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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.
#OnTheFrontLine: Bringing a smile to so many faces

We salute all those healthcare workers fighting this pandemic, but it's important to remember those keeping the torch alight in other fields of medicine...

By Nicci Botha 11 hours ago

Renewables are here to stay and grow

According to the International Energy Agency, 72% of all installed power capacity globally in 2019 originated from renewable energy, and it expects it to grow in 2020, despite the pandemic...

By Nicci Botha 3 days ago

#LockdownLessons: The virus will forever change banking, says Basani Maluleke

CEO, Basani Maluleke's long-stated goal of transforming African Bank into a fully transnational South African bank: offering near free banking coupled with digital convenience has been fast forwarded by the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Nicci Botha 19 May 2020

Namibia's plans for greater energy security

To improve its energy security, Namibia is planning to grow its upstream industry by reviewing its policies in a bid to court private sector investors...

By Nicci Botha 18 May 2020

How should policy support energy transition in a post-Covid Africa?

Regulatory support is one of the key enabling factors for energy transition because it is what stimulates the appetite of the investors coming into the country...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2020

#OnTheFrontLine: There needs to be a change in Covid-19 strategy, says Professor Shabir Madhi

The government needs to relook at its Covid-19 lockdown and testing strategy, because it's not going to stem the tide of community transmission...

By Nicci Botha 11 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Regulation has made financial services resilient to crisis, says Richard Rattue

Richard Rattue of Compli-Serve says the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the fintech and working from revolution. It has created a new normal that is going to be around for a long time..

By Nicci Botha 8 May 2020

How businesses can support mental health in the Covid-19 workplace

While people can handle change, uncertainty can seriously drive up stress and anxiety levels, especially around the world of work...

By Nicci Botha 8 May 2020

Covid-19 and HIV: When two viruses collide

There are many parallels between Covid-19 and HIV/Aids. There are both highly infectious novel viruses which reached pandemic proportions very quickly, and, at this point, there is no vaccine against either of them...

By Nicci Botha 7 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: People are realising the importance of saving for a rainy day, says Llewellyn Allen

Llewellyn Allen, Metropolitan's head of marketing, explains how the financial services giant is navigating the rapidly changing world we find ourselves in...

By Nicci Botha 6 May 2020

#OnTheFrontLine with the Abdool Karims

#OnTheFrontLine offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of the healthcare warriors tackling Covid-19 head on. As the chair of the ministerial advisory committee on the virus...

By Nicci Botha 4 May 2020

SA has R800bn in its coffers for Covid-19 relief

South Africa's combined fiscal and monetary policy interventions amounts to "well over" R800bn to fight the socio-economic impact of Covid-19...

By Nicci Botha 24 Apr 2020

#OnTheFrontLine with Dr Kerrin Begg

#OnTheFrontLine offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of the healthcare warriors tackling Covid-19 head on. Dr Kerrin Begg is a public health medicine specialist at Stellenbosch University...

By Nicci Botha 24 Apr 2020

Are we heading for a modern jazz, unfinished symphony or hard rock energy transition?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution with energy transition, but we also don't need to reinvent the wheel every time, says Dr Angela Wilkinson, the World Energy Council (WEC) secretary general and CEO...

By Nicci Botha 9 Mar 2020

#energyindaba: eSwatini works on energy independence

The tiny Kingdom of eSwatini has developed a comprehensive long-term energy master plan based on renewable energy to reduce its dependency on its neighbours for its electricity supply...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

#energyindaba: Africa's energy transition must focus on fairness, wealth creation, jobs

Africa has the will to transition to more sustainable energy, but the emphasis must be on a just process...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

Shark cage diving: Science and sustainable tourism in Gansbaai

My entire generation's perception of sharks is coloured by Jaws, the '70s blockbuster movie about a giant great white that terrorises an American coastal holiday spot. So I was perversely intrigued by the notion of a close encounter with these creatures with a shark cage dive...

By Nicci Botha 2 Mar 2020

Sustainable development redefines African mining

Mining is so much more than just digging up rocks. Sustainable development, community welfare, greenhouse gas emissions and traceability of the source of minerals all play a substantial role in developing the industry as an economic driver in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 12 Feb 2020

#MiningIndaba2020: Gold(en) opportunities in West Africa

West Africa still holds a certain lustre among gold miners, although they are cautious about the regulatory and security risks...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2020

#MiningIndaba2020: Transformational and risk-savvy leadership

While reputation has always been important, there has been a rethink about the purpose of a mining company...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2020

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