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South Africa

Six arrested for murder of Msinga school principal

Today at 06:47 AM, via SABC News

KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested six suspects for the murder of a 46-year-old school principal from Somashi High School in Msinga, north of the province.

Africa

Lagos curfew eases after days of unrest in Nigeria

Yesterday at 16:46 PM, via News24

Shops lifted their shutters and market traders set out their stalls Saturday, as Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos cautiously reopened after a curfew was eased following days of unrest.

Business

Tax change for South Africans who work overseas

Today at 08:07 AM, via BusinessTech

Government recently announced that the foreign earnings exemption for South Africans working overseas will be relaxed to take into account the South African lockdown rules.

Business

Plans to expand Gautrain outside Johannesburg and Pretoria

Today at 07:11 AM, via BusinessTech

South Africa’s only high-speed rail network is drawing up a multibillion rand plan to expand outside Johannesburg and Pretoria, joining a potential bonanza of infrastructure projects the government says are key to reviving the economy.

Politics

Magashule believes ANC will always have special place in voters’ hearts

Today at 08:04 AM, via SABC News

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General, Ace Magashule says he believes the party will always have a special place in the hearts of the voters across the country. Magashule was speaking in Ekurhuleni where he conducted a door-to-door campaign, urging potential voters to give the governing ANC a chance.

Politics

EFF holds Central Command Committee meeting

Yesterday at 18:42 PM, via SABC News

The Economic Freedom Fighters  (EFF) is this weekend holding a Central Command Committee meeting in Boksburg on Gauteng’s East Rand where the up-coming bi-elections are among the topics to be discussed.

Sport

Ally McDonald clings to 1-shot LPGA lead

Today at 08:51 AM, via News24

Ally McDonald, hoping to win her first LPGA title, fired a three-under par 69 for a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Drive On Championship.

Sport

SA’s Dean Burmester in the hunt at Italian Open

Today at 08:25 AM, via News24

English duo Laurie Canter and Ross McGowan both produced big finishes to share a three shot lead heading into the final round of the Italian Open, with South Africa’s Dean Burmester three shots adrift in second spot.

Education

The Observer view on the Commons vote to let poor children go hungry | Observer editorial

Today at 06:59 AM, via The Guardian

It is indicative of this government’s attitude to poverty that even the education secretary and the children’s minister approve of sending them into further hardship

It speaks volumes of the government that it has taken a 22-year-old footballer to step into the vacuum to provide moral and compassionate leadership during a pandemic. Perhaps Boris Johnson thought that giving Marcus Rashford an...

Education

UK academics: opening of universities was illegal

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

Academic union seeks legal battle over government’s decision to ignore expert advice to move all non-essential teaching online

The government is facing a legal battle with academics over its “unlawful” decision to reopen universities for face-to-face teaching last month.

The UK’s largest academic union is seeking a judicial review of the government’s decision to ignore advice from its own...

Education

The government must support students stuck in Covid nightmare at universities

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

The pandemic exposes why a higher education model built on fees is precarious and shows the urgent need for reform

We have now seen more than 27,000 cases of Covid at universities since the government told students it was safe to return to campus. We cannot let this disaster be repeated in January. That is why the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a legal challenge over...

Education

After Marcus Rashford, cafes step in where Tories refuse to tread | Barbara Ellen

Yesterday at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

It has been heartening to see small businesses rush to offer help to poor children

Oh dear, Boris Johnson, not another massive public spanking from 22-year-old Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford? Last time, as part of his food poverty activism alongside the charity network FareShare, Rashford, the child of a single mother, forced the government into a climbdown over feeding vulnerable...

Lifestyle

Vhangani community celebrates the crowning of one of their own as Miss SA

Today at 06:34 AM, via SABC News

There is jubilation at Vhangani Village, outside Vuwani in Limpopo, where Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida was born and bred. One of the people who supported her campaign to be Miss South Africa, Khosi Livhiwani Matsila, says her hard work is inspiring many young villagers.

Science/Tech

Big fines coming if you don’t pay e-tolls

Today at 09:01 AM, via MyBroadband

Motorists who refuse to pay e-tolls won’t be able to renew their driver’s licence and will face fines, if proposed amendments to AARTO come into effect. 

Science/Tech

Farewell James Randi, prince of reason. Now who’ll mock the quacks and anti-vaxxers? | Catherine Bennett

Today at 08:52 AM, via The Guardian

The great magician dedicated his later years to exposing all forms of fake science

A mong many tributes to the great James Randi, who died last week aged 92, one stands out. Hours after the death was announced, cutlery expert Uri Geller reacted with a tweet he piously expanded on Facebook. “How sad that Randi died with hatred in his soul. Love to you all.” One thing that the most...

Science/Tech

Twenty years of the International Space Station – but was it worth it?

Today at 08:49 AM, via The Guardian

Has the ISS benefited society? Scientists are divided: for some, it’s a beacon of unity; for others, just a set for an action film

Space scientists are preparing to celebrate a remarkable astronautical achievement. In a few days, they will mark the 20th anniversary of humanity’s continuous presence in outer space.

For two decades, teams of astronauts have made their homes 250 miles above our...

Science/Tech

Frustration is rising as clampdowns spread across UK: are we in grip of Covid fatigue?

Today at 08:44 AM, via The Guardian

A sense of unfairness has dented public confidence and compliance with fast-changing restrictions

As the people of Sheffield prepared to join Greater Manchester and the Liverpool city region in the premier league of Covid-19 restrictions – tier 3 – there were widely differing views on whether the tough new rules about to be imposed from London were welcome, or would even work. On the...

Health

UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

Yesterday at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

Under MedAdvantage plans, the major insurer is sending packages including Tamiflu and coronavirus tests to those considered especially vulnerable to Covid and the flu.

Nature

Communities and Conservation working together for sustainable oceans

Thursday 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 […]