Planet Mercury makes rare transit between the Earth and the Sun

11 November 2019, 8:24 PM
The planet Mercury has made a rare transit, passing directly between Earth and the Sun - an event that won't happen again for 13 years.
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Floods
Severe storms, drought take their toll on parts of the country 11 November 2019, 6:14 PM

Severe storms and heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal, and worsening drought in the Eastern Cape are taking their toll on people and livestock.

KwaZulu-Natal residents urged to brace for heavy rainfall 11 November 2019, 12:21 PM

The South African Weather Service says residents should brace themselves as more, heavy rainfall is expected in some parts of Ethekwini Municipality including Durban and the Ugu district in southern KwaZulu-Natal for the rest of the day.

A screen shows the value of goods being transacted during Alibaba Group’s 11.11 Single’s Day global shopping festival at the company’s headquarters.
Alibaba Singles’ Day sales hit $23 billion in first nine hours 11 November 2019, 8:19 AM

Alibaba netted sales worth $30 billion on its platforms on Singles’ Day last year, dwarfing the $7.9 billion US online sales for Cyber Monday.

Water
Mossel Bay Municipality, residents assist drought-stricken farmers 10 November 2019, 6:06 PM

The Mossel Bay Municipality and residents have donated over 100 000 litres of water to drought-stricken farmers in the Klein Brak and Ruiterbos areas.

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Scientists discover new strain of HIV in DRC 10 November 2019, 12:25 PM

Scientists have discovered a new strain of HIV in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The discovery of the new strain has been reported in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Goldman faces probe after entrepreneur slams Apple Card algorithm in tweets 10 November 2019, 7:34 AM

A probe into Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s credit card practices has been initiated after tweets from a tech entrepreneur alleged gender discrimination in the new Apple Inc card algorithms that are used to determine credit limits.

Pollution
Daily commuters feel the brunt of New Delhi pollution 9 November 2019, 4:36 PM

Daily commuters in New Delhi have become the primary victims of toxic smog that has plagued the Indian capital and nearby areas for days.

NASA unveils its first electric airplane – a work in progress 9 November 2019, 8:35 AM

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 “Maxwell,” on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.

Awards
Female scientists honored at L’Oreal UNESCO Women in Science Awards 8 November 2019, 6:30 PM

Young female scientists were honored Thursday night at the L'Oreal UNESCO Women in Science Awards.

Additional Renewable Energy Development Zones proposed for wind, solar PV 8 November 2019, 10:14 AM

The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic energy in South Africa proposes three additional Renewable Energy Development Zones or wind and solar photovoltaic energy projects.

A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo.
International committee calls for pause on false political ads online 8 November 2019, 6:51 AM

An international “grand committee” of lawmakers called on Thursday for a pause on online micro-targeted political ads with false or misleading information until the area is regulated. The meeting was attended by lawmakers from Australia, Finland, Estonia, Georgia, Singapore, the UK and United States.

More Eskom blackouts expected 7 November 2019, 9:12 PM

Eskom has warned of a high risk of loadshedding for Friday.

Prehistoric ape from Germany was a pioneer of two-legged walking 7 November 2019, 3:53 PM

Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs.

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Communications department working on lowering data costs 7 November 2019, 10:33 AM

South Africa has some of the most expensive data in the world and due to limited spectrum because of television broadcasting still hogging frequencies.

New Zealand is the base for methane-measuring satellite mission 6 November 2019, 4:25 PM

A satellite mission to measure global methane emissions from oil and gas facilities will be based in New Zealand, the government said on Wednesday, in a collaboration with a U.S. environmental group.

India pollution: Protesters demand solution as air remains hazardous 6 November 2019, 12:36 PM

Environmental groups and New Delhi residents staged a protest at India Gate on Tuesday to press for action on air pollution.

Facebook
Facebook to widen access to encryption feature 6 November 2019, 10:40 AM

Facebook Executives told Reuters they will also detail safety measures, including stepped-up advisories for recipients of unwanted content.

Calls for government to declare drought a state of emergency 6 November 2019, 8:01 AM

Some Members of Parliament are calling on government to immediately declare the drought that has affected many parts of the country a disaster or a state of emergency.

A WeWork logo is seen outside its offices in San Francisco, California.
WeWork still on life support, rivals say it must cut costs fast 6 November 2019, 6:25 AM

For Manhattan-based WeWork to survive it will need to slash costs and balance sheet risk, and it will need to do that fast without scaring off customers.

Water
No guarantee of water supply to defaulting municipalities: Mahlobo 5 November 2019, 4:21 PM

The Department of Human Settlements,Water and Sanitation says it cannot guarantee the security of water supply to the public, if municipalities continue to default on payments to their water boards.

Nuclear power project an option once SA can afford: Ramaphosa 5 November 2019, 12:59 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated that South Africa will only embark on a nuclear power project when the country can afford it.

Anti-vaccination activists protest
Measles and mistrust in Ukraine weaken world’s defences 5 November 2019, 8:05 AM

Many of the people coming to Anna Kukharuk's private medical clinic don't have a disease. What plagues them is doubt. But its effects are a health emergency that the doctor and hundreds of others are struggling to remedy.

East London DNA lab to assist in rape cases 4 November 2019, 5:55 PM

A new DNA lab for the Eastern Cape is set to be built in East London.

Western Cape calls on citizens to use water responsibly, despite rain 4 November 2019, 3:00 PM

The Western Cape Ministry of Environmental Affairs has called on consumers and visitors to the province to implement responsible water use in the coming months, regardless of the levels of dams in any particular area. 

Vaal Dam
Water level at Vaal dam continues declining 4 November 2019, 12:23 PM

The Water and Sanitation Department says the recent rainfall has not made any difference to water levels in the Vaal dam. Persistent high temperatures and low rainfall has seen water levels continuing to decline.

China launches first sub-meter class satellite into space 4 November 2019, 11:52 AM

China's first sub-meter high-resolution optical transmission stereo mapping satellite Gaofen-7 was successfully launched at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi on Sunday.

Delhi breathes in most hazardous air, sees no respite from pollution 4 November 2019, 7:31 AM

Indian capital New Delhi and several other regions in northern India witnessed no respite from air pollution as the air quality continued to deteriorate and became the most hazardous Monday morning in the city ever.

Plant species rediscovered in Winterhoek mountains 3 November 2019, 3:40 PM

A plant species, thought to be extinct for more than 200 years, has been rediscovered in the Winterhoek mountain areas of the Tulbagh region in the Western Cape.

Limpopo Agriculture allocates R3 million to aid farmers 3 November 2019, 11:55 AM

The Department of Agriculture Spokesperson in Limpopo, Joshua Kwapa, says R3 million has been set aside to help farmers.

A screen displays the company logo for Uber Technologies Inc. on the day of it's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange.
Judge dismisses Uber lawsuit opposing New York City law 3 November 2019, 8:13 AM

A Manhattan judge has dismissed Uber Technologies Inc’s lawsuit challenging a New York City law limiting the number of licenses for ride-hailing services, the first such cap by a major American city.