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MANCHESTER, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Gareth Bale has not travelled to Real Madrid's Champions League last-16 decider with Manchester City on Friday because he did not wish to play in the match, coach Zinedine Zidane has said.
People are dying, and not just from Covid-19. In communities like Hanover Park, physical distancing isn’t enough to keep people safe where gangsterism wreaks havoc. Gang violence is getting worse, and the hunger for change is desperate.
This is a summary of the trending, highest impact, and most active themes and their narratives related to social cohesion and division in South African public-domain social media conversations on 5 August 2020.
CAPE TOWN, Aug 6 (Reuters) - A South African animal rights group is seeking a court order banning a Kuwaiti firm from shipping tens of thousands of sheep across the equator to the Middle East during summer months in conditions it called "extreme cruelty".
South Africa went into a hard lockdown on Friday 27 March in hope of blocking the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown was extended, then the country started slowly opening up. Currently, at Level 3 of lockdown, coronavirus cases have spiked, correlating with South Africans’ dwindling appetite for following regulations. These reflections are part of a weekly series that monitors stay-at-home life in various neighbourhoods.
ABIDJAN, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Police fired teargas to disperse a protest in the commercial capital, Abidjan, on Thursday against the exclusion of former President Laurent Gbagbo and others from the voter rolls for October's presidential election.
BEIRUT/PARIS, Aug 6 (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron offered France's support for the Lebanese people on Thursday on a visit to Beirut following a huge warehouse blast, but said crisis-hit Lebanon would "continue to sink" unless its leaders carry out reforms. Macron was the first foreign leader to visit the Lebanese capital since the explosion on Tuesday that killed at least 145 people.
In the wake of the collapse of Vale's iron ore tailings facility at Brumadinho, Brazil, on 25 January 2019 that killed 270 people, the global mining industry scrambled to raise the bar on the standards governing the construction, maintenance and oversight of such structures. The new standards were unveiled in London on Wednesday, 5 August.
In July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered an anti-China speech that was extremist, simplistic and dangerous. If biblical literalists like Pompeo remain in power past November, they could well bring the world to the brink of a war that they expect and perhaps even seek.
The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) is a ‘Goliath’, funding ‘worthy causes’ to the tune of about R1.3-billion annually. But when a couple of media ‘Davids’ started investigating just how worthy some of those causes were, a ragtag ‘astroturf army’ sprang up to make common cause with the NLC and its bid to keep beneficiaries secret. It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, but if the plan was to silence questions, then it has backfired badly.
Revelations that government officials and their families have used this pandemic to loot Covid-19 relief funds have exposed a new level of Orwellian irony. Any notion that authorities are remotely interested in building a society based on the inspiring principles of the Rivonia Trialists has faded.
Judge Tintswalo Annah Tannah Makhubele was under the impression, she said, that there was nothing wrong with her becoming chairperson of SA’s rail agency while she was finishing up her duties before becoming a sitting judge.
Three-quarters of a century has passed since the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, ushering in a new age in great power politics, which continues to this day. Humanity should never forget the horrors of that day, nor the complex legacy that nations have grappled with ever since.
There’s a growing gap opening in our political landscape. The ANC is rapidly losing the SA people’s confidence, and what was left of trust, while the DA seems to have lost some of its grip on the middle ground, leaving an increasing space for new players. The most likely to benefit from this moral and ideological atrophy is Herman Mashaba’s new outfit, even if there are still significant limits to what anyone can realistically achieve in the short to medium term.
More than two million citizens in Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare are faced with a serious health hazard after it became the new Covid-19 epicentre in the troubled southern African country. Of the 490 cases recorded countrywide on 1 August, 485 were from the capital.
Since independence, pandemics in Zimbabwe have manifested in myriad ways. Beyond epidemiological disease and related deaths, the chronic plagues are metaphorically state corruption, a disintegrating economy, police brutality, unwarranted arrests, abductions, poor education, and an appalling healthcare system.
