Just a Moment News - 2024-06-20


Hello and welcome to “Just a Moment News,” I’m your host, Erika, and today is June 20th, 2024. Let’s dive into some intriguing news stories from around the globe.

First up, let’s talk cricket. Quinton de Kock recently shared his thoughts after a significant victory for the Proteas in their T20 World Cup second-round opener against the United States. De Kock, known for his explosive batting, scored a remarkable 74 runs from just 40 balls, leading South Africa to a score of one hundred ninety-four for four. Despite a strong comeback attempt by the USA, who scored one hundred seventy-six for six, South Africa secured an eighteen-run victory. The match saw some disciplined bowling from South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, which was crucial for their win.

Switching gears to renewable energy, South Africa is now home to its largest rooftop solar photovoltaic system at the Eastgate Shopping Centre. This massive installation covers nearly three rugby fields and includes thirteen thousand six hundred seventy-five solar panels. It’s a significant step towards reducing grid reliance and is part of a broader strategy by Liberty Two Degrees to achieve Net Zero Carbon. The solar panels not only generate a substantial portion of the mall’s daily energy needs but also provide shaded parking, which is a nice added benefit.

In the world of technology, Sentech, a state-owned broadcasting company, has launched Freevision Play, a free streaming television platform. This new service offers a variety of local and community TV and radio channels and is accessible on various devices. While it currently lacks major commercial and SABC channels, it’s designed to be a cost-effective solution for broadcasters and a free content source for viewers. This platform builds on the existing Freevision satellite TV service and aims to enhance nationwide learning and engagement.

Moving over to Zimbabwe, there’s an interesting development with the initiation of a floating solar project on Lake Kariba. This project, starting with an initial one hundred fifty megawatts of solar power, is a response to the reduced water levels at Kariba Dam and the subsequent power shortages. The government is looking to boost capacity through alternative technologies, with plans to expand this initiative to other locations as well.

Now, let’s talk about something a bit lighter. A new game called Banana has taken the Steam gaming community by storm. It’s a simple clicker game where players click a virtual banana, and it has become the ninth most played game of all time on Steam. The game’s success is attributed to its simplicity and the community-driven content, where players can submit their own banana designs. This has created a vibrant marketplace where some designs are fetching high prices.

Lastly, a bit of controversy from the UK, where environmental protesters from Just Stop Oil sprayed orange cornstarch-based powder paint on three stones at Stonehenge. The group is demanding that the UK government commit to phasing out fossil fuels by 2030. Despite the protest, Stonehenge remains open, and the site is currently being assessed for any damage.

That wraps up today’s discussion on “Just a Moment News.” Thank you for tuning in. I’m Erika, and we’ll see you next time for more updates and insights from around the world.

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