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Makoko neighbourhood in Lagos, initially founded as a fishing village.Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images
Can Covid-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?Article

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (Covid-19)...

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Ellis Adjei Adams & Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie 2 hours ago

Turbulence Studios - Animation wizards specialising in public health and educational campaigns
Turbulence Studios - Animation wizards specialising in public health and educational campaignsArticle

Turbulence Studios, a boutique 2D animation studio based in Cape Town, South Africa, and with representation in Johannesburg as well as London, United Kingdom, has launched a brand-new website, www.turbulence-studios.com, to showcase its creative portfolio...

Issued by Waymenel Entertainment 2 days ago

SA's tourism sector promises to keep travellers safe as borders set to open
SA's tourism sector promises to keep travellers safe as borders set to openArticle

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the country's borders would open to international travellers under the strictest conditions, the South African tourism sector has promised to keep these incoming travellers safe...

17 Sep 2020

Shiraaz Joosub, healthcare sales executive,T-Systems South Africa
Sustainable interoperability is key to quality integrated public healthcare in South AfricaArticle

South Africa's public sector healthcare institutions do not have the budget needed to implement progressive e-health strategies, such as collating patient records across different facilities in a simple and transparent manner...

Shiraaz Joosub 16 Sep 2020

Urban planning needs to look back first: three cities in Ghana show why
Urban planning needs to look back first: three cities in Ghana show whyArticle

Months into the global Covid-19 pandemic, policymakers have begun discussing what the "new normal" might look like in metropolitan environments...

Nate Plageman, Jennifer Anne Hart, Tony Yeboah 16 Sep 2020

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Locals must lead the way to African scientific capacity and solutionsArticle

Africa bears a disproportionately high burden of globally significant diseases. But the continent has lagged in knowledge production to address its health challenges...

Victoria Kasprowicz & Denis Chopera 16 Sep 2020

How built environment practitioners play a key role in public health
How built environment practitioners play a key role in public healthArticle

During the second AfriSam SAIA Sustainable Design Awards webinar, Professor Tolullah Oni, a public health physician-scientist and urban epidemiologist, discussed how trans-disciplinary urban design can help build better African livelihoods and cities...

15 Sep 2020

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
Health focuses on immunity, seroprevalence as Covid-19 cases declineArticle

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, says the department is currently conducting a national seroprevalence study to determine the levels of national immunity....

15 Sep 2020

Elective surgeries - the disruption, the trends and back to business unusual
Elective surgeries - the disruption, the trends and back to business unusualArticle

In spite of the Covid-19 rate of infection, elective surgery has been given the green light and it's back to business - albeit with strict protocols in place to safeguard staff as well as patients...

Issued by Bonitas 15 Sep 2020

Covid-19 donation to help millions at state health clinics
Covid-19 donation to help millions at state health clinicsArticle

Dettol donates 400 hand wash stations and a million bars of soap to promote proper hygiene practices...

Issued by Triple Eight 8 Sep 2020

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 (round blue objects), emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image by the US NIAID (CC BY 2.0)
How Western Cape will check for a future Covid-19 surgeArticle

A large Cape Town survey of pregnant women attending public antental clinics, as well as people with HIV, suggests many people in the city have already been infected with the virus that causes Covid-19...

James Stent 7 Sep 2020

Covid-19 testing at Exxaro operations. Photo: Exxaro
Miners outline Covid-19 strategiesArticle

Given it's nature, the mining industry has adopted various approaches to Covid-19 testing to reduce mitigating impact it has on operations...

7 Sep 2020

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Weekly injection could treat type 2 diabetes, new enzyme discovery suggestsArticle

A newly discovered protein produced by the liver, and which helps to control blood sugar levels, could potentially revolutionise treatment for type 2 diabetes...

Magdalene Montgomery & Matthew Watt 4 Sep 2020

Health Department launches Covid-19 contact tracing app
Health Department launches Covid-19 contact tracing appArticle

The Health Department has launched a new mobile application - Covid Alert SA - to strengthen South Africa's digital contact tracing efforts...

2 Sep 2020

This electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Image: NIAID-RML (CC BY 2.0)
Covid-19: How a Cape Town project saved many livesArticle

At the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Western Cape, a project was implemented that saved lives, and has the potential to save many more...

Neal David 2 Sep 2020

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IATA calls on governments to reopen borders and sustain airline relief measuresArticle

"What is killing aviation is the fact that governments are not managing the risks of opening borders. Instead, they are keeping global mobility effectively in lockdown. And if this continues, the damage to global connectivity could become irreparable..."

