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Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery

Bad weather hindered efforts to recover victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 on Wednesday and sent wreckage drifting far from the crash site, as grieving relatives prayed for strength to endure their losses. “Help us, God, to move forward, even though we are surrounded by darkness,” the Rev. Philip Mantofa, whose[…]

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IEB achieves 98.38% pass rate

Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matriculation candidates have achieved a 98.38 percent pass rate for 2014, according to results released on Wednesday. This was comparable to last year’s 98.56 percent, the IEB said in a statement. “All candidates that passed achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study[…]

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Du Preez’s piece ‘racist’: Presidency

The presidency on Tuesday called an opinion piece by columnist Max du Preez about President Jacob Zuma racist and mind-boggling. “The piece smacks of prejudice and racism given the manner in which Mr du Preez describes the president,” the presidency said in a statement. “The presidency is alarmed by the[…]

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Road deaths toll alarming: JPSA

The toll of 1143 road deaths during the festive season so far is alarming and saddening, the Justice Project SA said on Tuesday. “What is truly alarming is that this average is almost twice the average of 54 per day during the eight-day period last year (22 to 30 December[…]

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Maths, physics results worse: Umalusi

The 2014 matric results for mathematics, mathematics literacy and physical science were worse than in 2013, monitoring body Umalusi said on Tuesday. Mathematics had undergone major changes in content with the inclusion of Euclidean geometry and probability, Umalusi council chairman Prof John Volmink told reporters in Pretoria. He said the[…]

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UNSC rejects resolution on Palestinian state

The UN Security Council has rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for peace with Israel within a year and an end to Israel’s occupation by 2017. The resolution failed to muster the minimum nine “yes” votes required in the council for adoption. The motion received eight “yes” votes, including from Russia[…]

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Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery mission

Stormy weather has forced Indonesian search teams to suspend the recovery of the bodies of 162 people aboard the ill-fated AirAsia plane which crashed into the Java Sea. Wednesday’s weather prevented divers from searching the crash zone for sunken remains, with waves of two to three metres high and strong[…]

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US releases five Guantanamo prisoners

Five men held for a dozen years without charge at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan for resettlement. The two men from Tunisia and three Yemenis are among dozens of men held at Guantanamo who have been cleared[…]

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SAfricans over purchasing on credit: Economist

South African consumers have over the few last weeks flooded the country’s stores, buoyed on by end of year bonuses and festive season sales. Despite the country’s economy seen as being at its weakest in years, this has done little to damper consumers from spending their hard earned cash. But[…]

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City to cut down on aggressive begging in CBD

The City of Cape Town is planning to cut down on the number of aggressive beggars in the CBD who have made a habit of accosting both tourists and locals into parting with money. The issue of aggressive begging has become more prominent in the central city of late, and[…]

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