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South Africa

DA rejects Cele’s nominee for IPID head

Today at 17:54 PM, via News24

The DA has rejected Police Minister Bheki Cele’s nominee for the Executive Director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

Politics

Maimane calls for a national school stay-away

Yesterday at 20:35 PM, via SABC News

Leader of the One South Africa Movement Musi Maimane is calling for teachers and learners to stay home on Friday in protest of government’s decision to reopen schools.

Education

Sunak’s jobs plan must be backed by childcare funding, say MPs

Today at 17:56 PM, via The Guardian

Chancellor declined to offer financial help to nurseries in summer statement

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MPs have issued a fresh plea to Rishi Sunak to offer more financial support to the struggling childcare sector, after he failed to take action in Wednesday’s summer statement.

The chancellor declined to offer more financial help to nurseries and other...

Education

Gavin Williamson to ditch target of sending half of young people in England to university – video

Today at 17:35 PM, via The Guardian

Gavin Williamson has criticised the idea of wanting half of all young people to go on to higher education. The education secretary said he wanted to see a revolution in further education and vocational training in England and challenged the ‘inbuilt snobbishness about higher being somehow better than further, when really, they are both just different paths to fulfilling and skilled...

Education

Welsh minister: all pupils will be at school in September

Today at 17:26 PM, via The Guardian

State schools will be fully open with only limited social distancing within classes

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All state school pupils in Wales are set to return to classrooms on 1 September and will be taught within “contact groups” of around 30 children, with only limited social distancing.

The scientific group advising the Welsh government has recommended...

Education

Sudan: South Darfur Teachers Down Chalk Over Unpaid Dues

Today at 17:18 PM, via AllAfrica

[Radio Dabanga] Nyala — On Wednesday, dozens of teachers who were appointed within the National Project for the Employment of Graduates in Nyala, capital of South Darfur, organised a vigil in front of the state Ministry of Finance in protest against the non-payment of their increased salaries for June.

Entertainment

Letoya Makhene: ‘I am done fighting’

Today at 18:00 PM, via IOL

“Generations: The Legacy” actress Letoya Makhene said that she is “done fighting” after doing some hard introspection on her life during Covid-19.

Science/Tech

Musk Says Tesla Is ‘Very Close’ To Developing Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Today at 18:04 PM, via Slashdot

Tesla’s Elon Musk said the carmaker is on the verge of developing technology to render its vehicles fully capable of driving themselves, repeating a claim he’s made for years but been unable to achieve. From a report: The chief executive officer has long offered exuberant takes on the capabilities of Tesla cars, even going so far as to start charging customers thousands of dollars for a “Full...

Science/Tech

US in major escalation of hostilities with Chinese tech firms

Today at 17:42 PM, via TechCentral

The Trump administration plans to finalise regulations this week that will bar the US government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies including Huawei.

Motoring

Smaller Isuzu SUV not happening

Today at 16:44 PM, via The Citizen

Model positioned below it won’t be happening soon due to “Isuzu’s core focus [being] on light commercial vehicles and trucks”.

Nature

Everything you need to know about renewing or purchasing a Wild Card during lockdown

Monday at 20:20 PM, via CapeNature

What is a Wild Card? The Wild Card is a loyalty programme that makes tourism to national parks and nature reserves in southern Africa more accessible and rewarding than ever before. With a Wild Card membership you receive one year’s unlimited access to the most beautiful nature reserves and parks with superb picnic spots, natural […]