Saturday, April 4, 2020

Swarms of locusts on track to devour African economies

Sadly, the northeastern African countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan are best known for the heart-rending images they have produced over the years when...

Another recession is on the cards for SA

By ODWA MJO The state of the economy will be at the forefront this week, with some economists forecasting that SA may have slid into...

Sugar industry urges Tito to drop tax

By BEKEZELA PHAKATHI Finance minister Tito Mboweni has been urged to ditch the controversial sugar tax which was introduced in 2018 amid concerns that it...

Massmart warns of almost R1.4bn loss

By KARL GERNETZKY Walmart-owned retailer Massmart, whose brands include Makro and Game, warned on Thursday it had swung into a loss in its year to end-December,...

Billionaires richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: Oxfam

The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday. It...

Louis Vuitton bags world’s second largest diamond — it’s like a...

The biggest rough diamond discovered in over a century was shown to private clients Tuesday by French luxury handbag-maker Louis Vuitton, which acquired the...

Five things you need to know about the video-sharing app TikTok

Video-sharing platform TikTok has taken the social media space by storm as users flock to it to share their content. The app has numerous...

Will putting a plant on your office desk really help you...

If one of your resolutions for 2020 is to reduce your stress levels, then putting a plant on your work desk could help, according...

SAA cancels some Joburg, Durban, Cape Town and Munich flights to...

Airline is consolidating to save money SAA has confirmed that selected domestic and international flights have been cancelled and that it is "consolidating" to save...

SAA survival in the balance

Business rescue practitioner claims canning of operations discussed, but government fighting to keep the national airline flying Government has given undertakings to return to SAA's...

It’s a hard NO! Here’s why Twitter edit button will ‘probably...

Users have been advocating for an edit button for years Despite the Twitter community's constant yearning and begging for a tweet edit button, company CEO Jack Dorsey...

Bakkie to the future: it’s been 15 years so please collect...

Amid the endless bustle at OR Tambo International, for 15 years a forlorn-looking and forgotten double cab bakkie has not moved. It’s one of 70...

Snap, crackle, pop! Kellogg’s Rice Krispies are back — at a...

Parents who were outraged when Kellogg's SA replaced its original Kellogg’s Rice Krispies with a far sweeter, multigrain version 18 months ago will be...

Ntate Richard Maponya, the grandfather of black business in SA, dies...

Entrepreneur and property developer Ntate Richard Maponya died in the early hours of Monday morning. He celebrated his 99th birthday on December 24. His death came...

The voyage home: Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe to head for Earth

Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe will leave its orbit around a distant asteroid and head for Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented mission, carrying samples that...

Sars legal head fired with immediate effect over R420m Gupta VAT...

Revenue service Sars said on Friday it had terminated the services of its head of legal, Refiloe Mokoena, with immediate effect. It said the decision...

SAA cancels domestic, international flights as strike looms

SA Airways (SAA) has cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday as the embattled airline faces the...

WATCH | Pravin Gordhan reveals government’s plan for struggling Eskom

https://youtu.be/8DLi2wfuU4c   Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan has announced the dismantling of Eskom's monopoly, which will see its distribution and transmission divisions being separated by March...

‘Trackers SA’: Deon Meyer on controversial casting, working solo & creativity

The highly anticipated TV series Trackers SA hit M-Net screens on Sunday. The six-parter, based on a crime-thriller by author Deon Meyer, explores organised crime,...

Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap could be SA’s first contribution to Lego, if...

Bo-Kaap, one of Cape Town's most popular tourist attractions, could become SA's first contribution to the Lego stable thanks to Wayne Nestadt, who entered...

Someone dropped a record-breaking R27m on a bottle of rare whisky

The "Holy Grail" of whiskies smashed the record for the most expensive bottle ever sold, going for £1.45m (around R27m) at a London auction...

City of Joburg, banks under cyber attack

The City of Johannesburg reported a breach of its network on Thursday night and shut down its website and all e-services, hours after receiving...

WINNING CUPPA

Aussie company turns stones into tree-free waterproof paper

Two Australian entrepreneurs are saving trees by making paper out of stones. Kevin Garcia and Jon Tse, of Karst Stone Paper, are producing notebooks made...

This SA-designed zero-energy house excelled in African solar design competition

A zero-energy house designed and built by students at Cape Town and Stellenbosch universities has won acclaim in Africa’s first solar design competition. House Mahali...

Groote Schuur unveils cancer machine that can treat 40 patients a...

Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town has unveiled a new radiotherapy machine worth R36m that can treat up to 40 patients a day. Prof Jeannette...

Never too late: 75-year-old gets admitted as an attorney

Emmanuel Gaza, 75 years old, saved up for 40 years to fulfil his dream of becoming an attorney. Last week, he finally achieved his...

Vaal River’s Deneysville castle remains neglected without an owner

Auctioneers of the castle on the banks of the Vaal River in Deneysville in the Free State are still taking offers for the property,...

Don’t switch off your child’s life – help them use smartphones...

A new breed of experts is trying to bridge the digital divide between parents and 'screenagers' on the positive and responsible use of smartphones When...

WATCH | Baboon gatecrashes restaurant, guzzles down bolognaise

https://youtu.be/O-Rt3NyKOv4 A baboon enjoyed a relaxed lunch at Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia in Cape Town on August 31 2019 Guests enjoying a meal at Jonkershuis...

In new game ‘Ms Monopoly,’ women make more money than men

In the latest update of the classic board game Monopoly unveiled on Tuesday, the trademark real estate tycoon has been replaced by his socially-minded...

Spread good coffee culture vibes everywhere

  I’m going to write this week’s article back to front and start by saying that if you enjoy instant coffee, that is absolutely fine. Coffee,...

Pure coffee easy to brew at home

Coffee is the world’s No1-selling beverage, and  if we look closer to home, its popularity in SA  is growing by the day. Internationally, the world...

GALLERY: Winning Brew Prizewinners

Watch this space to see who of our entrants will walk away with the grand prize of a Jura WE6 automatic coffee machine valued...

Win a coffee machine worth R15,000

Stand a chance of winning one of our weekly prizes as well as the main prize – an awesome Jura WE6 automatic coffee machine...

Read coffee labels carefully

What is Italian coffee, or an What is  Italian blend? Yes, I have heard of an Italian roast. The latter refers to a very dark...

Barack Obama’s basketball jersey sells for R1.8m

A basketball jersey once owned by former US president Barack Obama sold Monday for $120,000 (about R1.8m), according to the Dallas auction house that...

These robo-shorts help runners get ahead

Once confined to comic books, exosuits that enhance a wearer's physical abilities took a step forward as researchers unveiled a pair of robotic shorts...

How to deal with red and blue lights

SA drivers do not always show courtesy and respect to emergency vehicles SA drivers have gained some notoriety for not always showing courtesy and respect  to emergency...

SA takes on the world in Spirit of Africa competition

This year's event will be contested in 3.0 V6 VW Amaroks for the first time Volkswagen's International Spirit of Amarok competition celebrates its fifth edition...

No magic cure to stop the beetle that’s mercilessly killing trees...

Experimental treatment to save trees not proven No treatment has been proven to save trees infested by the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) beetle, says...

Play with Ross, Rachel & the rest: Lego creates ‘Friends’ 25th...

While Friends has been off the air for a decade and a half, the chances that an episode is currently on a TV set somewhere in...

Debt review: A survival kit

Consumer champion Wendy Knowler explains everything you need to know What do people newly under debt review find hardest to do without? “The ability to take...

Carnage in Cape Town’s luxury home market as sellers slash prices...

Property prices have crashed in some of Cape Town’s priciest suburbs as demand evaporates. Sellers on the Atlantic seaboard and in upper Constantia have cut...

Ed Sheeran’s enjoyed a meal at one of these new vegan...

The Kind Kitchen and Sunshine Food Co's creative dishes are packed with loads of flavour and appeal to vegans and 'carnists' alike Whether you live...

Glimmer of hope as Italy battles ‘olive tree leprosy’

Working in an arid Italian field of crumbly soil, agronomists are battling a rampant bacterium that has already infected millions of olive trees and...

Wow! Here’s what a record-breaking ring with 7,777 diamonds looks like

The Lotus Temple Ring recently broke the Guinness world record for the 'most diamonds set in one ring' – and it's going on sale...

Nearly half of SA’s travellers prefer visa-free destinations: Study

At least 49% of South African travellers prefer overseas destinations with no visa requirements because of the financial burdens and time constraints that come...

Instagram and WhatsApp: The names they are a changin’

Social networking giant Facebook will be adding its name to WhatsApp and Instagram, executives have confirmed. The Verge reports that the new names will be Instagram...

Author speaks on the power of the pitch

There was much enthusiasm on display at the EL ICC last week when the Daily Dispatch hosted their third annual Business Summit under the...