Stories of Note

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A EUROPEAN court has ruled that the time millions of workers spend travelling to and from work must count as work — and they must be paid for it. Involving workers without fixed workplaces such as electricians, care workers and sale reps, this will benefit millions of EU public and private sector employees. A court has ruled that time spent traveling to and from work is “work”lunchbox

IVF for buffaloes. That’s another first for South Africa. It’s good for conservation and the bottom line, considering how much a buffalo with the right-shaped horns can fetch. WATCH: Limpopo vet presents world's first test-tube buffalo calf

A meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) gets under way in Johannesburg this weekend. Here is what you need to know and what species will be the subject of the most relevant discussion for South Africa:

How CITES works, and 5 species to look out for
In defence of the rhino
The ban on ivory sales has been an abject failure. A rethink is needed

In My Opinion

Matters of debate

Jimmy Manyi is an articulate man who dresses well but runs with a bad crowd. It would be interesting to hear what Manyi’s fellow Harvard alumni — this institution produces more billionaires than anywhere else — think about one of their own supporting ministers like Des van Rooyen, Mosebenzi Zwane and Faith Muthambi, and people like Dudu Myeni. Scheming Manyi risks being left high and dry

Former Sowetan editor Mpumelelo Mkhabela blames SA’s academics and students for the country’s failure to produce a funding model for university education. This exposes the intelligentsia’s failure to come up with research-based ideas and solutions to problems. #FeesMustFall: The crisis of ideas

Someone is doing something nice for refugees. Cameroon, where more than 300,000 refugees live, has so far paid for group weddings for 200 refugee couple, with support from the UN’s refugee agency. Marriage benefits help couples start new lives. Married women in Cameroon can inherit a spouse’s property, and report them to authorities if they abandon their families. Cameroon’s group weddings for refugees offer an unexpected benefit for women

Finding Alpha

The long and the short of the markets

Political divisions have now replaced low growth and debt-stabilisation challenges as SA’s number one credit weakness, says Moody’s. Representatives of the agency are in SA reviewing its prospects with a view to updating its ratings on November 25. Credit ratings: On the bright side

Major ad agencies pitch for the massive MTN account — also Liberty Group’s. MTN, Liberty accounts up for grabs

American beef is once again headed for supermarkets and restaurants in China, a $1.8bn market once wiped out by mad cow disease. After 13 years, China has decided US beef is good again

Sounding it out

Podcasts and broadcasts

A new parenting class is being offered to single Japanese men—to help them find a wife.

The class, called ikumen, is supposed to be an added certificate that bachelors can add to their marriage “resume” when working with matchmakers. It includes lessons on how to bathe, feed and change the diapers of a newborn, as well as activities that let the men experience what pregnancy feels like.

A recent study found that almost 60% of unmarried men between the ages of 18 and 34 in Japan aren’t even dating. That fact alone may very well make the class, priced at 30,000 yen, or $390, worth it. It’s the first class of its kind to be held in Tokyo. Single men in Japan are taking parenting classes to make themselves more attractive to women

Oh, Very Twitty

The lighter side of the web

comparison of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe reveals stark similarities