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Outrage in South Africa over police brutality in Nigeria - eNCA
Hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice outrage at the shooting of peaceful demonstrators in Nigeria.
JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice outrage at the shooting of peaceful demonstrators in Nigeria. Nigeria has faced growing unrest as a protest over brutality by a police unit known as SARS ballooned into wider grievances against the government. Witnesses said gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people in the main city of Lagos on Tuesday, with Amnesty International reporting that several people were killed. READ: Nigeria security forces 'kill' protesters after curfew imposed On Wednesday, demonstrators draped in the national flag of Nigeria and chanting liberation slogans marched to Abuja's embassy in Pretoria carrying banners reading "End police brutality". Another group of about 400 people in Cape Town, mostly Nigerian nationals, vowed to continue picketing until there was change in Nigeria. Well-known South African rap star AKA voiced solidarity with the people of Nigeria, saying: "How can people shoot to KILL their own countrymen and women?" "This is insane... Sending love and strength to Naija," AKA tweeted to his 4.6 million followers.
UPDATE: KZN taxi crash claims 16 lives - eNCA
The taxi collided with a truck on the R66 between Ulundi and Melmoth.
KWAZULU-NATAL - 16 people have died in a taxi crash in KwaZulu Natal on Wednesday. KZN Emergency Services spokesperson, Robert McKenzie said in an interview with eNCA, that four people have been taken to hospital with critical injuries. READ: 12 people killed in KZN taxi crash The taxi collided with a truck on the R66 between Ulundi and Melmoth. The taxi was reportedly travelling from Nongoma to Durban.
Bushiri's supporters protest outside court - eNCA
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary are appearing in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on money laundering charges.
JOHANNESBURG - Self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiris supporters are out in their numbers to support their church leader and his wife, Mary. The couple is appearing in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on money laundering charges. "We are here to support our prophet, major one, who is the only prophet in the whole world. He is a man of God and I believe and I trust that he is not guilty, he is the victim of the plot of the so-called devil," said one of his supporters. "There is no way they can take him down because our God is alive and kicking and we are not afraid." READ: Bushiri couple arrested by Hawks Last year, Bushiri and his wife were arrested for similar charges. They were granted R100,000 bail.
Taverns identified as COVID-19 hotspots - eNCA
Several school pupils tested positive for COVID-19 after partying at the Tin Roof bar in Cape Town
CAPE TOWN - Places where alcohol is consumed, such as pubs and taverns, are becoming hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. Several cases were reported among students in Cape Town and the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape. The alcohol industry is now worried that government may enforce harsher regulations should the danger of a second wave become real. READ: Level 2 lockdown: Tavern owners keen to reopen The Western Cape liquor industry says at least 44 licensed traders have had their licenses suspended for contravening lockdown regulations but the liquor traders association in the province says businesses are often unfairly targeted by authorities. Tavern and pub owners also say that the onus cannot be on them alone to ensure that customers abide by COVID-19 protocols. With concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 infections, the liquor industry fears that another alcohol ban could put hundreds of traders out of business.
Nokia and NASA to install 4G on the Moon - eNCA
The $14.1 million contract is part of NASA's Artemis programme which aims to send the first woman, and next man, to the moon by 2024.
FINLAND - With competition among Earth's telecoms providers as fierce as ever, equipment maker Nokia announced its expansion into a new market on Monday, winning a deal to install the first cellular network on the Moon. The Finnish equipment manufacturer said it was selected by NASA to deploy an "ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened" wireless 4G network on the lunar surface, as part of the US space agency's plan to establish a long-term human presence on the Moon by 2030. READ: Interpreting the super blood moon The $14.1 million contract, awarded to Nokia's US subsidiary, is part of NASA's Artemis programme which aims to send the first woman, and next man, to the moon by 2024. The astronauts will begin carrying out detailed experiments and explorations which the agency hopes will help it develop its first human mission to Mars. Nokia's network equipment will be installed remotely on the Moon's surface using a lunar hopper built by Intuitive Machines in late 2022, Nokia said. "The network will self-configure upon deployment," the firm said in a statement, adding that the wireless technology will allow for "vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video." The 4G equipment can be updated to a super-fast 5G network in the future, Nokia said. In all, NASA announced last week it would distribute $370 million to 14 companies to supply "Tipping Point" technologies for its mission, which include robotics and new methods of harvesting the resources required for living on the moon, such as oxygen and energy sources. READ: 'Ring of fire' solar eclipse to dim Africa, Asia The bulk of the funding went to companies researching cryogenic propellants, freezing liquids used to fuel spacecraft. Among them, Elon Musk's SpaceX received $53.2 million for a demonstration of the transferring of ten metric tons of liquid oxygen between tanks on a starship vehicle, NASA said.
