G20 set to agree on marine plastic pollution deal

16 June 2019, 10:08 AM
The Group of 20 major economies were set to agree a deal on reducing marine plastic waste at a meeting in Japan Sunday where they also discussed energy security following the oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
Plastic and other waste is seen floating on the Marine Lake at New Brighton beach near Liverpool.
Power cuts
Argentina and Uruguay scramble to restore power following mass blackout 16 June 2019, 5:53 PM

Argentina and Uruguay were scrambling to restore power to millions of people after a massive power failure hit the Argentine grid early on Sunday,Argentina's Energy Secretariat said.

NSPCA slams Johannesburg Zoo for putting elephants in captivity 15 June 2019, 7:36 PM

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( NSPCA) says it will be seeking legal advice to reverse the Johannesburg Zoo's decision to bring in two elephants from the Eastern Cape into the facility.

Dead False Bay whale causes outcry 15 June 2019, 4:00 PM

There's been a public outcry after the discovery of a dead 12-metre long Bryde's whale in False Bay near Cape Town.

US World War II bomb defused in Berlin 15 June 2019, 2:13 PM

A 100-kilogramme (220-pound) US World War II bomb was defused overnight near Berlin's central hub of Alexanderplatz, police said Saturday.

A staff member shows the new Huawei Mate X smartphone with 5G network provided by China Unicom and Huawei at the media center for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing.
Huawei delays global launch of foldable phone by three months 15 June 2019, 8:37 AM

The delay comes as Huawei phones face being cut off from updates of Google’s Android OS in the wake of the US blacklist that bans American companies from doing business with the Chinese firm.

Group of Cape Town learners march against climate change 14 June 2019, 6:41 PM

A group of learners from various schools in Cape Town have marched against climate change.

Power restored to most parts of Kempton Park 14 June 2019, 3:08 PM

The City of Ekurhuleni says it hopes to restore power to the remaining parts of Kempton Park in the next few hours.

David Mabuza
SA can still reach UN Aids 90-90-90 target: Mabuza 14 June 2019, 12:48 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza says all Premiers and Mayors will be held accountable for the performance of their local Aids Councils in the fight against the epidemic.

Blood donation
World marks Blood Donor Day 14 June 2019, 12:22 PM

Friday marks World Blood Donor Day. This is a global celebration of the millions of people throughout the world who donate blood on a voluntary, unpaid basis to save the lives of those in need.

polio outbreak
In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak 14 June 2019, 11:35 AM

Two-year-old Farid should have been vaccinated against polio, but his family - like many in rural Afghanistan - believed the conspiracy theories and refused to have him inoculated.

WATCH: AIDS Conference Closing Address 14 June 2019, 9:33 AM

Deputy President David Mabuza will deliver a keynote address at the close of the 9th SA AIDS conference in Durban on Friday. Mabuza is the chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). The four day conference started on Tuesday with a march by SANAC calling for the promotion of human rights and respect […]

For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope 14 June 2019, 6:44 AM

"Classic chemotherapy was awful... but with this treatment, I feel hope," says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.

Ebola health workers
WHO to convene over whether current Ebola outbreak constitutes global crisis 14 June 2019, 6:06 AM

A top committee of the WHO will convene on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider whether the current Ebola outbreak in central Africa constitutes a global health crisis.

WHO officials
Family sent back to DR Congo after two die of Ebola in Uganda 14 June 2019, 6:01 AM

Authorities repatriated the relatives of two people who died of Ebola in Uganda back to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, including a three-year-old boy confirmed to be suffering from the disease, the Ugandan health minister said.

Popular contraceptive does not increase risk of HIV – study 13 June 2019, 7:29 PM

A study by conducted by Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes, or ECHO, has found no significant difference in the risk of HIV infection among women using popular birth control methods.

Global chemical weapons watchdog wants probe into leaked document 13 June 2019, 3:16 PM

The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog has ordered a probe into the leak of an internal paper which queried the body's findings into a 2018 attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

WHO officials
Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda: Health official 13 June 2019, 11:12 AM

A 50-year-old woman who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Thursday, the second fatality since the virus spread from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

sanitary pads
Government urged to provide free sanitary towels 13 June 2019, 7:03 AM

Dozens of young girls participating at a hygiene dialogue in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape have urged the government to provide them with free sanitary towels.

Hong Kong protests
Telegram hit by cyber-attack, CEO points to HK protests, China 13 June 2019, 6:17 AM

Encrypted messaging service Telegram suffered a major cyber-attack that appeared to originate from China, the company's CEO said Thursday, linking it to the on-going political unrest in Hong Kong.

Calls for govt to address HIV/AIDS stigma 12 June 2019, 7:34 PM

Human Right activist and Treatment Action Campaign's Deputy General Secretary, Vuyokazi Gonyela, has called on government to address the stigma and discrimination perpetuated towards people living with HIV.

Ebola care workers
Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DRCongo 12 June 2019, 2:14 PM

A five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Wednesday as two of his family members also tested positive for the virus after a visit to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bottle of pills
Complacency around HIV a concern 12 June 2019, 11:28 AM

Professor Andrew Robinson of the North West University says the introduction of Antiretroviral (ARV) HIV drugs is not the end of the epidemic.

Workers wearing protective gear
Uganda confirms first Ebola case during current outbreak: WHO 12 June 2019, 11:02 AM

Uganda has confirmed its first case of Ebola during the current outbreak, a 5-year-old Congolese child who is receiving care after arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

Plastic pollution is widespread: Study 12 June 2019, 7:30 AM

Plastic pollution is so widespread in the environment that you may be ingesting five grams a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card, a study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International said on Wednesday.

No confirmed reports of swine flu outbreak in Gauteng 12 June 2019, 5:32 AM

The Gauteng Department of Health says there are no confirmed reports of a swine flu outbreak in the province. The Department is working closely with the National Institute of Communicable Disease to investigate claims of an outbreak.

UWC Physics student published in leading scientific journal 11 June 2019, 9:53 PM

The University of the Western Cape is celebrating the contribution of one of its physics students to the international world of nuclear physics. 

HIV among transgender, homosexual men on the increase 11 June 2019, 9:23 PM

The centre for the AIDS programme in South Africa says HIV new infections among gay men and transgender seems to be increasing drastically world-wide.

Monkeys die of suspected heatstroke as India suffers in searing temperatures 11 June 2019, 6:35 PM

A troop of monkeys died from suspected heatstroke in India as scorching temperatures that have lasted more than a week take a mounting toll on humans and animals, media reports said Saturday.

SA AIDS Conference poster
The 9th SA AIDS Conference kicks off in Durban 11 June 2019, 9:52 AM

The 9th South Africa AIDS Conference will kick off on Tuesday at the Durban ICC with more than 3000 delegates from the health technology sector expected to attend.

The Gamka dam
Environmental Affairs dept pleased with increasing dam levels in Western Cape 11 June 2019, 6:44 AM

The Department of Environmental Affairs says it’s pleased with the recent rainfall figures and the increasing dam levels in the Western Cape.