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South Africa

Witnesses testifying before CRL Commission defend KwaSizabantu Mission

Yesterday at 22:06 PM, via SABC News

Witnesses who testified before the Commission for Promotion and Protection of the Rights and Cultural Religious and Linguistic Community (CRL commission) in Durban have defended the KwaSizabantu Mission, which is accused of human rights violations.

South Africa

SA records 1 863 new COVID-19 cases

Yesterday at 21:28 PM, via SABC News

The cumulative number of  COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 719 714 with 1 863 new cases. 

South Africa

OUTA calls for national boycott of South African Airways

Yesterday at 20:09 PM, via SABC News

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has called for a national boycott of South African Airways (SAA) following the announcement by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, that the airline will receive a further R10.5 billion rand bailout from the government in addition to the R16.4 billion it received over the past three years.

Politics

ANC MP Bongani Bhongo and brother granted R10 000 bail

Yesterday at 15:04 PM, via SABC News

Former Minister of State Security and African National Congress MP Bongani Bhongo and his brother Sipho are facing charges of fraud and corruption together with 14 co-accused.

Education

Wales qualifications body urges scrapping of next year’s exams

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

Welsh government told there should be no GCSE and AS-level exams, and single paper for A-levels

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The independent regulator of qualifications in Wales has recommended that all timetabled exams should be scrapped next summer, apart from a single paper for each A-level subject, as schools continue to grapple with disruption due to...

Education

Most black British children report experiencing racism at school

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

YMCA poll finds 70% feel under pressure over afro hair, 95% hear racist language and half think racism is biggest barrier to success

Seven out of 10 young black people in the UK have felt under pressure to change their hair in order to appear more professional in school or at work, according to a new survey.

Research by YMCA among young people of black and mixed ethnicity found many felt they...

Education

Malawi: Learning Amidst Covid-19

Yesterday at 18:59 PM, via AllAfrica

[Malawi News Agency] Mchinji — Rose is a 16 year old girl in Mangochi in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Chimwala.

Science/Tech

World’s First Ocean Hybrid Platform Converts Tidal Waves Into Energy

Today at 04:10 AM, via Slashdot

Qusi Alqarqaz writes via IEEE Spectrum: In August I spoke with Philipp Sinn, founder of Sinn Power, a German green-energy startup founded in 2014. This year he and his colleagues began building and testing the world’s first ocean hybrid platform. The floating platform uses a combination of wave, wind, and solar energy to harness renewable energy on the open seas, Sinn says. The company has been...

Science/Tech

NSA Ducks Questions About Backdoors In Tech Products

Today at 03:30 AM, via Slashdot

The U.S. National Security Agency is rebuffing efforts by a leading Congressional critic to determine whether it is continuing to place so-called back doors into commercial technology products, in a controversial practice that critics say damages both U.S. industry and national security. Reuters reports: The NSA has long sought agreements with technology companies under which they would build...

Science/Tech

Apple’s iPhone 12 Seems To Have a Secret Reverse Wireless Charging Feature

Today at 02:50 AM, via Slashdot

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup has the ability to wirelessly charge an external accessory, according to a series of newly unveiled FCC filings that just went public yesterday. The Verge reports: The documents first spotted by VentureBeat’s Jeremy Horwitz say the phone “supports a built-in inductive charging transmitter and receiver.” Apple has not officially announced any such functionality that...

Health

More evidence masks slow Covid spread

Yesterday at 15:01 PM, via Health24

A new study found clear benefits to universal masking for preventing infectious spread within the work environment.

Nature

The iconic Whale Trail has reopened after an extensive revamp

Yesterday 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 […]

Nature

Communities and Conservation working together for sustainable oceans

22 October at 15:57 PM, via CapeNature

Baited Underwater Videos (BRUVs) – Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean Marine protected areas (MPAs) aim to conserve marine life and promote the conservation and effective management of ecologically and biologically diverse marine areas. The social and economic context within which they exist also needs to be considered when planning and making management decisions. They are […]