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October 24, 2017

Alex pupil wants to build a robot that can cook and clean

Alexandra Township might in the near future produce a robot with cooking skills.

That is the vision of a Grade 10 pupil who took part in this year’s AfrikaBOT robotics competition‚ held on Sunday at the Zwartkops International Raceway in Centurion. Tshegofatso Mampuru and three schoolmates built a small sensor-driven robot that drove through a maze without any remote control.

The challenge for participants was to have their robot going through the board faster than other competitors. The Alexandra girls’ robot was not fast enough on the day‚ but taking part in the competition has motivated Mampuru.

“I want to build a robot that can prepare meals and assist with [...]

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October 2, 2017

Surgery keeps Hugh Masekela off stage for the next month

It has been announced that legendary musician Hugh Masekela has cancelled all upcoming performances after undergoing eye surgery last Friday.

Organisers of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival released a statement announcing that Bra Hugh would not perform at the festival on September 30.

The statement revealed that doctors put Bra Hugh on an extended post-treatment recovery period‚ which requires him to rest in a “calm environment“. “This includes no performances‚ public engagements or extensive travel until the end of October‚” read the statement.

“We are obviously disappointed that Bra Hugh is unable to be part of this year’s line-up‚ but of course his [...]

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September 26, 2017

Heritage Day brings carnival spectacular

Over 25 000 people, draped in the brightest of colours, gathered in Tshwane to take part in this year’s Gauteng Social Cohesion Carnival.

The carnival, which coincided with Heritage Day celebrations, saw people dressed in their traditional attire, fancy dress costumes, choir outfits and uniforms. They mingled with brass bands, drum majorettes and colourful floats measuring up to five meters in height as they paraded the streets of the capital city.

There was also a procession of stilt walkers and Samba dancers who gave carnival-goers a glimpse into the country’s rich and diverse cultures.

Several countries’ embassies such China and Argentina also [...]

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September 22, 2017

South Africa set to chair IORA

South Africa is set to take over the chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association Council (IORA) in October until 2019.

South Africa’s theme for its tenure is ‘Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through Enhanced Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Sustainable Development’.

As chair, Pretoria has committed to further regional cooperation in areas such as the blue economy, women economic empowerment, SME promotion, youth empowerment and cooperation in academics, science and technology.

The IORA is an international organisation consisting of 21 coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean, whose aim is to promote trade [...]

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