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Iconic Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu to receive honorary doctoral degree

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will present South Africa’s foremost Ndebele artist and international icon Esther Mahlangu with an honorary degree.

“With this honorary doctorate, we recognise Esther Mahlangu for her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skilfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator. Indeed, as a visionary individual, she traverses what to others are insurmountable political barriers,” says Professor Federico Freschi, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (Fada) at UJ.

Mahlangu began painting as a child, at the age of 10 being taught the art of Ndebele homestead wall painting and beadwork…
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Iconic Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu to receive honorary doctoral degree

TOP 10 HAPPIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

According to the World Happiness Report 2018 released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, Finland is the world’s happiest country out of 156 nations.

The report looked a six determining factors that support well-being, namely income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. In addition to assessing the 156 countries’ happiness levels, this year’s report also assessed 117 countries according to the happiness levels of their immigrants.

In second place is Norway, followed by Denmark in third position and Iceland and Switzerland in 4th and 5th place respectively. South Africa ranked at 105, with Mauritius ranking the highest on the continent…
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TOP 10 HAPPIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

Suspicious bag at OR Tambo not part of simulation drill – police

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed that an unattended bag found at OR Tambo International Airport was not part of the planned simulation exercises scheduled on Monday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said the SAPS’s K9 and airport security K9 units were called to the scene.

“The dogs were deployed to ascertain whether there were explosives in the bag. They reacted negatively. The bag was then opened under controlled detonation by the SAPS explosives unit,” Mogale said.

“At this stage, investigations are underway to confirm the contents of the bag. A few hours ago, operations at the airport returned to…
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Suspicious bag at OR Tambo not part of simulation drill – police

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote builds new business school in Nigeria

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest businessman, has invested over 1 billion naira towards the construction of a new business school that’s aimed at boost entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

The state-of-the-art business school being built at Bayero University Kano (BUK) in Kano State, Nigeria, is scheduled for handover to university management in February.

The N1,2 billion (R39,8 million) bill is being footed by Dangote through his Aliko Dangote Foundation as part of an  initiative to “build entrepreneurship in the subconscious of Nigerians through education at the highest level”.

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His foundation…
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Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote builds new business school in Nigeria

Comrades Marathon Association confirms 2018 route changes and distance

The official distance of the 2018 Comrades Marathon, as well as changes to the route, have been confirmed by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA).

CMA Race Director Rowyn James says: “The officially measured and certified distance for this year’s Down Run is 90,184km.

“The 2018 Comrades Down Run will be slightly longer than the previous Down Run route. The 2016 route was 89,208km.”

James has advised that some changes will be effected from the start at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

He says: “On race day, our runners will start their epic Down Run journey at the City Hall, running down Chief Albert Luthuli…
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Comrades Marathon Association confirms 2018 route changes and distance

O. R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL TO GIVE DOMESTIC PASSENGERS SOME SILENT TREATMENT

Passengers departing on domestic flights from O. R. Tambo International Airport from Wednesday 15 November 2017 are advised that public address microphones at the Domestic Departures Terminal and gates will be switched off.

Standard operating procedures for most domestic flights require that passengers start boarding at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. From Wednesday, no passenger boarding calls will be made. Passengers are advised to check their boarding pass and the flight information display boards for boarding times.

The only instances where centralised terminal announcements will be made will be for irregular operations such as gate changes, flight time…
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O. R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL TO GIVE DOMESTIC PASSENGERS SOME SILENT TREATMENT