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November 14, 2018

30 BEST RESTAURANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The nominated restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of anonymous judges, convened by chef Margot Janse, who dined around the country. “A fantastic field of nominees has come out of this year’s judging, with some newcomers and old favourites making up a list that truly represents the best of the best in South African dining today,” said Janse. “As always, these nominees have been nominated for their achievements in excellent dining, innovative menus, ambience and service excellence.” The top 10 restaurants will be revealed on Sunday 18 November 2018 at an awards ceremony at GrandWest in Cape Town.

The nominees, in alphabetical order, are: Camphors at Vergelegen, [...]

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November 13, 2018

DURBAN’S NEW TAXI INITIATIVE GOES LIVE

The face of Durban’s public transport changed this week with the launch 150 branded minibus taxis in the city centre that will offer commuter an enhanced service as part of the city’s ambitious GO!Durban project.

The eThekwini Municipality’s mini-bus taxi incentive programme, called “Moja Cruise” kicked off on Monday after months of behind the scenes collaboration between the Ethekwini Metro Taxi Council (EMTC) – the leadership body of the mini-bus taxi industry – and the city.

The roll-out of the 150 taxis part of an innovative pilot programme to “test the waters” for improved public transport system. The programme branded “Moja Cruise” [...]

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November 12, 2018

ETHIOPIA’S CHANGING FORTUNES

The reform agenda under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, which has received nods and political acclaim globally, has radically broken the mould not only in the Ethiopian context but also in the African and global political spheres. It has indeed been a series of transformative firsts for Ethiopia since Abiy Ahmed took the helm following the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn in February 2018. At 41, Abiy Ahmed is the youngest head of government in Africa and the first Oromo (the majority ethnic group in Ethiopia) to lead the country.

It all began with the lifting of the state of emergency that had been imposed in February 2018 following waves of anti-government protests in the [...]

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October 31, 2018

THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD WEALTH IN SOUTH AFRICA VS THE WORLD

The group lists South Africa as having the 37th highest average net household wealth among the countries assessed, with EUR 7,770 per capita (±R127,300), up from EUR 7,080 in 2017 (±R116,000). In its 2018 report, Allianz focused in on the imbalances that exist between the average wealth held per capita compared to the median wealth per capita, noting that there are more countries (30 in total) in which distribution, based on development of median assets, has improved since the turn of the millennium. This shows an overall improvement in the wealth of any given country – however, South Africa is not one of those. South Africa, Allianz said, is a country with a reputation for distorted [...]

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