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Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 14/09/2015
Posted by on Sep 14th, 2015

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Gupta family company awarded R4 billion coal contract by Eskom. The controversial Gupta family has strongly denied reports that Eskom awarded a dodgy coal supply contract to a company owned by them, despite failing quality tests [EWN]

‘I am no grandchild of any ape, monkey or baboon’ Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on the recently discovered Homo naledi [News24]

Germany introduces temporary controls along Austrian border. Germany has temporarily introduced controls along its border with Austria in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving in the country [FirstPost]

Global warming to escalate rapidly in the next few years. Global temperatures will reach record highs in the next few years as the impact of greenhouse gases combines with surface warming in the Pacific Ocean, known as El Nino, according to scientists [Sky News]

Yes, corruption does matter to ordinary South Africans by Mmusi Maimane [Daily Maverick]

Crane collapse kills 107 people at mosque in Mecca days before Hajj. A construction crane crashed through the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing 107 people. [CNN]

Chinese volunteers to teach Mandarin in SA schools. Who exactly will teach Mandarin when it is introduced in South Africa’s public schools as an optional subject next year? Here’s your answer: the Chinese government will bring about 100 of its citizens into the country to teach the language [Mail&Guardian]

Alzheimer’s disease may be transmissible through blood transfusions. In a landmark finding, researchers at University College London said it was possible the ”seeds” of dementia could be transferred from the brain tissue of one person to another. Meaning it would be theoretically possible to become infected with Alzheimer’s seeds through a blood transfusion, brain surgery or invasive dental work [TimesLIVE]

The education of more than 8 million children has been thrown into disarray after the Department of Basic Education bowed to pressure from teacher unions and postponed the Annual National Assessments [iol]

Heartbreaking scenes in California as 400 homes are wiped out by raging wildfires that have blitzed 115,000 acres and forced 4,000 people to run for their lives – as state of emergency is declared [Mail Online]

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