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Central authorities are still important to create legitimacy in a cryptocurrency. Shutterstock

The blockchain does not eliminate the need for trust

You may have imagined the blockchain would lead to a world without governments or institutions veryifying transactions, research shows that it probably won't.
The physicality of gold is both a plus and a minus. AAP/Laurent Gillieron

Why ‘digital gold’ won’t ever kill off the real thing

New financial innovations and products are constantly being touted as the safe haven of the future. But physical gold has properties that will cause it to stick around.
A student beats the statue of Cecil John Rhodes with a belt as it is removed from the University of Cape Town. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Colonial legacy of mining pioneers poses a dilemma for South Africans

The Randlords left a big dilemma in their wake: contemporary South Africa is not sure whether to thank them for bringing civilisation, or to curse them for complicating future race relations.

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