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26
NOV
2018

Urbanization associated with lower rates of child stunting in Africa

A new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute, shows that urbanization is associated with lower rates of child stunting but higher rates of obesity among women in Africa. The study shows that over the last two decades, African countries have experienced their highest-ever rate of urban growth, on the back of growing economies. International Food Policy Research Institute's Associate Research Fellow, Mulubrhan Amare has been speaking to Siphumelele Zondi...
22
NOV
2018

Tomorrow is Black Friday. Long queues at the break of dawn and online shopping will be the order of the day

Tomorrow is Black Friday. Long queues at the break of dawn and online shopping will be the order of the day, as the annual shopping craze kicks off. According to the 2018 Black Friday survey conducted by My Broadband, 81 percent of those surveyed said they are planning to shop on Black Friday this year, with the majority revealing that they are planning to spend no less than three-hundred-and sixty Dollars or five-thousand South African Rand. According to a recent study by World Wide Worx, online shopping makes up only 1-point-4 percent of total retail revenue in South Africa, significantly less than the global figure of 13 percent. More from Head of Financial Education at Old Mutual, John Manyike...
08
NOV
2018

World Travel Market in London

South Africa's ''Tourism KwaZulu-Natal'' organisation is currently exhibiting at the World Travel Market in London. The exhibition comes hot on the heels of the inaugural direct British Airways flight on October 30th from Heathrow to Durban's King Shaka International Airport. Several European tour operators and travel agents recently visited KZN ahead of the Durban Direct flight to see what the province had to offer their customers. Here's Keith Matthews, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal manager in charge of Europe...
07
NOV
2018

African languages

Two years ago, a doctoral proposal was written in isiZulu language, leaving even the body of academics in South Africa completely shaken, sending much-needed shockwaves through the education system.

Experts say the use of African indigenous languages as languages of teaching and learning assessment could change the lives of indigenous language-speaking learners for the better, thus providing them with a platform to benefit from the fruits of South Africa's hard-fought freedom and democracy.
Professor Pamela Maseko from the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences in South Africa deliberates further....
01
NOV
2018

Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign Direct Investment- FDI, into the african continent rose in 2017, with South Africa and Morocco as leading investment destinations. This is according to a report by the global accounting firm, Ernst and Young. The report shows that last year the continent attracted more than seven hundred FDI projects, which was up six percent from the previous year, in line with a recovery in the continent's economic growth. Countries that have experienced a major uptick in FDI include Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Ernst and Young Africa team leader Graham Thomson explains.
31
OCT
2018

Boeremag Prisoner

A man who was part of the South African apartheid loyalists called - Boeremag- which attempted a coup in 2002 and planned to assassinate former president Nelson Mandela, says he is a changed man. 45-year-old Kobus Pretorius is a prisoner at the Leeuwkop Correctional Centre in Bryanston‚ north of Johannesburg. Pretorius says his time behind bars has forced him to question his upbringing. Kgomotso Mophulane filed this report...
26
OCT
2018

HIV Vaccine Trials Network

With cautious optimism, scientists say there are promising early stage clinical findings that advance the development of DNA vaccines to prevent HIV infection. This has been demonstrated by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). This is the world's largest publicly funded collaboration facilitating the development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS. The network made the scientific presentation of its findings at the HIV Research for Prevention underway in the Spanish City of Madrid. Jane Rabothata is attending the conference and filed the following report…
25
OCT
2018

Playing for Pink Ladies Invitational Polo event to close Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world to help to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of the disease. As the month draws to a close the Playing for Pink Ladies Invitational Polo event will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday. The event seeks to raise awareness and funds for Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation facilitating the support and care of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, those currently undergoing treatment, as well as those in remission. More from Edith Venter, CEO of Edith Unlimited, organisers of the event.:
24
OCT
2018

Today marks United Nations Day

To millions across the world, the UN is the most powerful instrument we have to achieve a more equal, more humane, and more inclusive world. These were the words of the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently at the UN general assembly in New York. As we today mark UN day, annually observed on the 24th of October, we reflect on some of the work of this global body through its various agencies. One example is the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, which promotes the rights and wellbeing of the world's children. Here's Chief of Child Protection and Social Policy of UNICEF South Africa, Mayke Huijbregts ...
23
OCT
2018

Anzisha Prize

Winners of Africa's biggest award for the youngest entrepreneurs- Anzisha Prize - will be announced later today in South Africa. The Anzisha prize hands out over a hundred-thousand US Dollars every year in funding, to the top 20 of the continent's brightest entrepreneurs. Here's Josh Adler, Manager for the Anzisha Prize.....
22
OCT
2018

HIV Research for Prevention conference

With HIV still a global burden that has so far claimed 35 millions of live since it began in the 1980's, scientists are still battling to develop an effective HIV vaccine. Gathering in Madrid, Spain health experts and delegates around the world are deliberating on the advances around vaccine development and the challenges that remain. The HIV Research for Prevention conference opened yesterday, and will for the next few days reflect on how best to deal with the complex HIV epidemic, in the midst of no cure. Shedding light on the purpose of the conference and latest vaccine trials is Georgia Tomaras, a professor in Surgery at Duke University in the US

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