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Thursday, 14 June 2007 18:44

SA medical schemes conned by ‘healthy patients’

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{pp}Local medical schemes are falling victim to an increasing trend of members abusing benefits provided, by making unnecessary claims, for a variety of reasons. Many are ‘professional patients’, a term used to describe otherwise healthy medical aid members who pretend that they are or in some cases believe that they…
Thursday, 14 June 2007 18:38

Shopping Mall core to Grabouw rejuvenation

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{pp}A brand new 6700sq.m. mall is set to grace the N2 at the gateway to Grabouw in the near future. Marsh Rose Mall – named after a rare fynbos species found only in the Elgin mountains – is being developed by local company Realcor Cape and has just broken ground…
{pp}With the end of apartheid came the beginning of economic redress. Before South Africa’s first democratic elections, inequalities of income and wealth were the worst measured anywhere. Since then, perhaps the greatest struggle has been the attempt to undo the economic vestiges of the system of racial exclusivity. At the…
{pp}Poverty and Policy in Post-Apartheid South Africa (HSRC Press) will be launched at Constitution Hill on Monday, 11 December 2006 at 5:00 for 5:30pm as part of the ongoing public programme Inside Out Series. Alan Hirsch, Chief Director of the Economic Sector within the Presidency, will speak about the volume…
{pp}Local jeweller Uwe Koetter, made famous this month by his wedding ring gesture to SA’s first same sex couple, has stepped into the limelight once again with his offer of a jewellery bursary to Cape Technikon. “Sadly, at this time of year, many students reconsider their options and find that…
Thursday, 14 June 2007 18:08

Women in South African History

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{pp}“I know the risk a woman takes in the sheer effort of writing, placing herself beyond accepted margins, abandoning the securities of less daunting, much more approved paths.” – Yvonne Vera, Opening Spaces From the legendary Nongqawuse to the lines of anti-pass protesters marching to Pretoria, from labour activists to…
{pp}Constitution Hill Public Programmes and the HSRC Press are hosting another interactive and thought-provoking debate on whether South African society has learned anything at all from the experiences of women in our distant and more recent past. In the course of this InsideOut debate, we hope to uncover fascinating, controversial…
{pp}“They tell us the past is another country. Yet think how the past shapes the lives that come after …The history of our lives is your history, as your lives will be the ground from which your children grow. A history so terrible and so beautiful, so base and so…
Thursday, 14 June 2007 17:49

How does Cape Town manage its diversity?

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{pp}“It’s a city of love, it’s like a mother, there’s love.” - Former District Six resident. “There is no hospitality here in South Africa, in Cape Town in particular.” – Congolese refugee. Cape Town, like cities all over the world, brings together people from vastly different backgrounds. And, like other…
{pp}“Through the minute, seemingly marginal, ‘unfashionable’ groups and small movements, we very often find an exceptional route into unknown worlds and neglected, yet important, social processes.” – Shamil Jeppie, Language, Identity, Modernity: The Arabic Study Circle of Durban, South Africa As author Shamil Jeppie wryly points out, a short study…
Thursday, 14 June 2007 17:31

Cape Town Book fair event

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{pp}Is there a ‘dumbing down’ of public and intellectual discourse in South Africa or are you simply excluded from the society of debate? When survival is your modus operandi, is introspection as foreign as dim sum? Or is the ‘dumbing down’ an idiom of overly intellectual writers; an unchallenged canon…
{pp}Having recently completed the Two Oceans Half Marathon pulling a small shack, up and coming adventurer Ray D. Chaplin changed discipline and took on the challenge of cycling across South Africa without support.

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