and Dr Clint Veale, who are working on novel drug research for cancer in [...]

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