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Until recently, most people’s knowledge about Panama was limited to the 77km-long Panama Canal, which…

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SA credit downgrade – braced for impact


On 4 December 2015, the international credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) revised SA’s…


Where to for central banks?


Written by: Matthew Britain

This article serves to justify two points. First, central banks have largely…


Sasol rides out oil price lows

Local Focus

Since the start of 2015 the Sasol share price has fluctuated while oil and chemical…


Rare piece of Earth

After enjoying a bottle of Kobus du Plessis’s delicious Virgin Earth ‘The Peppertree’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Gary Cotterell decided it was time to find out more about the estate and this maverick of the wine industry.

Virgin Earth derives its name from the unique terroir of the Langeberg-Garcia, which has some of the oldest, unplanted agricultural soils in the world. To find the estate you take the R323 north off the N2 from Riversdale, which leads you through the beautiful Garcia Pass before turning off onto a 10km stretch of dirt road. Here the temperature drops about 5˚C within a few kilometers as you climb the lower slopes of the ancient Langeberg Mountain Range, ultimately reaching this remarkable piece of earth.

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The editor's note

Our editor muses about the fine art of champagne and the fine arts.

I’m a big fan of many of our local MCCs (Method Cap Classique) and need no permission or special occasion to enjoy them. When it comes to the French stuff though, in my book, there is no finer Champagne house than Ruinart, and their prestige cuvée Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.

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