Bo-Kaap locks itself down early

Nestled on the slopes of Signal Hill, the Bo-Kaap is as iconic to Cape Town as Table Mountain.  Its colourful houses, rich Cape-Malay culture, and ever-gentrifying businesses, which have been turned into coffee shops and boutique stores, attract tourists by the busload. It is also one of the oldest sites of the Islamic religion in […]

The BMW i3 — When electric proves it ...

CAR REVIEW I’m writing this review at home, with the i3 that I have had to test plugged into my multiplug in the kitchen. It made a pleasant noise when I clicked the power into its charging socket (right where you put a petrol nozzle in a fossil-fuel car). It’s just passed its 10 000km […]

Government reprioritising funds to fi...

The outbreak of the coronavirus is a classic example of what has been called a “black swan” phenomenon — it has been both unexpected and unpredictable. With South Africa in a recession and government debt growing, it has hit at a time when there is little extra money to tackle the pandemic. As a result, […]

Covid-19: ‘Unemployment benefits will...

Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits will not be extended to cover workers in the informal sector in the wake of the national lockdown declared to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This is according to Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, who announced that a new national disaster benefit will be launched through the UIF […]

South Africa’s economic plan for Covi...

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced various measures that the government is implementing to cushion the already ailing South African economy against the economic shocks of Covid-19. These measures include tax subsidies for small businesses and individuals, lower contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), help for households that are in debt, and a relief fund […]

Rights group wins court bid against E...

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) has won a bid to join the high court battle between a group of south Durban basin activists and petroleum giant Engen as a friend of the court. The groups want the Regulation of Gatherings Act — which Engen used to have the protests outside its Wentworth refinery banned — to […]

20th Edition of the National Teaching...

SPONSORED Excellence in Grade R Teaching Winner Michelle SwartHermanus Pre-Primary School, Western Cape  Michelle Swart has been teaching for 15 years, and for the past four she has been a grade R teacher at Hermanus Pre-Primary School. She is a qualified Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioner and has a BA (HSS) psychology counselling degree as […]

Far right uses coronavirus to scapego...

The global explosion of the coronavirus has dramatically brought about fresh challenges for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. With countries adopting strict measures to contain this pandemic, including rigid border controls, the outbreak will not only have a huge impact on those driven out by crisis situations but is also likely to create another refugee […]

Ramaphosa meets opposition leaders

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