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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.
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 3 hours ago

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 3 days ago

Effects of dominance in price

There's been Increased focus on pharmaceutical pricing, both domestically and internationally...

By Nicci Botha 21 Jul 2017

Lessons not learnt: Public mental health still in a dismal state

It appears that the Esidimeni tragedy has not had impact on improving the care of public sector mental health patients...

By Nicci Botha 28 Jun 2017

Trastuzumab and the high cost of cancer treatment

It seems cruel that drugs that can save the lives of thousands of cancer sufferers are so prohibitively expensive...

By Nicci Botha 21 Jun 2017

Stakeholders blast Mining Charter as underhanded

The worst fears of a cross-section of mining industry stakeholders were realised when the latest iteration of the Mining Charter was released last week...

By Nicci Botha 19 Jun 2017

Has SA finally hit the reset button?

This country is never boring. Where else in the real world does the skinniving, intrigue and corruption offer more plot twists than Game of Thrones?

By Nicci Botha 14 Jun 2017

It's official: We're in recession

Figures show the economy contracted by 0.7% during the first quarter of 2017, officially pushing the country into a recession...

By Nicci Botha 7 Jun 2017

A word or two with Thuli Madonsela

When Rudyard Kipling penned the words, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs...” he could have had Thuli Madonsela in mind...

By Nicci Botha 31 May 2017

Keeping fintech and investment simple

You need to understand that when I was growing up, email didn't even exist...

By Nicci Botha 29 May 2017

SA signs innovation agreement with Novartis

A high-level MoU on medical research and development has been signed between the SAMRC, the DST and Novartis...

By Nicci Botha 25 May 2017

SU's second successful penis transplant

Stellenbosch University's faculty of medicine and health sciences announced today that it has performed a second successful penile transplant...

By Nicci Botha 22 May 2017

Eskom head: "No secret nuke deal"

Despite persistent conspiracy theories and media speculation, Eskom's nuclear boss is adamant there is no secret plan or corruption linked to the nuclear plan...

By Nicci Botha 19 May 2017

Regional power pools hold the key to sustainability

Regional collaboration is key to securing energy supply and minimising costs, but regional integration in a mutually beneficial manner remains a challenge, said Ben Martins, deputy minister of state enterprises.

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

No-show Molefe sidesteps difficult questions at #AUW2017

Brian Molefe was a no-show at African Utility Week. Not surprising, given his track record of not pitching at this event when there's a bullet to be dodged...

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system

South Africa's private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI...

By Nicci Botha 24 Apr 2017

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

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