Lesufi urges NPA to appeal against ‘sunflower’ murder acquittal

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he was angered by the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which set aside the conviction of two farmers for the murder of teenager Matlhomola Mosweu in 2017. Image: Vathiswa Ruselo/Sowetan Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Sunday expressed anger that the Supreme Court of Appeal had overturned the conviction and sentence of two farmers...

Buy black initiative hopes to raise R7bn

Supporting black businesses by buying their products during a Buy Black Week could result in more than R7bn being circulated in black communities. This is  according to the Buy Black Foundation which has made a call to South Africans to support the Buy Black Week Campaign by spending their money on black-owned products in order to reduce the country’s inequality,...

Cheating pupils, leaked papers among Gauteng matric exam challenges

The Gauteng education department has had its fair share of challenges when it comes to the National Senior Certificate matric examinations. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, while updating the media on the online placement of grade 1 and grade 8 pupils, said two candidates were found with cellphones and another three with crib notes while the exam was in session,...

France must review Covid-19 crowd limits on church attendance

France's State Council, the country's highest court, on Sunday ordered the government to review a law limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30. The Council said in a statement that the measure was not proportionate to coronavirus infection risks. Last week, the government announced that a nationwide lockdown in place since Oct 30 would be unwound...

OPINION | Nonracialism is an intellectual tradition in SA

Quoting Karl Marx as an 18th century philosopher on history being made “under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past”, Xola Pakati accuses the DA of “downright deceit” in apparently ignoring “the triple social constructs of race, gender and class since 1652". How he arrives at this is frankly mind-boggling and is accompanied by a hoary slew of slurs that...

Mourners outside Mlangeni’s home not prosecuted because it was ‘spontaneous’

State prosecutors have declined to prosecute government officials and other mourners who violated lockdown regulations by gathering outside anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni's home, arguing that the event was spontaneous. Police minister Bheki Cele has revealed in a written parliamentary reply that the Orlando police station investigated a criminal case of contravention of the Disaster Management Act regulating the number...

Ramaphosa wants answers on the ANC Zimbabwe flight

President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to furnish him, within 48 hours, with a detailed report on the circumstances that led to her sharing a flight to Zimbabwe with a senior ANC delegation. A presidency statement issued on Friday evening said Ramaphosa had noted the public discussion that has been generated about the flight...

HSBC’s profits slump 65% amid coronavirus downturn

  HSBC's profits for the first half of this year have plunged 65% as it battles the coronavirus downturn. The UK's biggest bank posted pre-tax profits of $4.3bn (£3.3bn), compared to $12.4bn for the same period last year. The fall was much larger than analysts had forecast as HSBC was hit by loans turning bad and interest rates remaining low. While HSBC is...

The Station: ADA turns 30, Panasonic’s new battery tech and delivery (data) woes

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Before we get into all the mobility...

Nigeria Boko Haram: Governor says battle against militants being sabotaged

A governor in north-east Nigeria has suggested efforts to defeat jihadist group Boko Haram are being undermined by elements of the security apparatus. Borno State's Babagana Zulum said President Muhammadu Buhari needed to know sabotage within the system was frustrating work to end the insurgency. Babagana Zulum was speaking bluntly days after his heavily armed convoy suddenly had to flee a...

AI is struggling to adjust to 2020

2020 has made every industry reimagine how to move forward in light of COVID-19: civil rights movements, an election year and countless other big news moments. On a human level, we’ve had to adjust to a new way of living. We’ve started to accept these changes and figure out how to live our lives under these new pandemic rules....

Ningaloo Reef: Woman injured by whale shark at Australian tourist spot

An Australian woman has suffered injuries after being struck and injured by a whale shark while snorkelling. The woman, 29, had been swimming with a tour group at Western Australia's popular Ningaloo Reef on Saturday when she was hit by the animal's tail. A swim with whale sharks - the largest fish species globally and typically docile - is a popular...

Mexico crime: Mexican police seize alleged oil theft crime boss The Sledgehammer

Mexican security forces have seized the head of a criminal gang specialising in stealing fuel from pipelines in the central state of Guanajuato. José Antonio Yépez, better-known as El Marro - or The Sledgehammer - was one of the most wanted men in the country. Mexican police had been closing in on him in recent months and had taken his mother...

Microsoft to continue talks to buy TikTok’s US operations

US tech giant Microsoft has confirmed that it is continuing talks to purchase the US operations of Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok. Microsoft boss Satya Nadella had a conversation with President Donald Trump about the acquisition on Sunday, the tech firm said. Microsoft stressed that it "fully appreciates the importance" of addressing President Trump's concerns. A full security review of the app will...

US entering ‘different’ phase of coronavirus outbreak

One of President Trump's top medical advisers has warned that the US is entering a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Deborah Birx told CNN the disease was "extraordinarily widespread" across the country and a greater threat than when the outbreak first began. She said it was now affecting rural areas as well as big cities. She said rural...

