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South Africans have wholeheartedly adopted an American tradition: Black Friday is now the same kind of shopping extravaganza locally as in the US. With reduced prices on everything from household cleaning goods, to cosmetics, to appliances, and even cars, Black Friday has become a retail holiday that all walks of life have started looking forward to.

South Africans love to eat. Across the country, we have award-winning restaurants – some with Michelin stars – and now we have the world’s best female chef. Chef Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic in Pretoria was awarded the honour at the recent international Best Chef Awards.

Efficient Group’s chief economist, Dawie Roodt started a storm in a teacup this week when he advised South Africans to take their money out of the country. This was irresponsible, according to Dr Conrad Beyers, Barclays Africa Chair in Actuarial Science at the University of Pretoria, who said it was a hysterical reaction to recent events.

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It seems like South Africa is currently a magnet for cyberattacks. In the last two weeks, two high profile breaches have been reported, with one leaving about 50 million people’s details – including ID numbers, income and employment history – online.

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As children, we are told that much of what happens in movies is make-believe, and not to try emulate our favourite cinematic heroes. It seems that a British man called Tom Morgan didn’t listen to his parents, and recently made the news for attaching 100 giant helium balloons to a camping chair and sailing into the air – reminiscent of a scene from the animated movie “Up!”.

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South African rhinos have been the focus of a number of initiatives intended to stop the high levels of poaching and save as many of the animals as possible. Many of these, however, are centred around de-horning rhinos or increasing surveillance in nature reserves, and have made only a small impact.

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An engineering student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) may have the solution to South Africa’s water problems. Nkosinathi Nkomo, a third-year civil engineering student, has joined forces with Sesethu Mazangazanga, a fourth-year civil engineering student at UCT, Njabule Gule, a part-time business student and Monica Masetola, a final-year student at Vega, to launch AquaRenu, a company focused on greywater reclamation.

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“The plague”, or “Black Death”, conjures up images of multitudes dying in Europe during the Middle Ages. While it is commonly considered to be one of the diseases we have effectively removed as a threat, the plague still flares up across the world – even in North America.

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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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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.

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