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As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope alive
As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope aliveArticle

As we mark World Press Freedom Day 2021, let us remember that 2020 was terrible for the press in many parts of the world...

Wambui Wamunyu 3 May 2021

Fashionscapes: A Living Wage highlights plight of garment workers
Fashionscapes: A Living Wage highlights plight of garment workersArticle

The documentary combines the voices of garment workers with legal professionals who are working together to argue for the first EU legislation to ensure garment workers receive a living wage...

28 Apr 2021

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Zambia must find a way to balance the economy and public health in tax policyArticle

The burden of noncommunicable diseases is growing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. The conditions, which include obesity and diabetes, are now leading causes of premature deaths...

Mulenga Mary Mukanu 23 Apr 2021

Hospital staff in Lagos, Nigeria, administer the AstraZeneca vaccine. AP Photo/Sunday Alamba
How to get Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries - and still keep patent benefits for drugmakersArticle

The world has a Covid-19 vaccine access problem: Almost half of all doses administered so far have been in Europe and North America, while many poorer countries have vaccinated less than than 1% of their populations...

Dalindyebo Shabalala 16 Apr 2021

Coca-Cola women empowerment programme benefits millions in Africa
Coca-Cola women empowerment programme benefits millions in AfricaArticle

Coca-Cola system's 5by20 women empowerment programme has equipped 2 million women entrepreneurs in Africa...

15 Apr 2021

UKZN Centre for Creative Arts, Netherlands Embassy to present inaugural Artfluence Human Rights Arts Fest
UKZN Centre for Creative Arts, Netherlands Embassy to present inaugural Artfluence Human Rights Arts FestArticle

In partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands, the University of Kwazulu-Natal's (UKZN) Centre for Creative Arts will present the inaugural Artfluence Human Rights Arts Festival from Wednesday, 5 May to Saturday, 8 May 2021. The festival will be held online and focus on arts, constitution and democracy.

15 Apr 2021

The community of Xolobeni village, in the Eastern Cape, succeesfully challenged the mining of their land in the High Court in 2018. Rogan Ward © Sunday Times.
Law protecting interests of South African communities in mining deals falls shortArticle

The impact of mining operations on rural communities is a contentious issue in South Africa. There is also concern about the manner in which communities are consulted about mining on their land...

14 Apr 2021

#StartupStory: Crowd-sourced safety platform SOSS steps up in fight against GBV
#StartupStory: Crowd-sourced safety platform SOSS steps up in fight against GBVArticle

Looking to help curb the number of GBV cases and assist those at risk, Thabo Nonkenge and his business partners have developed SOSS...

Sindy Peters 7 Apr 2021

SDG 17: The key behind ensuring our profession remains relevant
SDG 17: The key behind ensuring our profession remains relevantArticle

Every professional, regardless of whether they are an engineer, lawyer, doctor or accountant, exists to serve society...

Chantyl Mulder, Issued by SAICA 6 Apr 2021

Australian mining executive Mark Caruso, in the snake-skin boots, at a community meeting in Lutzville in February 2019. Archive photo: John Yeld
Aussie mining company fires Mark Caruso as CEOArticle

Australian venture capitalist Mark Caruso, who is suing six South Africans for alleged defamation relating to his mining interests in the country, has been fired...

6 Apr 2021

Have your say on draft climate change NDC
Have your say on draft climate change NDCArticle

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, has officially launched South Africa's updated draft Nationally Determined Contribution for public consultation...

30 Mar 2021

Surviving as an NPO during a pandemic - why collaboration is king
Surviving as an NPO during a pandemic - why collaboration is kingArticle

A year has passed since South Africa went into a hard lockdown to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. The implications have been severe and will be felt for quite some time, NPOs know this better than most...

30 Mar 2021

Kenyan eco-friendly footwear brand wins sustainable design contest
Kenyan eco-friendly footwear brand wins sustainable design contestArticle

Women-led Kenyan design house wins Fashionomics Africa sustainable design competition for turning fruit waste into eco-friendly footwear...

30 Mar 2021

Alcohol industry suggests measures to curb third wave of Covid-19
Alcohol industry suggests measures to curb third wave of Covid-19Article

The South African alcohol industry has made recommendations to the government through Nedlac on alternative measures to deal with short-term pressure on hospitals...

26 Mar 2021

The Pretoria High Court has stopped Uthaka Energy from starting to mine coal this week in the critical water source area of Mabola, Mpumalanga. Archive photo: supplied
Court stops Mpumalanga coal mineArticle

In yet another turn in what is already a six-year legal battle, Uthaka Energy, a coal-mining company, has been interdicted by the Pretoria High Court from mining in one of South Africa's critical water source areas...

John Yeld 26 Mar 2021

Karpowership vessel, Kaya Bey
RMIPPPP floating power stations raise questions on carbon emissionsArticle

Questions have been raised around governments' reasoning to include three Karpowership floating power plants to provide part of the 2,000MW tendered under the RMIPPPP....

