South Africa

  • DA’s find not textbooks but leftover manuals, says department – Mail & Guardian Online

    Limpopo’s education department has expressed disappointment with “false claims” that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo. A photo posted by the DA on their Twitter account fo the alleged undelivered textbooks. (Twitter) Limpopo’s education department on Thursday called false claims that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo. “The department wishes to set the record straight,” department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said in a statement. “The contents in the boxes are not textbooks but manuals and workbooks used previously by the province. They are being stored at the Fetakgomo teacher training college as they were left over from specific deliveries made in the past.“ He said the department had no contract with…

  • Court hears Oscar and Reeva’s ‘loving’ texts – Independent Online

    REUTERS Defence advocate Barry Roux at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko Related Stories Pretoria – The defence in the Oscar Pistorius trial has spent Tuesday morning trying to disprove the State’s assertion that Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had serious issues in their relationship. On Monday, the High Court in Pretoria heard of two arguments the couple had in the month leading up to Steenkamp’s death. In their WhatsApp conversations, Steenkamp wrote of how frightened she was of the athlete when he was angry. They also revealed a strong jealous streak as he fought with her for allegedly flirting with another man, despite his own serial dating prior to their relationship….

  • JZ’s architect is key to Nkandla splurge – Independent Online

    INLSA A 2009 picture of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu Related Stories   Cape Town – It was “the elephant in the room”. How much was President Jacob Zuma to pay for aspects of the work at his residence at Nkandla which were not strictly security related? Had he even been told such work was to be carried out? If not, did he ever become aware – while, say, ambling past the R2.8 million swimming pool and parking garage built at his private home – that opulent facilities beyond those specified by official security assessments and norms were being built? Did he ever try to find out why a project that…

  • EFF sticks to guns in manifesto – News24

    More News Economic Freedom Fighters show off an artwork depicting their leader Julius Malema at a packed Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa during the launch of the party’s manifesto. (Ihsaan Haffejee, Sapa) Johannesburg – The Economic Freedom Fighters have stuck to their guns for the nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation. Party leader Julius Malema on Saturday unveiled the organisation’s elections manifesto at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg. “We want to do away with colonial patterns of ownership in South Africa,” he said. The manifesto centred around the seven pillars that have come to be associated with the organisation — land expropriation without compensation, nationalisation of mines, nationalisation of banks and…

  • NWU interdict to remain in place – Independent Online

    Clyde Robinson@Flickr.com File image Pretoria – A temporary interdict stopping the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) from defaming North West University will remain in place, the High Court in Pretoria ordered on Monday. Judge John Murphy postponed the university’s application for a permanent interdict against HETN indefinitely. This was to allow HETN to file supporting affidavits confirming that its executive director, Sethole Reginald Legoabe, was authorised to file opposing papers on behalf of the network and its directors. Legoabe handed in a document of a HETN resolution taken on May 23 last year which authorised him to appoint attorneys, but it did not state that he was authorised to act on behalf of the other…

Technology

Internet Explorer 11 Gets Makeover for Windows 8.1 Update – PC Magazine

The new browser will run on Windows 7, too, while Redmond is also debuting IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1. Though its Build conference primarily focused on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft on Wednesday also rolled out an updated version of Internet Explorer 11. The new browser will run on the updated Windows 8 as well as Windows 7, while Redmond is also debuting IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The update means a better browsing experience, no matter what gadget you’re using: Be it an 8-inch tablet or a 24-inch desktop, IE11 adapts for the device, changing the number of on-screen tabs and the size of fonts and menus to match the machine….

SMS system planned to save lives in Africa – TechCentral

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. Added by Sapa Reporter on 25 March 2014.Saved under International, TopTags: Airtel, Alberto Perez, Cell C, Gooard, MTN, Nvia, Orange, Vodafone Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. An early-warning system that aims to capitalise on the explosive growth of mobile phone penetration in Africa could soon be in place to broadcast alerts to all users at risk…

Vodacom, MTN win one battle in MTR war – MyBroadband

Bloomberg reported that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) “has decided to engage in a reconsideration of the termination rates applicable for the years beginning 1 April 2015 and 1 April 2016.” This decision followed legal action by Vodacom and MTN regarding Icasa’s call termination rates regulations, 2014. According to the Bloomberg report, Icasa’s decision is contained in its response to Vodacom and MTN’s court action. The review process will take six months. Icasa unveiled the new call termination rates on 29 January 2014, which will see mobile termination rates cut from 40c to 10c over the next three years. The regulations also increase the asymmetry between Vodacom and MTN and the smaller…

‘Conversation crowdsourcing’: would you let the internet put words in your mouth? – Times LIVE

