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Sunday Independent

Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Sunday Independent is a weekly English-language newspaper. The Sunday Independent focuses on daily national, local and international national news and analysis. Its leader and opinion page offers a platform for readers to submit their views on topical news.

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1 min.
the brief

Polls opened in Egypt on Saturday for parliamentary elections that will stretch over several weeks and are set to be dominated by supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. A first round of voting will end on Sunday, with a second round on Nov. 7-8. Run-offs will take place in late November and early December. The polls are being held under a new electoral law under which 50% of 568 contested seats will be allocated to pre-selected lists, a system critics say benefits Sisi’s backers. The remaining contested seats will be allocated to individual candidates, and Sisi can appoint up to 28 legislators directly. | Reuters…

3 min.
tunzi: i grew a thicker skin

REIGNING Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi said she grew a “thicker skin” during the lockdown while having stronger mental health. She said that the pandemic showed everyone social issues that had always been there, but were once again highlighted, such as flaws in the health and education systems. The beauty queen was in the country to judge last night’s Miss South Africa pageant at the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town. Tunzi said that her reign as Miss Universe was different to previous title holders because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as she was isolated in New York and having to cancel many of her duties, activities and charity work. “A huge part of my job naturally is to travel to do work hands-on. The question was asked as to what is Miss…

4 min.
pupils exposed to risk online

As dependence on e-learning grew this year amid the pandemic, so did the threat of cyberbullying and sexting children. The new normal of e-learning made its impact across South Africa which had pupils spending even more time online. Google learned that cyber ills such as cyberbullying and sexting were a present danger in children’s lives and can have real-life implications with some youngsters resorting to self-harm. Recently, a school in Joburg had the unfortunate incident of a 17-year-old pupil being a victim of child sexual abuse material. A video was taken of the individual in a very compromising position and published on social media platforms, said director of government affairs and public policy at Google Sub-Saharan Africa, Charles Murito. An Online Safety Curriculum Guideline is being implemented in schools across the Western Cape with the…

4 min.
a library burns down in kagiso

A LIBRARY has burnt down in Kagiso, west of Joburg. Do not look for a brick-and-mortar structure that could have suffered an act of arson after the ubiquitous service delivery protests. Africans just have a way with words, even for something as morbid as death. The library that was razed is a phrase that was used at the memorial service to mark the passing of a man of letters and PAC stalwart Sam Ditshego, which was held at the Chief Mogale Hall on Thursday. Ditshego, who passed away last Saturday, at the age of 64, was buried at the local Kagiso Cemetery yesterday at a funeral service befitting a man of his standing. A military veteran, Ditshego took ill last Wednesday, having tested positive for Covid-19 and was taken to 1 Military Hospital, where he…

5 min.
wada independence threat

ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020, South Africa took part in a very important virtual meeting which was attended by the National Anti-Doping Organisations from around the world. Among the many issues they looked into was progress or lack thereof, since the signing of The Copenhagen Declaration four years earlier – on August 30, 2016, to be precise. In attendance along with South Africa were Anti-Doping organisations of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Poland, Norway, UK, US and Switzerland. They unanimously raised a grave concern that to date, consensus reached by 17 national anti-doping organisations in the Copenhagen Declaration has yet to be implemented. Of particular concern the failure thus far to “to make Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency) stronger and more independent”. This is the part that got me…

2 min.
africa’s open access research gains

AFRICAN institutions are already leading on aspects of open access to research, but key questions remain about how this leadership could be harnessed to support a central future for African researchers, according to open access research expert Professor Cameron Neylon from Curtin University, Australia. Neylon questioned how capacity and infrastructure would be maintained, sustained and grown to support future leadership to advance African scholarship, during a webinar as part of Open Access Week organised by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Open Access Week started in 2008 and has been observed globally this year from October 19 to 25, with the theme: “Open with Purpose: Taking action to build structural equity and inclusion”. According to Neylon, an overview of the progress made towards open access scholarship shows that there has been…