Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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The UK government is funding an experiment to assess the effect of eating “insect-based porridge foods” on the nutritional status of children in Zimbabwe, a practice being pushed by environmentalists as a “sustainable” diet choice.

Burkina Faso army Captain Ibrahim Traore has deposed military leader Paul-Henri Damiba and dissolved the government and suspended the constitution and transitional charter, he said in a statement read on national television.

Traore said on Friday evening that a group of officers had decided to remove Damiba due to his inability to deal with a worsening armed uprising in the country. He announced that borders were closed indefinitely and that all political and civil society activities were suspended.

For the umpteenth time, the ANC government has shown that it does not put the interests of South Africans and the future of the country first when it comes to decision-making.

This is the only conclusion one can draw after Parliament approved the Expropriation Act this week and sent it to the National Council of Provinces for final approval before it is signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Expropriation Act has a clause that provides for expropriation without compensation.

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Farm attacks are on the rise again and the brutality of the attacks is disturbing.

The brutality of recent murders of a farmer from Waterval-Boven (just to steal his bakkie) and a farmer from Delmas is extremely worrying.

“One farm attack or murder is one too many. On behalf of TLU SA, we express our condolences to Gideon Swart’s family and friends. His brother Ruben farms on a neighbouring farm and is a TLU SA member. The family of the Delmas farmer is also in our prayers,” says Dr Gawie Lötter, TLU SA Manager: Safety.

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This photo shows a sailor removing a manacle from a newly freed slave. This photograph is part of a small collection donated by Samuel Chidwick to the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth. His father, Able Seaman Joseph Chidwick, who was born in 1881, was aboard HMS Sphinx.

 

The Africans shown in the photographs fled in a canoe from a slave-trading village on the coast, upon hearing that a Royal Navy ship was in the area.

 

During Sergei Lavrov's tour of Africa in July, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni assured the Russian foreign minister that “if Russia makes mistakes then we tell them. But when they have not made a mistake we cannot be against them.”

Uganda's military would treat aggression against Russia as aggression against the African continent, Land Forces commander Muhoozi Kainerugaba has indicated.

"President Putin does not have to threaten nuclear war. We hear him. An attack on Russia is an attack on Africa!" Kainerugaba wrote in a tweet Saturday.

 

Photo Credit: The Cradle

In a rational environment, the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) would discuss alleviating the trials and tribulations of the Global South, especially Africa.

Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, has requested an “urgent report” detailing the actions taken by UN staff to ensure accountability after an investigation by The New Humanitarian and Al Jazeera revealed that sexual abuse allegations against aid workers at a UN-run camp in South Sudan have largely gone unchecked over the years.