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Autistic Boy Who 'Teaches' Himself Under Tree Will Be Going to School

[News24Wire] Every morning, 11-year-old Siboniso puts on his school clothes, packs his school bag, ties his school shoes and leaves home. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda-Based Mara to Invest $100 Million in South Africa

[The Exchange] Pan -African multi-sector business services company Mara Corporation has set its eyes on the South of Africa, as it looks to invest multimillions in the economy of South Africa. The Rwanda-based firm will introduce affordable, hi-tech smartphones in the country, expanding its reach and fulfilling the demand of the market. The new project aims at enhancing communication. (AllAfrica)

Explainer - Lessons From the Collapse of a Small South African Bank

[The Conversation Africa] The South African Reserve Bank placed VBS, a small mutual bank, under curatorship in March this year against a backdrop of a serious liquidity crisis. The initial findings of the curator revealed significant financial losses, which prompted a decision to institute a forensic investigation. This was completed by early October and handed over to the banking regulator, the Prudential Authority. The report revealed widespread looting and subsequent cover-ups. The report was handed over to the country's law enf (AllAfrica)

The Spread of Shothole Borer Beetles in South Africa Is Proving Tough to Control

[The Conversation Africa] A tiny tree-killing beetle with the awkwardly long name of Polyphagous Shothole Borer was detected in South Africa for the first time last year. It's now attacking and inserting its deadly fungal ally, Fusarium euwallaceae, in a wider array of tree species across a much wider geographical area. (AllAfrica)

Zuma Must Pay Legal Costs for Review of State Capture Report

[News24Wire] Former president Jacob Zuma has lost his application for leave to appeal a judgment that said he should pay the costs of reviewing Thuli Madonsela's remedial action for the institution of the state capture inquiry. (AllAfrica)

Cabinet Congratulates Brazil On Electing Far-Right Bolsonaro

[News24Wire] Cabinet has extended congratulations to two countries - Brazil for electing far-right Jair Bolsonaro as its president, and Ethiopia for electing its first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde. (AllAfrica)

SABC Employees Stage Pickets, Want New Funding Model to Save Jobs

[News24Wire] In an attempt to save their jobs, SABC employees are expected to wear black and hold a lunch-hour picket on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Irish Aid Worker Killed in Cape Town

[News24Wire] Cape Town police are working on possible leads following the murder of Irish charity worker John Curran at a high-security residential complex in the CBD this week. (AllAfrica)

Political Will Needed to Safeguard AG Against Threats

[News24Wire] Attacks on officials of the Auditor-General (AG) is a direct attack on the constitutional mandate of the office, the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General said on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Gauteng Education Launches Innovative Aviation Programme for Grade 5 Pupils

[News24Wire] In the latest bid to change the face of basic education in Gauteng, MEC of education Panyaza Lesufi launched an innovative aviation programme that will make mathematics and science fun again for over 400 Grade 5 pupils. (AllAfrica)

KZN Man Walks 50km to 'Feed a Child, Feed a Nation'

[News24Wire] "It is time to act, instead of discussing it on social media." (AllAfrica)

Lions to Cull Players in Line With SA Rugby Plan

[News24Wire] The Lions have announced that they will offer severance packages to an undisclosed number of their contracted players. (AllAfrica)

Police Constable Falls At the Hands of Criminals

[SAPS] The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has called for the speedy arrest of the men responsible for the killing of a Constable last night. (AllAfrica)

Witnesses Sought By Uitenhage Detectives

[SAPS] Detectives in Uitenhage are looking for witnesses that can shed light on two serious cases that are currently under investigation. In the first case, SAPS are looking for information about a murder that took place on Monday, 24 September 2018 in Durban Street, Uitenhage. According to police information, a 62-year-old male was allegedly assaulted by three males (who appears to be all in their twenties) during the afternoon of 24 September 2018. The male victim passed away as a result of the injuries sustain (AllAfrica)

SACP Suspends Limpopo Secretary Over R60m VBS Investment

[Daily Maverick] As pressure mounts on political parties to act against those implicated in the VBS saga, the SACP has suspended its Limpopo Secretary Gilbert Kganyago who invested R60-million in the bank while he was mayor of Capricorn District Municipality. The ANC could take a lesson from its alliance partner. (AllAfrica)

