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Crowd-Funding Campaign to help Lunar Landing

Crowd-Funding Campaign to help Lunar Landing

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched through a South African non-profit initiative for raising money to send the first African spacecraft to the Moon. This is being done to motivate the succeeding generations to come out of poverty through education and science.

The University of Cape Town (UCT), the South African Space Association and the Cape Town Science Centre, are supporting the venture. The project is offering a chance to public to be a part of it.

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Drongo African Bird Mimics Sounds of 51 Other Animals to Seize Food

Drongo African Bird Mimics Sounds of 51 Other Animals to Seize Food

It seems interesting that forked tailed drongo bird of Africa imitates warning calls of multiple species to scare other animals and steal their food. Usually, these birds use their own danger alert to trick their fellow bird to abandon a meal. These tricky African birds have a god gifted feature of producing sounds of many species in nature which cannot be produced by any other creature.

Drongo birds have been characterized as demonic little black birds with red eyes a hooked beak and a forked tail.

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DA asks Eskom Directors to Refund R31 million bonus

DA asks Eskom Directors to Refund R31 million bonus

The Democratic Alliance has asked Eskom Directors to return the bonus awarded to them for purchase of generators for emergency services. Nine members of Eskom Board of directors have received R31 million in bonus.

The emergency services in the country have been impacted due to power crisis. After heavy rains this week, the coal stock at Eskom has become wet, causing massive power cuts across the region.

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Yolisa Phahle named CEO of M-Net

Yolisa Phahle named CEO of M-Net

M-NET SA has appointed Yolisa Phahle as new CEO of the company. She will take charge on April 1. Yolisa Phahle joined MultiChoice in year 2004.

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Barclays Africa Earnings Improve on Loan Recovery

Wendy Lucas-Bull - Barclays Africa Earnings Improve on Loan Recovery

Barclays Africa has surprised market experts and investors by posting 14 percent increase in earnings. The financial major has noticed decline in bad loans in both commercial and retail segment.

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Rhino Poaching Problem in South Africa

Rhino Poaching Problem in South Africa

South African Department of Environmental Affairs has released information about rampant rhino poaching in the country. The report tells that 1004 rhinos were killed by poachers last year. The ministry report has urged for better policing and control in the reserve areas.

Spending on policing and forest department should be increased. Also, the country needs to formulate strict regulation. Rhino horn is powdered and is used for its medicinal properties, which have not been proved. Killing of animal for the horn cannot be justified.

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Mandla Mandela Charged With Assault

Mandla Mandela Charged With Assault

Mandla Mandela, grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, has been charged with assault in Mthatha. Mandla drew firearm after a local teacher hit the car of Mandla’s business associate. The charges include pointing a firearm, intention to harm.

After the incident, the 44-year old teacher Mlamli Ngudle filed a report with local police.

Mthatha magistrate court held the hearing. Mandla appeared for the hearing. The next hearing will be on February 24.

Defence attorney Kenny Oldwage requested more time from the court to check the charges and file a reply.

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Wine Exports Rise in 2013

Wine Exports Rise in 2013

South Africa recorded 26 percent increase in wine exports from the country in year 2013. The major rise was noticed from Germany, United Kingdom and Russia. Trade body, Wines of South Africa has expressed confidence of better performance during year 2014 as well.

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Food Producers Warn About Price Rise

Food Producers Warn About Price Rise

Major food producers in South Africa have indicated that due to rising costs and higher price of commodities, they will have to pass on the burden to consumers. White maize prices have touched 17-year high last week. Due to lower production, the commodity prices have gone higher in South Africa.

Tiger Brands informed that the company would not be able to sustain if the prices go up further and will have to increase product prices. Market experts believe that price of cereals and bread would also go up in coming months.

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President Zuma Roars: ANC will Rule the Nation Forever

President Zuma Roars: ANC will Rule the Nation Forever

President Jacob Zuma said that his party ANC will continue to rule South Africa forever. He was on door-to-door campaign in Mbombela as the country goes for polls soon. President Zuma was confident that his government will be voted back to power by the people of South Africa. He took charge of his office in year 2009 when the party received massive support from the people under his leadership.

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