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South Africa

SANDF medics arrive in the Eastern Cape for COVID-19 combat

Today at 18:42 PM, via SABC News

The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) says the members deployed to the Eastern Cape come with a variety of skill sets that will assist the province in stemming the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

South Africa

Not all grade R learners will be returning to school on Monday

Today at 17:35 PM, via SABC News

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says government has reconsidered its plans for the return of additional grades and only grades six and 11 will be required to return to class on Monday. The grade Rs who will return to class are those from schools that have COVID-19 safety measures in place.

World

Covid-19: India reports record daily cases

Today at 19:08 PM, via News24

India added a record number of coronavirus cases, as the world’s fourth worst-hit nation opened a huge treatment centre with 10,000 beds in the capital to fight the epidemic.

Business

Know your rights when it comes to SARS collecting tax debts

Today at 17:00 PM, via BusinessTech

Given the current economic climate and the revenue shortfall highlighted by the minister of finance Tito Mboweni in June 2020, it is not impossible to imagine that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) will be looking at all avenues to collect taxes due, notes Baker McKenzie Johannesburg.

Politics

Officers involved in Khayelitsha forced evitions will be dealt with: Cele

Yesterday at 15:16 PM, via SABC News

Police Minister Bheki Cele says the officers involved in the forceful evictions that took place in Khayelitsha will be dealt with as their conduct during the operation was unacceptable. Cele has visited the area to meet with the community and Bulelani Qhalani, the man who was evicted with no clothes on while his shack was being broken down.

Education

Scottish politicians call for urgent action to stop Gaelic dying out

Today at 17:20 PM, via The Guardian

Justice secretary, Kate Forbes, among those asking for language to be prioritised

Senior politicians in Scotland’s Gaelic-speaking areas have called for the language to be given much greater priority in civil and public life to stop it dying out.

Kate Forbes, the Scottish justice secretary, and Alasdair Allan, a former minister, said Gaelic had to be given precedence or parity in all areas of...

Education

PE sport premium finally gets confirmation for the coming school year

Today at 14:40 PM, via The Guardian

£320m funding gets thumbs-up after campaigners’ callsFarah, Cockcroft and Tuilagi signed letter to the government

The government has responded to calls from campaigners and confirmed the primary physical education and sport premium for the next school year. The PE premium is a ring-fenced top-up to school funding which helps ensure every primary school-age child gets 60 minutes of physical...

Education

Weird but true: lockdown has made many families happier

Today at 09:57 AM, via The Guardian

Almost a third of mothers tell a survey that despite home schooling and financial worries they feel closer to their families

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Some people may disagree, but a new study suggests that lockdown has strengthened many parents’ relationships with their children.

The research, published by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the...

Lifestyle

Young Limpopo woman fights illness and beats the odds

Today at 16:00 PM, via The South African

Kedibone Machethe dropped out of university following a long illness. It took her dedication, discipline, determination and passion to make it after hospitalisation.

Science/Tech

How Crowdfunding Transformed Tabletop Board Games

Today at 20:43 PM, via Slashdot

The board game Frosthaven has become Kickstarter’s “most-funded board game on the site ever, with nearly $13 million pledged toward funding the game’s development,” reports NPR. “Only two projects have ever crowdsourced more funding on the site.” NPR sees a larger trend:Frosthaven’s success seemed to exemplify a shift that has been happening in the tabletop gaming community for years: toward...

Science/Tech

Is Slashdot the Answer to Facebook’s Fake News Problem?

Today at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

David Collier-Brown led the Sun Microsystems Canada team specializing in performance and capacity planning. He later becoming a consulting systems programmer and performance engineer, as well as an O’Reilly author (co-authoring the 2003 book Using Samba). He’s also davecb, Slashdot reader #6,526, and today submitted a story headlined “Slashdot is the answer to Facebook’s ‘fake news’ problem.”...

Science/Tech

Linus Torvalds Likes His New AMD Threadripper System

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

This week Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel re-created their keynote conversation for a special all-virtual edition of the Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference North America. ZDNet reports:While COVID-19 has slowed down many technologies, while speeding up other tech developments, it hasn’t affected Linux development much at all. “None of my co-developers have been hugely impacted...

Science/Tech

It is time we made masks compulsory | Letters

Today at 18:07 PM, via The Guardian

Countries where face mask use is widespread have seen fewer Covid-19 deaths, writes Prof David Smith, while Philip Rundall thinks shops should do more to encourage customers to wear them

Your comment (Editorial, 2 July) that disparagement of face masks might have come at a cost is well illustrated by comparing different countries. In Hong Kong (population 7.45 million), a survey in March found...

Nature

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 […]