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  • Invest in a stranger: buy a book
    South Africans are urged to invest in others by buying a book for someone who cannot afford one, during National Book Week. A host of local book retailers are taking part in the #BUYABOOK campaign by selling books from R20.
  • South African biofuel project recognised for sustainability
    In recognition of its sustainable properties, Project Solaris has received certification from Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. It's a stamp of approval for reducing greenhouse gases, developing a rural area, and safeguarding the natural environment.
  • South African team uncovers answers to the origin of turtles
    Wits University's Evolutionary Studies Institute has uncovered prehistoric secrets about the evolution of the turtle based on a 260 million-year-old fossil found in the Karoo, perhaps ending a "vigorous debate that has been going on for as long as we've had a theory of evolution".
  • Africa: advancing gender equality in ocean economy, navy
    South African Zimasa Mabela made history on 26 August when she took command of the SAS Umhloti as the first African woman to captain an active navy vessel. The Institute for Security Studies says there is a shift in gender equality in the maritime sector, with Africa leading the way.
  • Popular baby names in South Africa
    A report revealed by Statistics South Africa has unveiled the most popular names for babies in the country for last year. Overall, the names that have made it into the top 10 list have a positive meaning. Stats SA also reported that slightly more male babies were born in the last two decades.