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February 22, 2018

Black Panther is a milestone for the film industry

The film brilliantly represents a myriad of perspectives and arguments.

In a sign that the acting world’s respect for John Kani goes deep, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira both gestured with their arms folded into an X – the sign of Wakanda from their hit film Black Panther – when the South African acting legend entered the room.

On Friday, Nyong’o and Gurira joined Kani and actress Connie Chiume for the South African leg of the Black Panther press tour.

The film, which took in a staggering $75.8 million (R881 million) on Friday alone, was set to recoup its $200-million budget yesterday.

The first black man to play Othello is the living [...]

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February 21, 2018

Zuma staff in limbo as former president packs his bags

Former president Jacob Zuma has not briefed his staff members with regards to where their future lies‚ at least for those who were not employed permanently.

Former presidency director-general Frank Chikane‚ who was once a chief of staff of former president Thabo Mbeki‚ said Zuma would be allowed to keep one house for a month but has to clear the other official residence.

“The normal procedure is that when a president retires or when his term of office comes to an end‚ the president has a right to keep one of the houses for a month. As far as I’m concerned‚ the president has to release one of the houses and clear it up‚” said [...]

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February 5, 2018

Rand’s rally takes the shine off a strong gold price for SA miners

For South African gold miners, it’s both the best and worst of times.

The metal started the year with a bang, rising 4% so far and trading near the highest since August 2016.

But an equally impressive rally in the rand means that SA-focused producers are likely to miss out on the party.

Because mining companies pay most of their expenses in local currency, a stronger rand squeezes profit margins and can render some operations unprofitable.

Many of SA’s gold mines date back to the 1950s and 1960s, and much of the easily accessible metal has been exhausted, while labour-intensive mining methods compound the effect of currency moves.

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February 5, 2018

Panic and blame as Cape Town braces for water shut-off

For some residents of drought-stricken Cape Town, the prospect of the taps running dry is almost too much to bear.

For others, the thought of queueing under the scorching summer sun for a meagre daily water ration will be a necessary evil to keep their businesses solvent.

But the day, currently forecast for April 12, has been creeping closer – brought forward by the city’s excessive consumption despite repeated public warnings from increasingly panicked officials.

On “Day Zero”, as it is called, the ordinary water supply will be shut down and taps will run dry.

Residents of the city of four million will then be forced to collect a daily water ration of [...]

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