24 Mar 2021

Civil society needs to be included in rebuilding SA
Civil society needs to be included in rebuilding SAArticle

A year on after the Covid-19 pandemic reached South African shores, we have yet to see the full impact of lockdown on South Africans, especially on young people whose lives have were largely paused...

Siphelele Chirwa 24 Mar 2021

Post-Covid-19: A chance to leapfrog Africa's development through digitalisation
Post-Covid-19: A chance to leapfrog Africa's development through digitalisationArticle

Africa recorded remarkable economic growth in the first 15 years of the 21st century, largely because of positive trends in the export of primary commodities...

Cristina Duarte 16 Mar 2021

DRC to host inaugural Smart City Conference, Open Innovation Challenge
DRC to host inaugural Smart City Conference, Open Innovation ChallengeArticle

Spearheaded by Congo Bulaya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will host its virtual Smart City Conference from 16 to 18 April this year...

15 Mar 2021

Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu
The social role of the auditing professionArticle

Over the past 20 years, the auditing profession has come under increased public criticism. In the case of South Africa, censure and condemnation of the profession has been very fierce over the last five years....

Wiseman Nkuhlu 10 Mar 2021

'Wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokodo' (You strike a woman, you strike a rock.)
'Wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokodo' (You strike a woman, you strike a rock.)Article

Despite being subjected to the same involuntary stress test during Covid as men, women have shown a significant degree of resilience...

Issued by Ask Afrika 8 Mar 2021

The newest addition to the Gordon Institute of Business Science, plans on making a big difference across Africa
The newest addition to the Gordon Institute of Business Science, plans on making a big difference across AfricaArticle

With the eruption of the pandemic, the fault lines in our economic system have become all too apparent. A new collaborative model would need to be fostered between the public, private and civic sectors across Africa to deploy capital directly towards primary markets, thereby re-establishing the primary function of linking capital to means of production, labour and technology...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 1 Mar 2021

Blow for activists in River Club development
Blow for activists in River Club developmentArticle

On 22 February it was announced that Western Cape minister for environmental affairs and development planning (DEADPA) Anton Bredell had decided to dismiss...

Daniel Steyn 1 Mar 2021

Inequitable distribution and vaccine hesitancy are key challenges for Africa
Inequitable distribution and vaccine hesitancy are key challenges for AfricaArticle

In a webinar hosted by the BroadReach Group, global and African health experts came together to share challenges and solutions around mass Covid-19 immunisation across Africa...

26 Feb 2021

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P&G reaffirms commitment to drive gender equality in AfricaArticle

P&G announced new declarations aimed to propel gender equality across Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East at its third #WeSeeEqual summit for the region...

22 Feb 2021

Topco Media announces the Public Sector Leaders February 2021 edition - A year of change ahead for SA
Topco Media announces the Public Sector Leaders February 2021 edition - A year of change ahead for SAArticle

Publishing celebratory stories and current development insights, the Public Sector Leaders digimag highlights the success of public servants, catering to a monthly audience of more than 40,000 readers...

Issued by Topco Media 18 Feb 2021

High Court recognises abuse in Slapp suit
High Court recognises abuse in Slapp suitArticle

A recent High Court judgment confirmed the importance of public dialogue and debate in a healthy democracy...

Odette Geldenhuys 15 Feb 2021

Winners of Space-Tech Earth Observation Innovation Challenge announced
Winners of Space-Tech Earth Observation Innovation Challenge announcedArticle

Launched in September 2020, the winners in the Space-Tech Earth Observation Innovation Challenge have been announced...

15 Feb 2021

The judgement this week by Western Cape Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath is a reminder to corporations that they cannot use the law to silence activists, says the writer. Illustration: Lisa Nelson
Slapp-ing back: Court checks corporate bullyingArticle

On 9 February 2021, the Western Cape High Court delivered an important judgement for all activists and NGOs who find themselves on the receiving end of powerful corporations trying to throw their weight around...

11 Feb 2021

Accelerating access to palliative care is a fundamental human right
Accelerating access to palliative care is a fundamental human rightArticle

A webinar, focused on highlighting the imperative for a concerted and collaborative effort to accelerate access to palliative care during Covid-19 and beyond, took place on Sunday, 24 January 2021...

Issued by MANGO-OMC 3 Feb 2021

#BizTrends2021: How Gen Z is changing the face of leadership
#BizTrends2021: How Gen Z is changing the face of leadershipArticle

According to Boniswa Pezisa, the youngest generation currently joining the workforce - Gen Z - should be made a part of the decision-making process...

