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South Africa

Gauteng MEC Motara tests positive for COVID-19

Today at 06:46 AM, via SABC News

Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development Tasneem Motara has tested positive for the coronavirus. Motara received her results on Friday after testing on Wednesday.

South Africa

Coronavirus cases at Correctional Services jump to 2 725

Yesterday at 22:38 PM, via SABC News

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Correctional Services is 2 725, comprising of 1 447 officials and 1 278 inmates.  Active cases are standing at 830. 


Ramaphosa commends Mpumalanga’s COVID-19 response strategy

Yesterday at 16:29 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is concerned with the job losses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa was speaking during his visit to assess Mpumalanga province’s response to the coronavirus in Mbombela. 


Kirk, Simpson share US PGA lead in Detroit

Today at 07:17 AM, via News24

Chris Kirk, seeking his first PGA Tour title since 2015, and recent winner Webb Simpson shared the lead Friday after the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.


Malawi: Teachers and Mothers Join Forces to Keep Girls in School in Malawi

Yesterday at 17:27 PM, via AllAfrica

[UNFPA] Lilongwe -Isaac Zatha, the headmaster of Chapita Primary School in the Malawian district of Salima, spent years watching his girl students disappear from class when they were married off or became pregnant. “Every month, I would receive a report of a girl dropping out and by the end of the term, the numbers were significant,” he recounted.


Africa: UNAIDS Chief Winnie Byanyima – Preventing New HIV Infections Globally Is Our Top Priority

Yesterday at 17:05 PM, via AllAfrica

[Africa Renewal] Ms. Winnie Byanyima is the new Executive Director of the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN entity tasked with fighting HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS-related deaths. She spoke with Africa Renewal’s Zipporah Musau about her priorities in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa: Here are excerpts:


University admissions overhaul looks set to fail | Letters

Yesterday at 16:50 PM, via The Guardian

Readers say the reforms are mere window-dressing and that coronavirus has provided an opportunity to pause and address the vital questions about what education is for

The government’s plan to reform England’s university admissions system is yet another example of providing window-dressing rather than changes that will have effective outcomes (Ministers may move university applications to...


Megan Thee Stallion won’t stay quiet

Yesterday at 20:00 PM, via IOL

Megan Thee Stallion will “always” speak up on topics she believes in, as she isn’t worried about “saying the wrong thing”.


Love of science, not Trump’s ignorance, will make America great again

Today at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

Amid a pandemic, the president rails against reason itself. The passions of his predecessors throw his failure into sharp relief

We know what the temperature was in Philadelphia on 4 July 1776, because Thomas Jefferson wrote it down at 6am (68F), 9am (72.25F), 1pm (76F), and 9pm (73.5F). Even on this most important day, the author of the Declaration of Independence was never too busy to observe...


Sprint 5G is No More, as T-Mobile Focuses On its Own Network

Today at 08:00 AM, via Slashdot

A day after formally completing the sale of Boost, Virgin and other Sprint prepaid networks to Dish, T-Mobile is pulling the plug on Sprint 5G. From a report: The move is one in a long list of issues that need sorting out in the wake of April’s $26.5 billion merger. And like a number of other moves, it’s set to leave some customers in the lurch. The end of Sprint’s 2.5 GHz 5G comes as T-Mobile...


How much Internet users would sell their passwords for

Today at 07:18 AM, via MyBroadband

For all the talk of digital rights – and the Big Brotherly tentacles of Big Tech — a surprising number of Americans would sell even their most sensitive data, sometimes for a song.


Hamilton tops time sheets in Austrian GP second practice

Yesterday at 17:47 PM, via Wheels24

Lewis Hamilton began his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title by topping the times as Formula 1 roared back with a full day’s practice for the belated season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.


11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

Yesterday at 20:01 PM, via New York Times

The tragic history of “I can’t breathe.” Why you can have a kid or a job right now, not both. How Brooklyn Drill went global. Farewell, Carl Reiner. And more.


Sinking of the MV Treasure – marking South Africa’s worst environmental disaster

23 June at 13:09 PM, via CapeNature

By Kevin Shaw, Team Leader: Ecology | Biodiversity Intelligence The 23rd of June 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the MV Treasure between Robben and Dassen Island.  The Treasure was a bulk ore iron carrier that had suffered structural damage in storms and when it sank on the morning of the 23rd it leaked about […]