South Africa Johannesburg investigates its air quality

South Africa: Johannesburg investigates its air quality

In South Africa, the city of Johannesburg has asked for an air quality survey, in particular because of a strong smell of sulphur. Last year, the smell was attributed to a large presence of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide from a factory. “We receive many complaints, even from our residents, about bad smells, which resembles […]

Ryanair forces South Africans to prove their nationality with an Afrikaans test Ryanair RYA.I is requiring South African passengers to prove their nationality before traveling by taking a test in Afrikaans, a language used by only 12 percent of the population, which has long been identified with apartheid and the white minority. Europe's largest airline, which does not fly to or from South Africa, said it requires all passengers traveling to and from the United Kingdom to fill out a "simple questionnaire" because of what it called the high prevalence of fraudulent South African flights. passports. "If they are unable to fill out this form, they will be denied travel and a full refund will be issued," an Irish airline spokesman said. The British High Commission in South Africa said on Twitter that the test is not a requirement of the British government to enter the United Kingdom. Ryanair said it would apply to any South African passport holder flying into the U.K. from another part of Europe on the carrier. The airline did not immediately respond to a question about why it would apply to these routes, since the U.K. says it is not a requirement. Afrikaans is the third most widely spoken of South Africa's 11 official languages, spoken by 12 percent of the country's 58 million people. It was considered the official language until the end of apartheid in 1994. The language was born in a Dutch settlement in South Africa in the 17th century and has long been identified with racial classification and associated with the apartheid ideology, which was largely imposed and promoted by the National White Minority Party since 1948. Its dominance under apartheid was seen as a symbol of the inequality imposed on previous generations by restrictions on where people could live, work, go to school, and own land.

Ryanair forces South Africans to prove their nationality with an Afrikaans test

Ryanair RYA.I is requiring South African passengers to prove their nationality before traveling by taking a test in Afrikaans, a language used by only 12 percent of the population, which has long been identified with apartheid and the white minority. Europe’s largest airline, which does not fly to or from South Africa, said it requires […]

Coronavirus outbreak in Africa - WHO

Coronavirus outbreak in Africa – WHO

A surge in COVID-19 cases has been seen in Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said According to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, the number of new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours is still increasing compared to the last few days with 5062 cases, 15 deaths and 83 hospitalizations. WHO cited […]

Two brothers disappear in South Africa, taking $3.6bn worth of bitcoins with them

The two founders of cryptocurrency investment platform Africrypt have disappeared in South Africa along with 69,000 bitcoins worth $3.6 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, 23 June. The disappearance of the founding brothers was reported to the elite National Police Hawks unit by a Cape Town-based law firm hired by the investors. Another company has taken […]

John Deere (Africa) CEO talks about tractor sales and farming trends on the African continent

How John Deere has achieved success in the African market, Jacko Beyers, Managing Director of John Deere Africa & Middle East, also talked about trends in agribusiness and agricultural equipment on the African continent. John Deere, a US brand of Deere & Company, makes tractors and other agricultural equipment. In Africa, the company sells agricultural equipment through a third-party dealer network.

More than $17bn allocated to Africa for agriculture development

More than $17 billion has been pledged by a coalition of development banks and partners, including the African Development Bank and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to fight rising hunger and improve food security in Africa. The announcement was made on 30 April during a high-level forum on ‘Nutrition Africa: Leadership to […]

Bye Aerospace unveils eight-seat electric aircraft with a parachute

In the US, an aerospace company plans to build a passenger aircraft with green engines in a few years. US company Bye Aerospace has announced a new electric aircraft, the eFlyer 800. The aircraft will seat eight passengers and have a claimed range of around 930 kilometres, according to the organisation’s official website. The aircraft […]

Agricultural machinery sales are on the rise in South Africa

We are told by the information portal that sales figures for agricultural machinery increased by 28% to 445 units in January 2021, up from 348 units in January last year. “Sales of agricultural machinery continued to grow, confirming the future prospects of the agricultural sector. In January, the corresponding figures for machinery sales increased by […]