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July 20, 2017

Durban at the forefront of DNA research

Durban is leading the way in DNA research, having attracted some of the brightest minds in the science field, in a new state-of-the-art lab in the city.

With cutting-edge technology, such as the next generation DNA sequencing machines, the scientists at the centre, called the KZN Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP), are forging ahead in DNA research, with the data collated eventually being able to influence government health policies.

Based at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, the centre will be officially launched later this year but scientists are already hard at work analysing data.

Professor Tulio de Oliveira, of KRISP, an HIV genetic [...]

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July 5, 2017

President Zuma to lead SA delegation to G20

President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-level delegation to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The South African delegation to the summit, which is scheduled for July 7 and 8, will include International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi.

South Africa is one of the 19 member countries of the Group of 20 (which includes the European Union (EU) as the 20th member) who have been meeting regularly since 1999 to discuss global economic policy coordination.

South Africa’s primary aim in the G20 is to provide strategic foresight in establishing an economic and [...]

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July 5, 2017

Basic Education sets record straight on pass requirements

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has rebuffed media reports on the minimum promotion requirements in school, labelling these claims as misleading.

“The original article, which appeared in Rapport newspaper on 2 July 2017, titled Nòg ‘n verlaging van slaagpunte ‘beledig jonges’, and subsequently published on (2 July, Government wants to drop pass marks in school even further) is riddled with errors. It is confusing and also vague.

“It seems the journalist did not have sufficient information or did not fully understand the issue under discussion.

“One glaring error in the article (in Rapport) refers to purported changes to be made in [...]

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May 5, 2017

South Africa: Crunch time for power sector (Top Story News)

A series of recent events may have determined the future of South African power production for a generation.

Renewables look set for continued rapid expansion, coal is on the back foot and new nuclear plants look as far off as ever. The least spectacular event may have the greatest practical implications.

The government has announced that it has streamlined the procedures for developing large renewable energy projects in renewable energy development zones. Developers hoping to develop projects in the country’s eight renewable energy development zones will only be required to carry out basic environmental impact assessments, with the aim of greatly speeding up the [...]

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