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The past 100 years has brought unprecedented change to the world. 1918 saw the end of World War 1 and the start of a remarkable technological evolution. In 100 years, we have gone from the introduction of the wireless (nowadays commonly called a radio) and the telephone, to a world in which artificial intelligence (AI) is writing music and telling jokes.

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After a four-year investigation, the Competition Commission has released a report that shows that South Africa’s private health-care market is uncompetitive and needs tougher regulation. It also found that South Africans are paying too much for private healthcare. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has used private healthcare, which is dominated by three hospital operators and the same number of medical aids.

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The world’s longest running professional surfing event went viral on social media this week – for all the wrong reasons. The Ballito Pro was globally slammed for the discrepancy in prize money between the girls’ and boys’ division of the Billabong Junior Series after a picture of the 2018 under 18 winners was shared on the Ballito Pro Facebook page.

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In South Africa, language has been a key consideration for many years. From the 1976 riots objecting to the use of Afrikaans as a teaching language, to today’s mother tongue education for early grade learners, to the incorporation of 11 official languages to provide more inclusiveness, language has been central to the country’s conversations about identity.

South Africa has once again made headlines for an interesting archaeological find. When Sanral started repairing the N2 between Grahamstown and the Fish River, it found that the Waterloo Farm area held a number of fossils. Construction was immediately halted and Sanral brought Dr Robert Gess from Rhodes University on board to search out the fossils.

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Meteors striking earth have played a large role in a number of action movies, often with planet-altering effects. A meteor is considered the prime suspect for the extinction event that made the dinosaurs extinct, and most people would be forgiven for assuming that a meteor strike would have cataclysmic consequences.

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On 2 May 1933, a local newspaper in Inverness reported that an enormous dinosaur-like creature had been spotted in one of Scotland’s largest freshwater lakes. This was the start of the legend of the Loch Ness monster. In the years since, the world has seen grainy, blurry footage of something that may or may not be a creature living in the water, with common opinion being that the Loch Ness monster is nothing more than an urban legend.

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The news seems to constantly be littered with details of one massive security breach after another, and this week it was a South African company’s turn to make headlines. Sensitive personal information about nearly one million people who pay traffic fines online was leaked, with records containing identity numbers‚ e-mail addresses‚ full names and passwords.

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For a century, the youth have been accused of being lazier, more entitled, and less adept than their parents’ generations – despite the fact that those parents were once viewed in the same light by their own parents. This is still true today, despite the fact that history proves that attitude preposterous.

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The #DataMustFall movement brought attention to the high data prices South African consumers pay, leading to a review by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) into pricing at the mobile networks. The review has resulted in the first of a number of changes to regulations, which will help data users get more bang for their buck.

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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