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Democracy day

The 15th of September marked International Day of Democracy. The day is observed around the world annually to promote and uphold democratic principles, including respect for human rights. This year the day is celebrated amidst concerns around the Covid -19 pandemic laws adopted by many countries which some Human rights organisations call undemocratic.
For more on the day and its significance Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Professor Adebayo Olukoshi, Director for Africa and West Asia at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

WeCare App

The national organisation of hospices in South Africa, the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA), has just released an app called WeCare. This app was created to virtually bring the services provided by hospices into the homes of all South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Dr Ewa Skowronska, CEO of the HPCA, speaks to Samora Mangesi on the line...

The Beast Foundation

World Cup-winning Springbok legend Tendai Mtawarira has started a foundation, 'The Beast Foundation', to support and grow communities and uplift underprivileged youth in Africa. In starting The Beast Foundation, Mtawarira wants to inspire, unite and build communities by empowering young people through sport, education and life skills development. Mtawarira spoek to Samora mangesi about his foundation...

International Day to Protect Education from Attack

In May 2020, the UN General Assembly established the International Day to Protect Education from Attack to take place on 9 September, a resolution spearheaded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, former first lady of Qatar and Chairperson of 'Education Above All' Foundation. The Day draws attention to the plight of more than 75-million pupils living in thirty-five crisis-affected countries and to their urgent need of educational support. More from Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi, Executive Director of Educate A Child, a global initiative aiming to reduce the number of out-of-school children worldwide…

Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill in South Africa

The introduction of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill in South Africa made its debut into the public sphere and was recently tabled in Parliament on 1 September 2020. However, the bill in its current form is said to be incredibly narrow in its scope and notably fails to address any commercial aspects and opportunities of cannabis. To help us unpack this, Samora Mangesi spoke to Andrew MacPherson, Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution practice at a Commercial law firm, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr...

International Literacy Day

According to UNESCO's Institute for Statistics, literacy rates for adults and youth continue to rise around the world - but despite these gains, millions of people fifteen years and older still cannot read or write. In South Africa, the country ranked last out of fifty countries in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy study, which found that seventy-eight percent of South African Grade 4 pupils could not read for meaning. In light of International Literacy Day today, Channel Africa's Lebogang Mabange spoke to Anglo American's Global Education lead, Zaheera Soomar, on the line from Canada...

Energy Efficiency

The South African electricity utility, Eskom, has reported a severely constrained power system resulting in continued load shedding. This latest round of load shedding comes as ten generation units at seven power stations have suffered breakdowns. The South African National Energy Development Institute, SANEDI, believes that energy efficiency is vital for improved electricity provision and economic recovery in light of this latest round of load shedding. To elaborate more on this, Samora Mangesi spoke to Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager for Energy Efficiency & Corporate Communications at SANEDI.

Tourism and Hospitality sector in South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement to move the country to level 2 of the lockdown saw the travel and hospitality sectors going back to business, with strict safety measures. Following the announcement, South Africa’s Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane launched the tourism month plan to encourage domestic travellers to take advantage of the activities set out in the sector as of the 1st of September 2020, the Tourism Month. More from Glenn Gillis, CEO of Sea Monster, a South African gaming and animation company...

2020 Manufacturing Indaba

The 2020 edition of the Manufacturing Indaba, a manufacturing event in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be hosted as a virtual conference on the 9th and 10th December 2020. This is as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of the participating manufacturing companies. More from Liz Hart, Managing Director for Manufacturing Indaba…

UNDP Assessment Report

The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, has launched a report titled: "The Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Covid 19 in South Africa". The online event took place on Wednesday when the UNDP presented findings of the study and had panellists from the South African government, the Human Sciences Research Council, HSRC, the Solidarity fund as well as South Africa's Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. For more on this, Teddy Sibiya spoke to Fatou Leigh, Senior Economist at the UNDP South Africa..

Covid diabetes

Since being declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization earlier this year, Covid-19 cases around the world have continued to increase at an alarming rate with over 14 million people reported to have contracted the virus to date. In an article published by the World Diabetes Federation recently, it is reported that people with poorly controlled diabetes are relatively more vulnerable to infections and have worse outcomes once infected. Dr. Adri Kok a specialist physician in South Africa explains the impact caused by the virus on those living with diabetes..

Protection of Personal Information Act - South Africa

Following a long seven years since the enactment of Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that POPIA will finally come into force on first of July 2020, with the exception of some provisions coming into force on 30 June 2021. The Act concerns the processing of personal information by companies and other agents, and introduces a number of new laws that clamp down on user and employee data processing. More from Savanna Stephens, Senior Associate at DLA Piper, a global law firm...

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