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3D-printed ear bone shows SA's skills capacity

14 March 2019 

South Africa has made progress in improving skills and giving young people the opportunities to meet their aspirations.

This is the view of higher education and training minister Naledi Pandor, who said there had been questions about whether South Africa was preparing itself properly to manage shifts in the types of skills and work that would be part of the fourth industrial revolution.

DRC health officials trained to combat spread of Ebola

14 March 2019 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has increased efforts to address challenges in combating the deadly Ebola viral disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The world health body has begun training health workers to sensitize local communities about the virus, and to provide them with materials to fight the disease.

Dr. Alain Kakule Mangolopa and his team are at the forefront of the WHO Ebola response in the DRC as part of the infection prevention and control (IPC) task force.
 

Malawi floods kill 56

14 March 2019 

The number of people killed in floods in southern Malawi has risen to 56, an official said on Wednesday, with the country now also on alert for an approaching tropical cyclone.

Almost 83,000 people have been displaced since storms that began more than a week ago caused rivers to break their banks, leaving villages underwater, and knocked out power and water supplies in some areas.

Chipiliro Khamula, spokesman for Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management, said 56 deaths had been recorded as of Tuesday, as well as 577 injurie

Ethiopian crash: France accepts black box analysis

13 March 2019 

France’s air accident investigation agency BEA will analyse black-box flight recorders from a Boeing 737 MAX 8 which crashed near Addis Ababa on Sunday, a spokesman said.

Ethiopian Airlines said earlier it would send the two cockpit voice and data recorders abroad for analysis.

The French announcement resolved uncertainty over the fate of the two recorders after Germany’s BFUsaid it had declined a request to handle them because it could not process the new type of recorder used on the 737 MAX jets, in service since 2017.

Eskom implements stage 1 load shedding

14 March 2019 

Power utility Eskom says it will implement stage 1 load shedding from 11:00 to 23:00 on Thursday due to a shortage of generating capacity.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the rotational power cuts were being instituted due to plant breakdowns, resulting in an imbalance between electricity supply and demand

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Standard Bank closes 91 branches

14 March 2019

Approximately 1 200 jobs at Standard Bank [JSE: SBK] will be impacted as the financial services provider embarks on a new banking delivery model.

According to a statement issued by Standard Bank on Thursday afternoon, a total of 91 branches will be closed as the bank opts for a digital banking offering for consumers. The vast majority of these branches will be closed by June 2019, the statement read.

SA DEVELOPS CODING, ROBOTICS CURRICULA FOR GRADE R-9

The South African government is developing curricula for coding and robotics for grades R to 9.

So said minister of basic education Angie Motshekga. "To create a sustainable industrialisation and keep pace with the world, South Africa is developing coding as well as robotics curricula to be included in GET [general education and training] from Grade R-9," said Motshekga.

She said the curricula will provide learners with an understanding of coding and robotics, and will develop their skills and competencies to prepare them for the fourth industrial revolution.

UK urged to pull its weight to support African refugees

7 March 2019 

Britain should practise what it preaches to African countries by doubling the number of vulnerable refugees it hosts and reviewing policies that restrict an asylum seeker's right to work, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

A cross-party committee said the British government should "lead by example" by resettling and employing refugees, especially those forcibly uprooted from their homes in sub-Saharan Africa.
 

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