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Obituary: Sir Sean Connery

Today at 14:26 PM, via BBC News

Sir Sean Connery left school at 13 and delivered milk, polished coffins and laid bricks.

South Africa

Nzimande condemns fatal shooting of KZN TVET college official

Today at 12:30 PM, via SABC News

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande has condemned a shooting incident, which claimed the life of the head of the infrastructure development at the Coastal TVET college in KwaMakhutha, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

Africa

21 people gunned down in northwestern Nigeria attack

Yesterday at 16:57 PM, via The Citizen

A surge in criminal activity has affected the region, where clashes over land and resources between ethnic Fulani herders and local farmers erupted more than a decade ago.

Business

South Africa’s second largest open medical aid scheme weighs in on NHI

Today at 13:00 PM, via BusinessTech

Lee Callakoppen, principal officer for South Africa’s second largest open medical aid scheme, Bonitas Medical Fund, talks about the reality of a National Health Insurance (NHI) – a proposed health financing system that is designed to pool funds to provide access to quality and affordable personal health services to all South Africans.

Politics

The elective process will be free and fair: DA’s Meyer

Today at 11:20 AM, via SABC News

Democratic Alliance (DA) Interim Federal Chairperson Ivan Meyer says the party is committed to refocusing on three principles in the lead up to the 2021 local government elections and the person elected to lead the DA will be charged with this as a priority.

Politics

LIVE: DA Elective Federal Congress 2020

Today at 09:29 AM, via SABC News

The Democratic Alliance’s election congress kicks off on Saturday and the two candidates contesting to be the party’s federal leader are confident of victory.

Sport

Simona Halep tests positive for Covid-19

Today at 14:40 PM, via News24

Simona Halep has tested positive for Covid-19 but the former women’s tennis world No 1 said she was “recovering well and feels good”.

Sport

Donaldson, Armitage share lead at Cyprus Open

Today at 13:28 PM, via News24

Jamie Donaldson and Marcus Armitage remain in a share of the lead at the Cyprus Open after resuming their second rounds on Saturday morning following the suspension of play on Friday due to fading light.

Education

Kenya: Full School Reopening Plans in Top Gear

Today at 12:37 PM, via AllAfrica

[Nation] Talks on full reopening of schools are at an advanced stage between the ministries of Health and Education despite the current spike in Covid-19 infections.

Education

‘Universities have sidelined the science,’ says academics’ leader

Today at 10:00 AM, via The Guardian

The new president of the University and College Union, herself suffering from long Covid, says staff are increasingly angry, as branches ballot their members

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One weekend in May, when Vicky Blake, the new president of the University and College Union, was supposed to be helping her father with some decorating, she realised she could...

Lifestyle

Your daily Horoscope for 31 October 2020

Today at 01:00 AM, via The South African

Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here’s a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today – completely free!

Entertainment

‘Roadkill’ is the latest politcal show to get run over by reality

Yesterday at 23:19 PM, via CNN

“Roadkill” is one of those classy British miniseries that looks right at home on PBS’ Masterpiece, even though it’s a contemporary story. But this tale of a politician wrestling with twin scandals — one involving corruption, the other in his personal life — seems quaint against the backdrop of modern politics, as fans of shows like “Veep” and “House of Cards,” once seen as enjoyably over the...

Science/Tech

Here’s why we need more African archaeologists | Sada Mire

Today at 14:00 PM, via The Guardian

The form that archaeology has taken in Europe doesn’t apply everywhere. Better knowledge of local cultures is vital

Cultural heritage is a basic human need. Yes – humans don’t only need food and shelter, culture is required for them to survive and thrive. Our cultural values glue us to one another and help us create security and a community. I believe that cultural and archaeological sites...

Health

Cruise Ships Can Get Ready to Set Sail Again, C.D.C. Says

Today at 00:02 AM, via New York Times

The C.D.C. has issued a conditional order toward certifying companies that can prove they can protect passengers and crews from the coronavirus. Actual travel by sea is still a distant wish.

Nature

The iconic Whale Trail has reopened after an extensive revamp

Wednesday at 12:26 PM, via CapeNature

The iconic and world class Whale trail hike in the De Hoop Nature Reserve will reopen on Wednesday, 28 October 2020. CapeNature prides itself on leading the way in sustainable tourism as demonstrated by a continued commitment to nature-based recreational and tourism facilities for local and international visitors to enjoy and explore. Situated on 34 000 […]

Nature

A journey to Keurbooms Nature Reserve – by Scott Ramsay

Monday at 14:41 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is a small reserve near Plettenberg Bay, and despite its proximity to the busy town, once you’ve paddled up the river away from the national road, it soon becomes clear that this reserve is another tiny patch of paradise in the Western Cape. Ancient yellow-wood […]