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Africa

SA ready to assist Zimbabwe if requested, govt says

Today at 13:23 PM, via The Citizen

The minister says it remains South Africa’s resolve to continue the pursuit for consultative solutions to address the existing socio-economic challenges and to contribute to the wellbeing of all Zimbabweans.

Business

Voorskrif vs impakbeleggings

Today at 19:31 PM, via Moneyweb

Hannes van Zyl – beleggingskonsultant, Alexander Forbes Investments

Politics

Cabinet calls for action against corruption in government

Today at 19:08 PM, via SABC News

Cabinet has called on all public institutions to uphold the highest standards of integrity and accountability. Briefing the media in Pretoria on Cabinet’s recent meeting, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says it has called on those institutions to fulfil their mandates effectively and efficiently.

Education

Government seeks to allay fears over unfairness in exam grade calculation

Today at 19:06 PM, via The Guardian

Gavin Williamson says schools – but not pupils – will be able to appeal against results if they feel pupils have been unjustly marked

The government has sought to allay mounting fears about GCSE and A-level results, promising that the appeal process will ensure that students with exceptional circumstances are not held back by the way grades have been calculated.

It follows an outcry earlier...

Education

Nigeria: Benue Discovers Dead Teachers On Its Payroll

Today at 16:04 PM, via AllAfrica

[Vanguard] Benue State government has uncovered no fewer than 724 ghost teachers on the payroll of the State Teaching Service Board, TSB, among them 18 dead staff, 70 retired staff and 193 redeployed staff.

Education

Nigeria: How Govt’s Position On 2020 WASCCE Reignited Calls for True Federalism

Today at 15:42 PM, via AllAfrica

[Vanguard] Before the Federal Government eventually bowed down to pressure to allow Nigerian candidates take part in this year’s West African Secondary School Certificate Examination,WASSCE, there was serious controversy over whether state governments could go ahead and register their own candidates for the examination not minding the position of the FG.

Science/Tech

How To Build a Nuclear Warning For 10,000 Years’ Time

Today at 20:01 PM, via Slashdot

Faizdog writes (edited for clarity): The BBC has a fascinating story about the struggle we are facing today as we work on finding ways to warn future generations about nuclear waste dumps. How does language or knowledge survive over 300,000 years? Even today, only about 6% of the world’s population recognizes the nuclear danger symbol, and we’ve forgotten the purpose of Stonehenge. Language,...

Science/Tech

Why Do Razor Blades Dull So Quickly?

Today at 20:00 PM, via Wired

An MIT team tackled the mystery of why something as soft as hair can erode a steel blade, hoping to figure out how to make shaving tools last longer.

Science/Tech

Capital One To Pay $80 Million Fine After Data Breach

Today at 19:21 PM, via Slashdot

Capital One Financial Corp will pay an $80 million penalty to a U.S. bank regulator after the bank suffered a massive data breach one year ago. From a report: The fine, announced Thursday by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, punishes the bank for failing to adequately identify and manage risk as it moved significant portions of its technological operations to the cloud....

Motoring

Can Bottas and Verstappen rain on Hamilton’s parade?

Today at 17:30 PM, via Wheels24

Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen are placed second and third in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship respectively. Sean Parker argues that the pressure is on the duo to win races if they are to challenge Lewis Hamilton for the title.

Health

The Many Symptoms of Covid-19

Today at 17:41 PM, via New York Times

From a sniffle or cough that feels like allergies to severe body aches and crippling fatigue, the symptoms of coronavirus can be unpredictable from head to toe.

Health

Coronavirus Live News and Updates

Today at 16:45 PM, via New York Times

Los Angeles may cut off power to homes or businesses that host large gatherings in defiance of orders. France and Germany see worrisome rises in daily case counts.

Nature

Overnight stays at CapeNature reserves – What YOU need to know before packing your overnight bag

Tuesday at 09:30 AM, via CapeNature

We are very excited about the announcement made on the 30 July by Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane when she stated that “On accommodation for leisure, cabinet has agreed to ease the restrictions for leisure travel. Currently, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes for leisure purposes, but they now are allowed to do so […]