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May 29, 2019

Six historic sites in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is rich with colonial history, and Robben Island is one of the most significant reminders of the country’s recent political history. Liesl Venter rounds up some tours on offer at these historic sites as well as options for cultural and archaeological tours in other parts of the province.

The Castle of Good Hope

The Castle is home to three prestigious museums – the Military Museum, which is steeped in military history; the William Fehr Collection, which has interesting examples of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape concerning the peoples and landscapes of early colonial South Africa; and the permanent ceramic exhibition, [...]

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May 9, 2019

ANC TAKES EARLY LEAD AS RESULTS START TRICKLING IN

It will still be more than 48 hours before South Africans know the final results.

Nationally, the African National Congress (ANC) is enjoying an early lead followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

By 4am on Thursday morning, 887,867 valid votes had been captured.

Party agents sat anxiously with their eyes fixed to their computer screens and monitors showing the early votes.

The ANC has taken an early lead at just over 50% nationally followed by the DA and EFF at 28% and 7%, respectively.

In the Western Cape, the DA was sitting on 60% of the vote so far.

It will still be more than 48 hours before South [...]

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May 3, 2019

IEC It’s all systems go for the 2019 general elections

The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is ready to oversee the sixth democratic elections on May 8 next week.

The price of petrol will push to a record high from midnight on Tuesday, with the central energy fund (CEF) announcing that under-recovery in August would prompt fuel increases ranging from 99c to R1.79.

The IEC’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo, said that a record number of political parties contesting the elections have presented new challenges.

He was speaking during the official opening of the National Operations Centre in Tshwane.

Only registered voters will be allowed to [...]

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April 24, 2019

GLOBAL LUXURY INDUSTRY SHIFTS GAZE TO AFRICA

The fifth annual Condé Nast International (CNI) Luxury Conference kicked off in Cape Town yesterday, bringing some of the biggest names in global luxury to African soil – from Gucci, Pucci and Tiffany & Co., to Estée Lauder Companies, Salvatore Ferragamo and Naomi Campbell herself.

Emceed by Jo-Ann Strauss, this year the event sought to explore the promise and value of the African market for the global luxury and fashion industry, and the power of the continent as a creative, manufacturing and retail hub.

“Africa, the eyes of the planet gaze on the continent’s second largest continent, with more and more brands looking to establish their presence here,” said [...]

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