Have we forgotten all the lessons we learnt from the HIV-AIDS pandemic? Of how to mobilise a multi-sectoral response and sensitive interventions? Instead, we are confronted by a ‘command centre’ that responds with metaphors of war. This is so wrong, on so many levels.
If one compares schools to cars, a tiny minority own multiple luxury sedans, 4x4s, or bakkies. A second, small group of households own one or more Toyota Corollas or Volkswagen Polos. A third, larger group of households share access to ‘skedonks’: old, beat-up, stuck-together-so-they-barely-work, unsafe, third-hand cars. Most of our schools are skedonks.
Those affected by decisions have a right to participate in decision-making, and the pandemic demands leadership and direction from elected representatives to facilitate the public’s involvement as well as access to data to facilitate engagement through electronic platforms.
Blind and visually impaired learners face a constant battle to get access to equal and quality education – especially during the pandemic – while blind and visually impaired women face many issues on a daily basis.
There haven’t been many friendly public service announcements in the past few months that have been kind to our physical and mental well-being. Or our wallets. We at Daily Maverick are hoping that we’ll buck the trend with this one.
The Treasury has strengthened its oversight hand by pulling the plug on Covid-19 emergency procurement by national government departments, provinces, and municipalities. The auditor-general’s office will now be required to audit the expenditure of government arms on a daily or weekly basis, rather than examine their financial books every six or 12 months.
On Wednesday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said there is reason for ‘cautious optimism’ as the country’s Covid-19 infection rate seems to be declining. Meanwhile, SECTION27 has expressed disappointment in the particulars of the government’s plan to restart the National School Nutrition Programme.
The Sukuma Relief Programme, which was established earlier in 2020 to disburse a R1-billion donation from the Rupert Family and Remgro to assist small businesses during the Covid-19 crunch is almost complete, but involved parties say the measure can extend way beyond the current crisis and possibly become a funding option for future crises.
As China and Russia compete in what is effectively a new scramble for Africa, African countries should come to the realisation that it is in the continent’s interests to negotiate fairer agreements that do not leave them saddled with more debt or the potential loss of national assets.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Singer-actress Selena Gomez has been cooking up a storm during the coronavirus lockdown and is now ready to share her hilarious and sometimes embarrassing efforts with the rest of the world.
OAKLAND, Calif., Aug 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming the head of Uber Technologies Inc's rival unit.
BEIRUT, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Walid Assi was cooking at a Beirut pizza joint on Tuesday night when a huge blast wave pushed him down. The ground beneath him shook. He saw a flash of white. The roof caved in.
Tencent Holdings Ltd. is driving discussions to merge China’s biggest game-streaming platforms Huya Inc. and DouYu International Holdings Ltd., people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that would allow it to dominate the $3.4 billion arena.
Born in New York, a so-called ‘diplomat brat’, of the few aspects of South African culture that veteran writer Chris du Plessis could ever vividly recall was pennywhistler Spokes Mashiyane’s ‘King Kwela’ album and Miriam Makeba’s debut album in the US.
As many as 40 million people globally are victims of modern-day slavery through human trafficking, according to 2017 estimates. This included 25 million people in forced labour, and another 15 million people trapped in forced marriages.
A total of 2,611 incidents were recorded by CCTV cameras in the City of Cape Town from April to June 2020. Of these, a mere 5% resulted in arrests. This has raised concerns among councillors about the efficacy of cameras in fighting crime.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa believes the ANC is incapable of curtailing corruption, as members of the ruling party and their connections continue to face allegations of looting during the pandemic. His suggestion: dissolve the national executive and appoint a caretaker administration until the 2024 elections.
Most South Africans are justifiably angry about the continued failure by the state to prosecute individuals implicated in corruption. While it is important that more corrupt politicians be prosecuted, convicted, and appropriately punished (a mandatory 15 years prison sentence is prescribed for corruption), this is not the only manner in which they could be held accountable. Political parties – specifically the ANC – can take action against their members. But they often don’t, hiding instead behind the law to protect their own from the consequences of their corrupt or other incendiary behaviour.