Africa on high alert over spread of coronavirus: AU

24 January 2020, 7:34 PM
The African Union says the continent is on high alert over the spread of the coronavirus that has been reported in Asia.
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China launches gigantic telescope in hunt for life beyond earth 11 January 2020, 4:01 PM

China on Saturday officially opened operations of the world’s largest radio telescope, which it will use for space research and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Aluminum iPhone cases after they've completed the deconstruction process by Daisy, an iPhone recycling robot, are seen at an Apple recycling facility in Austin.
Apple pushes recycling with robot, but mined metals still needed 11 January 2020, 8:36 AM

Apple Inc is trying to change the way electronics are recycled with a robot that disassembles its iconic iPhone so that minerals can be recovered and reused.

ICASA warns cellphone users to report irregularities to mobile operators 11 January 2020, 6:26 AM

Telecommunications regulatory body ICASA has warned cellphone users to lodge complaints with their mobile operators should they suspect anything irregular on their cellphones.

Drought
Zamani Saul declares N Cape a drought disaster area 10 January 2020, 7:33 PM

Northern Cape Premier, Zamani Saul has officially declared the Northern Cape a drought disaster area.

Kenya warns locust swarm is spreading, threatening food security 10 January 2020, 2:10 PM

Swarms of desert locusts have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into eastern and northern Kenya, posing a threat to food production and grazing land, its agriculture minister said on Friday.

Suspected poachers arrested in Kruger National Park 10 January 2020, 2:00 PM

South African National Parks (SANParks) rangers have arrested seven suspects in an anti-poaching campaign in the Kruger National Park.

How Big Tech is helping transform cars into smartphones 10 January 2020, 6:16 AM

Technology companies transformed smartphones and televisions into continuous fountains of revenue. Now, big tech wants to work with automakers to do the same thing for your car.

KZN Health MEC commends hero taxi driver for helping mom give birth 9 January 2020, 8:20 PM

A taxi driver in KwaNongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal is being hailed as a hero after he assisted a woman who gives birth in his taxi.

Warning issued for thunderstorms in parts of KwaZulu-Natal 9 January 2020, 5:05 PM

The Weather Service has issued a warning of thunderstorms for some parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

Oudtshoorn Municipality assessing infrastructure damage after flash floods 9 January 2020, 3:18 PM

The Oudtshoorn Municipality in the Little Karoo says it is busy with assessments to damage caused to infrastructure and properties following Wednesday's flash floods.

Chickens
India reports H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Chhattisgarh state: OIE 9 January 2020, 1:14 PM

India has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus on a poultry farm in the central state of Chhattisgarh, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday.

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman, Jay Y. Lee, arrives at Seoul high court in Seoul.
Samsung sets up anti-corruption panel as chief faces trials 9 January 2020, 7:29 AM

South Korea’s Samsung Group, whose leader faces trials over a bribery scandal involving former president Park Geun-hye, has appointed external experts to a new oversight panel to stamp out criminal conduct.

Doctor examining the child.
China pneumonia outbreak may be linked to new type of virus -WHO 9 January 2020, 6:51 AM

A cluster of more than 50pneumonia cases in the central Chinese city of Wuhan may be due to a newly emerging member of the family of viruses that caused the deadly SARS and MERS outbreaks, World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Australian bush fire smoke drifts to South America: WMO 9 January 2020, 6:30 AM

Smoke from wildfires in Australia has drifted across the Pacific and affected cities in South America, and may have reached the Antarctic, said the UN World Meteorological Organization.

Cars
US to outline strong support for self-driving cars at CES 8 January 2020, 8:34 PM

The Trump administration on Wednesday will signal strong support for self-driving vehicles as it releases new guidance from federal agencies at the annual CES tech conference.

Hippo
Limpopo residents live in fear of roaming wild animals 8 January 2020, 2:00 PM

Residents of Muyexe near the Kruger National Park in Limpopo say they are living in fear of wild animals roaming in the area. A hippo was shot and killed by a ranger in the village on Tuesday.

Samsung Electronic's Galaxy A90 is seen on display at a Samsung store in Seoul.
Samsung says profit fall likely milder than forecasts 8 January 2020, 9:22 AM

Samsung, the world’s biggest maker of memory chips, has seen earnings drop since late 2018 as a weak global economy curbed spending by data center customers.

Climate change will compel government to rethink farming strategy: Didiza 8 January 2020, 6:25 AM

Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza says the effects of climate change will compel government to rethink its farming strategy.

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump faces backlash as keynote speaker at tech conference 7 January 2020, 7:56 PM

 Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to US President Donald Trump, is facing a backlash for her lack of tech qualifications from industry officials ahead of her speech at a big annual technology industry show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Government needs to re-think its farming strategy: Didiza 7 January 2020, 5:53 PM

Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza says there is a need to re-think government's farming strategy.

India just experienced its hottest decade on record 7 January 2020, 4:51 PM

The past decade was India's hottest on record, with extreme heat directly killing about 350 people last year, the national meteorological department's chief said on Tuesday.

Tutu, Al Gore reaffirm support for renewable energy 7 January 2020, 4:45 PM

Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu and former US Vice President, Al Gore, have re-affirmed their support for the global divestment in fossil fuels and investment in renewable energy, in Cape Town.

Sony to test self-driving cars to boost sensing, safety technologies 7 January 2020, 11:32 AM

Sony Corp said it would start testing self-driving cars as early as this year to beef up the company’s sensing and safety technologies, as the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant accelerates its automotive push.

Uber partners with Hyundai on electric air taxi 7 January 2020, 6:16 AM

United States ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc and South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor have teamed up to develop electric air taxis.

Birds
Bird flu outbreak in Poland kills over 100 000 fowls 6 January 2020, 5:46 PM

Several cases of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu have been reported in Poland since last week, causing the death of at least 100,000 fowls.

Making a new generation of ‘guided-missile’ cancer drugs work 6 January 2020, 1:15 PM

A class of treatments known as antibody-drug conjugates (ADC) combine cancer-tracking proteins with powerful cell toxins. The therapies are getting a fresh start as dozens of drugmakers test a record number of new compounds in people.

The logo of Samsung Electronics is pictured at the company's factory in Tijuana, Mexico.
Samsung Electronics to unveil ‘innovative devices’ on February 11 6 January 2020, 6:39 AM

Samsung Electronics said on Sunday that it will introduce new, innovative devices in San Francisco on February 11, with the electronics giant widely expected to unveil its new foldable phone and a new version of its flagship S model.

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AmaZulu King condemns illegal initiation schools 5 January 2020, 4:54 PM

AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini says illegal initiation schools pose a big threat to the cultural practice of circumcision in the country.

Bird
Polish bird flu outbreak spreads, with four more cases 5 January 2020, 9:21 AM

Four more outbreaks of bird flu have been reported across Poland, bringing the total number of incidents in Europe's largest poultry producer to six.

Residents
Butterworth water crisis at critical stage 4 January 2020, 4:11 PM

The Eastern Cape town of Butterworth has passed day zero and boreholes are also not providing adequate water.