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World

Trailblazing US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies; succession battle looms

Today at 06:42 AM, via News24

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a stalwart liberal on the US Supreme Court since 1993, died on Friday at age 87, giving President Donald Trump a chance to expand its conservative majority with a third appointment at a time of deep divisions in America with a presidential election looming.

Africa

Inside Zim’s illicit gold mine trade

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Desperate people mine the mineral, but it is ‘untouchable big people’, including top state officials, who reap the real benefits

Business

March is ‘D-Day’ for emigrating South Africans and expats

Today at 07:05 AM, via BusinessTech

 The Draft Tax Law Amendment Bill (TLAB), published by National Treasury at the end of July, contains a number of proposed changes will have an impact on South African taxpayers, says Thomas Lobban, tax associate at Tax Consulting South Africa.

Business

What to know about buying property on auction

Today at 07:00 AM, via Fin24

Buying property at an auction does not necessarily guarantee that you’ll get a better deal, but there are tips on how to approach it, an expert explains.

Politics

Clicks-bait: EFF MP’s new parole probe

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Kenny Motsamai, a parolee who is also an EFF MP, could be sent back to jail if correctional services finds he violated his parole conditions

Politics

State Security Agency pours cold water on Lana Marks ‘assassination plot’

Yesterday at 20:24 PM, via SABC News

South Africa’s State Security Agency has poured cold water on allegations that Iran was plotting to assassinate the United States Ambassador to South Africa. In a statement, the intelligence agency says the information provided is not sufficient to sustain the allegation.

Sport

Rafa Nadal sweeps into Rome quarter-finals

Today at 07:55 AM, via News24

Rafael Nadal swept aside Serb Dusan Lajovic to reach the Italian Open quarter-finals as he warms up on clay before bidding to match the all-time Grand Slam record in Roland Garros.

Education

‘Seeing my son’s development was incredible’: the parents sticking with home schooling beyond lockdown

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

For many, the lack of formal education was tough. But some families are choosing not to go back to the school gate

It’s no secret that imposed home schooling during lockdown was tough on many parents. By June, one in three women and one in five men reported difficulties to the Office for National Statistics. They also said that a child in their house was struggling to continue their education...

Education

South Africa: Future of Universities Bound to Their Social Compact

Yesterday at 17:16 PM, via AllAfrica

[UCT] COVID-19 has shown that the future and relevance of universities worldwide is bound to their social compact – research and knowledge that serves society – and their resilience. Their adaptability and agility in the face of the pandemic and lockdown saw many changing in ways unimaginable just months ago, said Professor Stephen Toope.

Entertainment

Donovan Goliath takes on the news

Yesterday at 19:22 PM, via The Citizen

Goliath chats to the Citizen about his new role on The Lite Show; a show focused on wrapping up the weekly headlines in a witty way, giving South Africans the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest news while enjoying a good laugh.

Entertainment

TIFF 2020 kicks off a strange start to the Oscars race

Yesterday at 18:28 PM, via CNN

The Toronto International Film Festival, of seemingly endless sprawl, had its wings clipped this year. Instead of the thousands of titles bulging at the program’s seams, there was a svelte 50 or so. Blame the pandemic. Release schedules have been rejigged, some films will wait for 2021; Netflix bolted when award bodies overhauled qualification rules. Still, Toronto’s trim selection brought...

Science/Tech

How to cancel your TV licence

Today at 07:00 AM, via MyBroadband

Here is who can be exempted from paying a TV licence – and how to cancel.

Science/Tech

Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Scientists face potential struggle to convince people of vaccine safety as celebrities join misinformation chorus

Full report: engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts treblesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

On one side is the “anti-vax” movement, a constellation of groupings drawn from across the ideological spectrum, far-right opportunists and celebrities...

Science/Tech

Space oddity: Australia launches 35kg commercial rocket into atmosphere

Today at 06:37 AM, via The Guardian

Dart rocket, which is just 3.4m long, is part of Australia’s $7bn investment in space technologies

A small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time.

The Dart rocket, carrying an air force radio prototype, was launched from the Koonibba rocket range in South Australia on Saturday.

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Motoring

New Golf 8 GTI race car to make SA debut in GTC series

Today at 07:25 AM, via Wheels24

The first Volkswagen Golf GTI race car will make its South African debut later in September, at Red Star Raceway near Delmas in the opening round of the Global Touring Car series.

Health

Tracking Covid-19 Live Updates: Global Coverage

Yesterday at 20:29 PM, via New York Times

Israel becomes one of the few countries to impose a second nationwide lockdown. In the U.S., Joe Biden tries to focus the campaign on President Trump’s virus performance.