Cape Town’s bloody gang violence is inextricably bound up in its history

When the apartheid government decided to evict people it called Coloured from Cape Town’s inner city, it set off a chain reaction that now requires military intervention. More than 50 years on from the mass evictions that drove anyone who wasn’t white from the city centre, the South African National Defence Force has moved in to guard the areas known collectively as the Cape Flats. It was to these places that Coloured people were pushed by the Group Areas Act. So it’s necessary to look to history – which I’ve…

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Yellow fever claims 16 in Ebonyi

At least 16 persons have reportedly died following an outbreak of yellow fever virus in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi State. Many others are also receiving treatment at the Virology Centre and Iboko General Hospital in the State. The virus invaded the community since July before the information got to the state ministry of health which quickly moved into the area to avoid further spread. Dr. Chris Achi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in the state confirmed the incident on Friday to Journalists in Abakaliki. He said the Federal…

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Report: Malawi officials to call 600 witnesses during election challenge case

The opposition in Malawi says there are more than 600 witnesses who may testify in the case challenging the results of the May 2019 presidential election, one that saw President Peter Mutharika gain a disputed second term. The country’s highest court began the hearings Thursday with testimony from Saulos Chilima, a vice president under Mutharika who ran as the United Transformation Movement (UTM) party. Chilima received about 20 percent of the vote, but joined with more competitive candidate Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and other opposition leaders…

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Bowie State to Launch the Center for Research and Mentoring of Black Male Students and Teachers

Professor Julius Davis (photo via bowiestate.edu) According to jbhe.com, Julius Davis, an associate professor and mathematics education researcher at Bowie State University, has been selected for the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship by the University System of Maryland. The award will provide him with a grant to establish a Center for Research and Mentoring of Black Male Students and Teachers. “It’s humbling and an honor to receive such an award. It feels great to know that the University System of Maryland thought that it was worth the investment to create a…

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China denies report of state-sponsored hackers active in SA, beyond

The Chinese government is denying the report that a hacker group investigated by cybersecurity research firm FireEye is working for Beijing, adding without specifying that “the world knows clearly who has been most engaged in cyberattack and cybertheft around the globe.” The research firm, based in the United States, said it has been tracking a dual espionage and cybercrime threat called APT41 for some seven years across 15 countries including South Africa. The industries targeted include health care, education, video gaming, travel and news-gathering organizations. The findings were released in a…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 9th August 2019

NNPC/SNEPCo cancer machine reduces treatment waiting time by 80%. 73% Nigerian children denied exclusive breastfeeding –FG. Access to potable water is human right – UNICEF. Expert advises FG to budget, spend effectively on Health. World Breastfeeding Week: D8 countries, UNICEF want breastfeeding promoted. Access Bank, GE Healthcare ease financial burden on healthcare providers. Lagos shuts 52 substandard pharmacies, patent medicine stores. Rise in non-communicable diseases worries health authorities. HIV/AIDs spread on decrease – NACA DG. Gombe secures N3.4bn World Bank loan to fight malnutrition. Share this: source: https://nigeriahealthwatch.com/top-ten-news-items-on-health-9th-august-2019/

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Nigeria: #RevolutionNow Leader’s Detention Sparks Protest

Strong voices from various groups and notable persons in the actvist community and civil society organisations rose in condemnation of a ruling by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, granting a request by the Department of State Services, DSS, to detain the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, for 45 days. Trial judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, said the DSS was at liberty to apply for renewal of the detention order at the expiration of the 45 days, and adjourned till September 21, 2019 as the return date. Pan-Yoruba,…

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