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South Africa

Matric class of 2021 commended for perseverance

Today at 10:27 AM, via SAnews

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has commended the Matric Class of 2021 for their perseverance through very difficult times in South Africa’s education system to complete the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

South Africa

Presidency stands by statement on Sisulu

Today at 10:00 AM, via SAnews

The Presidency says it stands by its statement on a discussion between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu this week, regarding an opinion column she penned in a national media publication about the South African judiciary.

Africa

‘Second-class citizens’? Namibia rules against gay couples

Yesterday at 22:27 PM, via News24

Namibia’s High Court ruled against two gay couples fighting for recognition of their marriages, with the judge saying she agreed with them but was bound by the nation’s prohibition of same-sex relations.

Africa

Liberian stampede kills 29 people

Yesterday at 21:25 PM, via News24

At least 29 people, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, were killed when robbers triggered a stampede at a religious rally in Liberia’s capital, officials said.

Business

New school certificate to be introduced in South Africa from 2022

Today at 10:34 AM, via BusinessTech

The Department of Basic Education will pilot the new General Education Certificate (GEC) at hundreds of South African schools in 2022, with plans to roll out the certificate to all schools in the country by the 2024 school year.

Business

Expectations for crypto in 2022

Today at 09:48 AM, via Moneyweb

The fact that ‘governments and central banks around the world are … really worried about this new digital-currency asset class … [is] essentially validation in many respects’ Revix CEO and founder Sean Sanders.

Politics

Parliament fire report update, security issues under the spotlight

Today at 06:25 AM, via SABC News

The City of Cape Town’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Schnetler and Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole are expected to appear virtually before the Joint Standing Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament on Friday regarding the National Assembly fire.

Sport

India win the toss and bat in second ODI against South Africa

Today at 10:16 AM, via The South African

India captain KL Rahul won the toss and elected to bat in the second ODI against South Africa, being played at Boland Park in Paarl. It is a scorching hot day in the Western Cape Winelands and the decision to bat first is a no-brainer. Rahul bats Rahul said: “It’s pretty straightforward. Second game on […]

Education

Gambia: STTC Graduates 400 Students

Today at 09:50 AM, via AllAfrica

[The Point] At least 400 students at Sterling Technical Training Centre (STTC) recently graduated after successfully completing skills training in various areas.

Education

Uganda: Covid-19, Poverty Widen Education Gap in Uganda

Today at 09:30 AM, via AllAfrica

[VOA] Kampala — Uganda reopened schools this month after a nearly two-year shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of students have returned, but many others have not, due to poverty and the need to earn income for their families.

Lifestyle

England to ban loudspeaker ‘spam’ on trains

Today at 10:44 AM, via The South African

UK transport chiefs on Friday said that bothersome on-board train announcements would be cut in a bid to offer more peaceful journeys, a move it dubbed a “bonfire of the banalities”.

Entertainment

Palesa Madisakwane makes comeback to the small screen

Today at 07:23 AM, via SowetanLIVE

Actor and businesswoman Palesa Madisakwane is an unforgettable face on SA TV. After two decades of roles in television drama productions and presenting stints, a career which started when she was 16, Madisakwane is plotting a major acting comeback.

Entertainment

Still hot and slaying with summer bodies after 40

Today at 06:56 AM, via SowetanLIVE

Staying fit, young and sexy at 40 or above is a challenge. It gets even harder once you hit the stage when your metabolism starts to slow down.

Science/Tech

Public asked to have say ahead of budget

Today at 09:27 AM, via ITWeb

Finance minister Enoch Godongwana requests citizens to share their suggestions ahead of the 2022 National Budget Speech.