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Activists of the Movement for Change and Social Justice canvassing the streets of Gugulethu in Cape Town. MCSJ
How Covid-19 changed community engagement in South Africa's low income areasArticle

Covid-19 has radically changed South African lives. Low-income communities have been particularly hard hit by the strict lockdown rules. Many are facing a loss of income, food insecurities and in infection control due to the absence of individual water taps and toilets...

Myrna van Pinxteren & Christopher J Colvin 22 Oct 2020

WOTF 2020 winners (L-R): Carolyn Hancock, Welile Gumede and Mmamontsheng ‘Dulcy’Rakumakoe.
2020 Santam Women of the Future Awards: Winners announced!Article

The winners of the annual Santam Women of the Future Awards were announced at an exclusive business luncheon emceed by Doreen Morris at Atlantic Studios, and broadcast via live stream...

19 Oct 2020

Older people in urban informal settlements live in poor socioeconomic conditions. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Combating lifestyle diseases can make a big difference in the lives of older peopleArticle

Noncommunicable diseases account for about 71% of the 57-million deaths reported around the world every year. Most of these deaths are caused by diabetes, cancers, heart disease and lung disease...

Razak M Gyasi 12 Oct 2020

Why operational subsidies are key to reforming South Africa's minibus taxi sector
Why operational subsidies are key to reforming South Africa's minibus taxi sectorArticle

The role of government should be to improve and reorganise this sector to address the needs of users. The proposed national operational subsidy is an opportunity to do precisely that...

Benjamin H. Bradlow 12 Oct 2020

Calling South Africa's top talent: Join companies that are scaling up in 2020
Calling South Africa's top talent: Join companies that are scaling up in 2020Article

Fast-moving change has resulted in some fertile terrain for new business developments as evidenced by the following three companies who are scaling up in 2020 and providing much-needed employment opportunities...

Issued by Pargo 7 Oct 2020

Lumkani awarded EIC Horizon Prize
Lumkani awarded EIC Horizon PrizeArticle

Lumkani, one of five innovations that can make a big difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people around the world, has won the EIC Horizon Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid...

2 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?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 21 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

Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 in the midst of Covid-19
Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 in the midst of Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has come at a time when societies are already facing many challenges related to inequality, poverty, unemployment, and drought and/or lack of access to water, amongst others...

Lungile Manzini 9 Sep 2020

Day Zero in water stricken Mandela Bay
Day Zero in water stricken Mandela BayArticle

The water situation in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has reached a crisis and prompted the city to finally declare it Day Zero...

Thamsanqa Mbovane and Joseph Chirume 8 Sep 2020

Government should pay people to dig holes and then fill them
Government should pay people to dig holes and then fill themArticle

It was not until high levels of unemployment ensued in the 1930s that policymakers in the UK and US started to pay attention to Keynes' powerful argument for active demand management...

Dr Sitsabo Dlamini 4 Sep 2020

Santam Women of the Future Awards announces 2020 finalists
Santam Women of the Future Awards announces 2020 finalistsArticle

Finalists for the 2020 Santam Women of the Future Awards have been announced...

27 Aug 2020

No evictions or demolitions without a court order, judges rule
No evictions or demolitions without a court order, judges ruleArticle

The City of Cape Town's Anti-Land Invasion Unit (ALIU) will not be allowed to evict people or demolish their structures, whether occupied or unoccupied, without a court order while the country remains in a state of national disaster...

James Stent 27 Aug 2020

Katrina Jacobs
#WomensMonth: Katrina Jacobs goes the extra mile for her TB patientsArticle

Not even a pandemic can deter community health worker Katrina Jacobs from conducting door-to-door health visits to her tuberculosis (TB) patients living in informal settlements and backyard dwellings...

12 Aug 2020

Women are carrying the heaviest load under lockdown
Women are carrying the heaviest load under lockdownArticle

There is not much to celebrate this Women's Month when women are bearing the brunt of responsibility under lockdown, and their safety and security is threatened: both physically and economically...

Siphelele Chirwa 11 Aug 2020

Call for freeze on land sales in Khayelitsha
Call for freeze on land sales in KhayelitshaArticle

The newly-formed Khayelitsha Human Settlements Task Team has called for a freeze on all transfers and sales of land in Khayelitsha while a land audit is done by the City of Cape Town and made public...

Vincent Lali 7 Aug 2020

Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housing
Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housingArticle

The challenges of informal settlements have once again been thrown into the spotlight in the midst of the current pandemic...

Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 4 Aug 2020

CoCT celebrates 33 urban farming graduates
CoCT celebrates 33 urban farming graduatesArticle

The City of Cape Town's Agri-Planner training programme has made it possible for 33 youths from disadvantaged backgrounds in Philippi to receive agricultural training certificates.

