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South Africa

Mbalula outlines new COVID-19 rules for taxis

Today at 17:52 PM, via SAnews

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged taxi operators to adhere to the regulations set out for public transport in order to protect themselves and passengers from Coronavirus.

Politics

DA launches COVID-19 action plan

Today at 17:01 PM, via SABC News

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has unveiled the party’s coronavirus (COVID-19) Action Plan aimed at lessening the impact of the pandemic on the country’s overburdened public health system.

Education

‘It puts me off’: musicians on why white syllabuses deter black talent

Today at 17:43 PM, via The Guardian

Pressure is mounting on music schools to feature more work by black composers. Four musicians tell us why change is urgent

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition calling on the exam board of the UK’s royal schools of music to include more black composers in their syllabus. This follows new research, which has revealed that 99% of pieces in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of...

Education

Zimbabwe: Mathema Calls for Education With Production

Today at 17:04 PM, via AllAfrica

[The Herald] SCHOOLS should utilise arable land at their disposal to engage in horticultural projects to be self-reliant and to empower learners with requisite life skills which heighten their participation in the development of the country, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Ambassador Cain Mathema has said.

Education

Zimbabwe: Great Zimbabwe University Takes Lead in Climate Change Fight

Today at 16:40 PM, via AllAfrica

[The Herald] Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) continues to consolidate its position as one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the country and is planning to establish a centre of excellence in dryland agriculture in Chivi district together with a renowned international institution.

Science/Tech

Most Covid-19 patients admitted to a Sydney hospital in March still have symptoms

Today at 19:30 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: more than three months after being discharged from St Vincent’s hospital, some 80% continue to experience symptoms, doctors say

Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 317 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths as NSW records 10 casesCovid-19 cases will need to keep rising in NSW before restrictions are tightened, experts sayMelbourne coronavirus map: where Covid-19 cases are rising or...

Science/Tech

Biodiversity and the use of nativist language | Letter

Today at 19:03 PM, via The Guardian

Davina Cooper questions the need to use xenophobic terms to describe species

The widely used language of alien and invasive species threatening native ones (Increase in invasive species poses dramatic threat to biodiversity – report, 15 July) is disturbing, even when it’s about plants. There is a long-running debate in biology about the nativist and xenophobic resonances, and racist and...

Science/Tech

Coronavirus vaccine: Oxford team aim to start lab-controlled human trial soon

Today at 18:11 PM, via The Guardian

Jenner Institute at Oxford hopes to recruit healthy volunteers for human challenge trial within months

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The team behind the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine hope to begin tests on volunteers who will be intentionally exposed to the virus in a “challenge trial”, a move seen as controversial as there is no proven cure for the illness.

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Nature

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

06 July 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 […]