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South Africa

Cosas plans to shutdown defiant schools

Today at 12:25 PM, via SABC News

The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) is planning to shutdown schools that have decided to re-open in defiance of a directive by the Department of Basic Education that schools will only reopen on 15 February.

South Africa

LIVE: Dr Blade Nzimande updates on COVID-19 developments in Higher Education

Today at 12:05 PM, via SABC News

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, hosts a media briefing on plans for the reopening of the Post School Education and Training Institutions, and the developments and contribution of Science and Innovation in the fight against COVID 19.

World

Facing Biden, Erdogan extends olive branch to EU

Today at 11:46 AM, via News24

Facing a potentially hostile US administration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to break his isolation by mending EU relations, torn by what the bloc views as his bellicose foreign policy.

Africa

Zim journalist, MDC leaders denied access to lawyers

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Citizen

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, opposition MDC leader Sikhala and party spokesman Mahere, were arrested on charges relating to “publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state” arising from a Twitter post.

Africa

Covid-19 on the rise in Zimbabwe

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

The South African variant of the virus is ‘clinically present’, while a lockdown tries to limit new infections

Education

‘Risky, vague, inconsistent’: nursery teachers in England lament Covid strategy

Today at 13:09 PM, via The Guardian

Three teachers talk about the impact of having to stay open

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As unions call on the government to close early years education settings in line with schools to protect staff and contain the spread of coronavirus, nursery staff report feeling abandoned and scared to go to work. Some councils such as Brighton & Hove, and Salford, have...

Education

Nigeria: Ekiti Relaxes Curfew, Reopens Schools Today

Today at 13:05 PM, via AllAfrica

[This Day] Ado Ekiti — Ekiti State Government last night announced that the curfew it imposed on the state from 8pm to 6am, including various other restrictions, had been relaxed.

Education

Nigeria: Anambra, Osun Reopen Schools Today

Today at 12:07 PM, via AllAfrica

[This Day] Awka and Osogbo — The governments of Anambra and Osun States have today reopened schools in their various states, with only teachers and school administrators directed to attend in Anambra State.

Science/Tech

Eskom Stage 8 load-shedding possible, warns Ted Blom

Today at 13:08 PM, via MyBroadband

Power and mining expert Ted Blom has warned that South Africans should prepare for Stage 8 load-shedding to become a reality as Eskom continues to struggle to maintain its ageing power plants.

Science/Tech

South African astronomy has a long, rich history of discovery

Today at 12:38 PM, via TechCentral

South Africa’s long history of astronomical research began when French academic Nicolas-Louis de La Caille visited Cape Town from 1751 to 1753 and undertook a careful examination of every square degree of the southern sky.

Nature

World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN

Thursday at 20:28 PM, via News24

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations said as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016 as the hottest year on record.