In 2019, gambling revenue in South Africa reached a staggering R30 billion. That was up from R26.3 billion just three years earlier, suggesting that gambling of all kinds is not only alive and well in the country – it’s also … Read the rest
June 16, 1976 was a normal working day. It was cold and cloudless sunny winter weather. At the time I was working as a social-worker supervisor for the West Rand Development Council in Soweto and my office was in Diepkloof, … Read the rest
About 80km east of Pretoria in South Africa, near the town of Bronkhorstspruit, there’s a rocky outcrop in a secluded ravine in the countryside. There’s nothing remarkable about this outcrop – which has, over … Read the rest
South African author Marita van der Vyfer has stated in an interview that “Cuba is the only place on earth where communism is still colourful and sexy”. However, according to Human Rights Watch, Cuba is still behaving very much like … Read the rest
Do you use your cell phone as an alarm clock, sleeping with it close to your head? Do you type on your laptop all day, with the device laid out directly on your, well, lap? Many people nowadays walk around … Read the rest
Bitcoin has smashed the legendary $ 15 000 mark just after noon (SAST) today, the 7th of December. With every YouTube video and website advertising a wide variety of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency-related services, the average, normal individual is left … Read the rest
It has been 70 years since the United States became the only nation in history that deployed two nuclear weapons against civilian populations.
On August 6, 1945, a B-29 known as the Enola Gay took off from Tinian island, north … Read the rest
A decade after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans seems to have found its rhythm again: the French Quarter is choked with tourists, construction cranes tower over the skyline, and hipsters bike to cafes in gentrifying neighbourhoods.
But recovery has been uneven … Read the rest