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21
NOV

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is celebrating four distinct themes: Education, Ecosystems, Inclusion and Policy. Shared workspaces have gained popularity over the years and are integral to the growth of businesses. Ideally these spaces need to embody the themes of GEW, but often do not. Now to discuss the importance of creating ecosystems in the workspace for entrepreneurs and how workspaces are evolving to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, Channel Africa’s Zikhona Miso spoke to David Seinker the CEO The Business Exchange and began by asking him what co-working is and who it is for?...
21
NOV

COHORTS conducts research on early childhood development

Longitudinal health research studies conducted in South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, and the Philippines have concluded that early child development, and ensuring that all children stay in school are the keys to ensuring that these children maximize their intellectual potential. The investigators, aiming to generalise data and analysis to inform health interventions in developing countries, formed the Consortium on Health-Orientated Research in Transitioning Societies or COHORTS. This collaboration is the first of its kind in the global South. More from Lethu Kapueja, the Manager of the Centre of Excellence in Human Development hosted by Wits University.....
13
NOV

U.S. Trade and Development Agency amongst those attending the 2nd Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg

A number of high ranking US Government officials are among delegates attending the 2nd Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg. The aim of the three day event is to raise capital, advance projects to bankable stage and accelerate financial closure of deals. More on THEIR interest in the Forum from TOM HARDY, Acting Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which connects America's private sector to infrastructure projects in developing and middle-income countries ...
30
OCT

LocTransi wins The Best Women in STEM Solution Award

South Africa's most prestigious app developers have been recognised at the MTN Business App of the Year Awards held in Johannesburg last week. The Best Women in STEM Solution Award for the best app developed by women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics went to LocTransi. The app allows parents and caregivers to monitor and keep track of their children's school transportation in real-time. The free app keeps parents informed via a messaging system of delays or problems along the route, and the driver can alert parents about emergencies immediately. Schools can track when learners enter or leave the premises. More on the app from Tshidi Morabi
17
OCT

Ugandan government starts immunizing against measles, rubella and polio

Uganda has started immunizing more than eighteen million children against measles, rubella and polio as part of efforts to interrupt the circulation of the three diseases. The eastern African nation has experienced measles outbreaks across numerous districts in the past three years. At the same time, polio remains a daunting threat, given evidence of vaccine-derived strains circulating in neighbouring countries. More from Dr Emmaculate Lebo, the Measles and Rubella Focal point at the World Health Organization East and Southern Africa Regional Office…..
15
OCT

Commonwealth Trade

Trade ministers and senior officials from 53 Commonwealth countries met in London, to explore strategies for deepening trade and investment, while supporting a transparent, inclusive, fair, and open rules-based global trading system. The focus of the Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting, chaired by the UK, focussed on strengthening multilateral trade, fighting protectionism and progressing efforts to achieve 2 trillion dollars worth of trade within the Commonwealth by 2030. To find out more on this, Samora Mangesi spoke to Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland...
09
OCT

Transport Month

October is Transport Month in South Africa. During this month, the country's Department of Transport and its entities showcase transport infrastructure services in aviation; maritime; public transport and roads. This month will also be used to further advance the country's road safety initiatives, while also creating awareness of the economic benefits of the sector. For more on this, we spoke to Ayanda Allie-Paine, spokesperson for the Transport Department..
02
OCT

Polio re-emerges in the Philippines

Polio has reared its ugly head in the Philippines after officially being eradicated some nineteen years ago. This has prompted aid agencies to scale up efforts in an effort to help contain the virus. According to the World Health Organization, polio, which has no cure, can be prevented with multiple doses of a safe and effective vaccine. More than two billion children globally are protected against polio through these vaccinations. Chris Staines, Head of Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC says it is not yet known how the virus made an alarming come-back after all these years....
30
SEP

Haiti Protests

Haiti is bracing for fresh round of protests amid calls for President Jovenel Moïse to resign. Opposition leaders have called for a nationwide mass protests this week to paralyze the country's economy as they press for Moïse to give up power. Haitians are angry about what they say is public corruption, spiralling inflation as well as a dwindling supply of gasoline that has forced many gas stations in the capital to close as suppliers demand the cash-strapped government pay them more than $100 million owed.Police fired live rounds and tear gas as they clashed with protesters in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Friday.

For more on this, Channel Africa spoke to Etzer Emile, Haitian Economist.
27
SEP

Sudan Borders

Sudan's transitional government has ordered the immediate closure of the nation's borders with Libya and Central African Republic , the first such measure taken by the new Sudanese authorities since the demise of President Omar al-Bashir. The announcement followed a meeting between the transitional government and the government of South Darfur State, part of Sudan's western Darfur region that has suffered from violence since 2003 . The northeast African country has often complained about arms trafficked through its borders with the two countries.

For more on this, Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Mr Mohamed Hassan, Sudan's Ambassador to South Africa
20
SEP

Tunisia Vote Preview

Two political outsiders will compete in a run-off vote to become Tunisia's next president after they topped the first round of voting. Kais Saied, an independent candidate and law professor, won a shock victory with 18.4% of the vote. He was followed in second place by Nabil Karoui, who received 15.6% of the vote. Initially scheduled to take place in November, the vote was brought forward following the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi in late July.
For more on the significance of the vote, Channel Africa spoke Dr Mohamed Chtatou, an expert on North African Politics.
17
SEP

Pope Francis Visit

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to increase their zeal for evangelization, and to invite the young to be an active part of the Church as he wrapped up his Africa visit. The three- nation trip took him to Mozambique, Madagascar as well as Mauritius. Addressing the mass in the small island of Mauritius , Francis said despite the country's economic growth in the last few decades, many young people are still suffering from unemployment, which makes them uncertain about the future.

Channel Africa spoke to Reverend Father Patrick Rakeketsi, Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference associate Secretary General, about Pope Francis’ Africa visit and its significance.

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