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Should Cities Make Public Transport Free?

Around the world, cities are the “ground zero” of inequality and unsustainability. The two largest cities in the United States, New York City and Los Angeles, are also the two most unequal cities, and one-third of the United Kingdom’s poorest 10% of families live in London. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the world’s energy and 70% of global […]

Solidarity demands ‘reckless’ Telkom retrenchments be put on ice

Union Solidarity said in a statement on Thursday that it sent a letter to Telkom asking for a moratorium to be placed on what it called “forced retrenchments”, which could potentially see 3 000 jobs cut. Telkom issued a Section 189 notice to start the process of consultation to restructure its business, citing a need […]

JSE reverses earlier losses as retail sales data improves

The JSE reversed earlier losses as it advanced to close firmer on Wednesday on the backdrop of improved South African retail sales data for the month of November. Retail sales year-on-year advanced 2.6% from a prior recording of 0.4%, while retail sales month-on-month rose 3.1% from a prior recording of 0.1%. The rand did gain […]

Ramaphosa vows to honour Maponya’s dream for young entrepreneurs

President Cyril Ramaphosa told mourners at the official state funeral of revered entrepreneur Richard Maponya on Wednesday that he would work to develop a youth entrepreneurship academy in the businessman’s honour. The state funeral took place at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus. Maponya passed away last week Monday after a short illness. He was […]

Consumer confidence unchanged at 2-year low as last traces of Ramaphoria vanish – FNB

An index tracking SA consumer confidence has remained unchanged at a 2-year low for the fourth quarter of 2019. The FNB/BER Consumer Confidence Index came in at -7 index points, below its long-term average reading of +2. It was unchanged from the third quarter of 2018. “This suggests a general pessimism among South African households, […]

House with Grapevine Trellises / Takashi Okuno & Associates

Text description provided by the architects. The grapevines bud and bloom, bear fruit and drop their leaves. Enjoy the pastime of grape-growing close at hand and experience the seasonal changes the vines go through along with them. Bask in the pleasant shade, let the murmuring of the leaves tell of the breeze, have your fill of […]

St. Louis’ new aquarium is built inside an 19th century train shed

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, a 120,000-sf, attraction built inside the footprint of a 500,000-sf 19th century iron umbrella train shed, has recently opened. The aquarium is the centerpiece of a $160 million family entertainment complex developed for Union Station by Lodging Hospitality Management. Designed by PGAV Destinations, the two-story project features exhibits […]

Tito slams plan to nationalise Reserve Bank, invites critics to ‘burn him at the stake’

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has again taken to Twitter to express his frustration, with his views on the role and independence of the SA Reserve Bank taking centre stage of a heated online debate. “As a long standing member of the ANC and its leadership structures, I know and understand our resolutions. I don’t need […]

Shoprite accepts instances when it granted credit ‘recklessly’

The Shoprite Group on Tuesday confirmed that it had accepted a judgment by the National Credit Regulator and has processed the payment of the fine imposed on one its subsidiaries, Shoprite Investments, for extending credit to some of its customers too easily. In September 2017, the National Credit Tribunal (NCT) found that there were instances […]

No loadshedding is anticipated for Wednesday

Eskom does not expect any loadshedding Wednesday. There is still sufficient capacity available from its emergency reserves to meet Wednesday’s forecasted demand, it said in a statement on Tuesday evening. There was adequate generation capacity to meet Tuesday’s demand in electricity, and as a result no loadshedding was implemented. “We are monitoring the system closely […]

I Survived A Namibian Road Trip, And I Barely Even Cried Every Day

Believe it or not, I have friends. Like, a LOT. I don’t mean to brag or anything, but it’s more than Oscar Pistorius can count on all his toes. In fact, I recently wrote about going to the movies with some of them in an effort to prove that people actually choose to spend time […]

A Night at the Movies- South Africa Style

I grew up in Canada. And because I grew up in Canada, I never quite realised quite how boring my life was. For example, if I wanted to buy something, I’d buy it. I wouldn’t find myself immersed in a hilarious maze of customer disservice. And if I wanted to go to a movie, I’d […]