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Politics

Limpopo ANC veterans want reinstatement of VBS implicated officials reviewed

Today at 18:45 PM, via SABC News

The African National Congress (ANC) Veterans League in Limpopo has criticised the ANC National Executive Council’s decision to reinstate the two senior officials who had been suspended for their alleged involvement in the looting and collapse of the now-defunct VBS Mutual Bank.

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.

Sport

PSL and Safa will be held accountable if season restart goes awry

Today at 19:01 PM, via The South African

The PSL and Safa must ensure that all its affiliate members are jointly and severally responsible for any claim that for damages or negligence arising as a result of failure to take reasonable measures in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

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

Your Next Samsung Phone May Not Come With a Charger in the Box

Today at 19:25 PM, via Slashdot

Days after it was rumored that Apple might not ship a charger with its next iPhone, Samsung is copying that, too. According to a new report from South Korea, future Samsung phones may not ship with a charger. From a report: Samsung ships hundreds of millions of smartphones every single year. Dropping the charger from even half of its lineup is going to result in major cost reductions for the...

Science/Tech

Apple’s UK Stores Paid $7.7M in Tax Despite $1.7B in Sales

Today at 18:46 PM, via Slashdot

The UK retail arm of Apple paid just $7.7m in taxes last year despite raking in almost $1.7bn in sales, according to the company’s latest accounts. From a report: Revenue at Apple Retail UK, which operates 38 of the company’s stores in the UK, rose by more than 15% in the 12 months to 28 September. But after costs and expenses of around $1.7bn, the firm reported before-tax profits of just $47m,...

Science/Tech

Can Facebook Ever Stop the Drama?

Today at 18:22 PM, via New York Times

How Facebook’s most recent crisis started, and what it says about the company’s role in our lives.

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...

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”.

Health

Loneliness may make quitting smoking even tougher

Today at 19:00 PM, via Health24

A study found evidence to suggest that loneliness leads to increased smoking, with people more likely to start smoking, to smoke more cigarettes, and to be less likely to quit.

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 […]