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December 7, 2017

Yes! South African dads are getting paid paternity leave!

Yesterday a bill was passed in Parliament that will allow fathers to spend 10 working days at home with their new families. Here’s what you need to know.

On Tuesday 28 November, Parliament gave the thumbs up to a bill that will give fathers in South Africa the right to 10 days’ paid paternity leave.

The Labour Laws Amendment Bill was passed in the National Assembly in Parliament and will now be reviewed by the National Council of Provinces.

The bill also includes provisions for 10 weeks’ parental adoption leave if the baby is under 2 years (applies to one parent only) and surrogacy leave, and increased UIF and maternity benefits.

It places a bigger [...]

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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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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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November 24, 2017

INCUBUS SET TO ROCK SOUTH AFRICA

Multi-platinum alt-rock icons Incubus, are coming to tour South Africa for the first time in February 2018. The Californian rockers released their eighth album this year, aptly named ‘8’, and are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first major label album ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E’ with a world tour.

The South African leg of the tour will kick off in Pretoria on 24 February at the Voortrekker Monument before hitting Cape Town on 28 February at the Green Point A Track and will include support by South Africa’s biggest rock legacy acts. Pretoria fans can look forward to a full day of head-banging, rocking tunes from 12 pm to midnight.

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