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I spy with your Wi-Fi: Legalities of monitoring employees who WFH
I spy with your Wi-Fi: Legalities of monitoring employees who WFHArticle

No employer wants to pay someone to watch television or play games during work hours. As a result, employers across the globe are turning to employee monitoring technology...

Keketso Kgomosotho, with Johan Botes 3 days ago

There’s much that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has yet to explain to South Africans about the Covid-19 vaccine procurement. Getty Images
What South Africans should know, but don't, about government's Covid-19 vaccine procurementArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has again highlighted the challenges facing public procurement in South Africa...

Geo Quinot 3 days ago

Gas and oil power plants have historically had better success chances than most renewable energy projects. Provided by author via pixabay
Africa looks likely to continue relying on power from fossil fuels for some timeArticle

The narratives of leapfrogging to new technologies are pervasive when it comes to development in Africa. One example is skipping cord phones and landlines to advance directly from limited phone coverage to wide mobile phone usage. Another that's frequently discussed is Africa's potential for a quick transition to renewable energy...

3 days ago

Why South Africa needs a new water agency
Why South Africa needs a new water agencyArticle

In his 2021 SONA, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the establishment of a National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency would be accelerated...

Mike Muller 3 days ago

Hidden threats behind top TV series and films
Hidden threats behind top TV series and filmsArticle

The first big TV event of the 2021 awards season finally started this past Sunday with the 78th annual Golden Globes. However, TV shows and films are not only sources of entertainment but also an attractive lure for cybercriminals...

3 days ago

“We saw patients dying for avoidable reasons. They were dying because masks that came loose were not being replaced,” says MSF Covid-19 intervention nursing activities manager, Caroline Masunda. Chris Allan
Small things can save lives: coping with Covid-19 in resource-scarce hospitalsArticle

Everywhere, patients have died from Covid-19 when patient numbers exceeded the capacity of the health system. The number of doctors, nurses and oxygen points just wasn't enough...

Gilles van Cutsem 2 Mar 2021

Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculations
Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculationsArticle

Plastic pollution and climate change are two prominent environmental issues of our time...

Xia Zhu 1 Mar 2021

Several protests have trailed the privatisation of the power sector in Nigeria. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria's post-privatisation energy sector is a mess: here are some solutionsArticle

In the mid-1980s, most of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa made structural changes to their economies in return for funding from the World Bank...

Okechukwu Marcellus Ikeanyibe 26 Feb 2021

Poor rural infrastructure holds back food production by small Nigerian farmers
Poor rural infrastructure holds back food production by small Nigerian farmersArticle

Agriculture is an important part of development and poverty mitigation in low income countries. It depends on infrastructure such as good roads, safe drinking water...

Abiodun Olusola Omotayo, Abeeb Babatunde Omotoso, Saidat Adebola Daud 25 Feb 2021

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change
How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate changeArticle

Our cities, designed for one set of climatic ranges, are increasingly "out of place" as average temperatures rise. The days above 40°C and nights above 30°C are...

Cameron Tonkinwise and Abby Mellick Lopes 24 Feb 2021

Public trust in the media is at a new low: a radical rethink of journalism is needed
Public trust in the media is at a new low: a radical rethink of journalism is neededArticle

A recent report by an independent panel on the ethics and credibility of South Africa's news media makes for worrying reading...

Herman Wasserman 24 Feb 2021

This week South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni will deliver the country’s budget. Photo by Jeffrey Abrahams/Gallo Images via Getty Images
The basis of South Africa's annual budgets needs an overhaul. Here's why, and howArticle

Governments in most developing countries use medium-term expenditure frameworks as fiscal policy instruments to match the imperatives of policy, planning and budgeting over the medium-term horizon...

Matthew Kofi Ocran 23 Feb 2021

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How extractive industries manage to carry on harming the planetArticle

Around the globe, concern is mounting about the unfolding climate and ecological catastrophe...

Judith Verweijen & Alexander Dunlap 23 Feb 2021

Marketing in a world without third-party cookies
Marketing in a world without third-party cookiesArticle

Colleen Rose, consulting director at Acceleration, discusses how the move away from third-party cookies is gathering momentum...

Colleen Rose 22 Feb 2021

Medical staff check each others protective suits. Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images
Ebola strikes West Africa again: key questions and lessons from the pastArticle

News of a new outbreak of Ebola in Guinea is indeed distressing...

Mosoka Fallah 19 Feb 2021

Young Angolans protest for bettter living conditions in the capital Luanda in 2020. EFE-EPA
Why being endowed with oil is not always a boon: the case of Nigeria and AngolaArticle

In countries with weak governance institutions, natural resource wealth tends to be a curse instead of a blessing...

