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‘White monopoly capital’ is a lie – and distracting from SA’s real problems

‘White monopoly capital’ is a lie – and distracting from SA’s real problems

The truth is that capital has no colour or political affiliation – so no race or person can ever monopolise it. ‘White monopoly capital’ talk is a fabrication, experts say.

Business - By The Conversation | 28 March, 2017
The ANC isn’t ready to radically transform the South African economy

The ANC isn’t ready to radically transform the South African economy

There’s nothing radical about trying to fix what doesn’t work by making it work better, which is why the economic transformation discussion document released by South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), is not really radical.

Government - By The Conversation | 25 March, 2017
A new tax could be the one thing that stops South Africa’s financial system from collapse

A new tax could be the one thing that stops South Africa’s financial system from collapse

A new tax could be key to preventing a systemic failure of the country’s financial system.

Finance - By The Conversation | 18 March, 2017
5 of the best-designed products of all time

5 of the best-designed products of all time

We reached out to five design professors and posed the following question: What’s the best-designed product of all time, and why?

Business - By The Conversation | 17 March, 2017
Here’s why your gut instinct is wrong at work – and how to know when it isn’t

Here’s why your gut instinct is wrong at work – and how to know when it isn’t

Unfortunately, most employers tend to trust their guts over their heads and give jobs to people they like and perceive as part of their in-group, rather than simply the most qualified applicant.

Business - By The Conversation | 10 March, 2017
How many people are ending their lives using legal euthanasia?

How many people are ending their lives using legal euthanasia?

In countries where euthanasia is legal, “very, very small” numbers of people use the laws.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 5 March, 2017
Copper is great at killing superbugs – so why don’t hospitals use it?

Copper is great at killing superbugs – so why don’t hospitals use it?

Copper and its alloys exhibit impressive antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.

General - By The Conversation | 4 March, 2017
Warren Buffett’s latest stock play is a clue for reading the Trump-era economy

Warren Buffett’s latest stock play is a clue for reading the Trump-era economy

While political analysts and journalists obsess about President Donald Trump’s executive orders and their constitutional significance, the investor Warren Buffett has made his judgement clear on how the economy could look during the Trump years.

General - By The Conversation | 25 February, 2017
Why sitting is not the ‘new smoking’

Why sitting is not the ‘new smoking’

Sitting has been branded the “new smoking” for its supposed public health risks, especially for people with sit-down office jobs.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 24 February, 2017
Robots and AI could soon have feelings, hopes and rights

Robots and AI could soon have feelings, hopes and rights

Get used to hearing a lot more about artificial intelligence. Even if you discount the utopian and dystopian hyperbole, the 21st century will broadly be defined not just by advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, computing and cognitive neuroscience, but how we manage them.

General - By The Conversation | 24 February, 2017
This is how much firing Gordhan would cost South Africa

This is how much firing Gordhan would cost South Africa

Many see the decision by South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) to send the disgraced former CEO of the power utility Eskom to parliament as the precursor to another attack on the National Treasury and to remove finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

General - By The Conversation | 21 February, 2017
Why opposition parties struggle to win power

Why opposition parties struggle to win power

Survey results show that opposition parties face major obstacles to winning majority support in Southern Africa.

Government - By The Conversation | 21 February, 2017
How unhealthy food ads target poor illiterate people

How unhealthy food ads target poor illiterate people

More than half of the adverts in magazines that primarily target poor, black people are for unhealthy and starchy foods, a new study finds.

General - By The Conversation | 19 February, 2017
Drinking in moderation is healthy for you – but only if you have money

Drinking in moderation is healthy for you – but only if you have money

New research has found that while moderate drinkers are healthier than relatively heavy drinkers or non-drinkers, they are also wealthier.

Wealth - By The Conversation | 17 February, 2017
At what point should a robot be considered a person?

At what point should a robot be considered a person?

If a machine can think, decide and act on its own volition – and if it can be harmed or held responsible for its actions – should we stop treating it like property and start treating it more like a person with rights?

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 10 February, 2017
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