1 Sep 2020

Investment health-related research is not adequate. GettyImages
African health research needs support: here's one programme that's workingArticle

African countries bear a disproportionate burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases. More than two thirds of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa...

Jude Igumbor 1 Sep 2020

Prominent VUT scientist on steering committee of International Science Forum
Prominent VUT scientist on steering committee of International Science ForumArticle

The Vaal University of Technology's Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye has been selected to the steering committee of the World Science Forum (WSF) 2021 being held in Cape Town...

Issued by Vaal University of Technology 31 Aug 2020

Children’s health and nutrition is severely affected by the pandemic. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
South Africa needs a plan to protect children's health beyond Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a head-on challenge to even the most solid health systems in the world. In South Africa its onset collided with the already existing quadruple burden of disease...

Ute Feucht 28 Aug 2020

Investing in digital infrastructure can make the difference to Africa's economic recovery
Investing in digital infrastructure can make the difference to Africa's economic recoveryArticle

Africa faces many challenges on its path to becoming a global economic competitor. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa's development can either be a massive barrier to advancement - or, the spark that lights the fire...

Amrote Abdella 27 Aug 2020

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi can make a simple policy change that can allow South Africa to implement a health programme that will be a model for the world. Photo: Tariro Washinyira
Here's a quick health win for governmentArticle

How many people have died from Covid-19 in South Africa? The truth is that we don't really know. A simple change to government policy can go a long way towards changing that...

GroundUp editors 25 Aug 2020

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Food is one aspect, but safe food is crucialArticle

The Covid-19 crisis has magnified the incredible public health challenge our world face. Nowhere is this challenge more apparent than in food production...

24 Aug 2020

DoH recruits nearly 2,400 interns
DoH recruits nearly 2,400 internsArticle

In the biggest intern allocation programme in history, the Health Department has recruited close to 2,400 medical interns, as the country grapples with mounting Covid-19 cases and a struggling health system...

21 Aug 2020

Professor Raymond Parsons
Level 2: A golden opportunity to rebuild SA's economyArticle

The widely expected and welcome decision announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to move SA's lockdown exit strategy to Level 2 is good news for the country...

Raymond Parsons 18 Aug 2020

Checklist to help airlines implement ICAO Covid-19 Guidance
Checklist to help airlines implement ICAO Covid-19 GuidanceArticle

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the Covid-19 public health crisis...

17 Aug 2020

Industry welcomes lifting of alcohol ban, will avail resources to fight Covid-19
Industry welcomes lifting of alcohol ban, will avail resources to fight Covid-19Article

South Africa's alcohol has welcomed the announcement by the Government to resume the trading and distribution of alcohol and place the entire country on Alert Level 2...

17 Aug 2020

Congolese artist Chris Shongo paints on the outside wall of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa on June 18, 2020.
Covid-19 shows that the DRC must invest in a health research industryArticle

In early March, the first Covid-19 case was imported from Europe to Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) densely populated capital city.

Dacquin M. Kasumba 14 Aug 2020

Cathay Pacific releases 2019 Sustainability Development Report
Cathay Pacific releases 2019 Sustainability Development ReportArticle

The Cathay Pacific Group has released its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, providing a comprehensive overview of Cathay Pacific's and its subsidiaries' approach to and performance in the areas of environmental, social and governance...

13 Aug 2020

Vegetable farmers in urban Ghana don't worry much about food safety - but they should
Vegetable farmers in urban Ghana don't worry much about food safety - but they shouldArticle

The United Nations projects that by 2050, 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas. Ensuring sustainable food supply in a rapidly growing city becomes a matter of concern...

Kabila Abass 12 Aug 2020

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Antibiotic resistance: cheap diagnostic test could be a saviourArticle

With the world's attention focused on combating Covid-19, it is easy to forget the other significant threat to public health and the global economy - the rapid rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)...

Lara Marks & Ankur Mutreja 11 Aug 2020

Nurses awareness on Covid-19 limited, survey finds
Nurses awareness on Covid-19 limited, survey findsArticle

While the majority of medical practitioners are confident of their knowledge of Covid-19, nurses have expressed inferior awareness of the virus, a survey has revealed...

7 Aug 2020

WHO surge team expected in SA
WHO surge team expected in SAArticle

The first team of experts from the World Health Organisation, who will assist South Africa in its fight against coronavirus, is set to arrive in the country today...

5 Aug 2020

Signs of daily Covid-19 infections stabilising
Signs of daily Covid-19 infections stabilisingArticle

After a rapid rise in Covid-19 infections over the last two months, the daily increase in infections appears to be stabilising, particularly in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Eastern Cape...

