Skip to Content

THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER 2020, 07:42

Top Stories

After state capture, Guptas and friends are flying high

Today at 06:44 AM, via News24

Since the Guptas fled to Dubai, some members of the family have kept busy. Key to the next-generation Guptas’ international adventures is an alliance with another Indian business family, the Jalans.

South Africa

Health minister warns of a rise in COVID-19 infections

Today at 05:09 AM, via Eyewitness News

Zweli Mkhize, who is himself recovering from the Coronavirus in quarantine with his wife, revealed how the Western Cape saw a 42% rise in infections in just the last week.

Politics

EFF wants Ranjeni Munusamy cut from Mboweni team

Today at 06:07 AM, via SABC News

The EFF wants Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to sever all contractual ties with journalist Ranjeni Munusamy until she deals with the allegations against her.

Sport

Exeter boss fears for pro rugby future ahead of Premiership final

Today at 07:18 AM, via News24

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter may be just 80 minutes away from seeing his side complete a Premiership and European double but the Chiefs boss says the greater issue for rugby union is remaining afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Education

Marcus Rashford in ‘despair’ as MPs reject free school meal plan

Yesterday at 21:27 PM, via The Guardian

Footballer and campaigner expresses disappointment as plea for free meals to be extended is voted down

Marcus Rashford, the England and Manchester United striker, vented his “despair” on Wednesday night as Labour’s plea for free school meals to be extended over the holidays to stop children going hungry fell on closed ears in government.

In an impassioned Commons debate, many MPs paid tribute...

Education

Universities accused of pressuring staff to work on campus

Yesterday at 19:25 PM, via The Guardian

One university says failure to offer ‘full campus experience’ could lead to students seeking tuition fee refunds

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

Universities have come under fire for pressuring staff to work on campus to create a “vibrant” atmosphere, with one saying it was important students were deterred from seeking tuition fee refunds.

Employees working in...

Entertainment

‘Borat’ sequel somehow still manages to serve up audacious surprises

Yesterday at 20:02 PM, via CNN

Like any sequel, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” faces the challenge of what to do for an encore, 14 years and a big box-office haul later. Somehow, though, Sacha Baron Cohen hasn’t lost the power to deliver audacious surprises, with enough explosive, not-suitable-for-anywhere laughs to power through the flatter patches this sort of exercise inevitably yields.

Entertainment

‘Rebecca’ offers a pretty but uninspired remake of the Hitchcock classic

Yesterday at 15:50 PM, via CNN

The scenery is spectacular in “Rebecca,” and that’s not even counting stars Lily James and Armie Hammer. Yet this faithful, pretty-but-uninspired adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel doesn’t breathe fresh life into the classic, much less eclipse the 1940 Laurence Olivier-Joan Fontaine version that garnered Alfred Hitchcock’s lone best-picture Oscar.

Science/Tech

Doogee – Powerful rugged smartphones from Cash Crusaders

Today at 07:29 AM, via MyBroadband

Doogee smartphones boast IP68 military-grade ratings for toughness and durability, and use industry-leading high-strength rubber materials that are waterproof, dust-proof and drop-proof.

Science/Tech

Tesla on track to deliver 500,000 cars in 2020

Today at 07:20 AM, via MyBroadband

Tesla Inc. reported a fifth consecutive quarter of profits, handily beating analysts’ estimates, and said it remains on track to deliver 500,000 cars in 2020 despite weaker sales in the rest of the global auto industry.

Science/Tech

Facebook Dating is now live

Today at 07:19 AM, via MyBroadband

Facebook released its nascent dating feature to European users following months of delays caused by the data protection concerns of local regulators.

Science/Tech

From the archives: How do we save society? – podcast

Today at 06:00 AM, via The Guardian

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to highlight health and economic inequalities, and the US election fast approaching, this week we return to the archive to explore how divisions in society arise and what we can do about them. In this episode from 2017, Ian Sample investigates where group splits come from, how we can connect to those we disagree with, and what could happen if we fail

...

Nature

Scott Ramsay’s Photo Tours – Robberg Nature Reserve

Tuesday at 12:11 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Take all the natural wonders of Robberg, and divide them by the number of square metres of this relatively tiny reserve…and you’ve got one of the most impressive reserves in the country. Few other small protected areas pack so much punch. Lying near the town of Plettenberg Bay (although […]