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13
FEB

"There is a murderer in the house" - EFF disrupts Sona 2020

The EFF disrupted the proceedings at the opening of parliament on Thursday by objecting to the presence of apartheid's last president, FW de Klerk.

Julius Malema stood up before National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver the state of the nation address and said it was a mistake for parliament to invite a “murderer” like De Klerk.

Modise dismissed the EFF's motion.Shortly after this, the EFF delivered on its promise to disrupt Sona by demanding that public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan be fired.
11
FEB

321 students will be admitted at Wits after 12-hour SRC sit-in

Wits University and its student representative council (SRC) have agreed to help disenfranchised students in a "one-off" deal reached after a marathon sit-in at at the main campus on Monday.

Since the start of the year, around 321 students have not been able to register due to historical debt, academic exclusion and difficulty securing funding. Many of them turned to the SRC for help.

Student leaders recently staged a sit-in on the 11th floor of the admin building in a bid to help affected students.
11
FEB

About 60 more novel coronavirus cases on Japan cruise ship

About 60 more people on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, national broadcaster NHK said on Monday.

Other local media also reported that about 60 more cases had been confirmed, raising the number of infected passengers and crew to about 130.

The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine since arriving off the Japanese coast early last week, after the virus was detected in a former passenger who disembarked from the ship last month in Hong Kong.

When the boat arrived off the coast of Japan, authorities initially tested nearly 300 of the 3,711 people on board, gradually evacuating dozens who tested positive to local medical facilities.

In recent days, testing has expanded to those who had close contact with other infected passengers or crew, and several more cases were reported at the weekend.
04
FEB

WHO briefs us on what is known about the coronavirus

On 30 January, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

To date the global death toll has risen 426 and confirmed global cases have reached 19 000 as of the 3 February. WHO manager of emergency response in Africa, Michel Yao, briefs us on what is currently know about the virus.
01
FEB

The song of humpback whales off of the coast of Cape Town

Cape Town has long been a famous stopover for lonely seafarers – a last chance of nightlife before crossing the sea.

Now scientists have shown the same is true underwater, where visiting humpback whales spend up to 17hrs a day singing to each other, sometimes together, in sing-a-longs that can be heard at least 30km away.

The humpback singing came as a surprise to a group of Cape Town maritime researchers who had set out to record dolphin sounds using underwater microphones in False Bay. In addition to dolphin sounds they discovered over 211 hours of humpback singing from 63 separate sessions.
21
JAN

Neil Aggett's bravery under torture cited by Nkosinathi Biko

It is heartless to take someone’s life and then deprive them of the right to say “I fought 'til the end”, says the son of Steve Biko on the fresh inquest into the death of Neil Aggett. Both anti-apartheid activists, Biko and Aggett, died in police detention without trial.

Nkosinathi Biko, representing the Steve Biko Foundation, attended the first day of the inquest at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

“Neil Aggett, Ahmed Timol and many many more ... Our research has thus far got 120 names of people who were victims of torture and death in detention, many of them having been arrested healthy and then emerging out of police detention as corpses,” he told TimesLIVE.
10
JAN

Thuma Mina was meant for Jacob Zuma

As president Cyril Ramaphosa enters his third year as ANC president, the slogan of his presidency, 'thuma mina’, is fading. The invoking of music legend Hugh Masekela’s song Thuma Mina no longer carries the same level of optimism and euphoria it once did. Sunday Times journalist Qaanitah Hunter tracks the genesis of ‘thuma mina’ and how it became the tagline of Ramaphosa’s presidency. She spoke to a speech writer who came up with the idea for the State of the Nation Address in 2017 that was meant to be delivered by former president Jacob Zuma.
08
JAN

A matric certificate is not your only option

While SA celebrates its increased matric pass rate, a proportion of the country's youth will not get a matric certificate or be accepted into a university.Which raises the question: what next?Jan Badenhorst is the CEO of Skills Academy, which offers distance learning courses to people who did not complete matric or cannot get into university. He emphasises that young South Africans should not despair if their results were disappointing. 
11
DEC
2019

ENERGY EXPERT - Prepare to start producing your own power

Eskom is failing - and a successful South Africa depends on moving on to other power suppliers.

This is the view of energy experts, as the embattled power utility announced on Monday evening that stage 6 load-shedding would be implemented for the first time - meaning longer and more frequent periods of rotational power cuts.

"We've never been in stage 6 load-shedding before. It's a very serious state of affairs. It's uncharted territory," said expert Chris Yelland.

For Yelland, the solution was to move away from Eskom as much as possible. "At the moment we are heavily overexposed to a failing monopoly. If it were not too big to fail, it has already failed," he said.

"What we've got to do is to reduce the risk by reducing our dependence on a failing utility. That means we need to diversify generation sources away from our current dependence on one source of electricity."
09
DEC
2019

Zozibini Tunzi message to SA after being crowned Miss Universe

There was jubilation, tears, shouts of joy and excitement as Miss South Africa 2019, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned Miss Universe at the Tyler Perry Studios is
Atlanta last night.

It’s a huge leap for the humble girl from Tsolo who grew up amid great poverty in a rural part of the Eastern Cape.
29
NOV
2019

NPA is confident it will get a conviction against Julius Malema for firearm incident

EFF leader Julius Malema allegedly discharged a firearm in public during his party's fifth anniversary celebrations in July last year.
The incident took place at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in the Eastern Cape.The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in a statement that Malema faced five counts, including the unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm in a built-up area or public place and reckless endangerment to people or property.
The regional spokesperson of the NPA, Luxolo Tyali, told TimesLIVE that the prosecuting authority was confident it would achieve a conviction in February next year, when the case is due to be heard in court.

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