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March 2, 2018

Volkswagen’s attractive T-Roc to go topless

Volkswagen has announced it will introduce a drop-top version of its attractive new T-Roc compact SUV.

To be launched in the first half of 2020, it will be VW’s first convertible SUV and continues the German firm’s major model offensive into the sports utility market.

“Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. “The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment. With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range.”

The German automaker hasn’t revealed whether the T-Roc cabriolet will have a hard or soft folding roof, and the single design sketch VW [...]

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March 2, 2018

Panic after 900 cases of listeriosis recorded in SA

Listeriosis has caused panic among South Africans, in a country where it has killed over 160 people and made hundreds sick.

The latest statistics show that the listeriosis outbreak has now claimed 172 lives and 915 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases since January 1, 2017, they have said.

Just over 900 cases have been recorded in the country’s laboratories, and of the 164 people that it has killed, half are infants under the age of 1.

But health experts say while this misunderstood disease is a reality, they have cautioned that there is no need to panic as it is not an epidemic.

Dr Kgomotso [...]

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March 2, 2018

Plan for China’s Xi to stay in power indefinitely sparks criticism

China’s plan for President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely saw censors block satirical commentary and online searches for “two-term limit,” also triggering comparisons to North Korea’s ruling dynasty.

Criticism on social media platforms sparked a concerted propaganda push by Monday.

The ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China’s president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms,” the Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

That means the 64-year-old Xi, who also heads the party and the military, might never have [...]

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March 2, 2018

‘Angry and bitter’ Mugabe says Mnangagwa ‘must apologise’

A bitter Robert Mugabe says new President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his allies should apologise for last year’s military operation that ousted him from power – and he doesn’t think Zanu-PF will win this year’s polls.

Mugabe made the comments at a private party held for him on Saturday at his Harare mansion to celebrate his 94th birthday.

“They must accept and apologise that what they did was wrong,” the private Standard newspaper quoted Mugabe as telling guests, who included ex-members of Mugabe’s former cabinet.

Can they be trusted again?

He revealed that the ruling party still wanted to work with him ahead of elections due in July, [...]

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