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South Africa’s natural heritage is one of the most vibrant in the world, and dates back to prehistory. While our fossil finds have become known as being some of the most extensive samples of early humanoids, helping us understand humanity’s origins, our geology is equally ancient – and interesting.

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South Africa’s education system is once again in the news, with the gazetting of a change to university exemption. As of March this year, students will no longer have to gain pass marks in four specific subjects in order to gain university exemption. Rather, they can now choose any four subjects from a 20-credit ‘designated subject list’.

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South Africa is known around the world for its sunny skies, natural beauty – and its crime rate. A few years ago, we became notorious for having a higher murder rate than the (then) active war zone in Afghanistan, and the number of robberies, cash-in-transit heists and other violent crimes has continued to remain high.

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That we are living in a data-driven world will not come as news to anyone. These days, data is at the heart of our business and personal lives, with companies in every sector looking for a way to use that data to sell us more as consumers, or to gain a competitive edge in their business.

When it bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), South Africa embarked on a journey that would place the country as one of the world’s most important radio astronomy hubs. While the project is in its infancy, this vision is already becoming a reality, with a number of discoveries providing astronomers with new insights into the universe.

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When Elon Musk announced the Tesla Semi at the end of last year, industry observers pointed out that Tesla is notorious for production delays, and predicted that the all-electric semi truck would not see the light of day in 2019 as promised by Musk. However, this week saw the first two trucks on their maiden journeys, delivering batteries from the company’s Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to its car factory in California.

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Recent research has found that South Africa’s broadband prices are among the highest in the world. The scorecard compares the entry-level, median, and average residential broadband tariffs in 80 countries, and South Africa was ranked 65th. According to the report, Venezuela, Russia, and the Ukraine have the most affordable broadband services, while Mauritania, Bolivia, and Oman are the most expensive.

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Honey is seen by many as the healthier alternative to sugar, but recent exposés have revealed that this is not necessarily the case in South Africa. The recent ConsumerTalk feature on CapeTalk and M-Net’s Carte Blanche have drawn attention to the fact that manufacturers of ‘fake’ honey are scamming South African consumers and threatening the livelihood of the entire sector.

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Since the 1960’s, when humanity discovered it was capable of space exploration, a number of scientific missions have helped further our understanding of the solar system. The moon and Mars have been the most frequent targets of our scientific analyses, but with advances in technology, space agencies are sending probes to even more inhospitable areas of space.

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