Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

11 December 2019, 9:22 PM
The United Nations Secretary-General has congratulated Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg after she was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.
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16-year-old Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City.
A man shown vaping
US vaping-related deaths rise to 48, cases of illness to 2 291 5 December 2019, 9:12 PM

US health officials on Thursday reported one new case and one more death from a respiratory illness tied to vaping over a two-week period, taking the total death toll to 48.

Livestock
Govt bans livestock auctions following Foot and Mouth outbreak 5 December 2019, 3:36 PM

Government has imposed a ban on all livestock auctions. Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza has gazetted a national ban on gathering cloven-hoofed animals, including livestock auctions, shows and similar activities.

A medical staff member holds a bottle of anti-typhoid vaccine to be given to children during the immunisation campaign at a school.
New typhoid fever vaccine protects young children 5 December 2019, 6:27 AM

Preventing typhoid has become particularly important because some strains, particularly in South Asia, are becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Flash floods expected, Johannesburg Emergency Services on high alert 4 December 2019, 9:11 PM

Johannesburg Emergency Services are on high alert after the South African Weather Services issued a warning for flash floods in certain parts of the city

Elon Musk due back on witness stand in defamation trial stemming from tweets 4 December 2019, 6:26 PM

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk was due to resume testifying in his own defence on Wednesday at the trial for a defamation lawsuit filed by a British diver whom the Silicon Valley billionaire called “pedo guy” on Twitter.

Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel re-opened 4 December 2019, 6:04 PM

The Department of Water and Sanitation says the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel has been re-opened with water already reaching the Saulspoort Dam in Bethlehem in the Free State.

Google co-founders step aside as Pichai takes helm of parent Alphabet 4 December 2019, 11:57 AM

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping aside as leaders of the Internet behemoth they founded 21 years ago, ending an extraordinary run that saw them build one of the world’s most valuable and influential companies.

Staff chat at the front desk of the Amazon office in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York.
Amazon designs more powerful data center chip 4 December 2019, 8:12 AM

Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it had designed a more powerful data center processor chip, as it looks to pose a serious challenge to the domination of market leaders Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

US judge disqualifies Huawei lawyer from fraud, sanctions case 4 December 2019, 6:06 AM

A US judge on Tuesday disqualified James Cole, a Washington lawyer for China’s Huawei, from defending the telecommunications equipment maker against charges of bank fraud and sanctions violations.

Little Karoo residents urged to boil drinking water 4 December 2019, 6:05 AM

The Oudtshoorn Municipality in the Little Karoo has advised residents to boil their tap water.

Hospital
Eastern Cape mental health facility suffers a major blow 3 December 2019, 9:13 PM

A damning report by the Eastern Cape Public Service Commission has found that the mental health unit of the Mdantsane based Cecelia Makhiwane Hospital is in a state of disrepair.

Rising seas threaten early end for sinking village in Philippines 3 December 2019, 1:20 PM

Sitio Pariahan, about 17 km north of Manila, is sinking about 4 cm every year, owing largely to land subsidence from the population's overuse of groundwater, according to experts.

WATCH: Minister Lindiwe Sisulu briefs the media on drought crisis 3 December 2019, 1:12 PM

Human Settlements and Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu briefs the media.

Gauteng heatwave to subside from Tuesday afternoon 3 December 2019, 9:07 AM

The heatwave which is sweeping over most parts of the country is expected to subside from Tuesday afternoon, with rainfall anticipated for tonight heading into Wednesday.

Typhoon hits Philippines, disrupting travel, work 3 December 2019, 6:01 AM

A typhoon struck the Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rains and prompting preemptive halts in air travel, schools and government offices, with some 200 000 people evacuated after warnings of floods and landslides.

Mossel Bay residents, holiday makers urged to donate water 2 December 2019, 8:40 PM

The Mossel Bay municipality in the Southern Cape has called on its residents and holiday makers to donate much needed water to drought stricken farmers in the Karoo.

Fishing
Fisheries stock assessment review workshop kicks off at UCT 2 December 2019, 3:26 PM

Fishing industry role players, including local scientists, international experts and representatives from government are discussing the state of South Africa's major renewable marine resources.

Bangladesh plans to ban e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns 2 December 2019, 12:13 PM

Bangladesh plans to prohibit the sale and use of electronic cigarettes and vaporisers, a health official said on Sunday, as countries around the world move to ban devices that have been linked to health risks and teen addiction.

Livestock auctions temporarily banned as foot and mouth spreads 2 December 2019, 10:41 AM

Foot and Mouth disease, which was detected last month, has spread to five commercial facilities in Limpopo. As a result all livestock auctions in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng have been temporarily suspended.

Heat wave to subside in some parts of the country 2 December 2019, 8:37 AM

The current heat wave sweeping most parts of the country is expected to subside with rain anticipated in some areas from this evening.

Poor nations pay price as millions flee ‘climate chaos’, Oxfam says 2 December 2019, 7:33 AM

Fiercer weather and worsening wildfires drove more than 20 million people from their homes over the last decade - a problem set to worsen unless leaders act swiftly to head off surging climate threats, anti-poverty charity Oxfam said on Monday.

Mthata residents call for speedy enactment of NHI Bill 1 December 2019, 9:09 PM

Mthatha residents have called for the speedy enactment of the National Health Insurance Bill (NHI) to assist the ailing health system in the Eastern Cape

Antonio Guterres
War against nature must stop: UN Chief 1 December 2019, 7:21 PM

The world must stop a "war against nature" and find more political will to combat climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday, the eve of a two-week global climate summit in Madrid.

Baby
KZN significantly reduces mother-to-child transmission 1 December 2019, 3:48 PM

KwaZulu-Natal has made huge strides in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV from about 20% in 2009 to about 1% currently.

Medication
The Aurum Institute lauds progress but wants new HIV infections reduced 1 December 2019, 3:05 PM

Leading healthcare organisation The Aurum Institute says the impact of the country's HIV/AIDS response would be greater if the number of new HIV infections was reduced and the focus put on key populations which are most at risk.

HIV prevalence in Klerksdorp attributed to influx of people 1 December 2019, 11:39 AM

The North West provincial Health Department has attributed a high prevalence of people living with HIV in the Klerksdorp area to the influx of people from across the country and neighbouring countries who flocked to the area during the 1980's seeking employment.

A man passes a Google signage outside their office in Singapore.
EU antitrust regulators investigating Google’s data collection 1 December 2019, 9:58 AM

EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world’s most popular internet search engine remains in its sights despite record fines in recent years.

SA should reduce new HIV infections and focus on populations at risk: Aurum Institute 1 December 2019, 9:28 AM

Leading healthcare organisation The Aurum Institute says the impact of the country's HIV/AIDS response would be greater if the number of new HIV infections was reduced and the focus put on key populations which are most at risk.

HIV/AIDS Ribbon
Communities can make — or break — strategies to curb HIV 1 December 2019, 12:48 AM

Communities have long played a critical role in the fight against HIV. Their activism and advocacy have greatly influenced the response to HIV/AIDS over the past four decades.

World AIDS Day: SA making progress to meet UN targets 30 November 2019, 9:38 PM

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says it will push the government to initiate the outstanding three million HIV positive people on treatment.