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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.
Interconnectiveness sets the tone of post-Covid responsible investment

What started off as a public health crisis in the form of Covid-19 is really started to bear down as a significant economic crisis...

By Nicci Botha 20 hours ago

#OnTheFrontLine: Getting the message out there

Much of the huge amount of information around the Covid-19, how it spreads and what people can do to help stop the spread is in English, so Dr Mathobela Matjekane, chief executive, Clinimed, has started a campaign to to create content and videos around the virus in as many of the country's official languages as possible...

By Nicci Botha 3 days ago

#StartupStories: Breaking through invisible barriers in the mining space

After years in the fast-paced world of IT, Modise Sikhosana decided he needed more stability, so he and his wife started Yonke Konke in 2015, which supplies road safety and traffic control equipment, tools and general industrial supplies to the mining and construction industries...

By Nicci Botha 18 Jun 2020

#StartupStory: Ubuntu Beds provides healthcare workers with a place to lay their head

With her tourism business hard hit by the Covid-19 travel restrictions, and having recovered from the virus herself, entrepreneur, Kim Whitaker, came up with Ubuntu Beds. A win-win concept where public healthcare workers are provided with free accommodation in B&Bs, lodges or self-catering apartments close to where they work...

By Nicci Botha 12 Jun 2020

TB, HIV less likely to cause Covid-19 death than other comorbidities

While it would be expected that the risk of Covid-19 death for people with tuberculosis (TB) or HIV to be very high, research in the Western Cape has shown that it is, in fact, fairly modest...

By Nicci Botha 10 Jun 2020

#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 4 Jun 2020

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 1 Jun 2020

#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 home 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

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