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July 15, 2019

Community calls for support of local sand sculptor

Michael Myekwa has been putting smiles on the faces of locals in Fish Hoek for years with his amazing sand art creations and now the community is trying to give back and support Myekwa in producing his art.

Since 2016 Myekwa has been the community’s resident sand artist, creating breathtaking 3D works of art on the beach for children to enjoy and for visitors to take pictures with.

He has made memorable works for special occasions, from Mother’s Day to celebrating 100 years of the Fish Hoek community to tributes to locals who passed away.

When Myekwa first started his trade he was chased away from the beach by law enforcement for not having the necessary busking [...]

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July 15, 2019

Spat over toll roads in South Africa shows poor people don’t count

The invisibility of poor people in the country, who are estimated to make up 55,5% of the population, was on display recently as David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province, the country’s economic heartland, and the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, aired their differences on Twitter.

The topic was the electronic tolling (known locally as e-tolls) of freeways in Gauteng. The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC), which Makhura leads, has responded to a backlash against the tolls by urging that they be removed.

The national government in which Mboweni serves, and is also led by the ANC, imposed the tolls and continues to support them, at least in principle.

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July 15, 2019

#BrandFocus: Ackermans on owning the value-retail space, body positivity

Ackermans has been in the value-retail space since its inception in 1916 and it’s this focus on delivering value to its customers that Mamabolo believes has been the cornerstone of the brand’s success and growth. “Being a value retailer in South Africa, especially in the early days, was not seen as anything great. In the olden days, fashion was [the] key driver but there was that niche that we found as a brand on the value side and we have really managed to cover ourselves as the best value retailer in the industry,” he says.

There are nearly 800 stores in six southern African countries and, for the past few years, Ackermans has come out tops in the Ask Afrika Kasi Star Brands [...]

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