Ross Harvey 18 Feb 2021

AU Commission has made a good start on gender equality. But a lot remains to be done
AU Commission has made a good start on gender equality. But a lot remains to be doneArticle

Four of the commissioners are now women. They will work with the AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat from Chad (re-elected)...

Ashwanee Budoo-Scholtz 18 Feb 2021

Bendable concrete and other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissions
Bendable concrete and other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissionsArticle

One of the big contributors to climate change is right beneath your feet, and transforming it could be a powerful solution for keeping greenhouse gases...

Lucca Henrion, Duo Zhang, Victor C. Li, Volker Sick 17 Feb 2021

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How the coronavirus mutates and what this means for the future of Covid-19Article

The recent appearance of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing Covid-19 infections), that may be associated with increased transmission of the virus and disease severity...

Ed Rybicki, Anna-Lise Williamson, Don Cowan & Stephanie G Burton 17 Feb 2021

5 ways to become POPI compliant before July 2021
5 ways to become POPI compliant before July 2021Article

The Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) commenced on 1 July 2020 with a grace period of 12 months meaning that official enforcement will commence on 1 July 2021...

Issued by 1-grid.com 16 Feb 2021

Any man-made changes to the human genome must be carefully regulated. Billon Photos/Shutterstock
Five principles that should guide future DNA 'editing' in South AfricaArticle

In recent years there have been several major innovations in genetics. One prominent example is Crispr-Cas9...,

Bonginkosi Shozi & Marietjie Botes 16 Feb 2021

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How the emoji could help democratise online science dialogueArticle

As communication about science and health increasingly moves online, new ways are emerging for people to participate in public dialogue about advances in science...

Marina Joubert 15 Feb 2021

Don't force customers to watch ads!
Don't force customers to watch ads!Article

Customers are sick and tired of hanging onto their smart TV remotes to hit the 'skip ad' button and miffed at having digital adverts stuffed down their throats dozens of times during each Facebook or YouTube session...

12 Feb 2021

How customer communication will evolve in 2021
How customer communication will evolve in 2021Article

By now, it's clear that 2020 was a year of managing the unexpected and looking for the silver lining. This is especially true when it comes to customer communication. After years of digital-led evolution, even the biggest laggards were forced to revolutionise their customer communications...

Brent Haumann 11 Feb 2021

Clinical trials with human volunteers done in South Africa must get approval from the health products regulator. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Explainer: how South Africa regulates medicines and vaccinesArticle

National medicines regulatory authorities are gatekeepers that protect the public from unnecessary harm from health products. They do so in the best tradition of the injunction to "do no harm"...

Andy Gray 11 Feb 2021

When women do science, society benefits in myriad ways. Solskin/Stock image/Getty Images
Breaking the science glass ceiling: 4 African women share what it tookArticle

Less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and Unesco data shows that only about 30% of all female students choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields at a tertiary level...

Natasha Joseph, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu & Wale Fatade 11 Feb 2021

Work can be a violent experience for Zimbabwe's forest rangers
Work can be a violent experience for Zimbabwe's forest rangersArticle

As cases of poaching rise across Africa's protected areas, some governments have responded with a military approach to nature conservation...

Tafadzwa Mushonga 10 Feb 2021

Many countries around the world, like Bangladesh, have started Covid-19 vaccination. Kazi Salahuddin Razu/NurPhoto via Getty Images
South Africa didn't take advantage of its role in Covid-19 vaccine trials: why it should haveArticle

Covid-19 vaccine supplies are available in various parts of the world. But it's clear that distribution is not symmetrical...

Keymanthri Moodley & Theresa Rossouw 10 Feb 2021

Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?
Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?Article

There's a new nature conservation strategy in town - and it means business...

Tom Oliver 8 Feb 2021

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Covid vaccine weekly: developing boosters for new mutationsArticle

There's now another dimension to the race to get people vaccinated. The coronavirus is mutating, potentially making current vaccines less effective against it...

Rob Reddick 8 Feb 2021

What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answers
What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answersArticle

Sustainability is a hot topic today due to increasing awareness of climate change and inequality, among other pressing issues...

Leanne Keddie 3 Feb 2021

Study shows that the Novavax vaccine is effective against the dominant variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Results from Novavax vaccine trials in the UK and South Africa differ: why, and does it matter?Article

To fast track the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a broad range of candidate Covid-19 vaccines are being investigated...

