Just a Moment News - 2024-07-04


Hello, and welcome to ‘Just a Moment News’. I’m your host, Erika, and today’s date is July 4th, 2024. Let’s dive into some noteworthy news stories.

Starting off, SABC Plus has undergone a major transformation. The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s streaming service now boasts a sleeker user interface and a host of new features. Users can enjoy personalized recommendations, catch-up services, and video on demand, among others. The service now supports various devices including Apple TV, Google TV, and various smart TVs and smartphones. An interesting addition is Channel Africa, which caters to the African diaspora with content in multiple African languages. To comply with the Popi Act, all existing users need to sign up again, though an SABC TV license number is no longer necessary.

Moving on to an academic integrity issue, the University of South Africa (Unisa) is currently dealing with a cheating scandal involving AI tools like ChatGPT. Hundreds of students from the Strategic Implementation and Control module have been flagged by plagiarism detection software for potential dishonesty. This situation has sparked a debate about the role of AI in education, with some academics calling for updated guidelines and assessment methods that promote critical thinking.

In health news, Discovery Vitality has launched a new fitness platform named Vitality Fitness, focusing on cardiovascular health. Members can book two free cardio-related classes per month and connect their wearable devices to track their fitness levels. The platform utilizes a VO2 Max score to gauge cardiorespiratory fitness, which is linked to reduced disease risk and mortality.

Shoprite Holdings is making headlines with its new venture into B2B e-commerce. This platform is designed to serve small businesses by offering bulk goods at competitive prices with free delivery within a fifty-kilometer radius. This move is part of Shoprite’s strategy to enhance service delivery and support small business growth by reducing transportation costs and inventory management challenges.

In entertainment, musician-turned-marketing guru Saso is hosting his first event, ‘Saso’s Brunch Marquee,’ at the HollywoodBets Durban July. This VIP experience aims to celebrate black excellence and will feature performances from top local artists. The event also includes luxury amenities like a make-up station in collaboration with celebrity artist Nombuso and Fenty Beauty.

In sports, cyclist Mark Cavendish has made a remarkable comeback in the Tour de France, securing his thirty-fifth individual stage win. His career has been a series of ups and downs, including battles with injuries and Epstein-Barr virus, but his recent victory underscores his resilience and strategic acumen.

Lastly, a significant archaeological discovery has been made in the Baishiya Karst Cave on the Tibetan Plateau. A Denisovan fossil was found, providing new insights into the diet and survival strategies of this ancient human relative. The findings suggest that Denisovans were adapted to high-altitude living, consuming a variety of large mammals.

In cybersecurity news, over three hundred eighty-four thousand websites were found linking to a code library involved in a supply-chain attack. The domain, polyfill[.]com, was compromised after being acquired by a China-based company, leading to redirections to malicious sites. This incident has raised concerns about the security of third-party code dependencies.

That wraps up today’s discussion on ‘Just a Moment News’. Thank you for tuning in, and remember, we’re here to present the facts and explore the stories without jumping to conclusions. I’m Erika, and we’ll catch you next time on ‘Just a Moment News’.

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