‘Conversation crowdsourcing’: would you let the internet put words in your mouth? AFP Relaxnews | 2014-02-22 12:46:18.0 “Crowdpilot” iPhone App We’ve all been there… you’re on a first date and all of a sudden you can’t think of a single thing to say. But how would you feel if online strangers could step in and direct you? A new app called Crowdpilot which lets you ‘crowdsource your conversations’ has been designed exactly for that purpose. The concept allows users to stream live conversations to the web — either to a selected group of contacts or to the whole world — and get assistance and advice. Designer Lauren McCarthy was inspired to create the app following a social…

Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade EASSy cable system – HumanIPO

French telecommunications firm Alcatel-Lucent is to upgrade the 10,000 kilometre Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) which runs from Sudan to South Africa, increasing its speeds to up to ten terabytes per second. EASSy is owned and operated by a group of 17 international and African shareholders, all of whom are telecommunications operators or service providers. Landings for the cable are located in Port Sudan, Djibouti, Mombasa in Kenya, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Moroni in the Comores, Toliary in Madagascar, Maputo in Mozambique and Mtunzini in South Africa. Alcatel-Lucent will also be deploying its 100 gigabyte per second cable technology. According to a statement by Alcatel-Lucent, the upgrade will support the “continued explosion of…

Speedster tries to con cops – iAfrica.com

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 7:06 AM flickr.com A 34-year-old Johannesburg man tried to bluff his way out of a speeding ticket after being caught doing 172km/h in a 100km/h zone on Saturday night.  The man reportedly told police that he had been speeding because he had been summoned to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. The man said that he had received the call at 3.20am. The court only opens at 8.30am.  “The highest speed was a 34-year-old male caught at 172km/h in a silver [vehicle], who told officers that he was rushing to the Randburg Magistrate’s Court as he had received a call at 03:20 to appear in court,” said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar. …

Science

Earth’s greatest extinction may have been caused by a microbe – Geek

Science! By Graham Templeton Apr. 3, 2014 8:30 am There are  a lot of ways for the world to end. It can go up in a ball of flame, as happened to the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. It can get buried under snow and ice in a great downward trend in global climate. It can get burned away by a gamma ray burst from a distant super-nova. New research from MIT, however, says that the greatest (or worst) extinction event in the history of life on Earth may have been caused by a germ — a bacterial invasion. It may not have killed in quite the way you assume, however. Historically, volcanoes have…

No Monkeying Around for These Partners – New York Times

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China Sees $2.6 Billion Loss on Climate-Linked Storms, Sea Level – Businessweek

China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, estimated the direct economic loss from rising sea levels and storm waves linked to climate change last year increased to the highest level since 2008. The loss reached 16.3 billion yuan ($ 2.6 billion), compared with a 10-year average of 15.1 billion yuan, data from the State Oceanic Administration showed. Storm waves caused 94 percent of the damage, the administration said, with 121 people killed. Southern Guangdong province suffered the most, with damage totaling 7.44 billion yuan, followed by Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, it said in a statement yesterday. Rising seas threaten cities including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin, forcing China to strengthen defenses for the coast and…

Agulhas to recover Gough Island body – Post (subscription)

CAPE ARGUS The SA Agulhas departs Cape Town harbour. File picture: Henk Kruger Cape Town – SA Agulhas 1 on Friday embarked on a mission to retrieve the body of a Gough Island electronic technician who died earlier this month, the department of environmental affairs said. It would take about eight days for the ship, which is now used for training cadets, to reach the island, spokesman Zolile Nqayi said in a statement. Johannes Adriaan Hoffman, a member of the Gough53 over-wintering team, died last Tuesday. He worked as a radio technician and was on his second expedition to the weather station when he died. The cause of his death was being investigated. Each year,…

Young DJ set to be 1st black African in space – China Post

Redirect Notice  The previous page is sending you to http://www.chinapost.com.tw/life/science- .  If you do not want to visit that page, you can return to the previous page. Science – Google News

Clouds of butterflies descend on Joburg – Health24.com

Health 24 Search News Medical A-Z Experts Lifestyle Tools Multimedia Blogs Forums Win! Home  >  Lifestyle  >  EnviroHealth  >  News Updated 13 January 2014 Clouds of butterflies descend on Joburg Swarms of white butterflies have descended on Johannesburg during their annual migration from South Africa’s west coast to Madagascar. Shutterstock Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Swarms of white butterflies have descended on Johannesburg during their annual migration from South Africa’s west coast to Madagascar, according to lepidopterist Earle Whiteley. According to Whiteley, a director of Conservation of Butterflies in SA, the spectacle is an annual event, but that the clouds…