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Don’t Forget to Stay Hydrated This Season

Summer is slowly making its way back into our lives. We no longer have to go to bed with six layers of blankets and our cheeks are beginning to return to a colour that isn’t translucent. But now that the sun has returned, many of us will get back into our outdoor hobbies and spend more time honing our ‘bikini bodies’, and it’s vitally important to remember to refill our water-bottles. Staying hydrated in summer is critical for a number of reasons.

Technology and mentoring key in UFS approach to learner success

The University of the Free State (UFS) has been changing the lives of high school learners through its Internet Broadcast Project (IBP). The project was established in 2011, with the vision of taking quality education to all learners across the Free State province, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.

Africa’s debt to China is complicated

President Cyril Ramaphosa assured South Africans this week that the government was not in the habit of “handing over the assets of our country to other nations [or] to other entities outside of our country”.

The state “has not sold the soul of South Africa to the highest bidder”, he promised, in reply to a question in the National Council of Provinces about the details of a R33-billion loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) to embattled power utility Eskom.

The economy shrinks by 0,7% in Q2: 2018

The South African economy slipped into recession during the second quarter of 2018, shrinking by 0,7% quarter-on-quarter (seasonally adjusted and annualised). This followed a revised 2,6% contraction in the first quarter of 2018.

The widely recognised indicator of recession is two (or more) consecutive quarters of negative growth (real GDP quarter-on-quarter). South Africa experienced its last recession during the 2008–2009 global financial crisis with three consecutive quarters of economic decline.

Digital Revolution

President of the Republic of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World conference hosted by South Africa “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World provides a guide and compass to the future, as it enables us to navigate a new bright and brave world that many countries are traversing.

Punitive sanctions on foreigners who interfere in US elections

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday allowing punitive sanctions on foreigners who interfere in US elections, two years after Russia allegedly meddled on his behalf in the presidential campaign.

The order sets up a formal process to put financial penalties and blocks both on actors seen trying to hack into voting systems and those spreading disinformation through media and online - both of which took place in the 2016 election.

To read the article titled "Trump signs order permitting sanctions for foreign election meddling" click here 

Half a million US 'to mend fences

Mnangagwa spends more than half a million US 'to mend fences with Mugabes': report

A private newspaper in Zimbabwe says President Emmerson Mnangagwa spent more than half a million US dollars to fly former first lady Grace Mugabe home to attend her mother’s funeral.

To read the article titled " Mnangagwa and the Mugabes, Chamisa's inauguration" click here

South Africa ICC membership

Almost two years after first announcing its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), it remains unclear whether South Africa will exit the Rome Statute system.

Last December, Justice Minister Michael Masutha told a meeting of ICC member-states that the country was forging ahead with withdrawal.

 A few weeks ago, however, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu insisted that no final decision had been made.

In the meantime, Jacob Zuma has been replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa as South African President


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