Power outages again!

eNCA - It's likely to be a dark weekend, as rolling blackouts kick off again from 9 o' clock on Saturday. Eskom is advising its customers to go to its website for the planned load shedding schedule. The power utility warned that the outages are likely to be stretched over … [Read More...]

Community News


Two of three unions accept post office deal

The Citizen Online - Sapa A wage agreement has been reached with two of three recognised unions at the SA Post Office (Sapo), it said on … [Read More...]


Zuma to receive President Mahmoud Abbas

The Citizen Online - Sapa President Jacob Zuma will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas next week, the international relations department said … [Read More...]


SA’s turbulent new political transition begins

By Daniel Silke - Director of the Political Futures Consultancy based in Cape Town and a noted Political Economy Analyst and Keynote Speake … [Read More...]


Defence spend, more vessels needed for ocean economy to be protected

by Kim Helfrich defenceWeb A timely reminder that South Africa is going to have to invest heavily in maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities … [Read More...]

News from Elsewhere


Obama Ignites Fight With Republicans Over Deportation Reprieve

The president's plan will provide an easier path to citizenship for approximately five million undocumented workers. By Angela Greiling Keane, Heidi Przybyla and Mike … [Read More...]

Matters Financial


Reserve Bank leaves repo rate unchanged at 5.75%

BusinessDayLIVE The Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) on Thursday left the benchmark repo interest rate unchanged at 5.75%, following its three-day meeting, citing the lower trajectory … [Read More...]



Muizenberg FISH FRY – Wavescape Festival 2014

The Wavescape Fish Fry presented by WWF SASSI (South African … [Read More...]


November dvd Releases

CHEF Comedy When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits … [Read More...]

Food & Wine


Wines of the Cape – Stellar Winery

Who are we? Stellar Winery, South Africa's largest producer of … [Read More...]


Classic Martinis – shaken, stirred, dirty or dry Basic Martini 50 ml (1 2/3 oz) Gin or Vodka 10 … [Read More...]

The Musician

Pink Floyd - The Endless River

The Endless River, a Moving PINK FLOYD Farewell

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine - All Music David Gilmour … [Read More...]

The Artist


Sculptor SYDNEY ALEX KUMALO 1935 -1988

South African History Online It is appropriate that the final … [Read More...]


Pelagic Thresher Shark HP

Migratory birds, fish and mammals get new UN protection

Earth Touch News It took a week of "intense negotiations", but … [Read More...]


As the earth orbits the sun, the sun appears to move against the background stars (red line). The constellations (green) through which the sun passes define the zodiac. (Credit: Tau’olunga (via Wikipedia)

What is the Zodiac?

The Zodiac is defined by 13 constellations that lie along the … [Read More...]


Stargazer: The new species of shrimp named after UCT alumnus and computer scientist Guido Zsilavecz who discovered it, and described by Emeritus Professor Charles Griffith in a co-authored paper with Prof Karl Wittmann of the University of Vienna. (Photo by Guido Zsilavecz.)

New shrimp species discovered in False Bay

By Helen Swingler University of Cape Town A tiny shrimp with … [Read More...]

In History


Edwin Hubble and the expanding universe

Earthsky November 20, 1889 - Happy Birthday Edwin Hubble! The … [Read More...]

Books of Yore

The Author, Cedryl L.D. Greenland.

A Century in Shreds – By Cedryl Greenland

FOREWORD This book has been written primarily as a tribute … [Read More...]

Animal Talk

Cat in bed

The Boarding Cattery 

Barbara George, Cat Behaviourist Cell … [Read More...]


Big Cats – Lions

Barbara George Cat Behaviourist Cell … [Read More...]



New look, new engines for Audi A1

By Dave Abrahams IOL Motoring Ingolstadt, Germany Audi has … [Read More...]



Developments in Parliament Endangering Multi-Party Constitutional Democracy – CFCR

By Adv Johan Kruger Director: Centre for Constitutional … [Read More...]



What exactly is ME?

MECFS Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome … [Read More...]


Artist Concept of MAVEN and Mars
This image shows an artist concept of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission. MAVEN is part of NASA's Mars Scout program, funded by NASA Headquarters and managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Launched in November 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind.
On Sept. 21, 2014, MAVEN will enter orbit around Mars, completing an interplanetary journey of 10 months and 442 million miles (711 million kilometers).
Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatiles from the Mars atmosphere to space has played through time, giving insight into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.
Credit: Lockheed Martin

Could humans actually live on planet Mars? (Video)

By Eleanor Imster, HUMAN WORLD - SCIENCE WIRE (via Earthsky) … [Read More...]


Magnetic field lines (green) weave through the cloud of dusty gas surrounding the  newborn Sun. In the foreground are asteroids and chondrules, the building blocks  of chondritic meteorites. While solar magnetic fields dominate the region near the  Sun, out where the asteroids orbit, chondrules preserve a record of varying  local magnetic fields (Credit: Science)

Magnetic fields frozen into meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birth

The Archaeology News Network Arizona State University The … [Read More...]

On the Water


Abu Dhabi leg of Volvo Ocean race has begun

BY DOMINIC PREUSS, BusinessDayLIVE BY FAR the toughest ocean … [Read More...]


Michael Clarke and AB de Villiers (Getty Images)

Australia down Proteas

De Villiers looked set for his 19th ODI century before paceman … [Read More...]

Faf du Plessis of South Africa dives to stop a six during game three of the One Day International Series between Australia and South Africa at Manuka Oval on November 19, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Basic errors prove costly for Proteas in Oz

Cricket SA Ill-discipline was once again the frustration for … [Read More...]


Rugby Weekend – Jannie du Plessis ruled out of Italy Test

SA Rugby Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis has been ruled out … [Read More...]