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Alistair Fairweather
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A greyhound of capital with a love for cats, cinema and the absurd.
A greyhound of capital with a love for cats, cinema and the absurd.

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The word “drone” has negative connotations for many people. Some think of deadly drone strikes by the US military, others of amateur snoops invading their privacy. But, like any tool, drones can be a force for good as well as ill. One example is the…

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The ongoing exposê of the Panama Papers is the most significant leak of compromising data since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA. What few people realise is the vital role played by African journalists in the unravelling of this enormous trove…

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If you need evidence that LG is capable of making world-class handsets, have a look at the new G5 smartphone. LG’s new flagship handset is a polished and compelling entrant into the high end of the smartphone market. I’m a lifelong Apple geek, but the…

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Canadians have a reputation for good manners and neighbourliness. How do you get a Canadian to apologise? Step on their foot, according to the old joke. But there’s nothing well mannered or neighbourly about Canadian police using Blackberry’s global…

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It’s no secret that the games industry is enormous and growing quickly. Most estimates put the industry at over $60 billion in 2015. So when one of the most popular online games makes a significant tweak to its business model, you’d expect people to pay…

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Yesterday WhatsApp flipped a switch and gave over a billion users end-to-end encryption for all their messages – text, images, voice and videos. But what does that actually mean for ordinary users? For the vast majority of us, it means very little. In…

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What a difference two years can make. The herd of private technology startups worth over $1 billion – dubbed “unicorns” – is looking decidedly skittish. Funding is drying up and the expected rivers of revenue have not yet begun to flow. On Friday Quartz…

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We all love rags to riches stories. The underdog who overcomes all odds to succeed on the world stage appeals to something elemental in all of us. But Dr. Lerothodi Leeuw’s story is even more significant. Instead of riches he has chosen to serve humanity…

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To most of you reading this post, R300 is not a lot of money. It’s a meal at a nice restaurant. It’s what you spend on data for your iPhone in a month. It’s what you spend on coffee in a fortnight. But for R300 you can make a little person with a very…

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Most of my pension money is managed by Allan Gray. That’s a conscious choice, not something I inherited from a particular employer. And when I get one one of the quarterly email newsletters from the folks at Allan Gray even if I only glance at it, I feel…
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