3 Aug 2020

Quality steers NWU to ranking excellence
Quality steers NWU to ranking excellenceArticle

The quality subject offerings in the fields of atmospheric science, clinical medicine, education, hospitality and tourism management, and public health at the North-West University (NWU) have elevated the university in global rankings...

Issued by North-West University (NWU) 3 Aug 2020

How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation
How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperationArticle

Ethiopia's on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a 'water war'...

Ashok Swain 3 Aug 2020

How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favour
How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favourArticle

Diet-related diseases are major public health problems in SA. But many in the food industry strongly oppose globally recommended policies that could address these issues...

Gary Sacks, Eric Crosbie and Melissa Mialon 30 Jul 2020

Dr Keith Cloete
Signs that Western Cape is over its Covid-19 peakArticle

There are early signs that the Western Cape may have crested the Covid-19 curve, even though restrictions have been eased and more economic activity has resumed...

Nicci Botha 30 Jul 2020

A nurse participates in the drill to test their system capabilities for the Covid-19 coronavirus mass patients influx at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in Kenya's healthcare system. And what can be doneArticle

There are reports that Kenya's hospital beds are filling up because of a surge in Covid-19 patients. This highlights concerns since the start of the pandemic, that the health systems of many African countries would quickly become overwhelmed...

Abdu Mohiddin & Marleen Temmerman 29 Jul 2020

IATA: International travel recovery delayed as lockdown remains
IATA: International travel recovery delayed as lockdown remainsArticle

Recovery is expected to be delayed by at least one year, with global passenger traffic not returning to 2019 pre-Covid-19 levels until 2024...

29 Jul 2020

While fighting Covid-19 we may be losing the war against plastic pollution
While fighting Covid-19 we may be losing the war against plastic pollutionArticle

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in South Africa and across the world, vast quantities of plastic waste are also rising...

Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa 29 Jul 2020

How Covid-19 modelling can optimise resource allocation
How Covid-19 modelling can optimise resource allocationArticle

Data is key in helping to deal with the impact of Covid-19 and intelligent systems can help organisations allocate resources more efficiently...

Akesh Lalla 28 Jul 2020

Covid-19 only a dress rehearsal for pandemics
Covid-19 only a dress rehearsal for pandemicsArticle

Some scientists feel that the current Covid-19 pandemic, which has already infected more than 16-million and killed more than 600,000 worldwide, is only a dress rehearsal for an even bigger pandemic...

27 Jul 2020

Global disruption can have local implications
Global disruption can have local implicationsArticle

The global impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had not only on public health, but on business, cannot be underestimated...

Soromfe Uzomah 27 Jul 2020

District Six: This time the bulldozers are there to build houses
District Six: This time the bulldozers are there to build housesArticle

Work on the final phases of the District Six restitution project has begun. The national Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is having the ground cleared and rubble removal as mandated by the courts...

James Stent 27 Jul 2020

Researchers are central to any country’s science preparedness, especially in the face of pandemics.
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Africa's research capacity is growing. That's good news for pandemic response effortsArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has put global emergency preparedness under sharp scrutiny. It's also placed national health systems' capacity to predict and respond to major emergencies under the microscope...

Sam Kinyanjui & Sharon Fonn 24 Jul 2020

#BizUnity: Thanks so very blooming much
#BizUnity: Thanks so very blooming muchArticle

Frontline workers at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital were surprised with a floral tribute thanking them for their selfless efforts in the fight against Covid-19.

24 Jul 2020

How Asia's clothing factories switched to making PPE - but sweatshop problems live on
How Asia's clothing factories switched to making PPE - but sweatshop problems live onArticle

High street chains in the UK and elsewhere could have immediately paid their garment suppliers to make PPE rather than clothes, but did not...

Alessandra Mezzadri and Kanchana N Ruwanpura 23 Jul 2020

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#IamSafe2Travel: Being a responsible traveller will safeguard our tourism industryArticle

Tourism needs us to visit and support local businesses. Let's activate our "local is lekker" vibe and do it by tapping into our rainbow nation stamina that has successfully seen us through so much before. But we must do it responsibly...

Di Brown 22 Jul 2020

Cigarette prices surge 250% as tobacco market destabilises - study
Cigarette prices surge 250% as tobacco market destabilises - studyArticle

Recent research has shown that the average price of cigarettes has increased by nearly 250% compared to pre-lockdown levels...

22 Jul 2020

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