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Nicci Botha has been wordsmithing for more than 20 years, covering just about every subject under the sun and then some. She's strung together words on sustainable development, maritime matters, mining, marketing, medical, lifestyle... and that elixir of life - chocolate. Nicci has worked for local and international media houses including Primedia, Caxton, Lloyd's and Reuters. Her new passion is digital media.
Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?

The oh-so-delayed signing of PPAs between Eskom and renewable power producers has been postponed again...

By Nicci Botha 11 Apr 2017

Cabinet reshuffle triggers junk status

With the dash of a pen, President Jacob Zuma has undone all the hard work of government and business last year to avoid junk status...

By Nicci Botha 4 Apr 2017

How to add far-flung destinations to your bucket list, without roughing it

Bucket lists are notoriously fickle things. Just when you think you've got it sorted something else comes along that bumps everything else off...

By Nicci Botha 3 Apr 2017

Cancer still tops insurance claims list

An increase in cancer-related insurance claims might not necessarily be a bad thing...

By Nicci Botha 3 Apr 2017

Gordhan's out

South Africans woke up to find President Jacob Zuma had achieved his endgame and ousted Pravin Gordhan...

By Nicci Botha 31 Mar 2017

How Africa's mobile revolution is reaching the unbanked

The continent's mobile banking revolution is only just beginning, and although payment systems are becoming more seamless, cash is still king in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2017

The race for the payments space

Long the bastion of institutionalism and trust, and therefore fairly resilient to disruption, banks are now in a war of adapt or die...

By Nicci Botha 17 Mar 2017

HPV vaccine is about cancer, not sex

Part of the reason Dr Kenneth Alexander visited South Africa is to figure out how the country went about successfully implementing an HPV vaccine programme...

By Nicci Botha 13 Mar 2017

#MiningIndaba: Can the AMV redress the historical pillage in African mining?

The Africa Mining Vision compact lays out 12 principles, ostensibly to close existing gaps between mining communities, the private sector and governments....

By Nicci Botha 9 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: Cutifani defines the new normal in mining

Innovation, sustainability and resilience are the three qualities that will get mining out of the woods after the extremely rocky ride...

By Nicci Botha 8 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: Stakeholders need to pull together to revitalise industry

The mining industry needs a fresh start in stakeholder relationship, mostly due to a lack of trust, and this is reflected in the South Africa's low ranking in the Fraser Institute Mining Survey.

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: Bristow pulls no punches on mining's short-sightedness

Mining companies and government are equally responsible in their failure to weather the unpredictability of the industry...

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: A global economic snapshot

People should be buying gold on the back of a strong dollar and a recessionary economic environment...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: Zwane's progress report

Minerals minister's opening address at the Investing in African Mining Indaba...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2017

#WorldCancerDay: Cancer Alliance speaks with one voice

A 2012 study by The Lancet predicted that South Africa could see a shocking 78% increase in the number of cancer cases by 2030...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2017

The changing face of Africa's energy projects

African energy programmes in the face of global political and economic headwinds...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2017

Patents and access to medicine

Rights activist group, Fix the patent laws, is taking a stand to get the South African law on medicine patents changed...

By Nicci Botha 2 Feb 2017

CMS head Humphrey Zokufa dies

The recently appointed head of the CMS, Dr Humphrey Zokufa, died on Sunday after a short illness...

By Nicci Botha 24 Jan 2017

Roll up! Roll up! For the Trash Cabaret

Remember Moulin Rouge? That kitschy, off-the-wall movie starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor? That same raucous, gaudy, risqué vibe pretty much sums up Trach Cabaret...

By Nicci Botha 9 Dec 2016

An about face about non-invasive plasma soft surgery

I'm of an age now where my face is a little blurred around the edges, but I'd never considered doing anything about it until now...

By Nicci Botha 5 Dec 2016

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