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South Africa

Gauteng MEC Motara tests positive for COVID-19

Today at 06:46 AM, via SABC News

Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development Tasneem Motara has tested positive for the coronavirus. Motara received her results on Friday after testing on Wednesday.

South Africa

Coronavirus cases at Correctional Services jump to 2 725

Yesterday at 22:38 PM, via SABC News

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Correctional Services is 2 725, comprising of 1 447 officials and 1 278 inmates.  Active cases are standing at 830. 

Politics

Ramaphosa commends Mpumalanga’s COVID-19 response strategy

Yesterday at 16:29 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is concerned with the job losses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa was speaking during his visit to assess Mpumalanga province’s response to the coronavirus in Mbombela. 

Education

Malawi: Teachers and Mothers Join Forces to Keep Girls in School in Malawi

Yesterday at 17:27 PM, via AllAfrica

[UNFPA] Lilongwe -Isaac Zatha, the headmaster of Chapita Primary School in the Malawian district of Salima, spent years watching his girl students disappear from class when they were married off or became pregnant. “Every month, I would receive a report of a girl dropping out and by the end of the term, the numbers were significant,” he recounted.

Education

Africa: UNAIDS Chief Winnie Byanyima – Preventing New HIV Infections Globally Is Our Top Priority

Yesterday at 17:05 PM, via AllAfrica

[Africa Renewal] Ms. Winnie Byanyima is the new Executive Director of the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN entity tasked with fighting HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS-related deaths. She spoke with Africa Renewal’s Zipporah Musau about her priorities in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa: Here are excerpts:

Education

University admissions overhaul looks set to fail | Letters

Yesterday at 16:50 PM, via The Guardian

Readers say the reforms are mere window-dressing and that coronavirus has provided an opportunity to pause and address the vital questions about what education is for

The government’s plan to reform England’s university admissions system is yet another example of providing window-dressing rather than changes that will have effective outcomes (Ministers may move university applications to...

Entertainment

Megan Thee Stallion won’t stay quiet

Yesterday at 20:00 PM, via IOL

Megan Thee Stallion will “always” speak up on topics she believes in, as she isn’t worried about “saying the wrong thing”.

Entertainment

AKA steps back into his Jordans

Yesterday at 16:57 PM, via The Citizen

Never far from controversy, the rapper claimed in May that in his short partnership with Reebok to create SneAKA, he was never paid.  

Science/Tech

Fresh Calls For Guarantees on Digital Taxation in Future UK-US Trade Deal

Today at 06:00 AM, via Slashdot

One of America’s largest internet advocacy groups has published a six-point wish list for a future UK-US trade deal, including calls for no unilateral digital taxes. From a report: The Internet Association’s new white paper calls for a future trade deal to include provisions to ensure the free flow of information between the two countries, a guarantee to not unilaterally impose taxes on digital...

Science/Tech

WHO Sees First Results From COVID Drug Trials Within Two Weeks

Today at 05:00 AM, via Slashdot

The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. From a report: “Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial,” he told a news briefing, referring to clinical studies the...

Motoring

Hamilton tops time sheets in Austrian GP second practice

Yesterday at 17:47 PM, via Wheels24

Lewis Hamilton began his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title by topping the times as Formula 1 roared back with a full day’s practice for the belated season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

Health

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

Yesterday at 20:01 PM, via New York Times

The tragic history of “I can’t breathe.” Why you can have a kid or a job right now, not both. How Brooklyn Drill went global. Farewell, Carl Reiner. And more.

Nature

Sinking of the MV Treasure – marking South Africa’s worst environmental disaster

23 June at 13:09 PM, via CapeNature

By Kevin Shaw, Team Leader: Ecology | Biodiversity Intelligence The 23rd of June 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the MV Treasure between Robben and Dassen Island.  The Treasure was a bulk ore iron carrier that had suffered structural damage in storms and when it sank on the morning of the 23rd it leaked about […]