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    Parastatals needing to be scrapped: Create your list

    Create your list of 1 to 5. With 1 being the most urgent to be scrapped (fiscus drain, incompetence etc) to less urgent. You can provide reasons underneath or beside your list if you wish. For me: 1- SAA (unnecessary and expensive) 2-SAPO (unnecessary and incompetent) 3-Telkom (completely...
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    Meat cut prices craziness...

    Hi all. This may have been discussed elsewhere, but I can't immediately find it so I'll assume this is a new thread topic. Wtf is going on with prices of meat cuts versus EACH OTHER. I am not necessarily complaining about the cost of beef cuts in general, but versus each other. Let's take a...
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    Home loans for people who can afford home loans?

    Question... Slight rant. But really seek advice. Moved town a while ago. Am a medical professional. Am working for a really prestigious private practice for the past 7 months on a permanent basis. My book is getting busier and busier. My wife and I are renting since we moved here and have...
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    Ice cream chocolate bars from the 90s?

    I am struggling to remember the name of one. Maybe I am going crazy? Let me begin by acknowledging that there are some chocolate ice cream bars in the form of the famous chocolate bars on the market today. But they seem to either have a stick attached (Crunchie, Lunch Bar) or they are just...
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    Injecting fat/oil and flavouring into steak?

    Well, here we are. A Sunday with not much to do today other than consider dinner. I have a beef fillet that I got at a crazy low price. I prefer other cuts of beef for a steak, but fillet has its place. It's downside really being lower flavour and lower fat content. So it is usually a steak...
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    Boxing: Alvarez vs Smith: where to watch?

    Should be a cracker of a fight. But I can't seem to find which channel to watch it on. Any suggestions for live stream or somesuch? Anyone?
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    USB wifi dongle antenna?

    Hi! I have fibre at home. 10Mbps.The standard issue mikrotik router is downstairs and is working fine. Have my Telkom Lit box working beautifully for years. Downstairs, where the router is, our phones, on the mbb speed test get around 9.7Mbps. Upstairs, they get around 8-9. I have a laptop that...
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    Do good restaurants marinade steak before flame-grilling or pan-searing?

    Alright, let's think a bit away from covid. And perhaps oneday we can afford steaks again. But here is the question and the issue: A good steakhouse steak always tastes better than steak done at home. I KNOW that many of you (@Randhir etc) will mouth off at me saying things like a proper steak...
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    Weak Rand- but get offshore

    Listen, I ain't no doomsday prophet. I am usually one of the positive okes. And, also, I am not gonna emigrate. But lately, with this covid krap, the ridiculously poor economic performance of SA leading up to it and an uneasy feeling going forwards, I am thinking of moving my nest-egg...
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    Liquidate non-essential businesses or what?

    Let us assume that one has, for example, a jewellery retail shop. And your overheads to cover your mall rent, plus insurance and wages and home(owner's drawings to survive) etc are, say R90k. And you, as business owner, have always been humble and miserly and have, for example R350k in savings...
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    Are masks compulsory in pharmacies now?

    I went to a local pharmacy (won't name them) this afternoon and was stopped at the door by a staff member who told me to put on my mask as the new regulations say that we need to wear masks in pharmacies now. I did not have a mask with me so the lady told me that I can purchase a disposable one...
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    Random appliances tripping Earth Leakage

    Hi all! Moved to Dirtbin less than a year ago and a few appliances have been tripping the ELCB seems especially when humidity is high. The pretty new Defy microwave, a pretty high-end iron and a kettle. Now, these items did not trip ELCB before moving here. And I really don't want to chuck them...
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    Courier Insurance for selling 2nd hand goods?

    Howdy kind folk. I have a lovely gift shop which sells, amongst other items, a lot of vintage and antique items- crystalware, bone-china, paintings, art-glass etc. I have been planning to add the next dimension to sales (to try to keep abreast of absurd mall lease payments) by selling online as...
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    Speedpoint, POS etc for small retail business

    Hey all, I have recently purchased a longstanding and small, pretty successful retail shop (gifts etc) and I will be taking over in about 2 months. I do not have a lot of experience in setup and managing of speedpoint, POS systems. The existing ol chap does have a standalone speedpoint and...
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    Modern Food Fussiness

    Hi all, I've been thinking a lot lately about the ridiculous criticism and fussiness that the general public worldwide (incl SA and esp incl the middle and upper middle class spectrum) has about food and drinks in general. In the past we were happy with Ricoffy and Ouma rusks and with a tjop...
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    Harrismith water crisis

    Hey guys, I don't live in Harrismith, but I have family there. The situation is worsening all the time. Electricity, roads, water etc. This post relates to water. I know how annoying it can be to have a water cut for a day. 2 is extra annoying. Harrismith had water cut (not at all due to...
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