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Castle Lite to launch South Africa's first-ever YouTube news talk show,Lite News

South African comedians Donovan Goliath ,Lihle Msimang and Mojak Lehoko have teamed up with Castle Lite to launch South Africa's first-ever YouTube news talk show,Lite News. The show focuses on wrapping up the weekly headlines in a light-hearted way, giving South Africans the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest news while enjoying a good laugh as they tackle the strain of the national lockdown. More from comedian Lihle Msimang.

Dr. Bernard Coetzee wins the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant

The South African University of Witwatersrand's Dr. Bernard Coetzee has been announced as the winner of the second, annual 150-thousand US dollars Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant. Dr Coetzee, who is with the university's Global Change Institute was selected from a record entry of 217 applications from 26 different countries in Africa. He spoke to Samora Mangesi about his achievement......

Omnia Health outlines its vision for Africa

Policy drivers, thought leaders, expert clinicians and decision-makers in healthcare will from *today take park in a virtual event which will focus on transforming healthcare's most pressing challenges through collaboration and empowerment. The five-day event will unite some of the most innovative and knowledgeable minds from African healthcare communities, allowing attendees to keep up to date on the latest developments shaping the African healthcare industry. Wouter Molman, Executive Vice President for Informa Markets - Healthcare elaborates on what the aims of Omnia Health Live Africa are....

Uganda anniversary.

As Uganda marks 58 years of independence today, some citizens say they find little to celebrate in a country with high unemployment, poverty, corruption and political repression, while others believe self-autonomy is worth celebrating regardless. Uganda, known as the 'Pearl of Africa', attained its independence from Britain on October 9, 1962, after many years of British colonial rule. This year's independence day theme is 'Celebrating Uganda's steady progress towards economic take off and self-sustaining economic growth'.

Health systems

The Wits School of Public Health in South Africa together with other partners recently hosted a convention on decolonizing health systems in Africa - which they say are predominantly westernized amidst the existence of alternative healing systems in Africa. Among other things, the virtual event was aimed at providing a platform for conversations to build solidarity across Africa and to eradicate colonial-imposed divides in health systems on the continent. To discuss this further, Zikhona Miso spoke to Shehnaz Munshi , a Lecturer in the Wits School of Public Health..

Manu World Star

With South Africa on level one of the national lockdown, artists and musicians are now able to perform provided event organisers implement various measures and protocols to curb and prevent the spread of the corona virus.Musician Manu World Star recently performed in Rosebank at the Clubhouse in Johannesburg. Channel Africa's Nhlanhla Mahlangu caught up with him.

Amen Fashion

This week saw South Africa open up almost all sectors as the country moved to level one of the national lockdown. One such sector is the entertainment and eventing industry which has since implemented various measures and protocols to curb and prevent the spread of the corona virus. Beverage brand Flying Fish has launched an exclusive gateway to fashion collaborations, entertainment and reveals of the latest culture trends, the Clubhouse in Rosebank, Johannesburg. One such collaboration is by one of South African's most credible high street fashion designers, Amen who are showcasing what progressive bespoke insight localisation looks like. More from the designer duo Amen

World Tourism Day

South Africa joined the rest of the World on Sunday in marking World Tourism Day. Celebrated annually on the 27th September,this year's international day of observation was held under the theme of 'Tourism and Rural Development'. It came at a critical moment as the tourism sector looks to drive recovery, including that in rural communities where the sector is a leading employer and economic pillar. Gauteng Tourism Authority led the 2020 edition of World Tourism Day through a series of celebrations highlighting the unique role that tourism plays in providing opportunities outside big cities and preserving cultural and natural heritage. Nhlanhla Mahlangu reports..

South African Medical Technology Industry Association, SAMED.

The South African Medical Technology Industry Association, SAMED recently held its first virtual conference under the title: "Partnering to shape healthcare and grow medtech". The three-day event which comprised of about twenty-four sessions, was attended by over 200 delegates. To shed some light on the outcomes of the meeting, Samora Mangesi spoke to Tanya Vogt, Executive Officer of SAMED….

Ivory Coast candidates.

Opposition figures have reacted angrily after Ivory Coast's Constitutional Court rejected 40 candidates for upcoming presidential elections, validating the contested bid of incumbent Alassane Ouattara but sidelining his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo. Former Prime minister Guillaume Soro, a onetime Ouattara ally who had been sentenced to 20 years in absentia over alleged embezzlement of public funds, was also barred from contesting the vote. With tensions running high ahead of the polls protests broke out in several cities, including in southeastern Bonoua, where some young people marched against Ouattara's candidacy in defiance of a ban on demonstrations.

For some reaction to the Constitutional Court's ruling, Channel Africa spoke to Kone Adama, secretary general of the Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace party-RHDP.

Oxfam warns of marginalization of poor nations for Covid-19 vaccine

The international charity organization, Oxfam has warned that wealthy nations representing about thirteen percent of the world's population have already secured more than half of the promised doses of leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Oxfam's warning follows a meeting of health and finance ministers of G20 countries which took place virtually this week to discuss the global pandemic. Mthandazo Ndlovu Hlahla is the Governance, Democracy and Strategic Alliances Manager at Oxfam South Africa.....

Update on the South African Covid- 19 vaccine

The search for a COVID-19 vaccine recently hit a hurdle with the suspension of the Oxford trial due to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK. While the trial has since resumed, some experts have raised questions about the current safety protocols in place for vaccine trials. Globally, some 18 000 individuals have received study vaccines as part of this trial. More from Dr Caryn Fenner, Technical director of the South African company, Afrigen.....

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