Ina Skosana 2 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

How Covid-19 could transform non-profit organisations
How Covid-19 could transform non-profit organisationsArticle

Covid-19 has been disruptive to non-profit organisations that are, in many cases, already operating on a shoestring...

Brent McKnight and Julie Gouweloos 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

A laboratory technician patient samples at the Amudat Hospital, Uganda. Laboratories are central to the delivery of high quality data in clinical trials. Paul Kamau
Innovation - and research - are key to killing off neglected tropical diseases in AfricaArticle

As a young medical doctor over 30 years ago, I had an experience no doctor wants to have. One of my patients, a young boy, died in my arms as we rushed him to the referral hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, to receive treatment...

Monique Wasunna 29 Jan 2021

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The role of bias in how women are treated during childbirth: a Kenyan case studyArticle

Global maternal mortality is unacceptably high. Around 810 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth...

Patience Afulani 28 Jan 2021

The problem with switching from WhatsApp to Telegram and Signal
The problem with switching from WhatsApp to Telegram and SignalArticle

The hype around WhatsApp's new privacy policies has drawn so much attention from the media. Many different views have been expressed and some are accurate and others not so accurate. Be that as it may, people have been misinformed...

Rirhandzu Shingwenyana 26 Jan 2021

Prepare your business for the new lifestyles of the future
Prepare your business for the new lifestyles of the futureArticle

Modern societies are at a turning point where powerful lifestyle shifts are reshaping the ways in which we move, consume, work, learn, socialise and protect ourselves...

Willie Schoeman 25 Jan 2021

Health care workers and patients in the temporary outside area Steve Biko Academic Hospital created to screen and treat suspected Covid-19 cases in Pretoria. Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South African scientists who discovered new Covid-19 variant share what they knowArticle

Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19...

Willem Hanekom & Tulio de Oliveira 25 Jan 2021

Ghana's unstable building problem is about more than lax regulation
Ghana's unstable building problem is about more than lax regulationArticle

Collapsed buildings are worryingly common in several large African cities. One study counted 54 building collapse deaths...

Festival Godwin Boateng 25 Jan 2021

AI can deepen social inequality. Here are 5 ways to help prevent this
AI can deepen social inequality. Here are 5 ways to help prevent thisArticle

From Google searches and dating sites to detecting credit card fraud, AI keeps finding new ways to creep into our lives...

Tiberio Caetano and Bill Simpson-Young 22 Jan 2021

South Africa does not have large-scale vaccine manufacturing capability. Shutterstock
Vaccine production in South Africa: how an industry in its infancy can be developedArticle

The issue of vaccine production has become a topic of hot debate following the approval of treatments for Covid-19. In South Africa angry exchanges have been spurred by the country's lagging access to Covid-19 vaccines...

Jeffrey Dorfman & Frank Kirstein 21 Jan 2021

How blockchain could help the world meet the UN's global goals in higher education
How blockchain could help the world meet the UN's global goals in higher educationArticle

Improving quality of life for people globally means investing in education...

Rory McGreal 20 Jan 2021

Hand hygiene is important to fight Covid-19 but how can you do that without water. Shutterstock
Covid-19 policy briefs must be realistic: a review by young southern African scientistsArticle

Just over a year after the coronavirus was first reported in China countries are still reeling from its effects. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes Covid-19 disease...

Puleng Segalo, Adeyemi Oladapo Arem, Pradeep Kumar 20 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: 3 big issues demanding legal attention this year
#BizTrends2021: 3 big issues demanding legal attention this yearArticle

Three broad themes emerging in South Africa in 2021, which will require extensive input from the legal profession, are: changes to the economy and regulation prompted by Covid-19; moves by government and the private sector to stimulate economic recovery; and a greater focus on corporate responsibility and consumer protection...

Jonathan Veeran, Nozipho Mngomezulu and Burton Phillips 19 Jan 2021

A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images
Some key questions answered on Covid-19 vaccines for African countriesArticle

Vaccines for Covid-19 are generating a lot of talk. To shed some light on which vaccines are available for countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and how the process will work...

Ina Skosana & Ozayr Patel 19 Jan 2021

Pros and cons of cross-platform app development
Pros and cons of cross-platform app developmentArticle

Businesses across the globe are investing heavily in mobile apps to easily drive traffic to their websites. However, it remains a challenge for business owners to choose between developing a native app or a cross-platform app...

Nick Durrant, Issued by Bluegrass Digital 19 Jan 2021

The balance between customer privacy and intimacy
The balance between customer privacy and intimacyArticle

Whilst the role of the marketing department appears to have evolved significantly over the past few years, fundamentally it is still about building relationships...

Paula Sartini 18 Jan 2021

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