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WEDNESDAY, 27 JANUARY 2021, 14:46

South Africa

SONA 2021: No ceremonial festivities

Today at 14:13 PM, via SAnews

The Presiding Officers of Parliament have announced that given the current COVID-19 regulations, this year’s State of the Nation Address will be different, with no SONA red carpet, ceremonial guard and many other activities associated with the event.

South Africa

Another truck crashes while carrying farmworkers

Today at 14:04 PM, via News24

A truck transporting about 80 farmworkers has crashed in the Western Cape, leaving at least two people seriously injured, and others with moderate and minor injuries.

South Africa

HIGHER HEALTH to create strategy to support vaccine roll out

Today at 14:04 PM, via SAnews

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande has instructed HIGHER HEALTH to create a Post School Education and Training (PSET) strategy that is aligned with, and supports the Health Department’s phased national strategy and coordinate its subsequent roll out of COVID-19 vaccines.

Politics

Explosive evidence expected at State Capture Commission

Today at 12:09 PM, via SABC News

Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni says members of the public should prepare themselves for explosive evidence which an unidentified witness has started to give at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg.

Politics

Swift failure to act against Mpumalanga premier regrettable: Cele

Today at 10:40 AM, via SABC News

Police Minister Bheki Cele says he agrees with many members of the public that his department’s officials should have acted against Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane for not wearing a mask at the funeral of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu on Sunday.  

Education

Malawi: Civil Society Demands Malawi Govt to Implement University Unbundling

Today at 14:24 PM, via AllAfrica

[Nyasa Times] In a letter to Minister of Education and copied to President Lazarus Chakwera, Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) has asked government to gazette and implement commencement of new universities to be born out of the 1965 University of Malawi.

Education

Botswana: ‘Close Down Schools’

Today at 14:20 PM, via AllAfrica

[The Patriot] Teacher trade unions are heading for a showdown with the Ministry of Basic Education (MoBE) with the unions demanding that schools be temporarily closed because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in schools.

Entertainment

The cast of ‘Backstage’: Where are they now?

Today at 11:01 AM, via The Citizen

From producing hit Netflix films to heading up corporate conglomerates, this is what the former cast of e.tv’s ‘Backstage’ are up to now.

Science/Tech

AstraZeneca denies pulling out of talks as EU Covid vaccine row deepens

Today at 14:15 PM, via The Guardian

Latest round of crunch talks to discuss breakdown in supplies still happening, says spokesman

A row over coronavirus vaccine shortages in the EU has descended into farce as AstraZeneca denied claims by the European commission that it had pulled out of a crunch meeting over a breakdown in supplies.

Within minutes of a spokeswoman for the commission announcing that the Anglo-Swedish...

Health

The Best Time of Day to Exercise

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

Men at risk for diabetes had greater blood sugar control and lost more belly fat when they exercised in the afternoon than in the morning.

Nature

The bontebok – a species saved from the brink of extinction

Monday at 14:07 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn, Biodiversity Capabilities The bontebok – a likable, medium sized antelope with a multi-coloured coat and endemic to the Western Cape, is listed as Vulnerable in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.  It was once on the brink of extinction due to hunting, human settlement and incorrect […]

Nature

Fish migrations: they would swim 500 miles and they would swim 500 more

20 January at 18:23 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn and Alexis Olds Migration is a widespread but highly complicated and diverse component to many fish species lives.  Migration can be strenuous and often consists of extremely long journeys. The life history stages of certain species rely heavily on migration. Fish will migrate for several reasons including escaping unfavourable conditions, moving to […]