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Stargazing in Joburg: it’s possible

South Africa is fast gaining a reputation as a leading stargazing destination, but the stars don’t come out just for people in the country’s most remote areas.
Africa is the place to see stars

Black luxury property ownership grows

Growth of black owners in South Africa's property market has more than doubled in the last 10 years, with a marked increase in female-only ownership, according to property data provider Lightstone.

SA fares well for women in business

South African companies compare favourably to the rest of the world with 28% of senior management positions held by women - compared to a global average of 21% - but more innovation is needed to make significant progress in this field, says consultancy Grant Thornton.

Blue Flag beaches for holiday season

Holidaymakers heading for South Africa's coastline can look forward to a choice of 27 Blue Flag beaches once the summer festive season gets underway in December.
PE's King's Beach gets a facelift

Absa rolls out tap-and-go payments

Paying for low-value purchases in South Africa is about to get a lot faster and more efficient, with banking group Absa making its "tap-and-go" contactless payment facility available to point of sale merchants.

Social media growing strong in SA

Social media has gone mainstream in South Africa, with both individuals and businesses embracing the available platforms and the average age of users steadily increasing as more people become connected and networks mature.
Vaal Dam becomes social networking hit

SA banks begin fingerprint verification

South African banks Absa and FNB have introduced biometric identification and verification system at their branches as part of an industry-wide initiative that will allow the country's banks to conduct online fingerprint verification of its clients.

House price growth continues to lag

South African house prices are not growing in line with inflation, according to Absa's latest property price indices, affected by rising consumer price inflation which reached 5.7% year-on-year in September.

Table Mountain needs your vote

There is less than a week left to cast your vote for Table Mountain to be named as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
Cape Town gets new nature reserves

Rural Africa focus of climate project

Information about how climate change may affect any city, town or village in Africa until the next century will be available by mid-2012 as scientists localise global climate data.
Rural community goes 'green'