29 Jul 2020

How to respond to Cape Town's surge in land occupations
How to respond to Cape Town's surge in land occupationsArticle

Cape Town has its hands full with land occupations. Fiery commentary from the national minister of human settlements, mayco member for human settlements and mayor emphasises the need to protect public and private land...

Adi Kumar 28 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-19Article

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

Mediaheads 360 amplifies literacy for Mandela Month
Mediaheads 360 amplifies literacy for Mandela MonthArticle

In the spirit of Mandela Month and their fundamental value for making an impact in the lives of people in their community, MediaHeads 360 joins with Educubed Foundation in support of their #LightUp4Literacy Initiative...

Issued by MediaHeads 360 15 Jul 2020

SA may need Covid-19 wastewater, water quality surveillance programme
SA may need Covid-19 wastewater, water quality surveillance programmeArticle

With the escalation in Covid-19 infections and the challenges associated with individual testing, the importance of introducing a nationwide wastewater surveillance programme becomes more immediate...

Jay Bhagwan, Nonhlanhla Kalebaila and Dhesigen Naidoo 14 Jul 2020

Testing strategies to help Kenya's urban poor get access to food
Testing strategies to help Kenya's urban poor get access to foodArticle

In Kenya's urban areas, there's a serious problem of people not having enough food, particularly in the capital city of Nairobi...

Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 13 Jul 2020

Housing crisis more complex than it seems
Housing crisis more complex than it seemsArticle

The outrage over the recent violent eviction of a naked Bulelani Qholani from his shack in eThembeni near Empolweni, Khayelitsha, on 1 July by the City of Cape Town's Anti-Land Invasion Unit (ALIU), will fade in time...

Jens Horber 7 Jul 2020

When passion drives purpose, the result is success!
When passion drives purpose, the result is success!Article

Eighty-eight days after lockdown, TSIBA Business School students on 22 June 2020, sat for their first online examinations!...

Issued by TSIBA 2 Jul 2020

Call for partnerships to address key urban challenges
Call for partnerships to address key urban challengesArticle

Connected Places Catapult invites South African organisations and UK SMEs to form partnerships to develop solutions to urban challenges in Cape Town, Johannesburg and eThekwini (Durban)...

25 Jun 2020

The French mobile phone application StopCovid, developed to trace people who test positive with Covid-19. Chesnot/Getty Images
Balancing privacy with public health: how well is South Africa doing?Article

Covid-19 spreads from person to person through droplet and contact transmission. That's why contact tracing and quarantining have been included as one approach to control the spread of the virus...

Michael Sean Pepper & Marietjie Botes 25 Jun 2020

Forestry, paper sector builds back a better future for SA's youth
Forestry, paper sector builds back a better future for SA's youthArticle

The effect of Covid-19 and lockdown on children and youngsters have been a case for debate and study, from lack of access to data or devices for online learning to the mental health issues. It has also stirred many sectors not to "go back to normal" but to "build back better"...

18 Jun 2020

Sokowatch e-voucher scheme delivers relief to Kenya's vulnerable
Sokowatch e-voucher scheme delivers relief to Kenya's vulnerableArticle

East African startup Sokowatch has launched an e-voucher scheme to help ensure that essential food and goods are available, free of charge, to vulnerable families...

5 Jun 2020

E-commerce startup Yebo Fresh easing access to food supplies in townships
E-commerce startup Yebo Fresh easing access to food supplies in townshipsArticle

Grocery delivery startup Yebo Fresh is helping township residents access vital food supplies safely during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown...

3 Jun 2020

Healthcare workers testing people in Nairobi, Kenya during a mass testing exercise for Covid-19. Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images
Sub-Saharan Africa needs to plug local knowledge gap to up its anti-Covid-19 gameArticle

Africa remains one of the regions least affected by Covid-19, although evidence suggests it is an evolving and growing pandemic. It is now present in all African countries and territories...

Alex Ezeh & Sharon Fonn 28 May 2020

Keeping the economy open may be hard if the virus spreads uncontrollably. Shutterstock
How South Africa can best balance control of Covid-19 and avoid economic disasterArticle

There is intense pressure on the South African government to lift the lockdown and open the economy. Sustainably lifting out of the lockdown is critical. But there is no roadmap. The stakes are high and there are no right answers, just ones that juggle uncertain probabilities...

Miriam Altman 28 May 2020

Smart helmet capable of mass temperature screening comes to SA
Smart helmet capable of mass temperature screening comes to SAArticle

A smart helmet that can scan the temperatures of up to 200 people every minute is now available in South Africa...

21 May 2020

New research suggests SA's ban on cigarette sales is failing
New research suggests SA's ban on cigarette sales is failingArticle

Despite the ban on tobacco sales during the national lockdown, more than 90% of smokers have been able to purchase cigarettes during the period...

