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South Africa

Witnesses testifying before CRL Commission defend KwaSizabantu Mission

Yesterday at 22:06 PM, via SABC News

Witnesses who testified before the Commission for Promotion and Protection of the Rights and Cultural Religious and Linguistic Community (CRL commission) in Durban have defended the KwaSizabantu Mission, which is accused of human rights violations.

South Africa

SA records 1 863 new COVID-19 cases

Yesterday at 21:28 PM, via SABC News

The cumulative number of  COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 719 714 with 1 863 new cases. 

South Africa

OUTA calls for national boycott of South African Airways

Yesterday at 20:09 PM, via SABC News

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has called for a national boycott of South African Airways (SAA) following the announcement by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, that the airline will receive a further R10.5 billion rand bailout from the government in addition to the R16.4 billion it received over the past three years.

Politics

ANC MP Bongani Bhongo and brother granted R10 000 bail

Yesterday at 15:04 PM, via SABC News

Former Minister of State Security and African National Congress MP Bongani Bhongo and his brother Sipho are facing charges of fraud and corruption together with 14 co-accused.

Education

Malawi: Learning Amidst Covid-19

Yesterday at 18:59 PM, via AllAfrica

[Malawi News Agency] Mchinji — Rose is a 16 year old girl in Mangochi in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Chimwala.

Education

Black activism can’t be effective if we aren’t taught black history| Olivette Otele

Yesterday at 17:46 PM, via The Guardian

To avoid repeating mistakes and move towards a more equal future, children need to be given a fuller picture of the past

“But Olivette, my darling, we’ve been there. We’ve done that already. It doesn’t work,” said an exasperated Bonnie Greer during one of our online, caring but also heated conversations.

The playwright, novelist and broadcaster was referring to the long history of activism to...

Science/Tech

Hackers Can Now Reverse Engineer Intel Updates Or Write Their Own Custom Firmware

Today at 00:10 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers have extracted the secret key that encrypts updates to an assortment of Intel CPUs, a feat that could have wide-ranging consequences for the way the chips are used and, possibly, the way they’re secured. The key makes it possible to decrypt the microcode updates Intel provides to fix security vulnerabilities and other types of...

Science/Tech

Loon Sets Stratospheric Sustained Flight Record With 312-Day Balloon Trip

Yesterday at 23:30 PM, via Slashdot

Alphabet’s Loon, the company focused on creating new networking capabilities using stratosphere-based infrastructure, has set a new world record for a continuous stratospheric flight. One of Loon’s ultra high-altitude balloons flew for 312 days straight, beating the existing record of 223 days by a considerable margin, and nearly racking up a full year of sustained time aloft. From a report:...

Science/Tech

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Is Midway To Mars

Yesterday at 22:50 PM, via Slashdot

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission has logged a lot of flight miles since being lofted skyward on July 30 — 146.3 million miles (235.4 million kilometers) to be exact. Turns out that is exactly the same distance it has to go before the spacecraft hits the Red Planet’s atmosphere like a 11,900 mph (19,000 kph) freight train on Feb. 18, 2021. From a report: “At 1:40 p.m. Pacific Time...

Health

More evidence masks slow Covid spread

Yesterday at 15:01 PM, via Health24

A new study found clear benefits to universal masking for preventing infectious spread within the work environment.

Nature

The iconic Whale Trail has reopened after an extensive revamp

Yesterday at 12:26 PM, via CapeNature

The iconic and world class Whale trail hike in the De Hoop Nature Reserve will reopen on Wednesday, 28 October 2020. CapeNature prides itself on leading the way in sustainable tourism as demonstrated by a continued commitment to nature-based recreational and tourism facilities for local and international visitors to enjoy and explore. Situated on 34 000 […]

Nature

A journey to Keurbooms Nature Reserve – by Scott Ramsay

Monday at 14:41 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is a small reserve near Plettenberg Bay, and despite its proximity to the busy town, once you’ve paddled up the river away from the national road, it soon becomes clear that this reserve is another tiny patch of paradise in the Western Cape. Ancient yellow-wood […]

Nature

Communities and Conservation working together for sustainable oceans

22 October at 15:57 PM, via CapeNature

Baited Underwater Videos (BRUVs) – Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean Marine protected areas (MPAs) aim to conserve marine life and promote the conservation and effective management of ecologically and biologically diverse marine areas. The social and economic context within which they exist also needs to be considered when planning and making management decisions. They are […]