Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes Mponeng gold mine (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes Mponeng gold mine. “Operations at the world’s deepest gold mine, in South Africa, have been halted after 164 cases of coronavirus were detected there. The Mponeng mine, like all others in the country, resumed operations last month after being closed in March as part of a national lockdown. It had been operating at 50% capacity but some workers have reportedly raised concerns about their safety.”

Coronavirus: South African bride and groom arrested over ‘lockdown wedding’ (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: South African bride and groom arrested over ‘lockdown wedding’. “Married life got off to an unexpected start for a pair of newlyweds in South Africa when police showed up to the party. They had received a tip-off that the wedding in KwaZulu-Natal was happening on Sunday despite a nationwide ban on all public gatherings because of coronavirus. All 40 wedding guests, the pastor who conducted ceremony, and the newlyweds themselves were promptly arrested and taken to a police station outside Richards Bay.”

The Guardian: Photo archive of life in apartheid-era South Africa to be auctioned

The Guardian: Photo archive of life in apartheid-era South Africa to be auctioned. “A rare studio photo archive that shines a light on the undimmed spirit of township life in apartheid-era South Africa is to be auctioned in London. The archive contains more than 1,000 images of people posing for the camera in front of a simple parted black curtain with basic props, often a basket of plastic flowers, cheap plastic sunglasses or an unplugged telephone.”

TimesLive: Zulu maidens march against Google censorship of ‘bare breasts’ at annual reed dance

TimesLive (South Africa): Zulu maidens march against Google censorship of ‘bare breasts’ at annual reed dance. “Cultural activist Nomagugu Ngobese, who is in charge of the group of about 50 maidens, said that western societies, and Google, needed to respect how they showed pride in their culture.”

Poynter: What’s Crap on WhatsApp? is the winner of the 2019 Fact Forward Fund

Poynter: What’s Crap on WhatsApp? is the winner of the 2019 Fact Forward Fund. “For the next 12 months, a team led by Africa Check’s Deputy Chief Editor Kate Wilkinson and Volume’s co-founder Paul McNally, will work to expand the success achieved by the pilot of ‘What’s Crap on WhatsApp?.’ Launched May 3, the voice note show was 5 minutes long and dealt with different false stories that were going viral on WhatsApp in South Africa the previous month. One falsity, for example, was an image that showed Zimbabweans burning South African trucks in the border. Using the audio sharing feature, professional fact-checkers were able to debunk it.”

The Next Web: Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election

The Next Web: Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election. “Can South Africa really hold a general election on the 8th of May in a way that it really represents the views of its people? One might have thought this was an academic question. The Electoral Commission of South Africa is well respected and the legal system is robust. There are certainly enough political parties – around 285 are registered even if most are unlikely to participate in the May elections – for the national and nine provincial legislatures. But there have been worrying signs about the use of disinformation during previous elections and these need to be heeded.”