19 May 2020

Novartis pledges R13.3m to support SA efforts in alleviating Covid-19 pressures
Novartis pledges R13.3m to support SA efforts in alleviating Covid-19 pressuresArticle

Novartis SA has donated R13.3m to two local NGOs in support of their efforts...

18 May 2020

G.U.D. Holdings develops hand-wash station at taxi ranks
G.U.D. Holdings develops hand-wash station at taxi ranksArticle

G.U.D. Holdings has developed an innovative mobile hand-wash station that allows people at taxi ranks to wash their hands with hygienic liquid soap and water to prevent the spread of the coronavirus...

15 May 2020

Help Refco and Gift of the Givers raise R10m to feed the poor
Help Refco and Gift of the Givers raise R10m to feed the poorArticle

Gift of the Givers has partnered with Retort Food Company to prepare and distribute fully-cooked, nutritious meals with an extended shelf-life to the country's impoverished communities...

14 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: This is a wake-up call about inequality - Feryal Domingo, Inyathelo
#LockdownLessons: This is a wake-up call about inequality - Feryal Domingo, InyatheloArticle

Feryal Domingo, operations director at Inyathelo, shares her experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how her organisation is navigating these unusual times...

Sindy Peters 11 May 2020

And then everything changed
And then everything changedArticle

Eugene Yiga explores how Covid-19 is impacting the travel, hospitality, and entertainment industries in South Africa...

Eugene Yiga 8 May 2020

What good leaders do in a time of crisis
What good leaders do in a time of crisisArticle

As part of Saica's Leadership in a time of crisis webinar series, CA(SA) and CFO of Discovery Health, Brett Tromp, shared his thoughts on what good leaders can do in a time of crisis...

Issued by SAICA 6 May 2020

Food Lover's Market Hunger Month campaign targets 1m meals
Food Lover's Market Hunger Month campaign targets 1m mealsArticle

Food Lover's Market has launched its fourth annual Hunger Month in-store campaign this May...

4 May 2020

Beaches at risk: Report reveals alarming pollution along Cape Town's coast
Beaches at risk: Report reveals alarming pollution along Cape Town's coastArticle

Several of the beaches most loved by Capetonians for surfing, swimming and sunset picnics are polluted enough to fail the minimum water quality guidelines over the last two years...

Steve Kretzmann 30 Apr 2020

Africa Tikkun launches #FaceUpToCovid19 campaign
Africa Tikkun launches #FaceUpToCovid19 campaignArticle

South African NGO Afrika Tikkun has launched its #FaceUpToCovid19 campaign, providing cloth face masks to some of the country's most vulnerable citizens...

23 Apr 2020

How SA chefs are helping the most vulnerable during lockdown
How SA chefs are helping the most vulnerable during lockdownArticle

These SA chefs have been doing their bit to help those who may worse off during these turbulent times...

21 Apr 2020

Nurses and midwives can make a significant impact in managing and preventing the leading causes of death. Shutterstock
Africa can and must do more to support nurses and midwivesArticle

Nurses and midwives are the backbone of health systems globally. Of the world's 43.5-million healthcare professionals, more than 20-million are nurses and midwives. They play a critical role, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, as quite often they are the first and only healthcare professionals people will see...

Pauline Bakibinga 16 Apr 2020

#OrchidsandOnions: Cheeky Chicken Licken
#OrchidsandOnions: Cheeky Chicken LickenArticle

South Africa's advertising restrictions at times make the draconian coronavirus lockdown regulations look like the rules for a children's tea party...

Brendan Seery 7 Apr 2020

Pandemic underscores gross inequalities in South Africa, and the need to fix them
Pandemic underscores gross inequalities in South Africa, and the need to fix themArticle

Now more than ever, South Africans are painfully aware of the inequalities that continue to play out in the country...

Lauren Graham 6 Apr 2020

Shaping Africa's urban areas to withstand future pandemics
Shaping Africa's urban areas to withstand future pandemicsArticle

For all their virtues, cities have a major downside. They are a fertile ground for contagion, such as the rapid spread of Covid-19...

Astrid R.N. Haas 2 Apr 2020

Government identifies 17 parcels of land for Covid-19 resettlement
Government identifies 17 parcels of land for Covid-19 resettlementArticle

Government has identified 17 land parcels for resettlement purposes for people who stay in informal settlements should the need arise, as the country deals with the spread of Covid-19...

30 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Africa urgently needs an ubuntu plan
Covid-19: Africa urgently needs an ubuntu planArticle

Africa urgently needs a globally coordinated ubuntu plan in response to Covid-19, a fiscal stimulus that recognises our shared and connected humanity...

Dr Victor Oladokun 30 Mar 2020

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