South African court doubles Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence

A South African appeal court has more than doubled the former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The supreme court of appeal (SCA) increased Pistorius’s sentence from six years in prison to 13 years and five months. Pistorius killed Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, by firing four bullets from […]
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Allister Coetzee laughs off suggestions that his time at the Boks may be up

Bok coach Allister Coetzee is quite adamant he is going nowhere following suggestions that his time at the helm is drawing to a close after a less-than-satisfactory two years pulling the reigns. Since Coetzee took over from Heyneke Meyer in 2016, the Boks have won less than half of their 24 games so far, registering […]
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What you need to know before visiting the Margaret River area in Australia

While the area is quite popular for its beaches, famous landmarks and beautiful natural wonders, it boasts a huge following of wine-loving travellers to its amazing wineries. If you are looking to see as much as possible then make sure to travel there during Australia’s months of summer – which usually begin in December and […]
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What you need to know before visiting the Margaret River area in Australia

While the area is quite popular for its beaches, famous landmarks and beautiful natural wonders, it boasts a huge following of wine-loving travellers to its amazing wineries. If you are looking to see as much as possible then make sure to travel there during Australia’s months of summer – which usually begin in December and […]
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Wellington’s Cuba Street in New Zealand

There are few towns and cities that can boast a street as an icon. Such a street is Cuba Street in Wellington. Cuba Street lies in the middle of the central business district (CBD) and runs approximately a kilometre from east to west. It provides much entertainment to all visitors. It has been described as […]
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Haven for South Africans in Rotterdam

The Koningskerk in Rotterdam is a Dutch protestant church situated at the Koningshaven (King’s Harbour). All South Africans visiting South Holland or living there will feel at home in this Dutch congregation with its strong ties to South Africa. Rotterdam is Europe’s gateway to the world; therefore the Koningskerk is a haven for anyone visiting […]
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On a lighter note:- Five things you should never say to a South African

We’ve all been there – you meet someone for the first time and that moment they realise you’re South African, they suddenly start spouting random comments on your ethnicity, childhood, experiences or just ask the most annoying questions ever. Here are a few of the most common things people say that annoy South Africans. “Where […]
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2018 set to bring new (official) emigration record for South Africans leaving SA

Whilst the unofficial amount is undoubtedly far higher, a new official emigration record is being predicted for 2018. The experts say more South Africans are leaving than ever before. Why? Need they still ask? With so much going on in South Africa practically every day, South Africans are set to break their own emigration record […]
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UK tax breaks for staff Christmas parties and other social events

In general, the cost of a staff party or other annual entertainment is allowed as a deduction for tax purposes. However, there are some important criteria that must be followed to ensure that there will be no taxable benefit charged to employees. An annual Christmas party or other annual event offered to staff generally is […]
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My affair with the Countess from Sweden – Pieter de Lange

I have always had this boundless enthusiasm for exciting and interesting automobiles. I blame it on my Van der Vyver genes from my mother’s side. My dear granddad, Oupa Benjamin, had to look after a second-hand car dealership in Badplaas all these years ago when I was still a young boy and I was allowed […]
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