Phaahla says lockdown level may ‘drop soon’

Johannesburg -Lockdown restrictions may be eased even further. That is according to minister of health, Joe Phaahla. Phaahla said the lockdown level may be dropped if Covid-19 cases continue to decline. The minister visited the Universitas Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein, Free State. Phaahla said the third wave of coronavirus infections in South Africa was very […]

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Mali’s interim council grants coup leaders amnesty

The leaders of the two recent coups in Mali have been granted amnesty by the country’s interim parliament. Colonel Assimi Goita and other army officers involved in overthrowing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August last year and interim president, Bah Ndaw, in May this year, will not face prosecution. The motion was passed by an […]

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FirstRand to put brakes on funding new coal mines

Johannesburg – FirstRand has become the latest bank to stop funding new coal mines following in the footsteps of Nedbank as pressure mounts for lenders to limit fossil fuel funding. In its climate change policy and updated energy fuel policy published yesterday, FirstRand said it believed climate change was one of the defining issues of […]

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New York wants proof visitors are vaccinated, but UN chief says he can’t force world leaders to comply

UN chief Antonio Guterres stressed on Wednesday that he cannot ask world leaders to show they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, after New York City officials said proof should be required for anyone entering the UN General Assembly Hall. A number of heads of state and government and foreign ministers – accompanied by countless diplomats […]

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 Disgruntled ANC workers put grievances on hold to focus on elections

Johannesburg – African National Congress (ANC) staffers have decided to suspend their strike with immediate effect and to put efforts into helping their party towards an election victory in November. The decision was taken on Thursday at a national general meeting by staffers. The employees have been demonstrating over several months due to the non-payment […]

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‘I was advised to take a policy out on my boyfriend’, says Ndlovu

Johannesburg Murder-accused Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu said she took out a policy for her deceased boyfriend Maurice Mabasa because she was advised to do so. The former police officer has been accused of killing five relatives and her lover. Ndlovu then claimed from insurance companies after their deaths. The case was adjourned for the days as […]

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TFG plans to hire more to boost manufacturing

The Foschini Group (TFG), the fashion, home and beauty retailer expects to employ 5,000 workers in its factories by 2026 as part of ramping up its local manufacturing capacity at its five hubs across the country. TFG’s Prestige Clothing already employs 2,470 permanent workers, as at the end of July. According to managing director for […]

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UN urges resumption of talks over Ethiopia dam row

The United Nations has urged Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to resume talks to resolve the dispute over the Nile da, “within a reasonable time frame”. The UN Security Council on Wednesday issued a statement saying the three nations should begin the negotiations at the invitation of the African Union’s chairperson “to finalise expeditiously the text […]

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Gauteng learners get top spot at an international competition for Covid K9 robot

The future of technology is in the challenges that we face presently, and that’s exactly what a group of grade 7 Reddford House learners did when they created the Covid K9 robot at an international robotics competition. The Inter-Reddford team, as they would like to be known, made it to the top five spots at […]

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