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Where’s our intelligence?

Today at 06:21 AM, via News24

Following a crazy marathon press conference held by the loopy Hlaudi Motsoeneng recently, I kept asking myself this question: What does the fact that a raving lunatic can captivate public attention for three hours say about us as South Africans, writes Mondli Makhanya.

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Is reshuffling on the cards at the Bulls?

Today at 06:06 AM, via News24

The Bulls have denied that they are reshuffling to shore up their Super Rugby coaching staff after less than satisfactory results in this year’s tournament.

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From Harvard with love

Today at 06:02 AM, via News24

A Harvard student from Umlazi township in KwaZulu-Natal has set up an initiative to give back to society by collecting and supplying textbooks to needy public schools across the country.

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EXCLUSIVE: Zuma-linked spy to become ambassador

Today at 06:59 AM, via News24

A top government spy with a dubious past and close ties to President Jacob Zuma has allegedly been nominated to become South Africa’s new ambassador to Japan.


South Korea says U.S. reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs; joint drills wrap up

Today at 06:46 AM, via Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said Washington had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after U.S. President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1-billion system designed to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea.


Dozens detained as Russian protesters say ‘sick of Putin’

Today at 06:14 AM, via News24

Police detained over 100 activists in Saint Petersburg on Saturday as hundreds of Russian opposition supporters turned out to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s expected candidacy in elections next year.


Tunisian officials sacked after protests

Yesterday at 21:40 PM, via News24

Tunisia says it has replaced two senior officials in a southeastern region, days after protesters there booed the prime minister off stage.


Friends and friction: Abandon old ideas, reach for the future

Today at 06:14 AM, via Fin24

Imagine if a 23-year-old who has a deep, scarred voice because he’s been smoking and drinking the good life away came to you and said: “You know, the best years of my life were when I was five years old.”


House price growth in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban vs the world

Yesterday at 19:00 PM, via BusinessTech

Knight Frank has published its Global Residential Cities Index, which reveals how the property market of South Africa’s top cities performed against their global counterparts in the fourth quarter of 2016.


Parly committee welcomes Fica Bill signing

Yesterday at 16:22 PM, via IOL

Parliament’s finance standing committee added its voice to those welcoming the signing by President Jacob Zuma of the Fica Bill into law.


Zuma will attend Cosatu May Day rally – ANC

Friday at 15:09 PM, via News24

President Jacob Zuma will attend Cosatu’s worker’s day celebrations in Bloemfontein, despite calls from some of the union federations affiliates that he not go.


National Orders bestowed on those who excel

Friday at 13:42 PM, via Times Live

People who have helped advance democracy‚ excelled in various endeavours and improved the lives of South Africans are being recognised through the National Orders awards.


Chris Cloete is Kings’ new domkrag

Today at 06:05 AM, via News24

Forget Lionel Cronjé’s around the back dummy – the one Southern Kings player commentators were moggy about during their tour of Australia was Chris Cloete.


If May really does mean what she says, she should put it in writing | Andrew Rawnsley

Today at 01:05 AM, via The Guardian

The PM has been long on rhetoric, short on action and the Tory manifesto should contain some real promises

On the night of Theresa May’s announcement that she was calling a snap election, she addressed a private meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. She rehearsed to them the Brexit-related arguments for going to the country that she had already offered to the public, but witnesses...


Teacher knows best? Not any longer as parents muscle in on the classroom

Today at 01:05 AM, via The Guardian

Abusive emails, letters to Ofsted: teachers face harassment

When Geoff Barton started teaching in 1985, parents’ evening – a brief five-minute chat – was the only time teachers saw most mums and dads. If families had a concern, they might write a letter, or call the school office.

Fast-forward three decades and the dynamics between schools and parents have changed dramatically. The voice of...


10 memorable lines from comedian Hasan Minhaj at the WHCA dinner

Today at 06:41 AM, via CNN

President Donald Trump was a no-show at the first White House Correspondents’ Association dinner of his presidency. But that didn’t keep “Daily Show” comedian Hasan Minhaj from addressing “the elephant not in the room.”


How to let grief work for you | Julia Samuel

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

The death of a loved one creates an inner wound that can’t be ignored. Healing it requires work

Grief is profoundly misunderstood. We seem happy to talk about sex or our sense of failure, or to expose our deepest vulnerabilities. But on death and loss we are silent. Which is why Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge were so courageous in talking openly about the mental health taboo their grief...


Debian Developer Imprisoned In Russia Over Alleged Role In Riots

Today at 06:29 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes:
“Dmitry Bogatov, Debian developer and Tor node admin, is still being held in a Moscow jail,” tweeted the EFF Saturday. IT Wire reports that the 25-year-old math teacher was arrested earlier this month “on suspicion of organizing riots,” and is expected to be held in custody until June 8. “The panel investigating the protests claims Bogatov posted several incitory...


Wired Founding Editor Now Challenges ‘The Myth of A Superhuman AI’

Today at 03:24 AM, via Slashdot

Wired’s founding executive editor Kevin Kelly wrote a 5,000-word takedown on “the myth of a superhuman AI,” challenging dire warnings from Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk about the potential extinction of humanity at the hands of a superintelligent constructs. Slashdot reader mirandakatz calls it an “impeccably argued debunking of this pervasive myth.” Kelly writes:
Buried in this...


Happy 23rd birthday, South Africa

Wednesday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

WWF South Africa would like to wish South Africa on its 23rd democratic birthday by reflecting and celebrating 23 significant environmental successes in our country's formative years.  Happy birthday South Africa, long may our collective maturity to protect our special environmental heritage continue! In 1994, as the new democratic South Africa emerged so a bold constitution was developed in...


WWF welcomes high court decision on nuclear energy

Wednesday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

WWF South Africa welcomes the Western Cape High Court's decision to set aside the Section 34 determinations to procure nuclear energy, the Intergovernmental Agreements, the Request for Information and Proposals and the decision to entrust Eskom with the procurement process as unlawful and unconstitutional.Ellen Davies, Project Manager: Extractives Sector for WWF-SA says: “We applaud Earthlife...


World Heritage Day

18 April at 12:53 PM, via CapeNature

World Heritage Sites are special and unique places with fragile ecosystems that need special care and one such site is the Cape Floral Region Protected Area World Heritage Site.