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World

This is what it’s like when a country actually bans TikTok

Today at 12:02 PM, via CNN

Jaya Lall first joined TikTok in early March to make a slideshow set to music for her friend’s birthday. But the short-form video app took on new significance to her three weeks later when India went into a coronavirus lockdown, forcing her to close the preschool she runs in the country’s capital, New Delhi.

Business

New data suggests record economic drop for South Africa

Today at 15:35 PM, via BusinessTech

Key South African data released this week suggests a record economic contraction in the second quarter as the damage wrought by a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear.

Politics

DA calls for complete lifting of lockdown

Yesterday at 16:28 PM, via SABC News

Democratic Alliance (DA) interim leader John Steenhuisen says it is time for South Africans to go back to work and start rebuilding the economy.

Education

South Africa: Northern Cape Education MEC Passes Away

Today at 15:30 PM, via AllAfrica

[SAnews.gov.za] North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro, has extended his heartfelt condolences to Northern Cape Premier, Zamani Saul, and the entire executive council on the passing of Education MEC, Ntsikelelo MacCollen Jack.

Education

England A-level downgrades hit pupils from disadvantaged areas hardest

Today at 15:30 PM, via The Guardian

Analysis also shows pupils at independent schools benefited most from algorithm

A-level results – live updates

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have been worst hit by the controversial standardisation process used to award A-level grades in England this year, while pupils at independent schools benefited the most.

Private schools increased the proportion of students achieving top grades...

Education

‘I feel cheated’: Rotherham students struggle to make sense of exam grades

Today at 14:45 PM, via The Guardian

At Wales high school, 84% of pupils have had at least one grade moderated down

In the small sports hall of Wales high school in Rotherham, confusion turned to frustration and anger as students and staff, many in tears, struggled to make sense of grades produced by an obscure computer model for exams that never took place.

“In years to come we’re always going to be the year that didn’t...

Education

South Africa: Tessa Dowling – Utitshala Osefresh!

Today at 14:36 PM, via AllAfrica

[UCT] Dr Tessa Dowling, one of four recipients of a 2019 Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA), recently met some of her Xhosa Communication students on Muizenberg beach for a lesson. They were that keen to continue speaking and practising in the semester break. As they shared their associations with the ocean, Dowling was able to teach them a new, personal vocabulary about the sea.

Lifestyle

LIVE: Memorial Service for Bob Mabena

Today at 15:30 PM, via SABC News

Veteran broadcaster and media personality, Bob Mabena is being remembered at a memorial service held at Power House, in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Science/Tech

Apple’s Climate Promise Depends on Taiwan Partners Going Green

Today at 14:30 PM, via Slashdot

Apple has gone carbon neutral. But in order to say the same for its flagship iPhone, it’s going to need help from Taiwan. From a report: More than three-quarters of the emissions that come from making Apple’s ubiquitous products come from outside suppliers, according to the company’s Environmental Progress Report. That includes Taiwanese electronics giants like TSMC and Foxconn, which still get...

Motoring

Drag race | Audi R8 vs RSQ8

Today at 14:30 PM, via Wheels24

Four years after the second generation Audi R8 was launched in South Africa the Ingolstadt-based company will launch its flagship performance SUV, the RSQ8. The duo meet in a drag race, watch to find out who wins.

Health

New Jersey Gym Owners Are Desperate to Reopen

Today at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

New Jersey is one of seven states where health clubs have been barred from reopening. The governor says it’s too soon, but some gym owners are rebelling.

Nature

CapeNature reserves now open for overnight bookings ahead of the long weekend

05 August at 21:31 PM, via CapeNature

Just in time to take advantage of the upcoming long weekend, CapeNature is pleased to announce the reopening of overnight stays for self-catering accommodation, camping, selected overnight hiking trails and eco-venues from Friday, 7 August 2020. This comes of the announcement by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s that South Africans will be allowed to travel for leisure […]