Extent of black matric cheating exposed

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has revealed the extent to which teachers helped matric pupils cheat in last year’s exams.

Motshekga yesterday disclosed some of the evidence given during hearings into group cheating at some KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape matric … Read the rest

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Lavrov calls Saudi diplomat imbecile

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov prompted a wave of social media buzz this week after being filmed swearing under his breath during a press conference in Moscow with his Saudi counterpart.

Lavrov and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubier met Tuesday to … Read the rest

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Zim state broadcaster fires hundreds

Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster said on Thursday it has laid off nearly 300 workers as it battles financial woes.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board of directors has “so far terminated the contracts of some 282 staff members on three months’ … Read the rest

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US baker must make gay cakes

An appeals court ruled on Thursday that a Colorado baker cannot refuse to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples because it goes against his religious beliefs.

The decision comes nearly two months after a landmark Supreme Court decision legalised gay … Read the rest

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China probes two large Tianjin blasts

Investigators searched for clues on Friday to identify what caused two huge explosions at a warehouse storing volatile chemicals at a busy port in north-east China, as foreign and local companies assessed the damage to their operations.

The blasts in … Read the rest

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Jimmy Carter has cancer

Former US president Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that recent liver surgery revealed he had cancer that had spread to other parts of his body.

“I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians … Read the rest

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Violence errupts in PE

A number of cars have been burned and others have been stoned, as violent protest action resumed in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning.

At least one person, a woman, was injured when she drove her car into a tree in … Read the rest

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The Social Cost of Capitalism

Few, if any, corporations absorb the full cost of their operations. Corporations shove many of their costs onto the environment, the public sector, and distant third parties. For example, currently 3 million gallons of toxic waste water from a Colorado … Read the rest


SA schools to introduce Mandarin next year

South African state schools will introduce Mandarin lessons next year in a bid to bolster cultural relations with China, its largest trading partner, a government official said on Wednesday.

Basic Education spokesman Elijah Mhlanga told AFP that South Africa hopes … Read the rest


Ferguson teen shot by police had a gun

St. Louis County police have released surveillance footage allegedly showing Tyrone Harris, a black teen, with a gun. Police said Harris fired the weapon at plainclothes officers before they shot back, leaving him critically wounded in Ferguson on Sunday.

The … Read the rest