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Final push to woo voters in Cape Town
3 May 2019, 10:51 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) is pulling out all stops in their efforts to secure a win for the party in the Western Cape in next week’s elections.

Party President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday for the second time campaign in Cape Town in what the party calls its final push to get voters to cast their ballot in favour of the ANC on Wednesday.

Community meetings are planned today in Mitchell’s Plain, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha.

Police ready for elections: Cele
3 May 2019, 10:47 AM

Police Minister General Bheki Cele says more than 51 000 police officers will be deployed at voting stations across the country.

This as the country heads to the polls on Wednesday May 8th.

He identified KwaZulu-Natal and North West as high-risk provinces where possible protests could disrupt voting.

Dwarf planet Farout
Solar system’s most distant object is “Farout”
24 December 2018, 6:42 PM

Scientists have discovered the most distant object known in our solar system, so remote and unusual they chose the nickname “Farout” for the slow-moving, icy, pinkish dwarf planet about 120 to 130 times further from the sun than Earth.

Astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington said that the dwarf planet, officially designated as 2018 VG18, is estimated to have a diameter of 310 to 375 miles (500 to 600 km).

There are roughly 50 dwarf planets in the solar system. The biggest are Pluto, with a diameter of about 1 470 miles (2 370 km), and Eris, with a diameter of about 1 445 miles (2 325 km).

“When I saw the object for the first time, it was moving so slowly, it was the slowest thing I’ve ever seen. So I kind of muttered to myself, ‘Far out,” kind of like, ‘That’s cool.’ But it’s also a very-far-out object in distance, so that’s why I went with calling it ‘Farout,’” Sheppard said.

Its discovery was announced by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center.

“We don’t know too much about it,” Sheppard added.

“We only detected it last month. From its brightness, we can determine its size. We know its colour. It has a pinkish, reddish hue to it. If you put ices out there and you irradiate them from the solar radiation over time, ices turn kind of a reddish, pinkish color. So we think its surface is probably ice-covered.”

Sheppard and other scientists spotted Farout during their search for extremely distant solar system objects including a potential Planet X that he said could be five to 10 times the size of Earth. In 2014, these researchers proposed the existence of a ninth major planet at the outer reaches of the solar system.

They said Farout is moving so slowly that it might need more than 1 000 years for a single orbit of the sun.

The second most distant observed Solar System object is Eris, which orbits at about 96 times the distance of the Sun to the Earth. Pluto orbits at about 34 times the distance of Earth from the Sun.

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Survey: SABC Radio News and Current Affairs
27 September 2018, 4:28 PM

Share your views with us on SABC Radio News and Current Affairs and help us give you the news the way you want by filling in our survey.

The survey will run from 27 September to 31 October 2018.

 

Kofi Annan
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies
18 August 2018, 11:55 AM

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died. Annan is said to have died on Saturday morning in Switzerland after a short illness aged 80.

 

He was the UN Secretary-General between 1997 to 2006. He was also a chair of the group of elders set up by former president, Nelson Mandela.

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