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  • Manilal has plans to boost TIA

    The new head of the Technology Innovation Agency has a clear plan for his tenure. He aims to get a clean audit for the beleaguered state organisation, become the employer of choice, and make excellence part of the daily work ethic for everyone.

  • Mandela's presidential years to get book treatment

    A planned sequel to Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, will unpack the years when he was the president of South Africa. Mandela began the book in 1998 but was unable to complete it. Now a group of former senior advisers will finish the task for him.

  • The Conversation goes live in Africa

    The arrival of The Conversation Africa website allows journalists in newsrooms and researchers and academics in universities to join forces for ground-breaking work. Articles on the site are also allowed to be republished elsewhere, so the information reaches more readers.

  • Hout Bay's scrapyard sculptors

    Chenjerai Mutasa and Isaac Mukonde are Zimbabwean artists who bring to life the junk we toss out. Using old car parts, wire, driftwood, metal and stone – mostly claimed from the scrapyard – they build beautiful and imaginative sculptures.

  • Youth vlog the South African story

    As download speeds in South Africa increase, and as technology becomes more widely available, more and more people – youngsters in particular – are turning to vlogging as a way of expressing their opinions and commenting on their world. You can watch anything from makeup tips to cat videos.

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  • Asidi celebrates 100th school in Free State

    The 100th school has been delivered under the government's Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative with the completion of Dorrington Matsepe Primary School in Kroonstad. The schools all have specialist classrooms and much-needed facilities.

  • Budget 2015: in numbers

    Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s budget speech has received mixed reactions. While income tax is being raised for the first time in 20 years, small to medium sized businesses set to benefit by the doubling of the turnover tax threshold. This summary of the budget shows how Nene’s changes will affect your pocket.
  • See Joburg on the big screen in the new Avengers movie

    South Africa has a strong connection to the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron. A fight between The Hulk and Iron Man takes place in Joburg, which features a few times in the movie, and Cape Town visual effects studio BlackGinger had a hand in the film’s visual effects.

  • Innovation research needs more investment

    To improve the economy, it is crucial to improve education and the number and level of maths and science graduates. They, in turn, need to be fed into the research and innovation sector, it was discussed at the launch of the South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators.

  • Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa

    Africa is urbanising later and at a lower income level than other developing regions, which means policy makers can learn from the successes and failures of other countries. Done right, urbanisation could significantly raise both productivity and living standards across the continent.