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South Africa

Former SABC GCEO Peter Matlare passes on

Today at 18:27 PM, via SABC News

At the time of his passing, Matlare had been working as the Deputy CEO and Executive Director at Absa Group, tasked with overseeing the company’s business on the continent.

South Africa

Free State to hold SGB elections

Today at 17:26 PM, via SABC News

The call comes as the province prepares to hold School Governing Body (SGB) elections.

Education

England’s school catch-up scheme ‘chaotic and confusing’, say headteachers

Today at 20:09 PM, via The Guardian

Tutoring programme to help disadvantaged pupils recover from Covid disruption labelled a ‘shambles’

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The government’s flagship scheme for helping disadvantaged pupils catch up after the disruption of coronavirus is chaotic and confusing, headteachers have told the Guardian, ahead of Monday’s full reopening of schools across England.

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Education

Lecturers must make every effort to support students | Letter

Today at 20:08 PM, via The Guardian

Covid has made learning a struggle for many at university, and staff must do all they can to mitigate this, writes Sue Mayo

Re your correspondent’s letter about a lack of tutorial support for their son (1 March), I want to add my voice as both a lecturer, encouraged by my university to offer additional support to my students, who are isolated and lonely as well as tired of online learning,...

Education

Oxford University uses lockdown loophole to allow in-person MBA teaching

Today at 18:30 PM, via The Guardian

Students on prestigious course will be back on campus at least a month before others are permitted to return

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The University of Oxford is exploiting a loophole in the government’s lockdown guidance to allow MBA students to receive face-to-face teaching at least a month before other students are allowed back on campus.

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Lifestyle

Twitter founder’s auction of a tweet draws $2 million bid

Today at 15:17 PM, via Eyewitness News

The top bid on Saturday for Dorsey’s tweet — $2 million — came from Justin Sun, the founder of TRON, a platform for blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies. He also heads the BitTorrent streaming platform.

Science/Tech

The Guardian view on moth-watching pleasure: the pest and the beauty | Editorial

Today at 20:25 PM, via The Guardian

These insects have declined by a third over 50 years. While their appetites can be a nuisance, ultimately we must protect these gloriously beautiful, elusive creatures

“Night opens; night traversed by wandering moths; night hiding lovers roaming to adventure.” So runs a rapturous passage in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, a novel she had originally considered titling The Moths. The insects...

Science/Tech

Exposed – Astounding corruption allegations inside e-tolls

Today at 19:47 PM, via MyBroadband

Police reports and documents provided to the National Prosecution Authority have brought grave allegations against Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) and its parent company, Kapsch TrafficCom.

Science/Tech

The SvarDOS Community Builds an Open Source DOS Distribution

Today at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader sproketboy shared a link to SvarDOS, “an open-source project that is meant to integrate the best out of the currently available DOS tools, drivers and games.” From their site:DOS development has been abandoned by commercial players a very long time ago, mostly during early nineties. Nowadays, it survives solely through the efforts of hobbyists and retro-enthusiasts,...

Science/Tech

UK needs to prepare for ‘hard winter’ of flu and respiratory viruses, says top medic

Today at 19:03 PM, via The Guardian

Population immunity to non-Covid viruses could be lower owing to lack of exposure, says PHE official

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The UK should steel itself for a “difficult autumn” and “hard winter” of illnesses because people have lived for an unusually long period without exposure to respiratory viruses, one of country’s top medics has warned.

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Health

How to Play RPGs Online

Today at 06:41 AM, via New York Times

Let the good times roll, as old-school tabletop R.P.G.s have taken off online.

Health

Make Ice Ornaments At Home

Today at 06:22 AM, via New York Times

Ice ornaments reflect winter’s light, like momentary, sun-catching crystals.

Health

Things To Do At Home

Today at 05:42 AM, via New York Times

This week, attend an art lecture, listen to a conversation with the novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen or celebrate Deaf History Month.

Nature

Celebrating World Wildlife Day at the Potberg Cape Vulture colony

Wednesday at 13:15 PM, via CapeNature

By Lusanda Gqaza and Yanga Mbatana (Environmental Education Officers, De Hoop Nature Reserve) On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), proclaimed 03 March (the day of adopting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, in 1973), as World Wildlife Day. This is a day that […]

Nature

World Wildlife Day 2021

Wednesday at 12:12 PM, via CapeNature

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March every year as an opportunity to highlight the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. The Western Cape is a very special place with an abundance of unique and irreplaceable […]

Nature

The ‘LitterCam’ that’s watching you

Wednesday at 02:03 AM, via BBC News

AI software can now match footage of motorists throwing rubbish with their car’s number plate and issue an automatic fine .

Nature

Matrics in De Hoop – In their own words

27 February at 23:05 PM, via CapeNature

On the weekend of 19-21 five 2020 Matric learners were hosted by CapeNature and world-renowned adventurer Riaan Manser at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. These five matriculants; Jama Paliso, Hannah Chetty, Abdullah Seedat, Silondukhule Nquma and Lucy can der Meulen were the runners up in a campaign that saw five other students join Manser on […]