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Car crash in Mpumalanga claims 7 lives

Today at 09:00 AM, via SABC News

Seven people were killed in a crash on the R40 between Dwarsloop and Valetbank in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga on Saturday night. It was earlier reported that only four people died.


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.


De Kock, Wolvaardt Sweep CSA Awards

Today at 09:44 AM, via iAfrica

Proteas white-ball captain Quinton de Kock took the Men’s Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer,…


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...


Our school systems are broken. Let’s grab this chance to remake them | Peter Hyman

Today at 09:15 AM, via The Guardian

Classrooms returning to normal is a priority. But why not create a ‘new normal’, fuelled by lessons learned in lockdown?

I don’t want schools to “get back to normal”.

It’s tempting to crave a return to life before this horrible pandemic struck. There’s no doubt that those of us who love the buzz of a school community, the thrill of teaching, the boundless energy of children, have missed...


Gove and Johnson ‘sold as slaves’ at Oxford student charity event

Today at 09:01 AM, via The Guardian

After PM’s behaviour with the Bullingdon Club, evidence emerges of further antics at Union Society fundraiser

It may have only merited a few paragraphs in the student newspaper and have taken place 33 years ago, but an Oxford Union Society “slave auction” in which Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were involved is powerful proof of how politicians’ pasts can come back to haunt them.



Teachers urge suspension of English school league tables in 2021

Today at 06:32 AM, via The Guardian

Unions and headteachers say it would be unfair to compare performance next year because of lockdown’s effects on pupils

Teachers and headteachers are calling on the government to suspend league tables for schools in England next year, arguing they are unfair and will place too much pressure on staff and pupils whose routine has been disrupted by lockdown.

It would be meaningless and...


Former WHO director Anthony Costello: ‘Opening pubs before schools says something about our priorities’

Today at 10:00 AM, via The Guardian

The paediatrician and member of Independent Sage on Matt Hancock, the likelihood of a vaccine and why 50,000 deaths were preventable

Anthony Costello is a paediatrician and international expert on child health who has been an outspoken critic of the British government’s response to Covid-19. He is a member of Independent Sage, a group of experts set up to provide “robust, independent...


Risks, R numbers and raw data: how to interpret coronavirus statistics

Today at 09:11 AM, via The Guardian

Covid-related facts and definitions are confusing, and as lockdown is eased, clarity is more important than ever

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We’re finally over the first peak of the epidemic, but the numbers relating to the virus keep on spreading. Sometimes, however, things get lost in translation from the spreadsheet to the article, broadcast or tweet.



‘It’s a tsunami’: Covid-19 plunges Latin America back into poverty and violence

Today at 08:16 AM, via The Guardian

Years of social progress have been reversed by the virus, amid accusations that politicians have been fatally inept

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As coronavirus galloped through Latin America in late April, the mayor of Manaus was in despair. “The outlook is dismal,” Arthur Virgílio admitted as gravediggers in the Amazon’s largest city piled coffins into...


F1 drivers may not all take knee at Austrian Grand Prix

Yesterday at 20:46 PM, via Wheels24

Formula One drivers will make a collective show of their opposition to racism before Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix but may not all take a knee to back the Black Lives Matter campaign.


Leclerc admits Ferrari struggles ‘crazy’

Yesterday at 19:58 PM, via Wheels24

Twelve months after claiming a dramatic pole position at the Red Bull Ring, Charles Leclerc struggled to secure seventh on the grid for Ferrari – and admitted it was “crazy”.


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 […]