China planning new policies to take on ageing population: state media

23 November 2020, 5:47 PM
China is planning to include new measures to encourage more births and address its rapidly ageing population as part of its new 2021-2025 “five-year plan”, state media reported on Monday.
‘Indigenous languages could be under threat if newsrooms across SA were to downscale ‘ 23 November 2020, 4:52 PM

The SABC has a tremendous responsibility to the people of the nation with 29 million listeners who listen to the 19 SABC radio stations, A large proportion of these listeners live in rural settlements, located in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu- Natal, Limpopo, and North West.

Taylor Swift voted artist of year for 6th time at American Music Awards 23 November 2020, 7:04 AM

Taylor Swift was named artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday and won two other trophies in a ceremony held live in Los Angeles amid tight coronavirus restrictions.

US retailer Guitar Center files for bankruptcy 22 November 2020, 4:00 PM

Guitar Center Inc, the largest US retailer of music instruments and equipment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Saturday, as music lovers moved their shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter, Facebook to hand over @POTUS account to Biden on January 20 21 November 2020, 9:23 PM

Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc will transfer control of the @POTUS account to the Joe Biden administration on Jan. 20, the social media companies said on Saturday.

Chocolate Santas in marzipan masks – a coronavirus Christmas in Hungary 21 November 2020, 3:41 PM

When confectioner Laszlo Rimoczi decided to put masks on his chocolate Santas in his small workshop in rural Hungary, he intended it as a light-hearted joke to raise people’s spirits amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic. But it turned out to be shrewd business move as orders surged online.

I miss the audience: a French performer’s life in COVID lockdown 20 November 2020, 4:24 PM

On the stage at the Hebertot theatre in Paris, Trinidad Garcia is re-enacting a scene from her one-woman show, “For you to keep loving yourself,” to an audience of zero.

Tanzanian ban on pregnant school girls challenged in African court 20 November 2020, 3:30 PM

A Tanzanian law that bans pregnant girls and teenage mothers from attending school is being challenged in Africa's top rights court by an international women's charity, which said the "discriminatory" rule trapped girls in poverty.

Jailed producer Harvey Weinstein does not have COVID-19: Spokesmen 20 November 2020, 9:51 AM

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has not contracted the novel coronavirus while in prison, his spokesmen said on Thursday, but he is being closely monitored due to a number of other health issues.

Racist Tik Tok account lands Table View High learner in hot water 19 November 2020, 7:24 PM

The Western Cape Education Department says it has been made aware of social media accounts that contain racist and offensive commentary.

Online Santa website uses A.I. to let children interact with St. Nick 19 November 2020, 5:11 PM

Sitting on Santa's lap and tugging his beard while posing for a professional photographer at the mall is a long-held annual family tradition. But the coronavirus pandemic means this year, children across the U.S. won't get the chance to tell him what they want for Christmas.

Kwaito star Mshoza passes away 19 November 2020, 1:48 PM

Kwaito star Nomasonto Maswanganyi, who is popularly known as Mshoza, has died in Johannesburg. She died at the Far East Rand Hospital on Thursday morning.

Matthew McConaughey toys with possible Texas governor run 19 November 2020, 7:42 AM

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey may be the next celebrity to throw his hat into the political ring.

Teenage pregnancies rise in parts of Kenya as lockdown shuts schools 17 November 2020, 2:41 PM

Jackline Bosibori wept when she found out she was pregnant. The 17-year-old’s mother, who is raising six kids alone, collapsed in their one-room home. They had been repeatedly threatened with eviction and couldn’t afford another mouth to feed.

Solomon Islands prepares to ban Facebook after government criticism on platform: Media 17 November 2020, 8:53 AM

The Solomon Islands is planning to ban the use of Facebook for an indeterminate period after inflammatory critique of the government was aired on the social media platform, the Solomon Times reported.

