Western Cape unveils weir worth millions

21 August 2019, 8:04 PM
The Department of Water and Sanitation in the Western Cape has unveiled another early warning drought and flood system in the Keurbooms river in Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape.
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HRC acting in bad faith: Tshwane Mayor 15 August 2019, 8:18 AM

Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has accused the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Gauteng of conducting its business in bad faith and playing politics.

Japanese researchers built a robotic tail to keep elderly upright 15 August 2019, 6:24 AM

Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance.

Sisters doing it for themselves: building a generation of women in tech 14 August 2019, 9:30 PM

Women have started making much-needed strides in what have been typically male-dominated industries, like tech. This is largely because of the diversity they bring to the workplace, and their ability to multi-task and problem-solve to bring unique and creative solutions to business challenges.

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Climate change should be part of school curriculum: Zikalala 14 August 2019, 7:15 PM

KwaZulu-Natal premier, Sihle Zikalala, says issues of climate change should be included into the Education Curriculum to ensure that children are educated about the dangers of it at school level.

Weather Service launches radar system in the Kruger National Park 14 August 2019, 3:01 PM

The South African Weather Service has launched a new state-of-the-art radar system in the Skukuza camp in the Kruger National Park, to detect hazardous weather conditions.

KwaZulu-Natal hosts first climate change summit 14 August 2019, 12:20 PM

KwaZulu-Natal is holding its first climate change summit following floods in which 70 people were killed in April.

North Korea accused of raising money through cyber-crime 14 August 2019, 10:25 AM

North Korea is being accused of trying to raise money for nuclear weapons through cyber-crime.

Vaccine
New Ebola drugs show up to 90% chance of survival 14 August 2019, 5:39 AM

  There's new hope in the battle to halt a deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Hump back whale euthanized after beaching in E Cape 13 August 2019, 8:04 PM

An 11 metre hump back whale has been euthanized after it washed up on the Kabeljous Beach, near Jeffrey's Bay, in the Eastern Cape. The reason for the stranding has not been established.

Climate campaigner prepares to sail to the US to avoid flying 13 August 2019, 5:00 PM

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will set sail for New York this week, crossingthe Atlantic in a racing yacht to join protests in the United States and take part in a United Nations summit.

KZN Education Dept launches e-learning program at rural school 13 August 2019, 2:53 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has officially launched an e-learning program in the province.

Google’s jobs search draws antitrust complaints from rivals 13 August 2019, 10:01 AM

Google’s fast-growing tool for searching job listings has been a boon for employers and job boards starving for candidates, but several rival job-finding services contend anti-competitive behavior has fueled its rise and cost them users and profits.

Ebola treatment trial shows promise in Congo 13 August 2019, 6:21 AM

Hope may be on the horizon for those fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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UK university bans beef to combat ‘climate emergency’ 12 August 2019, 7:09 PM

A London college said on Monday it has banned beef from its campus to combat climate change, becoming the first higher education institution in Britain to do so.

South African Private Practitioners Forum slams NHI model 12 August 2019, 4:35 PM

The South African Private Practitioners Forum says it does not support the current National Health Insurance ( NHI ) model.

SABC launches lactation station for nursing mothers 12 August 2019, 3:51 PM

The SABC has launched its first lactation station for nursing mothers at its headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Russia tells Google not to advertise ‘illegal’ events after election protests 12 August 2019, 11:39 AM

Russia’s state communications watchdog has asked Google (GOOGL.O) to stop advertising “illegal mass events” on its YouTube video platform, it said on Sunday.

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WHO says no new Ebola cases in Goma, vaccinates over 1300 12 August 2019, 7:31 AM

The World Health Organisation said it has vaccinated over 1300 people who potentially came into contact with the Ebola virus in the Congolese city of Goma, helping contain what many feared would be a rapid spread in an urban centre.

Plastic pollution
German minister prepares law to ban plastic bags 11 August 2019, 7:18 PM

Germany plans a law to ban the use of plastic bags because voluntary agreements with retailers to curb usage have not yielded good enough results, Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze said on Sunday. “My ministry will get a plastic bag ban on its way,” she said, not giving a timetable for the plan, adding her aim […]

Limpopo health department recalls antibiotic after deaths of toddlers 11 August 2019, 12:17 PM

Limpopo's Department of Health has recalled a certain type of antibiotic as it conducts investigations into the deaths of two toddlers at Dr CN Phatudi hospital, outside Tzaneen.

Death toll from typhoon in eastern China rises to 30 as storm moves north 11 August 2019, 9:36 AM

The death toll from a major typhoon in eastern China rose to 30 on Sunday, with 18 people missing, state broadcaster CCTV reported, as the country braced for more travel disruptions as the storm moved further north up the coast.

Chinese space startup revs up for reusable rocket race 10 August 2019, 7:58 PM

Chinese startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up the pace in China’s race to develop a technology key to cheap space launches in an expected global boom in satellite deployment.

Huawei unveils Harmony operating system, won’t ditch Android for smartphones 10 August 2019, 10:15 AM

Huawei Technologies unveiled on Friday its proprietary operating system for smartphones and other devices, as U.S. trade restrictions imposed in May threaten to cut the Chinese firm’s access to U.S. technologies such as Android.

Typhoon forces evacuations, flight cancellations in eastern China 10 August 2019, 8:26 AM

Hundreds of flights were cancelled and a million people were evacuated from their homes as the third-largest typhoon on record in China hit the east of the country, state-run China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Saturday.

A sign is pictured outside a Google office near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California.
White House summons tech, social media firms after shootings 10 August 2019, 6:53 AM

After the shootings, US President Donald Trump laid blame on the internet and social media for providing places “to radicalize disturbed minds.”

Female rangers walking together
Female rangers keep breaking stereotypes 9 August 2019, 3:35 PM

Women are playing an increasing role in protecting the country's national parks.

Mixed reactions to tabling of the NHI 9 August 2019, 10:24 AM

The DA says the National Health Insurance (NHI) bill will nationalise healthcare and create additional tax burden for South Africans.

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action 9 August 2019, 7:26 AM

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

Breast cancer still a common disease among SA women 8 August 2019, 9:08 PM

Breast and cervical cancers remain prevalent diseases among South African women. This is according to Head of the National Cancer Registry Dr Elvira Singh.

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Board of Healthcare Funders welcomes release of NHI Bill 8 August 2019, 9:00 PM

The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF), has welcomed the release of the National Health Insurance bill.