10 Apr 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Stating the obvious

Your government cares about you, you'll be pleased to know, and has taken note of your concerns (but not reduced its tax take etc, mind) regarding the latest fuel price increase, which has seen the liquid gold you pour into your precious metal going to highest price ever. But here's some excellent advice for you, just in case you hadn't thought of it already... our Energy Minister Dipuo Peters suggests it might be a good idea for you to be a bit more economical in terms of your fuel use, given the rocketing price of fuel.

That's all very well, but given the magnificence of our public transport systems, and the fact that commuting to and from work makes up by far the highest portion of your time behind the wheel, there's not a huge amount we can do to mitigate the effects of the fuel price, other than forming lift clubs and such-like.

On the rhino horn front, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has cracked the whip on unregistered rhino horn stockpiles and says that if you have any rhino horns in your possession, you need to register them. She says doing so will "help us fight against poaching".

The only problem with that, of course, is that poachers are not really that concerned about the Biodiversity Act of 2004 that requires that everyone who is in possession of a stockpile of horns should have a permit.

On the movie front, it's coming up for exactly 100 years ago that Captain Smith decided a few lumps of ice were not much to worry about, ordered "full ahead" - and ploughed the Titanic into one - sinking the ship and killing hundreds of passengers and crew. So, it's a fitting time, writes Daniel Dercksen, for the Titanic to sail off again, this time in 3D.

Henrie Geyser, Bizcommunity.com's very own motoring editor and the sexiest member of the media motoring fraternity, says the new Mini roadster - which has lost its roof and back seats and been transformed into a fully-fledged little sports car - is the sexiest Mini ever made.

Rod Baker, content director

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