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20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo
Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo

The source of the world's largest Listeriosis outbreak has been traced to an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane, Limpopo...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Mar 2018

Dr William Mapham.
Image © Christopher Larson/Scott Gorman.
#Designindaba2018: SA's crowd-sourced solution for a global problem

Dr William Mapham, an ophthalmologist hailing from the Eastern Cape, who conceived the Vula app, whilst working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland and experiencing first-hand the difficulties faced by rural health workers in need of specialist advice, spoke on Day 2 of Design Indaba and received a standing ovation...

By Sue Disler 22 Feb 2018

Lullu Krugel, chief economist at PwC
#BizFinFocus: PwC's economic take on what #Budget2018 will hold

While there has been an upward revision in growth for the year - 1.5-1.8% for South Africa - with business confidence also increasing, the country is still not where it needs to be by a long shot...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Feb 2018

Photo: 10:23 campaign
Challenging bad medicine: How to use the media effectively

Here's an interesting factoid for you - 10:23 is the saturation point at which the original substance is so diluted that can no longer be detected in a solution....

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2017

Photo: Seed
#AfricaCom: Rural healthcare and digitalisation

Given the proliferation of mobile devices in Africa, it makes sense that digital tools would alleviate many of the healthcare issues in the out-of-the-way places...

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2017

Neil Kirby, head of the healthcare & life sciences practice at Werksmans Attorneys
#HASA2017: Plotting the legislative pathway to NHI

However well-intentioned National Health Insurance (NHI) is, it will fall flat without the necessary supporting legislation...

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

Mariné Erasmus, head of the health economics practice at Econex
#HASA2017: UHC funding - the great distraction

Quality care, not funding, is the real issue when it comes NHI...

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

Shivani Ranchod, Healthcare actuary, Insight Actuaries and Consultants
#HASA2017: Pathways to universal care

If we look at our current context, our healthcare system is not a designed product, but an artefact of our history...

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial. Photo:
#HASA2017: Lessons in medical ethics

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Sheri Fink, delves into the life-and-death events at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina...

By Nicci Botha 29 Sep 2017

Photo: Independent Development Trust
KZN gets ultimatum to fix health crisis

The KZN Department of Health has been ordered to sort out the ongoing healthcare crisis in the province...

By Nicci Botha 11 Sep 2017

Dr Rufaro Chatora, WHO country representative
How will private healthcare evolve under UHC?

With NHI, the Competition Commission inquiry and sky-rocketing costs it's no wonder that the private healthcare sector is wary about what the future holds...

By Nicci Botha 27 Jul 2017

UHC lessons from Obamacare
UHC lessons from Obamacare

The NHI might have progressed to white paper stage, but South Africa is still stuck in the midst of a healthcare crisis...

By Nicci Botha 24 Jul 2017

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Five ways for health and wellness brands to win on Instagram

A new generation of celebrities are teaching brands a great deal about how to generate content consumers engage with.

By Annabel Porter 21 Apr 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: CANSA, spreading a message of hope
#BrandManagerMonth: CANSA, spreading a message of hope

With an 85-year history, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) brand is firmly entrenched in South African society...

By Sindy Peters 29 Mar 2017

#UrbanHealth: Collaboration key in achieving SDGs, New Urban Agenda
#UrbanHealth: Collaboration key in achieving SDGs, New Urban Agenda

Collaboration between the urban development and health sectors is key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat's New Urban Agenda...

By Sindy Peters 10 Feb 2017

[Design Indaba 2016] Building for social change
[Design Indaba 2016] Building for social change

Most of the speakers at this year's Design Indaba were inspirational, but there were some who just consumed one with emotion in their quest to do good for society...

By Ann Nurock 22 Feb 2016

Nicholas Barenblatt, Group Marketing Manager for Protea Hotels
Keep energy levels high when travelling

While I enjoy the opportunity to see new places and experience different foods, travelling regularly for work has its challenges in terms of keeping one's energy levels high...

By Nicholas Barenblatt 2 Nov 2015

Rags-to-riches: the journey of Penny Streeter (1/2)
Rags-to-riches: the journey of Penny Streeter (1/2)

Entrepreneur, Penny Streeter, seems to have an uncanny knack of turning bad situations into gold. Her nursing recruitment business has made her one of the wealthiest women in Britain, and her foray into the South African hospitality and wine market is set to soar...

By Nicci Botha 19 Oct 2015

Young women are lobbying government for youth friendly clinics.
The right way to deal with teenage pregnancies

A recent article decried the dilemma of teenage pregnancy in South Africa. The article apportioned blame to the fact that schools don't teach the Bible...

By Catherine van Schoor 2 Oct 2015

[#WomenInBiz] In the pink, Q&A with Noelene Kotschan
[#WomenInBiz] In the pink, Q&A with Noelene Kotschan

Noelene Kotschan is the driving force behind PinkDrive. We asked her a few questions about what motivates her and keeps her going...

By Nicci Botha 3 Aug 2015

Truth and survival on a toxic planet
Truth and survival on a toxic planet

On 11 March 2011 at 05h46 GMT one of the worst disasters in human history struck Japan. A massive earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, unleashed a huge tsunami that critically disabled three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant...

By Roger Metcalfe 6 May 2015

Health-care industry - the next cybercrime target?
Health-care industry - the next cybercrime target?

Health-care systems, from electronic health records to medical devices, are more vulnerable than many of us realise - and the stakes are too high to ignore...

By Perry Hutton 9 Mar 2015

E-cigarettes: The benefits and risks
E-cigarettes: The benefits and risks

E-cigarettes, also referred to as e-cigs, have become increasingly popular with smokers over the recent years. They are battery powered devices that act as a substitute for traditional tobacco cigarettes...

By Charles Mburugu 18 Nov 2014

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi... what else has he got in his sights? (Image: GCIS)
Government on an ad-banning roll

It was entirely predictable that after a relatively trouble-free and politically safe banning of tobacco product advertising almost two decades ago, government would turn its attention to liquor, fast food and a raft of other forms of advertising...

By Chris Moerdyk 13 Nov 2014

Charles Mburugu
Guidelines for successful medical writing

In this day and age, health issues have become a major concern for many individuals all over the world. People are always looking for all kinds of information from both medical and non-medical publications. Due to the huge demand for health-related content, medical writing has become a very lucrative venture. Anyone with good writing skills can succeed in this field, even with little or no medical training.

By Charles Mburugu 30 Sep 2014

Discussing the future of Africa at the GIL Conference 2014
Discussing the future of Africa at the GIL Conference 2014

Last week saw the convergence of leaders in various industries at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town for the Growth, Innovation and Leadership Conference hosted by Frost & Sullivan.

By Cari Coetzee 21 Aug 2014

South African consumer rights under threat
South African consumer rights under threat

The prohibition of alcohol advertising and raising the age limit for alcohol sales to 21 is an infringement of consumers' rights to choose their own lifestyle...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Aug 2014

James White
Seven tips for PR pros in the healthcare industry

As PR professionals within the healthcare industry, we have two main concerns: Establishing trust and spreading information.

By James White 28 Jun 2014

The re-appointment of Dr Aaron Motsoaledi as health minister is bad news for the advertising, marketing and liquor industries. (Image: GCIS)
Bad news for media and marketers

The spectre of advertising bans on liquor and fast food advertising as well as restrictive onslaughts against the media are glaringly evident in Jacob Zuma's choice of cabinet.

By Chris Moerdyk 29 May 2014

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