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Life getting better: Stats SA

Thursday, 25 October 2007
Life is steadily improving, particularly in the areas of housing and basic service delivery, for the 48 million people living in South Africa, according to Statistics SA.

SA honours Kaunda with Ubuntu Award

Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda has been chosen by the National Heritage Council as this year's recipient of its Ubuntu Award

Horse breeder goes for gold

Wednesday, 26 September 2007
"I have been told a couple of times that I am the first black person to breed horses, but I would be more comfortable to be known as one of the best breeders in the country," says 35-year-old Phindi Kema of Iph' iNtombi Stables in Addo in the Eastern Cape.
The latest edition of the World Values Survey (WVS) has revealed that 96% of South Africans are proud to call themselves South African. The survey was conducted by the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch and market research company, Markinor.
Two of the three apartheid officers convicted of an attempt on Frank Chikane's life 18 years ago visited him on Monday to personally ask him for forgiveness.

First black female chopper pilot lands

Wednesday, 15 August 2007
The first black female helicopter pilot in the SA Air Force made her mark at the national conference on women in defence by landing an Oryx helicopter at the conference venue on Wednesday.
The World Bank has reported that South Africa’s control of corruption has improved by 3%, increasing from 68% to 71%.
Women make up a third of South Africa’s new dollar millionaires, according to the 11th World Wealth Report 2007, produced by Merrill Lynch/Capgemini. The study shows that the number of dollar millionaires in South Africa (people worth over R7 million) has increased to 48,586 from less than 25,000 three years ago.

Internet explosion in SA

Friday, 22 June 2007
South Africa’s internet usage is exploding according to a recent report by Nielsen//NetRatings.
The number of South Africans receiving social grants has almost doubled since 2003, climbing to about 13.2 million people, President Thabo Mbeki said on Tuesday.
More than half of South Africans believe that the relationship between various race groups is improving, according to a Markinor survey carried out to mark Africa Day.

Still positive

Thursday, 03 May 2007
I was recently approached by someone after a presentation who said: “You are always so positive (about South Africa); you must be really embarrassed now.” I replied by asking him what the value of his house had done over the past three or four years. “Yes, well that has doubled”, he answered. “And the value of your SA investment portfolio?” I asked, to which he replied, uncomfortably, that that too had doubled.
South Africa has achieved much since the end of apartheid but still has serious problems to overcome, former president FW de Klerk said Wednesday as his country prepared to celebrate the anniversary of its first democratic elections.
East London has achieved a "first" with the appointment of South Africa's first woman harbour master, the National Ports Authority (NPA) announced on Wednesday.

Parliament launches new emblem

Tuesday, 27 March 2007
The Parliament of South Africa officially installed its new emblem today during a joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces at Parliament in Cape Town.
South Africa continues to be well ahead of the global average when it comes to the empowerment of women in business. The latest findings from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), released yesterday to coincide with International Women’s Day, reveal that 38% of businesses globally do not have any women in senior management positions. In South Africa on the other hand, only 17% of companies don’t.

Another woman gets top cop job

Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Divisional commissioner Magda Stander has been appointed deputy national police commissioner.
South Africa's four frigates got their first black captain on Thursday when former Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) operative Bravo Mhlana formally assumed command of the SAS Isandlwana.

SA women are more equal than most

Monday, 29 January 2007
South Africa is ranked 18th out of a total of 115 economies in the World Economic Forum’s 2006 Global Gender Gap Report. The report measures the size of the gender gap in four critical areas of inequality between men and women. When it comes to women’s equality, South Africa is a more equal society than any other country in Africa and ahead of many developed nations, including Belgium (20th), the United States (23rd), Switzerland (26th), Austria (27th) and France (70th).

SA breeds an exploding middle class

Monday, 29 January 2007
In most societies in the world, it takes four to five generations for a person to rise from poverty to affluent middle-class status. In South Africa, a raft of surveys shows this is happening within a single generation.

Joburg inner city has "turned the corner"

Thursday, 16 November 2006
The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has been climbing a mountain over the past five years, and now the mountain is a little less steep.
A major historical resource was returned to South Africa this week with the hand over to the ANC of a copy of the Dutch Anti-Apartheid Video Archive.
We live in a volatile environment. Currency, stock market and political volatility are all part and parcel of daily life in South Africa. Unfortunately, (and understandably), this volatility contributes to enormous swings in the sentiment of South Africans themselves.
Irish businessman and Chairman of Independent News & Media Group Sir Anthony O'Reilly was one of the first major investors in the post-Apartheid South Africa. In a column in the UK's Independent newspaper, he explains why he continues to believe in our 'modern day miracle'.

Mine deaths fall to new low

Wednesday, 07 June 2006
Mining fatalities in 2005 fell to a new low of 202 from 246 the previous year and from 533 in 1995, according to the latest mine health and safety inspectorate annual report.
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Weekly Blog

Be Glad You Don't Live in Singapore

Author: Liberty Advisory Service
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

article thumbnailWhile the cost of living in South Africa has risen significantly over the last few years with high electricity prices and fuel costs rising each month, be grateful you don’t live in Singapore which has the third most expensive energy and water costs in the world.

Travel Blog

32 weeks of great blogs

Author: Steuart Pennington
Sunday, 24 November 2013

article thumbnail 32 Weeks of Great Blogs, 32 weeks of back packing through Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, 32 weeks of free spirited adventure.  Some six months ago Valerie Bowden arrived in Cape Town, skyped me and enquired, “Hi, I’m here in Cape Town, my intention is to back pack from Cape Town to Cairo on my own, do you have any advice?”

Stories of Help

A new toy can help

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Imagine giving a toy to every under privileged child on the continent. Not just any old thing, but a brand new toy of their choice. This is the dream of Danie van Loggerenberg, founder of Toys for Africa.

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Coca-Cola creates rainbows to celebrate 20 years of our #RainbowNation

article thumbnail During the month of April, in celebration of “Freedom Month”, Coca-Cola has literally created rainbows. Using sunlight, water, some fancy science and a little bit of magic, rainbows were conjured up in the Joburg CBD. The rainbows were created to mark the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy and the birth of the “Rainbow Nation”. 

Steuart as a Speaker

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SA's Daily Fast Fact

With the recent AACSB accreditation, the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business is now one of just 59 out of 13,670 business schools worldwide to be triple-crowned – schools that are accredited by the three largest and most influential business school accreditation associations namely AMBA (the Association of MBAs), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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