Trump slams govt COVID-19 expert Fauci 'and all these idiots' - eNCA
The pandemic has killed almost 220,000 people in the United States.
WAHINGTON - US President Donald Trump went after top government scientist Anthony Fauci in a call with campaign staffers on Monday, suggesting the hugely respected and popular doctor was an "idiot." Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, has increasingly become a focus for the president's frustration as he bids to shape the messaging on the much-criticized federal response to the pandemic. READ: US Justice Department files suit over Melania Trump tell-all "People are tired of Covid," Trump told his campaign team in a call on which several members of the press were present. "People are saying, 'Whatever -- just leave us alone.' They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots," the president said, according to several US media outlets. The pandemic has killed almost 220,000 people in the United States. READ: Trump insists pandemic almost over, Biden says he did 'nothing' "He's been here for, like, 500 years," Trump complained of the 79-year-old Fauci, who is recognized worldwide for his work directing the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in suburban Washington. "Fauci, if we listened to him, we'd have 700,000 (or) 800,000 deaths," Trump claimed on the call, before saying that it would be counterproductive to fire him before the presidential election November 3. READ: Stakes are high for Earths climate future in US vote Trump's remarks came a week after Fauci expressed displeasure at the use of a clip of him in a Trump campaign video about the coronavirus. "In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate," the immunologist hit back, saying his statements in the video were taken out of context. At various points during the pandemic response, Fauci has clarified or corrected Trump's public comments on the development of Covid-19 treatments and vaccines. The tone between them has sometimes turned tense, as in April when Trump retweeted a post that contained the hashtag #FireFauci -- before reassuring the American people that "Tony" was doing a great job.
Vaal River deaths: Eyewitness speaks on tragedy - eNCA
A boat carrying seven people capsized at the Vaal River on Saturday, resulting in five confirmed fatalities.
A boat carrying seven people capsized at the Vaal River on Saturday, resulting in five confirmed fatalities. It's believed the boat took on water. In a separate incident, two people were injured in a jet ski and speedboat collision. READ: Save the Vaal believes there is an agenda against community One resident says there's no police visibility around the river and it's also difficult for people on boats to see where they're going. Police and the South African Marine Safety Authority are investigating. The two incidents happened at the Vaal River and the Vaal Dam. Watch the videos above for more details.
Coronavirus survives on skin five times longer than flu, study finds - eNCA
The coronavirus remains active on human skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers have found.
TOKYO - The coronavirus remains active on human skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers have found, in a discovery they said showed the need for frequent hand washing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The pathogen that causes the flu survives on human skin for about 1.8 hours by comparison, said the study published this month in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal. READ: Paper towels may remove virus missed by poor hand washing: study "The nine-hour survival of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus strain that causes COVID-19) on human skin may increase the risk of contact transmission in comparison with IAV (influenza A virus), thus accelerating the pandemic," it said. The research team tested skin collected from autopsy specimens, about one day after death. Both the coronavirus and the flu virus are inactivated within 15 seconds by applying ethanol, which is used in hand sanitisers. READ: Coronavirus 'can survive for 28 days on surfaces': study "The longer survival of SARS-CoV-2 on the skin increases contact-transmission risk; however, hand hygiene can reduce this risk," the study said. The study backs World Health Organization guidance for regular and thorough hand washing to limit transmission of the virus, which has infected nearly 40 million people around the world since it first emerged in China late last year.
Brendin Horner's father speaks out - eNCA
The father of Brendin Horner said he is disgusted that killers targeted his son.
SENEKAL - The father of Brendin Horner said he is disgusted that killers targeted his son. The murder of the Free State farm manager has left the town of Senekal tense. IN PICS: Tensions high in Senekal Robert Horner said, "why didn't they come and fetch me? I'm an old man." The father explained he thought something was wrong when Horner went missing for several hours after helping him with some car trouble. Various politicians and organisations gathered in the town on Friday as racial tensions threatened to spill over.
Free State teenager's body found under pile of rocks - eNCA
Edwina Bolosha from Tumahole had been last seen at home last weekend and was reported missing days later.
JOHANNESBURG - The body of a 14-year-old girl has been found under a pile of rocks in the Free State. Edwina Bolosha from Tumahole had been last seen at home last weekend and was reported missing days later. Her uncle last saw her when she left home for a sleepover at a friend's place. The teen's 24-year-old boyfriend has been taken in for questioning. Police are urging people to report missing children as soon as possible.