Sequoia has hired a second partner in Europe: Revolut product lead George Robson

Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital  recently set up shop in Europe after hiring Luciana Lixandru away from Accel’s London office. Now, according to a tweet by Revolut product lead George Robson — and since confirmed by Sequoia — the VC has recruited a second European partner. Robson, who also previously co-founded Kickstart London, a student-run accelerator programme in the U.K. and has...

Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran's government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found. The government's own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry. The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures:...

Future Fields is tackling cultured meat’s biggest problem

One possible solution to cellular agriculture’s biggest problem — how to develop a cheap, humane, growth material for cultured meat — may have come from a conversation in line at a Tim Hortons  in Alberta. The husband and wife duo of Matt and Jalene Anderson-Baron were waiting for Timbits and coffee and talking about the technology behind their startup, Future Fields, when Jalene...

Even as cloud infrastructure growth slows, revenue rises over $30B for quarter

he cloud market is coming into its own during the pandemic as the novel coronavirus forced many companies to accelerate plans to move to the cloud, even while the market was beginning to mature on its own. This week, the big three cloud infrastructure vendors — Amazon,  Microsoft and Google — all reported their earnings, and while the numbers showed that growth was...

Apple Fire: Massive California wildfire forces evacuations

Fire crews in California are battling a massive wildfire that has forced thousands of people from their homes east of Los Angeles. More than 1,300 firefighters, backed by helicopters and water-dumping planes, have been tackling the blaze dubbed the Apple Fire which started on Friday. Parts of the fire are on steep, rugged hillsides, making it hard for fire engines to...

Leon Fleisher: Pianist who battled hand condition dies at 92

Renowned American pianist Leon Fleisher has died from cancer, aged 92. Fleischer rose to prominence as a child prodigy in the 1940s but his playing career was disrupted by an injury to his right hand. He later channelled his career into conducting, teaching and mastering the left-hand repertoire for piano. Three decades later, after a series of therapies, he regained use of...

Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’

New 90-minute tests that can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in care homes and laboratories from next week. The "on-the-spot" swab and DNA tests will help distinguish between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, the government said. The health secretary said this would be "hugely beneficial" over the winter. Currently, three quarters of test results are returned within 24 hours...

Early-bird savings for Disrupt 2020 ends next week

Whether you’re an early-stage startup founder, investor, enthusiast or another integral member of the community, you can’t afford to miss Disrupt 2020 — THE tech conference at the epicenter of the startup ecosystem. Here’s something else you can’t afford to miss — early-bird pricing. Buy your pass before July 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT and you’ll save up to $300. The all-virtual Disrupt, which takes place...

Rivian to begin deliveries of electric pickup truck in June 2021

Rivian  has started to run a pilot production line at its factory in Normal, Illinois, as the electric vehicle startup prepares to bring its pickup truck and SUV to market in summer 2021. In an email sent to prospective customers, Rivian said deliveries of its R1T electric pickup truck will begin in June 2021. Deliveries of the R1S electric SUV will...

Ramona Singer Slams Costars, Threatens to Quit RHONY as Birthday Party Goes Way Off the Rails

Singer broke the fourth wall, yelling for producers and telling the cameras to cut. It's Ramona Singer's birthday and she'll cry for the producers if she wants to! On Thursday's new episode of "Real Housewives of New York," Singer celebrated her 63rd birthday with a big bash attended by 50 of her closest female friends. Before the party, she asked newcomer Leah McSweeney to help protect her from...

Five Things to Buy on Sale This Week

As the end-of-season sales start creeping in, good deals follow. Here's some of our current favorites. TooFab may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Temperatures may be rising outside, but the prices are dropping at all our favorite stores--which means the shopping is good. And that's especially true if you want to take...

Garmin global outage caused by ransomware attack, sources say

An ongoing global outage at sport and fitness tech giant Garmin  was caused by a ransomware attack, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the incident. The incident began late Wednesday and continued through the weekend, causing disruption to the company’s online services for millions of users, including Garmin Connect, which syncs user activity and data to the cloud and other devices....

BIZ MARKIE HOSPITALIZED FOR WEEKS

Biz Markie has been hospitalized for weeks, TMZ has learned, for a serious illness ... sources connected to the rapper tell TMZ. Biz's rep tells TMZ the illness is not coronavirus. The rep went on to say the trigger for the hospitalization is that he suffers from Type II Diabetes. He's currently in a Maryland-area hospital and the status of his condition...

Professor Due to Resign Over Controversial Tweets Found Dead

I almost felt like a free man who was not living in the slave state of North Carolina. Massa Cooper, let my people go!" A UNCW Professor who agreed to resign last month over a series of controversial tweets has been found dead. The body of Dr. Mike Adams, who taught criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, was discovered...

How Gwyneth Paltrow Learned to Perform Oral Sex From Rob Lowe’s Wife

It was less about remembering the technique. Although I'm sure that I implemented it the first chance I got." Gwyneth Paltrow revealed she was taught how to perform oral sex by Rob Lowe's wife. During her guest appearance for Lowe's podcast, "Literally! With Rob Lowe," on Thursday, the Oscar winner, 47, explained how she befriended his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, who was working with Gwyneth's mom, Blythe...