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Botswana says it's found world's third largest diamond

Botswana says it's found world's third largest diamond

17 June 2021 6:20 PM

Guest: James Allan

A company in Africa's leading diamond producer, Botswana, says its unearthed the third largest gem of its kind in the world.
Debswana, a joint venture between the government and global diamond giant De Beers, said yesterday that it has found a 1,098-carat stone, the biggest in its history.
The largest ever gem quality stone, the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, was found in South Africa in 1905 and was put on sale in London in the same year.
In 1907, it was bought by the Transvaal Colony government which gave it to King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, and was cut in Amsterdam into stones of various cuts and sizes.
The largest at 530.4 carats, known as the Great Star of Africa, is mounted in the head of the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross.


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Dress codes for female beach sports

27 July 2021 4:03 PM

Guest: Anita Frederiksen
In the light of the Norway's women's beach handball team's refusal to wear bikini bottoms during their match at the European Beach Handball Championship, we about dress codes for women playing beach sport.

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Mango goes into business rescue

27 July 2021 4:00 PM

Guest: Guy Leitch | Editor at SA Flyer Magazine

Budget airline Mango has again been grounded, this time for its failure to pay air traffic control fees leaving passengers stranded as flights were suspended with immediate effect.
Its staff have reportedly not been paid for the past 2 months and they filed a motion at the Johannesburg high court yesterday to force the company into business rescue.
Mango was grounded in April this year for non-payment of its Airports Company of South Africa bills.

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Bianca Buitendag takes the silver medal in the first ever Women's Surfing at the Olympics

27 July 2021 3:33 PM

Guest:Robin de Kock

Bianca Buitendag earlier today won a silver medal in the women's surfing at the Olympic Games on what was a fantastic day for Team South Africa in Tokyo.
The 27-year-old from George went into the competition seeded 17th out of a field of 20, but upstaged second seed Caroline Marks of the US to reach the final.

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Opinion: This is the moment to rebuild South Africa from the bottom up

26 July 2021 6:04 PM

Guest: Jay Naidoo | Former labour union organiser and government minister, as well as social entrepreneur and global thought leader

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SIU says Digital Vibes tender is deeply flawed

26 July 2021 5:36 PM

Guest: Pieter-Louis Myburgh | Author of ‘Gangster State’ and Investigative Journalist at Daily Maverick

An investigation by the Daily Maverick Scorpio team has so far revealed that both health minister Zweli Mkhize, who is currently on special leave, and his family benefited financially from monies disbursed by Digital Vibes.  
Investigative journalist, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, says new filings from the Special Investigating Unit concerning its contract with the Department of Health illustrate how the tender process was allegedly ‘rigged’ to favour the communications firm.

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Setback for Boks in first Test against British & Irish Lions

26 July 2021 5:26 PM

Guest: Craig Ray | Sports Editor  at Daily Maverick

Writing in the Daily Maverick following the Springboks defeat this weekend in their first test against the British & Irish Lions, its sports editor, Craig Ray says the Boks won't have to look far for inspiration.

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British inventor unveils first electric 'Iron Man' jet suit

26 July 2021 4:49 PM

Guest: Richard Browning

British inventor unveils first electric 'Iron Man' jet suit that can fly at an altitude of 12,000 feet
 
British inventor, Richard Browning, has created 1,050 hp jet-engine powered 'jet suit' that is being called the “Iron Man” suit … in reference to the Marvel Comics character of that name. 

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Back to school

26 July 2021 4:22 PM

Guest: Debbie Schafer | MEC for Education at Western Cape - Government

In his address to the nation last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa said schools would re-open today according to strict health protocols and other measures announced by the Minister of Basic Education.

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Update on J&J vaccines

26 July 2021 4:08 PM

Guest: Dr Keith Cloete | Head of Health at Western Cape Department Of Health

In his address to the nation last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the country is scheduled to receive around 31 million additional doses from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson within the next 2 to 3 months.
This supply pipeline, he said, means that there will be sufficient vaccine doses available for the rest of the year. 
Today, Aspen Pharmacare said it will release the first batch of the J&J Covid-19 vaccines on Monday from its Gqeberha manufacturing site in the Eastern Cape.

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Nkandla should be turned into a hotel

26 July 2021 4:03 PM

Guest: Larry Claasen | Financial journalist and deputy director at Moneyweb

With Jacob Zuma, facing a R18.2 million legal bill, Business Insider SA editor, Larry Claasen, suggests that the former president should consider turning his sprawling Nkandla homestead into a boutique hotel to cover the costs.

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