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Coca-Cola South Africa has cut the sugar in its drinks by a quarter (26%) since government introduced a tax on sugary drinks, according to Camilla Osborne, Head of Communications for Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa. On 1 April 2018, Treasury imposed a Health Promotion Levy of 2.1 cents per gram of sugar on all sweetened drinks but made the first 4g of sugar...
A national strategic plan to tackle gender-based violence and femicide should be in its final stages to meet the May 2 deadline that was promised at the Presidential Summit against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in November – but it stalled because it needed the president’s signature. The two-day summit brought together about 1200 government officials, activists and policymakers who deliberated on how...
JOHANNESBURG, April 9 - The Walter Sisulu University (WSU) announced on Tuesday that one of their public relations BTech students had been nominated for the business empowerment award at the South African Heroes Awards. "A budding businesswoman whose ambition knows no bounds is up for a prestigious national award for her heroics in leading social change through her exploits as...
JOHANNESBURG, March 15 – Algerian students are the latest example of how today’s youth, often accused of a self-absorbed lack of awareness of the world around them, are increasingly stepping up to have a say in their political destiny. Thousands of students have played a prominent role in protests that forced 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to back down from seeking a fifth term. Despite...
JOHANNESBURG, March 12 - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has advised the School Governing Body of Crystal Park High School not to rush the disciplinary hearing of the five schoolgirls who were caught on video assaulting a female student. The video showing a grade nine learner being attacked by five others went viral last week. The violent nature of the...
DURBAN, March 8 – Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Friday that one of the insecurities she faced as a young woman in the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal was how she would manage in marriage, particularly when being pressured to tie the knot by community members. “I always have this feeling that marriage was a worry to me yet it was important...
RUSTENBURG, March 7 - Two missing Mahikeng schoolboys were found dead at a swimming pool on Thursday, North West police said. "Following an intensive search by the police with assistance from members of the community, the bodies of two boys, Onalenna Molehabangwe and Gontse Cholo, who were reported to have been kidnapped, were found today (Thursday) in a swimming pool...
PRETORIA, March 8 - Police on Friday warned the public to refrain from the "senseless and reckless circulation" of the video of the shooting and wounding of a man who had been breaking windows at Mmametlake Secondary School, in Mpumalanga. In the video that went viral on Thursday, the man can be seen brazenly smashing windows. When a police van arrives he...
PORT ELIZABETH, March 7 - Nelson Mandela University (NMU) students blocked the entrances at the South and North Campus on Thursday, the second day of a protest mainly over funding and registration. The students are angry that some of them have been barred from registering over non-payment of fees, even though the government has pledged free tertiary education for learners...
DURBAN, March 7 – The 33-year-old taxi driver who ploughed into four Durban schoolgirls on Wednesday, killing three and seriously injuring one, is set to appear in court for the first time on Thursday. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, lieutenant-colonel Thulani Zwane, said the suspect would appear at the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on charges of culpable homicide. The girls were hit at around...

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