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WEDNESDAY, 20 JANUARY 2021, 21:38

South Africa

Chief Billy Mampuru passes on

Today at 21:12 PM, via SABC News

I hereby confirm the sad passing away of Kgoshikhulu Mampuru the third.

Business

Sibanye reports bumper production for 2020

Today at 20:50 PM, via Fin24

Sibanye’s platinum production from SA mines exceeded the company’s 2020 targets by 9%, thanks to a 40% increase in the second half output compared to the first half of 2020.

Business

SA wealth tax could raise R160 billion

Today at 19:33 PM, via Fin24

An annual wealth tax on the net worth of South Africa’s richest people could raise as much as R160 billion and would narrow inequality, a study showed.

Politics

Naudé concedes Aggett may have been assaulted before he died

Today at 16:42 PM, via SABC News

Former security branch police officer, Martin Naudé, has conceded that it’s possible that anti-apartheid activist, Neil Aggett may have been assaulted a month before he died at the then John Vorster Square police station in Johannesburg, in the early 1980s.

Politics

EPWP recruitment process under scrutiny in Taung

Today at 16:04 PM, via SABC News

Some disgruntled residents of Taung village in the North West, have expressed concern at the process of recruitment for the Extended Public Works Programme.

Politics

Legal showdown between Bandile Masuku and SIU set for Thursday

Today at 11:42 AM, via Times Live

Former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku will on Thursday attempt to convince the high court in Pretoria to declare the Special Investigating Unit’s findings against him unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid.

Education

Big Changes to the SAT

Today at 19:25 PM, via New York Times

Advanced Placement tests will take prominence as the college entrance exam phases out subject tests and the optional essay.

Education

Universities doing all they can for students | Letter

Today at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

Dr Tim Bradshaw says Russell Group universities are working hard to provide a high-quality learning experience

It is wrong to suggest that universities have not put the interests of students at the heart of their response to the pandemic (The government has failed thousands of students in England. They deserve a refund, 14 January).

From the start, Russell Group universities have worked hard to...

Education

Music A-level: exam board says it was wrong to drop only black composer

Today at 18:46 PM, via The Guardian

Edexcel initially defended decision to cut British jazz artist Courtney Pine from course

An exam board has admitted it was wrong to drop the work of the British jazz artist Courtney Pine from its A-level music course, thereby leaving no black composers on the course’s syllabus.

The Guardian revealed this month that Edexcel had cut Pine’s compositions from the works in its jazz and popular...

Education

Rashford demands a ‘meal a day’ for all school pupils in need

Today at 16:56 PM, via The Guardian

Footballer says his campaign to end child food poverty in England still has a ‘million miles to go’

The footballer Marcus Rashford has called on ministers to offer a guaranteed “meal a day” to all school pupils in England in financially struggling families as he warned that his campaign to end child food poverty still had a “million miles to go”.

In a recorded video hearing with the Commons...

Entertainment

Trump’s ‘reality TV presidency’ gets a new, more produced look with Biden TV

Today at 21:20 PM, via CNN

Much has been written about Donald Trump’s “TV presidency,” and how the former reality-TV star sought to produce his time in the White House. Throughout his presidential campaign, however, Joe Biden’s team — in its adherence to Covid protocols — has been shaped through the language of television, creating crowd-pleasing TV moments minus the crowds.

Science/Tech

Ajit Pai is Officially Out of the FCC

Today at 21:10 PM, via Slashdot

Ajit Pai, the man who killed net neutrality, enacted a series of industry-friendly deregulatory moves for big telecom, and drank from a gigantic mug, is no longer around to terrorize the internet. The FCC confirmed to Motherboard that Pai is officially gone: “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today concluded his four years as Chairman, eight years as a Commissioner, and twelve...

Science/Tech

Boeing Curbed Rocket Test Over Hydraulics Issue, NASA Says

Today at 20:35 PM, via Slashdot

Boeing’s test of the largest rocket in U.S. history ended earlier than expected on Jan. 16 because a hydraulic-system setting exceeded a preset limit, dealing another setback to the company’s space ambitions. From a report: The first firing of all four RS-25 engines on the Space Launch System rocket ended just 67.2 seconds into the planned eight-minute test. The so-called hot fire exercise at...

Health

The Benefits of Moderate Exercise

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

High-intensity workouts get a lot of attention and can be great for health. But moderate physical activity may have metabolic advantages.

Nature

Fish migrations: they would swim 500 miles and they would swim 500 more

Today at 18:23 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn and Alexis Olds Migration is a widespread but highly complicated and diverse component to many fish species lives.  Migration can be strenuous and often consists of extremely long journeys. The life history stages of certain species rely heavily on migration. Fish will migrate for several reasons including escaping unfavourable conditions, moving to […]