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MONDAY, 18 JANUARY 2021, 13:09

South Africa

Cosas plans to shutdown defiant schools

Today at 12:25 PM, via SABC News

The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) is planning to shutdown schools that have decided to re-open in defiance of a directive by the Department of Basic Education that schools will only reopen on 15 February.

South Africa

LIVE: Dr Blade Nzimande updates on COVID-19 developments in Higher Education

Today at 12:05 PM, via SABC News

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, hosts a media briefing on plans for the reopening of the Post School Education and Training Institutions, and the developments and contribution of Science and Innovation in the fight against COVID 19.

World

Facing Biden, Erdogan extends olive branch to EU

Today at 11:46 AM, via News24

Facing a potentially hostile US administration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to break his isolation by mending EU relations, torn by what the bloc views as his bellicose foreign policy.

Africa

Zim journalist, MDC leaders denied access to lawyers

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Citizen

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, opposition MDC leader Sikhala and party spokesman Mahere, were arrested on charges relating to “publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state” arising from a Twitter post.

Africa

Covid-19 on the rise in Zimbabwe

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

The South African variant of the virus is ‘clinically present’, while a lockdown tries to limit new infections

Business

European stock markets dip at open

Today at 12:43 PM, via Fin24

Europe’s main stock markets fell in opening deals on Monday, with London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.1% at 6 728.14 points.

Education

Nigeria: Anambra, Osun Reopen Schools Today

Today at 12:07 PM, via AllAfrica

[This Day] Awka and Osogbo — The governments of Anambra and Osun States have today reopened schools in their various states, with only teachers and school administrators directed to attend in Anambra State.

Science/Tech

South African astronomy has a long, rich history of discovery

Today at 12:38 PM, via TechCentral

South Africa’s long history of astronomical research began when French academic Nicolas-Louis de La Caille visited Cape Town from 1751 to 1753 and undertook a careful examination of every square degree of the southern sky.

Nature

World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN

Thursday at 20:28 PM, via News24

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations said as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016 as the hottest year on record.