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December 7, 2017

Travelstart buys Cape Town’s SafariNow

Two of the biggest players in online travel in Africa are hooking up. Travelstart said on Wednesday that it is acquiring a majority stake in SafariNow.com, which it said is South Africa’s largest accommodation booking website.

The value of the deal, which will see Travelstart taking on SafariNow’s 40-person team, has not been disclosed.

SafariNow, which was founded in 1999, will stick to its core business of selling accommodation and retain its current brand, CEO, Tom Williams, and team, Travelstart said in a statement.

Travelstart and SafariNow both started operations in South Africa in 1999 and are established players in Africa’s online travel booking [...]

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December 7, 2017

Meet Little Foot – the most remarkable fossil discovery

After 20 years of excavating, cleaning, reconstructing and casting, the oldest virtually complete human ancestor in South Africa was finally unveiled on Wednesday.

The skeleton of Little Foot, who wasn’t so little at the time of her death, was unveiled at the University of Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute.

The man behind the epic discovery, Professor Ron Clarke, said Little Foot was nicknamed by Professor Phillip Tobias.

“If that one small bone wouldn’t have been found then we wouldn’t have Little Foot,” he said.

He described the discovery as being “one of the most remarkable fossil discoveries made [...]

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December 7, 2017

Angus & Julia Stone SA Tour 2018

Multi-platinum selling Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone announce their first tour to South Africa with dates in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban at the end of January 2018. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 30 November and all info at http://parklifefestival.co.za

Cape Town fans will be the first to see Angus & Julia Stone live in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Thursday 25 January (Support to be announced).

Thereafter Jo’burg will look forward to their favourite Gourmet Food And Music Festival hosting Angus & Julia Stone at the 7th annual Parklife Festival at Marks Park in Emmarentia on Saturday 27 January.

Concluding the tour [...]

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November 29, 2017

Bitcoin at $10 000: where it goes from here

Bitcoin entered uncharted territory on Wednesday after breaching US$10 000 for the first time, leaving investors to wonder how long the rally will go — and whether it will end in tears.

The digital currency climbed as much as 4.4% to a record $10 379.53 during Asia trading hours, capping a more than 10-fold increase this year. Its market value has surpassed $176bn, according to Coinmarketap.com.

Here’s what bitcoin watchers are saying about the dizzying rally.

Arthur Hayes at BitMEX

“They said it was a bubble at $1 000, they said it was a bubble at $5 000 and they said it was a bubble at $10 000,” said Hayes, CEO and co-founder of Hong Kong-based BitMEX, a [...]

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