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Vrr-Pah! Here’s a quick look at our hot hatch long-termer: VW Golf 7.5 GTI

Belanda | May 20 , 2019

Volkswagen’s iconic Golf GTI, has set the standard for hot hatches since 1976. The Golf GTI, currently in 7.5-generation guise, remains one of the best-selling hot hatches globally. Wheels24 has acquired a Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TSI DSG as our long-term test vehicle. The ‘Tungsten Silver’ metallic hot hatch has fit right in our garage and despite being launched more than two years ago, it’s amazing to see how many heads this car turns.

Under the bonnet lies a 1984cc TSI engine delivering 169kW (4700 to 6200rpm) and 350Nm (1500 to 4600rpm). The engine is mated… read more


‘Queen of Smoke’ – meet SA motorsport sensation Stacey Lee May

Belanda | May 20 , 2019

On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN International meets South African spinner and drifter Stacey Lee May.

As one of South African’s top female motorsport sensations, May hopes to inspire and empower more people by showing them they can do anything. As a young child, May remembers how other children would pick on her due to her small physique.

Through motorsport, May was able regain her confidence and be successful: “I started high school at the age of twelve or thirteen but I matriculated at the age of sixteen. Being younger than everybody else, people used to… read more


Hefty rise in petrol price for May

Belanda | May 10 , 2019

Diesel 0.05 percent sulphur will increase by 1c/l, while the price of diesel 0.005 percent sulphur would remain unchanged, the department said in a statement on Sunday.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin would increase by 3c/l and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) of illuminating paraffin would increase by 4c/l. The maximum retail price for LPGas would increase by 84c/kg.

In a later statement on Sunday, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the main reasons for the increased fuel prices were that the rand on average had strengthened slightly against… read more


TOBACCO COMPANY PHILIP MORRIS STARTS LIFE INSURANCE FIRM THAT OFFERS DISCOUNTS TO SMOKERS WHO QUIT

Belanda | May 06 , 2019

Called Reviti, the wholly owned subsidiary will initially sell life insurance in the U.K. with plans to expand into more markets overseas. Smokers will receive discounts if they stop, quit or switch to a possibly less carcinogenic product, like Philip Morris’ vaping devices.

On average, people who switch to e-cigarettes will receive a 2.5% discount on premiums, people who switch to Philip Morris’ heated tobacco product iQOS for three months will receive a 25% discount, and people who quit smoking for at least a year will receive a 50% discount, the company said. Premiums for a 20-year-old… read more


DEFY RAMPS UP SA PRODUCTION WITH R1BN INVESTMENT

Belanda | May 03 , 2019

Through the revival of the Jacobs factory, a total of 75 new job opportunities will be created to manufacture an estimated 500 top loaders per shift. This manufacturing development also serves as a much-needed boost to the local community of Jacobs by undertaking a localisation programme as part of their new investment.

By 2020, Defy is looking to expand their output to include new cooking products such as 60cm built-in ovens and a new free-standing stove, an investment opportunity totalled at R25milion collectively.

Growing local economy

According to Evren Albas, the… read more


IEC It’s all systems go for the 2019 general elections

Farieda | May 03 , 2019

The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is ready to oversee the sixth democratic elections on May 8 next week.

The price of petrol will push to a record high from midnight on Tuesday, with the central energy fund (CEF) announcing that under-recovery in August would prompt fuel increases ranging from 99c to R1.79.

The IEC’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo, said that a record number of political parties contesting the elections have presented new challenges.

He was speaking during the official opening… read more


KENYAN HOSPITAL OPENS HUMAN MILK BANK – A RARITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Belanda | May 03 , 2019

How long has it taken to open? What were the biggest obstacles?

The process of establishment of human milk banking in Kenya started in 2016. It was spearheaded by the NGO PATH, in partnership with APHRC and Kenya’s Ministry of Health, among other partners. It was rolled out in two phases.

During phase one we assessed people’s perceptions and acceptability of using donated human milk. We also looked at how feasible it would be to set a bank up. The results were encouraging. About 90% of participants were positive about it, 80% would donate their breast milk, and about… read more


THE APP THAT TRACKS DISEASES AND SAVES LIVES IN AFRICA

Belanda | Apr 30 , 2019

What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) polio geographic information system (GIS) technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa.

The idea is simple: Health workers visit remote villages to check if local inhabitants have any symptoms of a range of life-threatening infectious diseases, including polio and measles. Then, with the mobile app, they quickly and easily alert WHO.

“This is one of the most exciting things that is happening in the WHO regional office… read more


Air France plans daily flights to Kenya

Belanda | Apr 29 , 2019

Air France  plans to start daily flights to Nairobi from Paris.

Arthur Dieffenthaler, the airline’s Eastern Africa General Manager, was quoted speaking at Air France’s first anniversary  of the Kenyan route. “We will be increasing our flights on the Paris-Nairobi route to five flights a week. We further plan to launch daily flights in 2020,” The Star reports.

The airline recently increased frequencies between Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport () (NBO) from three to five times a week. The additional flights… read more


President Ramaphosa in Egypt for AU summit

Belanda | Apr 25 , 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Egypt for an emergency African Union (AU) Troika Summit convened to discuss the political and security situations in Sudan and Libya.

President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, as the Chairman of the AU, called the emergency summit to be attended by regional partners in Sudan, with the participation of counterparts from South Africa, Chad, Djibouti, Rwanda, Congo and Somalia.

The summit will also be attended by the AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Mahamat Faki, who is expected to report on the AU initiatives undertaken to resolve… read more


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