The Daily Times

By Mintesnot, Emily, Noah, Ella and Carlos

Swimming with Penguins in South Africa

written by Mintesnot edited by Ella Benbow

There is only one place in the world you could swim with penguins. At Boulder's beach just outside of Simons Town in South AfricaIt is where you can find wild penguins outside of Antarctica. South of South Africa is cold enough for penguins to survive and live in Africa. It's one of the most important tourist attraction that lures people to South Africa.

South African Agricultural Sector

written by Mintesnot edited by Ella Benbow

South Africa is divided into a number of farming regions according to climate, natural vegetation, soil type and farming practices.Agricultural activities range from intensive crop production and mixed farming in winter rainfall and high summer rainfall areas to cattle ranching in the bushveld and sheep farming in more arid regions. Small farmers aren't able to compete with big farms they flood the market.

Scrapers in South Africa

Scrapers in South Africa

written by Mintesnot edited by Ella Benbow

There are quite high number of tall buildings to compete with LA and New York. For anyone actually familiar with Johannesburg, however, these ads simply didn’t compute. For one thing, the apartment block on offer—a 54-story tower called Ponte City—was hardly prime yuppie real estate. In fact, the tallest apartment building on the continent. At cape town there is a building construction which is believe to be the tallest in the Continent standing at 456 ft. The tallest proposed building is to be completed by 2018.

South African Government Introduces New App for Improved Governmental Participation

By Emily Kiernan, Edited by Ella Benbow

In 2015, the government of the Republic of South Africa is focused on advancing life in South Africa for citizens and improving citizen participation in government. Right now in South Africa, there are many citizens living in the rural areas of the country who do not have access to the government and therefore find it hard to participate in. The government has come up with a cutting edge way to include all South African citizens in government activities: an app.

It was released on February 11th, 2015 by the Deputy Minister of the South African Department of Communications in Cape Town. The goal of the app is to connect South African citizens with governmental materials. On the app, you can read news articles, listen to speeches, contact the government through social media or email, explore different services offered by the government, and learn more about South Africa. It is now available on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store for free! The SA Government App was developed by Cape Town-based company Creative Spark, according to

This is just one of the many examples of South Africa further incorporating technology into everyday life. This is actually the second app launched by the government, following a newspaper app called Vuk’uzenzele, which allows readers worldwide to access the newspaper run by the South African government. Vuk’uzenzele was launched in November 2014, which is also when the government so began to install free WiFI in public buildings in Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa. These will make it much easier for poorer citizens to connect with the outside world as well as improve everyday life.

Despite Rocky Past, South Africa Tries to Pave the Way for a Pleasant Economic Future

Written by Ella Benbow
Edited by Emily Kiernan
The economy of South Africa is heavily dependent on mining, especially in the international sector. A recent statistic says that a shocking 60% of international revenue is brought by mining. This means that recent mining strikes have had negative effects on the entire country as international business has decreased. There is also an unemployment rate of about 24% on top of the many striking miners. As the United States has withdrawn money, the value of the Rand (the South African currency) has gone down about 20%. There have also been several scandals involving South African presidents taking the country’s money for their own projects, most recently President Zuma, who was accused of stealing the equivalent of around 32 million dollars for his country home.

The initial economic redevelopment plan that South Africa constructed the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Since South Africa became a democratic nation in 1994, both economic prosperity and labor equality have been important goals. The initial work of the RDP was very impactful and made a lot of improvements of the lifestyle of the South African people, specifically the low income families. Despite this, a new policy was started in 1996 and replaced again in both 2005 and 2013. The South African economy has been rocky, but hopefully the new plan can stay in place for a while and set up South Africa for a growing and prosperous economic future.

South African School Gets Burned Down

Written by CArlos Diaz, Edited by Noah Taylor
On March 13, 2012 students at Menziwa High School, Eastern Cape burnt down their school. This was in retaliation to the government failing to fix the infrastructure of the school. Menziwa High School had originally formed part of a court case that was launched last week against the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and the nine provincial MECs for Education. It seeks a court order that would force Minister Motshekga to prescribe minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure. However, Menziwa High School withdrew from the legal action following a promise from the Eastern Cape Government to rebuild the school. Construction was meant to begin in November 2011 and the handover was meant to occur in February 2012 but it never happened. Members of the Student Representative Council, who were angered that new classrooms had not been built, told everyone to vacate the buildings before they set it on fire.
The students destructive action and desperation impacts the schools history. Menziwa has been struggling to function with a terrible infrastructure for many years. It was damaged on December 20, 2010 when it was struck by a tornado and then by a severe storm in March 2011. Students at Menziwa’s attended class in five shutter-board classrooms that all lacked significant portions of their walls. Heavy metal gutters hung from the roof and all the windows had either been broken or blown out by strong winds. In some classrooms, electrical wiring was exposed. As a result of the pre-existing inadequacies and the weather damage the condition of the school infrastructure posed a risk to the physical safety of the students and obstructed their ability to attain a basic education. The effect of the failing infrastructure was evident on student attendance, enrollment and results. Following the weather damage to the school enrollment dropped from 416 to 306 learners and the Matric pass rate dropped from 46% in 2006 to 10% in 2010. This. All resulted in the burning of the school as an act trying to have a say in the government.

South African Fires Interrupt Bike Race

written by Noah Taylor, edited by Carlos Diaz

Open to both licensed and unlicensed riders, the 38 year old Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycling event in the world, and also one of the toughest. This year, however, the bicycle race will be shortened to a distance of only 47 kilometers, as many of the roads on this tough yet scenic bicycling route have been closed due to fires sweeping across Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

For the last four days the Southern Peninsula, which the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour traditionally passes through, has been on fire.

Due to the unsafe conditions and ashes that the fires have left behind, many of the usual roads were deemed unsafe by race officials on wednesday.

"It has become clear that the safety of cyclists cannot be guaranteed on Chapman's Peak," David Bellairs, Marketing Director for the Cape Town Tour, told reporters.

These fire’s aren’t expected to affect the attendance of the race too much, however, as an estimated 35,000 cyclists, most of whom foreigners, are expected to compete in the race sunday morning.

Three homes have been destroyed and several others damaged by the wind-fueled fires, as well as much of the vegetation on Table Mountain. Officials say that without this vegetation retaining the mountainside, rock falls have occurred. No injuries have yet been reported.

Cape Town firefighters have worked tirelessly to subdue the flames, and experienced pilots have flown helicopters above the flames to drop water. Authorities say that tghe fire is now under control.

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