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Wits University is the latest high profile organisation to cut ties with auditing firm KPMG. The local branch of the international company has lost a number of client companies as a result of its involvement with the controversial Gupta business family.

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The 24th of September was Heritage Day in South Africa. The public holiday was marked by political speeches and Heritage Day “celebrations” around the country, but while it is intended to “promulgate a South African identity, fostering reconciliation and promoting the notion that variety is a national asset as opposed to igniting conflict”, the day has become better known as National Braai Day.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been the dream of scientists and technologists for decades. From self-aware worker robots like those in Isaac Asimov’s stories, to murderous assassins like those in the Terminator movies, Science Fiction has paved the way for technology intelligent enough to interact with humans on an equal level.

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The past month has seen Mother Nature’s wrath unleashed along what seems to be the entire northern half of the planet. From floods in Bangladesh, India and Italy, to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and the soon-to-come Jose, human beings are being reminded that they are but a small part of the ecosystem they live in.

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The Department of Environmental Affairs has announced the 2017 winners of its annual greenest municipality competition. This competition has replaced the cleanest town competition, and looks at factors like waste management; energy efficiency and conservation; water management; landscaping, tree planting and beautification; and public participation and institutional arrangements.

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Science generally only makes the headlines when a new discovery is made, or something goes wrong. While scientists rightfully deserve the kudos they get for progressing mankind’s knowledge, those that are enhancing existing cures and technologies rarely get mentioned outside of academic circles. Their work, too, is done behind the scenes, and many of their advances are never noticed by the general public.

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Electric cars have been touted as one of the primary solutions to the world’s carbon emission challenges. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution and some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner. Even the US is pushing electric car sales, albeit for more commercial reasons.

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Most people have never heard of Etherium or Monero, but they have heard of Bitcoin. All three are cryptocurrencies – a form of digital money – and they are a few of the dozens of digital currencies available.

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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has set the cat among the pigeons in its claims that the load shedding of 2008 and 2014 was ‘self-inflicted’ by Eskom. Not only does Outa believe load shedding was avoidable, but that “corrupt practices” exacerbated the situation.