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A gaint, er, leap for mankind

The billionaire space race continued this week. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ventured into space aboard a rocket built by his own company, Blue Origin. Bezos and his three co-passengers hit a maximum altitude of 66.5 miles (that’s about 107 kms to those of us in SA). This, CBS News reported, is “more than four miles …

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The miseducation of Busi Mkhwebane

Any activist dreams of shaping our Constitution in some way. But trust our bumbling Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to end up doing so completely by mistake. 😕 Quick explainer: the office of the public protector is essentially an ombud for all government services. It’s supposed to hold the government to account when citizens are failed. …

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#Adulting 101

🔹This is a friendly reminder to file your tax returns. Tax season opened on 1 July and will end on 23 November. Log onto the South African Revenue Service’s e-filing system to get it done. 😊 🔹If you’ve contracted Covid-19 in the last month it’s advisable that, depending on the severity of the symptoms, you …

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Justice for Life Esidimeni victims

It’s been five years since 144 mental health patients, who were recklessly moved from the Life Esidimeni facility to unprepared NGOs, passed away. No one has been held accountable or criminally charged; the families of the deceased still cry in bereavement and seek closure. This week an inquest into the tragedy began and put the …

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Ready, set, go! Tokyo Olympics 2021

After a year-long delay, the Olympic Games officially start on Friday in Tokyo. The event comes with some complications, though: many participants have already tested positive for Covid-19. Officials seem determined to carry on regardless. Pandemic aside – we wish! – we would like to celebrate the 185 South African athletes representing us at the …

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Our take: South Africa is in your hands

Following last week’s riots, it’s been disheartening to watch our government leaders this week. Instead of making up for failing to anticipate the looting or responding quickly, key government leaders have dissolved into petty fights, blame-shifting or disagreeing on a basic definition of what happened. (The president says it was an insurrection, his defence minister …

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