VIDEO: CRL Rights Commission holds hearings on abuses in churches 16 November 2020, 11:16 AM

The CRL Rights Commission holds investigative hearings at its offices in Braamfontein to hear testimony from some prophets/apostles who were once leaders in what is referred to as cults.

Swimming Santa brings Dead Sea to life with tree and cheer 16 November 2020, 3:19 AM

At the lowest point on earth, in the middle of a giant salt lake where animals and plants have no chance of surviving, a jolly man dressed in red with a flowing white beard stuck a Christmas tree in the ground and went for a swim.

Public to have free access to national parks from Monday 15 November 2020, 4:03 PM

South Africans will be granted free access to all national parks in the country as from Monday until Friday, 20 November.

W Cape laments flouting of COVID-19 protocols 15 November 2020, 1:37 PM

The Western Cape department of Health has expressed concern over the non-adherence to protective behaviour amongst some members of the public.

Northern India chokes on toxic smog day after Diwali festival 15 November 2020, 7:42 AM

Hundreds of millions of Indians in north India woke up on Sunday to toxic air following Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, after many revellers defied bans on using firecrackers to celebrate.

Egypt showcases scores of 2,500-year-old coffins 15 November 2020, 4:09 AM

Egypt on Saturday showcased more than 100 coffins dating back 2,500 years, the latest and largest find this year in the vast burial ground of the Saqqara Necropolis.

Limpopo government acknowledges laxity in COVID-19 protocols observance at Miss SA’s homecoming 14 November 2020, 6:35 PM

The Limpopo government has acknowledged that there was minimal adherence to social distancing and personal hygiene regulations at events held to mark the homecoming of this year's Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida.

VhaVenda King Ramabulana welcomes Miss SA, urges support 14 November 2020, 7:25 AM

There was jubilation at the VhaVenda Royal Palace in Limpopo as King Toni Mhephu Ramabulana welcomed Miss SA 2020 on Friday. Shudufhadzo Musida is on a three-day homecoming programme in the province. 

Drones light up Seoul sky with messages of hope amid COVID-19 13 November 2020, 9:25 PM

More than 300 drones lit up the sky over Seoul on Friday in a show the government said was meant to give “comfort and hope” to residents enduring the coronavirus pandemic.

Miss SA to visit children’s homes, care centres in Vhembe district 13 November 2020, 6:32 AM

Miss SA 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida will on Friday visit various children's homes and care centres in the Vhembe district of her home province, Limpopo.

Delayed ‘Friends’ reunion expected to film in March, Matthew Perry says 13 November 2020, 2:03 AM

The long-delayed “Friends”reunion special is expected to shoot in March, actor Matthew Perry said on Thursday, a year after plans to get the cast back together were wrecked because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Friends” reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way […]

Egyptian transgender woman faces uphill battle against stigma 12 November 2020, 8:32 PM

Farida Aly spent decades performing blood tests, brain scans and personality tests before doctors issued the needed medical reports to allow her to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Nigeria expects more Benin Bronze returns as soon as next year 12 November 2020, 6:45 PM

Nigeria expects to get more of its plundered Benin Bronzes back from Western museums and collectors as early as next year as global Black Lives Matter protests spur repatriation campaigns, a senior official said.

‘Old Town Road’ singer Lil Nas X to perform in first virtual Roblox concert 11 November 2020, 5:01 PM

Rapper Lil Nas X will perform in a virtual concert and debut a new music video on Roblox this weekend, in the first such venture for the hugely popular kids gaming platform.

Sydney Opera House lit with poppies for Remembrance Day 11 November 2020, 12:03 PM

Poppies illuminated the sails of the Sydney Opera House at dawn on Wednesday as Australia marked the 102nd anniversary of Remembrance Day.

Matric students employ new cheating tricks amid COVID-19 pandemic: Panyaza Lesufi 10 November 2020, 4:44 PM

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, says that since COVID-19 they've picked up several new tricks that learners are using to cheat during examinations.