Hawks Arrest Nine Suspects for Alleged Kidnapping

[SAPS] Free State -The Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Unit assisted by Thabong Crime Intelligence, Welkom K9 Unit, Harmony Gold Mine Security and Bidvest Coin Security conducted an early morning raid that resulted in the arrest of nine individuals. (AllAfrica)

Dialogue Explores the Harsh Realities of 'Inclusive' Housing and Social Cohesion

[Daily Maverick] At the launch of the Mandela Initiative Report which is aimed at understanding why, after 24 years of democracy, inequality and poverty seem like an intractable problem in South Africa, panelists discussed the urgent need for inclusionary housing in the City of Johannesburg against the backdrop on the ongoing land debate. (AllAfrica)

Nowhere to Run, Somewhere to Hide - the Status of Embassies As Places of Refuge

[Daily Maverick] What does international law say about the status of embassies as places of refuge? Are they part of the territory of the receiving state or rather part of the sending state? And what are the consequences of the conclusion? (AllAfrica)

Final Voter Registrations Weekend

[AgangSA] The Independent Electoral Commission has announced January 26 and 27th, as the final voter registrations dates. (AllAfrica)

Newcastle Rapists Sentenced to Life

[SAPS] On Wednesday, 7 November 2018, the Madadeni Regional Court convicted and sentenced Sipho Wiseman Mthombeni (29) to life imprisonment for rape and 15 years imprisonment for robbery. On 2 May 2013 at 22:30, a 44-year-old woman was with her ten-year-old grandson at her place of residence at Section B, Osizweni when they were attacked by two armed suspects. (AllAfrica)

Mobile Kitchens a Game Changer for School Nutrition

[] Steamed pumpkin with rice and beef stew was the first meal served from the brand new mobile kitchen to pupils at Tlakukani Primary School in Mamelodi, Pretoria, on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Parents Unhappy As Pretoria School Bus Driver Accused of Rape Is Released On Bail

[News24Wire] Pretoria parents are unhappy that a bus driver, who has been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl that he transports to and from school, has been released on bail. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda & SA to Manufacture Africa's First Affordable, Quality Smartphone

[] In the world of smartphones, China has Huawei, Korea has Samsung, while the United States of America has Apple. (AllAfrica)

Beloved Radio Presenter Ian Ward Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

[News24Wire] For the past 20 years, Ian Ward has dedicated his life to radio, starting his career on the graveyard shift on UCT Radio and then presenting for Good Hope FM and Heart FM. (AllAfrica)

Joburg Film Festival Kicks Off With Rafiki As Opening Film

[News24Wire] The second Joburg Film Festival officially kicks off in the city on Friday, 9 November, hosting a long list of films which are set to cater to a huge spectrum of audiences from different ages, genders and cultures. (AllAfrica)

Bulls Throw Hendricks a Super Rugby Lifeline

[News24Wire] The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd has announced that Cornal Hendricks will join the Bulls for the upcoming 2019 Super Rugby season. (AllAfrica)

CSA Announces New Intake of Academy Members

[News24Wire] Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced a revamped programme for the National Men's Academy that will see the selected squad being involved in a three-year cycle rather than the current one-year. (AllAfrica)

A View of Johannesburg Through Lenses From a Different Era

[The Conversation Africa] Johannesburg was always a much photographed place from its earliest days. It was a city that grew up with photographers and their cameras. As a town of migrants and immigrants, people wanted to send postcards and photographic souvenirs back home. (AllAfrica)

Crisis Proofing South Africa's Water Security

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa is often referred to as the 30th driest country in the world, a claim that's based on its average annual rainfall of 500mm compared to the world average of 860mm. National rainfall averages have a purpose. They do, however, have limited value where regional and local rainfall distribution varies considerably and when water security is threatened by recurring droughts, or when water use is poorly regulated and managed. Average rainfall data is meaningless when water demand exceeds supply. (AllAfrica)

Commissions of Inquiry - What Good Can They Do?

[The Conversation Africa] Cape Town -South Africans might be forgiven for expecting two key commissions of inquiry currently underway to change the country. Some of these expectations, however, are unrealistic, as a look at the commissions' functions and powers show. (AllAfrica)

Shock Study - Eating Fish From the Klip River Can Give You Cancer

[News24Wire] The sharptooth catfish ( Clarias gariepinus ) - a source of food for people living along the Klip River in Gauteng - contains high levels of toxins that can cause cancer if eaten regularly. (AllAfrica)