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South Africa’s magnificent natural heritage is one of the country’s biggest tourism draw cards, and is a shining example to the rest of the world in conservation. With almost 50 game reserves, the abundant wildlife in South Africa is protected within its natural environment, backed by a government and private sector that have made conservation their priorities.

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The #FeesMustFall movement and the ongoing student protests around South Africa’s university campuses have provided fodder for every political (and other) agenda. From politicians, to student representatives, to concerned parents, to faculty, and even to big business – everyone has voiced an opinion and used the movement to highlight their particular point of view on this and a number of related subjects.

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Despite the dismal state of STEM education in South Africa, there’s no shortage of competitions and events to encourage the youth to look towards engineering and technology as career choices.

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The recent Competition Law, Economics and Policy Conference held in Cape Town saw the announcement by Tembinkosi Bonakele, the Commissioner of the Competition Commission that “an enormous number” of cartels are being uncovered on a regular basis. This was reiterated by Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel in his keynote address, who indicated that 133 new cartel cases had been initiated in last 12 months.

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South Africa has a proud history of innovation. From Pratley Putty to the Kreepy Krauly, we have invented a number of tools that are being used the world over. We haven’t just limited ourselves to useful inventions however – we are equally adept at inventing deadly ones.

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40 years ago, the birth of the first human test-tube baby heralded a new hope for couples who wanted children but who had fertility problems. Today, the same technology is offering a possible solution to the extinction of animals.

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This week, the Rand has steadily improved for the first time in a long while. Based on a number of factors, including the analysts’ appraisal that the US Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates, emerging market currencies – including the Rand – are seeing steady gains.

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For the first time in 24 years, the Department of Water and Sanitation has imposed water restrictions in the area fed by the Orange River on the back of the worst drought in memory.

This week, news headlines in South Africa were dominated by one story. The story was not Pravin Gordhan’s ongoing saga with the Hawks, or the issues at state-owned enterprises. The story was about the hair policy at Pretoria Girls High School.