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AUG
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E-SYMPOSIUM

The Human Sciences Research Council's BRICS Research Centre in collaboration with the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies and AUDA-NEPAD yesterday hosted an e-symposium on the impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative on the African Continental Free Trade Area's infrastructure development, under the 'new normal' posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The e-symposium sought to discuss BRI strategies to accelerate the African Continental Free Trade Area infrastructure development .To disuss this further, Samora Mangesi spoke to Dr. Vuyo Mjimba, Chief Research Specialist in the Africa Institute of South Africa program in the Human Sciences Research Council..

That was Dr. Vuyo Mjimba, Chief Research Specialist in the Africa Institute of South Africa program in the Human Sciences Research Council speaking to Samora Mangesi.
06
AUG
7am

YALU Women

As one of South Africa's few black, female financial services executives, Tlalane Ntuli's inspiring life journey shows how powerful gender balanced leadership teams can be; for companies, and the communities they serve. South Africa celebrates women in the month of August. Yalu Chief Operations Officer, Ntuli has been dominant in the finance sector and possesses strong leadership skills which she developed when she was the Head of Growth on the FNB Life Executive Committee. Yalu is a distributor of the Yalu Credit Life Insurance Plan, insured by Old Mutual Alternative Risk Transfer Limited, a registered long-term insurer. The brand launched in South Africa in 2018, offering consumers new ways to understand, manage and pay for their Credit Life Insurance policies. Ntuli spoke to Samora mangesi explaining more about YALU CLI..
05
AUG
12am

Research around COVID-19 and pregnancy

Unlike HIV, transmission during pregnancy does not seem to be the route of COVID infection from mother to child. This is according to Dr Susan Louw, a medical health practitioner from the National Health Laboratory Service in South Africa. As cases of the coronavirus continue to rise dramatically in the country, pregnant women are experiencing heightened anxieties about their vulnerability to the infection. In an interview withJane Rabothata on some of the burning questions around the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy, Dr Louw explained why expectant moms are not necessarily likely to develop the severe form of the respiratory virus.
04
AUG
4am

Pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic

According to health experts, available evidence suggests that pregnant women are at no greater risk of becoming seriously unwell than other healthy adults if they develop COVID-19. However, it remains a difficult period for expectant mothers as the world continues to battle an unprecedented public health crisis. With more than half a million confirmed cases, South Africa is now in the middle of a "COVID -19 storm", and the health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned that the peak for infections will likely continue into September. Our reporter Jane Rabothata spoke to a couple of pregnant women in the country's epicentre province, Gauteng asking them how they are coping during this pandemic, and filed the following report.
03
AUG
2am

Breastfeeding and COVID19

The benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the risk of possible transmission of COVID-19 from an infected mother to the newborn. This important message is highlighted as the world this week observes Breastfeeding Week, which seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of exclusively breastfeeding for the initial 6 months of a child's life. As cases of the coronavirus continue to surge, pregnant women and nursing moms are worried about the impact of the virus not only on their health but also on newborn babies. Jane Rabothata reports…
29
JUL
3am

UNICEF Tippy Tap challenge

The UN child agency, UNICEF in South Africa has launched a Tippy Tap challenge to mobilise young people against surging COVID-19 cases. The challenge is for young people to construct a 'Tippy Tap', a simple hand-washing facility that uses very little water and is easy to make. An estimated 2 million households in South Africa do not have a hand-washing facility, according to latest government statistics. For more on the challenge that runs until August, Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to UNICEF's Janine Meyer...
28
JUL
2pm

Impact of SA's hardcore lockdown on sexual reproductive health services

Doctors Without Borders or MSF has noted that during South Africa's hardcore lockdown, women and young girls missed out on crucial sexual reproductive health care such as safe abortions and family planning. This as hospitals and community health centres had misinterpreted national guidelines sent by the Department of Health, which saw the termination of pregnancy for instance, being regarded as an elective procedure. In one MSF project, Kgomotso Care Center (KCC) located in Rustenburg in the North West Province, a woman was robbed the right to safe abortion as she could not access the centre on her appointment date. This is one sad example of the consequences of the discontinuation of essential services during the lockdown. Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata recently spoke to a safe abortion care provider with MSF, Kgaladi Mphahlele.
28
JUL
4am

Approved disinfectants and sanitisers

Over the last three to four decades, people have not paid that much attention to disinfectants and hand sanitisers because we have never been attacked by a pandemic like COVID-19. However, in the face of the current public health challenge, such hygiene products have become critical in the fight against the virus. In the early days of the pandemic, supermarket shelves in South Africa, like in many countries were cleared of anything that said 'cleaning or disinfection' on the label. Although these products are now back on shelves in abundance, there are concerns that some are not up to standard. Weighing in on what to look out for when purchasing surface cleaners is Burt Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer of biotech and disinfectant company Biodx...
28
JUL
3am

Hospitality Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated international travel restrictions have turned the spotlight on the need for Africa’s hospitality industry to pay attention to the domestic travel market right on its doorstep. According to the 2019 Jumia Hospitality Report Africa, the industry contributed eight-point-five-percent to the continent’s GDP in 2018, largely from spend on leisure travel, majority of it coming from international travellers. Minor Hotels Regional Director for Africa, Mark Havercroft, discusses potential ways in which the hospitality industry in Africa can ensure it is ready to capitalise on this new and willing domestic travel market…
17
JUL
9am

COVID-19 worsens South Africa's mental health problem

As the South African government is prioritising the curbing of the spread of Covid-19 by enforcing restrictions, there's concern that similar efforts to support the mental health of people during this time is not being given enough attention. Studies have shown that South Africans are stressed, fearful and lonely during the lockdown. As a result, Mygrow - an online personal development platform has come up with a 30 Day Wellbeing Jumpstart Challenge to help individuals cope with the hurdles of the pandemic. For more on this issue Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to Mark Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Mygrow.
17
JUL
9am

Fake COVID-19 cures exposed: Part II

Desperate to help themselves and their loved ones, Ghanaians were falling for the tricks of conmen, paying exorbitant amounts for the clinically untested COVID cures. This is what the investigative journalist told Channel Africa in a recent interview with Jane Rabothata...
17
JUL
9am

Fake COVID medicines documentary

Africa has a serious problem of fake medicines, and with the emergence of COVID-19, opportunists have been exploiting the pandemic - claiming to have a cure for the novel coronavirus. In Ghana, an investigation by the BBC has exposed a COVID-19 scam that could cause more harm in the West African nation's fight against the virus. For more on this issue here's a BBC documentary by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

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