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From humanity's earliest days, we have looked into the night sky with wonder. The moon and stars have been imbued with mystical significance, and with the advent of modern technology, we know more about what's beyond Earth's atmosphere than ever before.

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Nuclear generates about 11 percent of the world's electricity, but on the African continent today, South Africa is the only country to possess a nuclear reactor. South Africa is ramping up its nuclear generation capability, with President Jacob Zuma stating that it should double by 2023, and other African countries are following suit.

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The expression 'Once in a Blue Moon' is synonymous with a rare event, or one that seldom happens. While Blue Moons in themselves are rare and seldom happen, the definition of a Blue Moon as two full moons in a calendar month has only been around since the 1940s.

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One would think that with the abundance of coal mines surrounding it and the strong employment opportunities that mining creates, Emalahleni would be a prosperous municipality.

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At a Freedom Day event hosted by the Competition Commission, Thuli Madonsela said that it was high time that culprits guilty of collusion in the private sector were named and shamed.

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After meeting a South African call centre owner socially and having a absorbing conversation with him about his business, I started looking at local call centres more closely and discovered some intriguing facts: for customers in the USA, call centre working hours in South Africa were adjusted to meet USA times so agents dealing with customers in New York on the east coast of America might start work at five in the afternoon and work through until six the following morning in two split shifts.

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As a developing country, South Africa needs lots of investment and it needs to attract investors in every way possible, whether through tax incentives and industrial development zones or through the security and certainty of investment through guarantees that investments made will pay dividends and provide realistic and decent ROIs.

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I struggle to understand why major companies and prominent people keep stating the obvious as years muddle by and nothing really changes. Just last month, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – a major auditing and advisory company –made the pronouncement that raising the fuel levy would be more beneficial and less destructive to the South African economy.

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We were once the World Cup Champions of mining. Now more and more international companies are looking to abandon their South African operations and focus on more lucrative mining projects elsewhere in Africa, South Africa and Australia.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.