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Easter weekend in South Africa has become synonymous with horrific car accidents and high numbers of fatalities. This year was no different, with authorities announcing that 2017’s Easter break saw at least 33 dead in Gauteng, more than 30 in KwaZulu-Natal and 22 in the Western Cape. The Road Traffic Management Corporation said it had issued nearly 20 000 fines for various traffic offences across the country during the period.

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Last week saw the biggest uprising of “people power” in South Africa in recent history. President Jacob Zuma shocked the country when he reshuffled his cabinet, firing finance minister Pravin Gordhan and deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, sending the Rand plummeting from an already weak level and resulting in a ratings downgrade for the country. This seemed to be the final straw for South Africa’s populace, which took to the streets in protest.

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Recent research has revealed that getting paid on time is the number one financial challenge for half of South African SMEs. According to the recently released research by Xero, South African small businesses spend 6% of their working day chasing payments. That is better than their counterparts in the UK, however, who spend 10% of their time chasing money owed them.

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Sudden death in young people as a result of undiscovered heart defects or overlooked heart abnormalities is rare. And yet, every so often, the shocking news that a young athlete has died in the middle of an exercise class breaks, or we even occasionally hear about a top athlete suddenly collapsing dead in front of thousands of viewers.

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How long does it take to build a house? Obviously it depends on the size of the house and other factors, but it usually takes months. Recently, a number of modular solutions have entered the market to reduce cost and increase building time, but these are not nearly as robust as traditional bricks and mortar.

It comes as no surprise that Statistics South Africa’s Living Conditions Survey (LCS) found that male-headed households have a higher average annual income than their female counterparts – R165 853 and R98 911 respectively – and therefore, have greater spending power than female-headed households.

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The SKA radio telescope being built in the Karoo will end up being the world’s largest when it is completed, listening to space signals with a sensitivity that’s 100 times greater than any current radio telescope on earth. Designed to try and ‘see’ the first stars and galaxies being formed during the period that scientists call the Epoch of Reonization (EoR), this international project has already started ‘finding’ previously unknown celestial events.

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What do Donald Trump, Miss South Africa and the world’s stock markets have in common?

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This week’s budget speech by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan didn’t offer many surprises, and was in keeping with predictions by analysts and experts. It did, however, hit the pockets of the country’s highest earners hard.

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