Covid-19

Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!
Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!

Congratulations to the SME companies who have won full-page BizListing entries in Bizcommunity's business directory...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 26 Oct 2020

During the Covid-19 pandemic, WHO is supporting the Ghana Health Service in their efforts to continue providing essential medical services to the population at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ghana. Photo: WHO / Blink Media - Nana Kofi Acquah
5 quick wins to re-invent Africa's health systems

Since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on the continent in February 2020, the response, led by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been commendable. Governments moved quickly to institute public health measures to curb its spread...

By Rachel Ndirangu & Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando 23 Oct 2020

Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates
Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates

As the threat of a Covid-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa.

By Kevin Mars & Moses Alobo 8 Oct 2020

How the decline in Chinese tourists around the world has hit the luxury sector
How the decline in Chinese tourists around the world has hit the luxury sector

A significant number of Chinese tourists spend large sums on luxury items, such as designer clothes and accessories, when they travel overseas...

By Xiaoqing Chen and Carol Zhang 1 Oct 2020

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?

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)...

By Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Ellis Adjei Adams & Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie 21 Sep 2020

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 open

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

Nigerian scientists are working to better understand coronavirus. African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease
Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it matters

By the first week of August 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic had caused about 654,000 deaths worldwide...

By Christian Happi 7 Sep 2020

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Global consumers ease back into in-store shopping - report

With Covid-19 lockdown measures around the world easing, just under three-quarters of global consumers report feeling comfortable returning to physical stores since lockdowns have eased...

4 Sep 2020

Sub-Saharan Africans increase healthy habits to beat the virus
Sub-Saharan Africans increase healthy habits to beat the virus

Covid-19 has prompted many of us to examine our health, with 63% of people around the world reporting that coronavirus has encouraged them to seriously consider their levels of health and fitness...

Issued by Borderless Access 31 Aug 2020

Letlhogonolo Thobejane
#WomensMonth: KFC's Nolo Thobejane on achieving QSR success in Africa

Letlhogonolo Thobejane travels across the continent overseeing restaurant operations and contributing to the success of the KFC brand in Africa...

31 Aug 2020

Professor Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha, director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University
Digital small-scale models could help SA's pandemic-stricken farmers

The re-opening of restaurants and hospitality is good news indeed for small-scale farmers who have seen lockdown measures decimate demand while Covid-19 continues to compound the challenges they face...

By Professor Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha 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 industry

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.

By Dacquin M. Kasumba 14 Aug 2020

1 in 4 consumers tried a new brand during pandemic - global report
1 in 4 consumers tried a new brand during pandemic - global report

A new global report highlights challenges and opportunities for retailers as the Covid-19 pandemic drives permanent shifts in consumer behaviour now and beyond the holiday season...

12 Aug 2020

Andrew Stein on how Game is rediscovering its retail mojo
Andrew Stein on how Game is rediscovering its retail mojo

Game's vice president shares how the retailer has navigated business challenges and opportunities over the last 50 years, and how it aims to remain relevant beyond 2020...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Jul 2020

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Food giants appointing teams to focus on plant-based products

Food giants muscle in on booming alternative protein market, with dedicated teams to develop and sell plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy...

30 Jul 2020

Scan Display built the largest Covid-19 hospital in Africa
Scan Display built the largest Covid-19 hospital in Africa

Scan Display designed and built Africa's largest dedicated Covid-19 temporary hospital at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa...

Issued by Scan Display 30 Jul 2020

IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank group president David Malpass have offered debt relief to developing countries.
Why African countries are reluctant to take up Covid-19 debt relief

A debt service relief package has been approved by some of the world's biggest lenders for more than 25 African countries...

By Misheck Mutize 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 done

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...

By Abdu Mohiddin & Marleen Temmerman 29 Jul 2020

Coronavirus has turned retail therapy into retail anxiety - keeping customers calm will be key to carrying on
Coronavirus has turned retail therapy into retail anxiety - keeping customers calm will be key to carrying on

So you finally hit the shops and cafes after weeks of lockdown. After disinfecting your hands, following the arrows around the shop or to your table, taking care to avoid others where possible...

By Jessica Vredenburg and Megan Phillips 24 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 efforts

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...

By Sam Kinyanjui & Sharon Fonn 24 Jul 2020

Fraym launches localised tool mapping populations vulnerable to food insecurity
Fraym launches localised tool mapping populations vulnerable to food insecurity

Geospatial data company Fraym has launch its Localized Food Insecurity Index, a highly detailed targeting tool that maps populations vulnerable to food insecurity...

23 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 on

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

By Alessandra Mezzadri and Kanchana N Ruwanpura 23 Jul 2020

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Covid-19 impact on consumption patterns in Africa's key markets

Prior to the pandemic, Africa was identified as one of the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world, with household consumption growing even faster than GDP...

23 Jul 2020

C40 Cities launches Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery post-Covid-19
C40 Cities launches Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery post-Covid-19

C40 Cities has released its C40 Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery. The plan seeks to create a 'new normal', which will identify, contain and proactively prepare cities for future pandemics, while addressing systemic injustices and keeping global warming below the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement.

23 Jul 2020

A laboratory technician prepares a sample at the government-run Ifakara Health Institute north of Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. PHOTO Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images
Tanzania study shows critical need to address infection control in health facilities

It has become increasingly apparent that the spread of Covid19 infection within healthcare settings has played a large role in some of the worst affected countries...

By Jessica JC King 22 Jul 2020

Amazon's Paul Misener on the link between innovation and diversity
Amazon's Paul Misener on the link between innovation and diversity

Amazon veteran Paul Misener shared insight into how the e-commerce giant approaches innovation and the profound role a diverse workforce plays in this process...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Jul 2020

Richard Neal, MD, Sovereign Trust
SA businesses look offshore to ease Covid-19 pain

The Covid-19 lockdown left a trail of devastation across entire industries - but it has also forced many South African businesses to look for new approaches and markets...

By Richard Neal 21 Jul 2020

Antibacterial activewear? The claim is just as absurd as it sounds
Antibacterial activewear? The claim is just as absurd as it sounds

Lorna Jane recently launched an "antiviral" line of activewear, called "LJ Shield", generating significant backlash from medical professionals...

By Catherine Burke 20 Jul 2020

IRF awards grant to offset Covid-19 impact, protect rhinos in Southern Africa
IRF awards grant to offset Covid-19 impact, protect rhinos in Southern Africa

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) has awarded emergency grants totalling nearly $150,000 to six wildlife organisations in Southern Africa...

15 Jul 2020

The Thusong Multipurpose Center in Khayelitsha which will serve as a Covid-19 site in Cape Town, South Africa. Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Students play an integral role in healthcare delivery: findings from South Africa

Reports from around the world show that the shortage of health professionals in public healthcare systems will be worsened by the increased demand for health services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Ian Couper & Jana Müller 9 Jul 2020



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