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South Africa

Concerns over SABC News’ independence following Magopeni’s axing

Today at 20:26 PM, via SABC News

The Head of Media Monitoring Africa William Bird says allegations of political interference at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) need to be taken seriously and must be properly investigated. Bird was commenting on the SABC’s decision to fire Head of News Phathiswa Magopeni with immediate effect – citing a breakdown of trust.

South Africa

3 789 new coronavirus cases reported in SA

Today at 19:46 PM, via SABC News

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD ) has reported 3 789 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 598 288.


Zuma’s leave to appeal case back in court on Monday

Today at 15:06 PM, via SABC News

Former President Jacob Zuma’s application for leave to appeal the dismissal of his special plea by the Pietermaritzburg High Court will be heard on Monday. Judge Piet Koen dismissed Zuma’s plea in which he asked for the recusal of Advocate Billy Downer in October last year and set the trial date for 11 April.


‘It shouldn’t hurt’: demystifying rapid Covid testing for kids as Australian schools reopen

Today at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

How-to videos, practice runs and going ‘low and slow’ when swabbing can ensure at-home rapid Covid tests go smoothly, doctors say

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Students will return to school in several states and territories from next week.

The New South Wales and...


Graduates in England face ‘tax rise by stealth’ on student loans

Today at 20:33 PM, via The Guardian

Freeze on repayment threshold for next tax year means those on £30,000 a year will pay £113 more

Millions of graduates face higher repayments on their student loans next year, after the government announced a “tax rise by stealth” that will cost many £100 or more a year.

A graduate in England earning £30,000 a year will pay an additional £113 in the coming tax year, after the universities...


Boris Johnson’s agenda gripped by paralysis as he fights to survive

Today at 19:39 PM, via The Guardian

Analysis: Tory MPs are challenging policies they don’t like while other initiatives are going nowhere as No 10 firefights the crisis around the PM

Faced with the fight of his political life, Boris Johnson now risks being held hostage by assertive Tory backbenchers making demands on a range of fronts including national insurance and vaccine mandates.

Other policies are also now stuck in...


Namibia: NSFAF Eyes Increased Budget

Today at 17:11 PM, via AllAfrica

[New Era] The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund hopes an increased budget, to N$1.6 billion, to cater for the expected increased number of applicants during the 2022 academic year, will be approved.


The set of ‘The Queen’ welcomes a group of students

Today at 17:44 PM, via Eyewitness News

During the tour, some of the students shared amongst themselves how difficult it had been to imagine that one day they would work on a set in a career path they had chosen due.


‘The Afterparty’ turns its comedic murder mystery into more of an afterthought

Today at 15:53 PM, via CNN

Telling stories from shifting perspectives a la “Rashomon” has become pretty commonplace in premium-TV and streaming, from Showtime’s “The Affair” to Netflix’s “Clickbait.” Enter “The Afterparty,” an Apple TV+ comedy series with one murder, plenty of suspects and minimal intrigue — the sort of show that’s modestly entertaining but doesn’t bring enough to the party.


‘Janet Jackson’ tells the singer’s story, but it’s clear who’s in control

Today at 15:50 PM, via CNN

Janet Jackson gave a documentary crew access for five years, but with Jackson and brother Randy Jackson serving as executive producers the resulting project, “Janet Jackson,” feels too conspicuously like a licensed product. Addressing some uncomfortable parts of her biography but sidestepping others, it’s pretty obvious who’s in control here.


The Crypto Selloff Wiped $7 Billion Off Corporate Balance Sheets

Today at 20:18 PM, via Slashdot

At least 26 public corporations are holding bitcoin on their balance sheets, according to data compiled by cryptocurrency analytics firm CoinGecko. Since the price of cryptocurrencies began to plummet in November, they’ve collectively lost nearly $7 billion. Quartz reports: The price of Bitcoin peaked above $67,000 on Nov. 8, but has since fallen 46%. Corporate crypto holdings for the largest...


South Africa wants more money from World Bank

Today at 20:01 PM, via MyBroadband

South Africa’s government is in talks with the World Bank to secure additional funding, according to people familiar with the discussions.


The most popular and searched-for used cars in South Africa

Today at 17:00 PM, via BusinessTech

Searches for electric vehicles (EVs) surged by 110% to half a million in 2021, while over 637 million online vehicle searches were conducted last year, with many searches geared towards aspirational brands. These are just some of the trends to emerge in the latest AutoTrader Car Industry Report.