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For years, we have heard about the promise of the MeerKAT radio telescope, which will help us see further into space than we have ever been able to before. With a decades-long build time, every new discovery made by the telescope in its incremental stages highlights the potential once it is completed – and once the full Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is operational.

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Sport on a national level is so much more than the game being played: It becomes a representation of a country; of its abilities, its superiority (or inferiority) compared to its neighbours; its standing on the world stage. This seems to be true whether athletes are representing their country at huge events like world cup tournaments or smaller sporting events.

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The fact that climate change is a real problem may be up for debate among denialists, but that the fact that the world has seen many extreme weather patterns over the past few years is undeniable. Not only do the denialists ignore the evidence of increasing levels of flooding, drought, typhoons and other extreme weather, but they are ignoring the scientists who have studied these phenomena and found that the world’s weather patterns are changing as a result of a variety of factors – primarily human.

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Every year, organisations of every variety come up with reports and lists on all sorts of topics – from economic growth, to industry-specific insights, to social issues. The United Nations, for example, releases a “happiness index”, looking at – as the name implies – which countries in the world boast the happiest people.

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In the movie Back to the Future, the main character, Marty McFly travels from 1989 to 2015. Many of the “futuristic” technologies he encounters have become common in our day-to-day lives – in fact, many were available way before 2015 – but some are still seemingly impossible to achieve.

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A week and a half after the Rand reached new highs against the backdrop of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment, his cabinet reshuffle, and South Africa’s “new dawn”, the currency has plummeted once again. This was the result of the fact that Parliament voted to establish a multi-party committee whose sole function will be to discuss amending section 25 of the Constitution in order to expropriate land without compensation.

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Last week saw the latest tragedy in a long string of tragedies that have become almost commonplace in the United States since 1999: another mass shooting. Almost 20 years ago, the Columbine High School massacre shone an unpleasant light on America’s gun-loving society, with 13 people – of which twelve were teenage students – dying at the hands of fellow students. The latest school shooting, at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, saw 17 people killed.

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Despite their origin as a means to pay for goods and services on the Dark Web, cryptocurrencies have firmly entered the mainstream. These days, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have ATMs where people can draw cash, and the recent crash of the currency’s value affected millions of people around the world. This has led to regulators in many countries considering changing laws to prohibit the proliferation of cryptocurrencies, in an effort to protect the stability of the traditional financial markets.

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Lately, it has seemed that positivity and inspiration have been in short supply. However, in a country like South Africa, one need only look around briefly to find amazing inspirational stories.

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Human history, as we know it, is that Homo sapiens arose around 200 000 years ago in eastern Africa and then spread across the globe around 60 000 years ago. However, this timeline has changed as a result of a number of new discoveries.

Magazines

African Fusion

AfricanFusionAfrican Fusion, the official publication of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), aims to provide up-to-date insight into welding technology and the welding industry.

Capital Equipment News

Capital Equipment News is dedicated to the application of equipment and modes of transport that are used in the mining, construction, quarrying, and transport industries.

Construction World

ConstructionWorldConstruction World was first published in 1982 and has grown to become a leader in its field, offering a unique mix of editorial coverage to satisfy the diverse needs of its readers.

Electricity + Control

ElectricityandControlE + C publishes innovative, technical articles that provide solutions to engineering challenges in measurement, automation, control, and energy management.

Lighting in Design

LightingandDesignLighting in Design is a glossy, upmarket publication aimed at lighting professionals. It is the only B2B magazine in SA that is dedicated solely to the subject of lighting.

MechChem Africa

MechChemJanuary2017cover MechChem Africa supports African engineering and technical managers across the full spectrum of chemical and mechanical disciplines.

Modern Mining

ModernMiningEstablished in 2005, Modern Mining is one of SA's leading monthly mining magazines, noted for the quality and accuracy of its writing and the breadth of its coverage.

Modern Quarrying

ModernQuarryingModern Quarrying is firmly entrenched as a leading industry-specific magazine. It focuses on promoting the science and practice of quarrying and processing in southern Africa.

Sparks Electrical News

SparksElectricalNewsReadable and informative, Sparks Electrical News is the newspaper for those involved in installing and maintaining electrical supplies and equipment.

 
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