Shan Radcliffe 1 Feb 2021

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa meets his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping in Beijing, in 2018. EPA-EFE/Lintao Zhang / POOL
President Mnangagwa claimed Zimbabwe was open for business. What's gone wrongArticle

In November 2017 Zimbabwe's military replaced Robert Mugabe as head of state with his long-time confidante Emmerson Mnangagwa. He declared Zimbabwe "open for business", linking foreign relations with economic policy...

Henning Melber & Roger Southall 1 Feb 2021

Free-to-access Wi-Fi hotspots in Witsand enables local NPOs
Free-to-access Wi-Fi hotspots in Witsand enables local NPOsArticle

In June 2020, 10 free-to-access, uncapped, solar-powered Wi-Fi enabled ThinkZones were set up in Atlantis, providing free internet access to between 5,500 and 10,000 people per month...

Issued by GreenCape 1 Feb 2021

IEC to implement Political Party Funding Act
IEC to implement Political Party Funding ActArticle

The Electoral Commission says it has begun its final phase of preparations to implement the Political Party Funding Act (Act 6 of 2018) from 1 April 2021...

1 Feb 2021

How one South African employer helped its staff get healthier and why it's worth doing
How one South African employer helped its staff get healthier and why it's worth doingArticle

The workplace can make a big contribution to reducing their employees' risk of non-communicable diseases through relatively inexpensive adjustments to the work environment...

Darcelle Schouw and Bob Mash 29 Jan 2021

Encounters film festival calls for entriesInBrief

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is calling for feature, mid-length and short documentary film entries for its 2021 edition.

29 Jan 2021

Finalists in Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards announced
Finalists in Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards announcedArticle

17 finalists will walk away with awards and grants up to the value of R1.3m. A total of R12.6m will be awarded...

22 Jan 2021

Media Ethics and Credibility Report handed over to SANEF
Media Ethics and Credibility Report handed over to SANEFArticle

The report of the commission of inquiry into ethical challenges facing South African journalism has officially been handed over to the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF)...

22 Jan 2021

Fighting intimidation in the audit space
Fighting intimidation in the audit spaceArticle

A survey reveals that an increasing number of auditors feel threatened or intimidated during the course of their work...

21 Jan 2021

Cricket SA launches Black Day ODI in support of fight against GBV
Cricket SA launches Black Day ODI in support of fight against GBVArticle

Cricket South Africa will on Saturday, 23 January, launch the Black Day One-Day International in Durban at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Cricket Stadium...

19 Jan 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa promotes innovation to rebuild economyArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa advocates innovative interventions to rebuild the country's Covid-battered economy in his first weekly newsletter of 2021...

19 Jan 2021

South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize (centre). The government has been criticised for not having an actionable plan on vaccines. Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South Africa failed to get its act together on vaccines: here's howArticle

South Africa has an estimated population approaching 60 million. To achieve herd immunity against Covid19, the government recently set the ambitious goal of vaccinating 67% of the population...

Shabir A Madhi 18 Jan 2021

Victor Daitz Foundation, Zero2Five Trust collaborate on school holiday meals progamme
Victor Daitz Foundation, Zero2Five Trust collaborate on school holiday meals progammeArticle

Following the announcement of school closures and the lockdown in March 2020, the Durban-based Zero2Five team restructured its centre-based feeding scheme...

12 Jan 2021

Matric marking will be completed on time, department says
Matric marking will be completed on time, department saysArticle

The Department of Basic Education believes that it is still on track to wrap up the marking of matric papers before the end of the month...

12 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: 4 trends set to continue or be re-interpreted in the NGO sector
#BizTrends2021: 4 trends set to continue or be re-interpreted in the NGO sectorArticle

This year, the NGO sector has by and large demonstrated its agility in response to the Covid-19 pandemic by pivoting quickly and assertively to developing needs among beneficiaries...

Innocent Masayira 11 Jan 2021

A market place in Ghana’s capital Accra. Developing countries like Ghana risk being left behind in the race to secure Covid-19 vaccines. Christian Thompson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Dummy's guide to how trade rules affect access to Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

The race is on to secure vaccines that will protect people from Covid-19. But it's already become apparent that there is gross inequality playing out in the procurement and distribution of the new drugs...

Caroline Southey 11 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Strengthening NPO skills and processes
#BizTrends2021: Strengthening NPO skills and processesArticle

As an important contributor of skills and research to the non-profit, higher education and philanthropy sectors, Inyathelo shares trends towards ensuring NPO sustainability in 2021...

Nazeema Mohamed, Feryal Domingo and Soraya Joonas 8 Jan 2021

There are at least three Covid-19 vaccines that have been approved by reputable health regulatory organisations around the world and many countries have begun rolling out vaccines, but not South Africa. Photo: Armin Kübelbeck (CC-BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons)
Health workers demand vaccine rolloutArticle

"We call on the Department of Health to act urgently, transparently and decisively now to obtain vaccines and to implement vaccination, so as to reduce death and illness, and bring the pandemic under control."...

GroundUp staff 5 Jan 2021

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