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29
JUN

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...
29
JUN

International Publishers Association calls for project proposals.

The International Publishers Association calls for project proposals to address the damaging impacts of Covid-19 on education in Africa, with grants from the 200-thousand US Dollars Africa Publishing Innovation Fund available to the best ideas. Applicants can pitch their ideas via the APIF website, after which the APIF will provide a detailed application form to be filled and returned. More from Brian Wafawarowa, Chairperson of the Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee of International Publishers Association..
22
JUN

An increase in crime as lockdown regulations eases - South Africa

South Africa has had a huge break from domestic crime during the nationwide lockdown, but commercial businesses have faced a different fortune where majority of crime has been seen in this space. This is according to Duran Vieira, CEO of Amecor, who says what is more concerning is that with South Africa unlocking more movement each month, it creates the perfect storm for crime and the increase in crime, both residential and commercial, will start being heavily felt similar to, if not more than, before. More from Vieira...
18
JUN

Taxpayers' right to be notified - Court Judgement

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) can collect outstanding tax debts using several methods, but each has specific procedures that must be followed to ensure due process, especially when a third party is involved. A recent High Court judgment confirmed this, and in doing so, also confirmed the administrative justice principle of providing sufficient notice to the taxpayer prior to appointing an agent for the collecting of outstanding debt. More on this by Althea Soobyah, Tax Consulting Director at Mazars, an internationally integrated partnership, specialising in audit, accounting, tax and advisory services...
18
JUN

Tourism industry opens in advanced lockdown level3 - South Africa

South Africa will further relax restrictions under Level 3 lockdown, as the battle against covid 19 continues. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday that sit-in restaurants, hotels, cinemas, theatres, casinos, personal care services and non-contact sports including cricket, golf and tennis, are to be reopened. The return of hotels will not include AirBnB services. More from Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa…
17
JUN

Protection of well-being of persons with albinism

Southern African governments must ensure the protection and well-being of persons with albinism who are increasingly vulnerable amid the COVID-19 crisis. This is the view of the nongovernmental organization, Amnesty International. Tigere Chagutah, who is the organization's Deputy Director for Southern Africa has more…..
17
JUN

Incontinence disease - Tylo Sargeant

World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative managed and run by the International Continence Society (ICS), which takes place annually in June. Its primary aim is to raise awareness of incontinence related issues. According to Medtronic, an international medical device company, millions of people worldwide suffer from bowel or urinary incontinence, yet fewer than 50-percent of sufferers realise that there are effective treatments available to treat these debilitating disorders. Today marks the first day of the 2020 World Continence Week, and Medtronic is calling on health professionals to assist in further spreading awareness of the meaningful therapies that enhance the quality of life of patients suffering from incontinence. One such patient is Tylo Sargeant, a 19-year-old who only heard about the treatment after three years of extreme discomfort and painful embarrassment. Sargeant speaks on her lived experiences with the disease...
17
JUN

Passenger safety at the Airports

We are entering a "new normal" where the airport experience is being transformed to ensure the safety of passengers in a post-COVID-19 world. From the ability to manage your journey from your mobile phone to ensuring social distancing and automating health checks. According to SITA, the technology provider for the air transport industry, technology is a fundamental component in the industry's recovery. To shed some light on how technology is helping airports and airlines safely resume operations, Zikhona Miso spoke to Andrew O'Connor, Vice President of Airline and Airport Solutions at SITA….
16
JUN

Abandoned Babies during COVID-19

Since South Africa's national lockdown started in March, the number of babies being abandoned has increased significantly. As a result, many childcare agencies and places of safety have been stretched to capacity. Just like many other childcare agencies in South Africa, the Door of Hope has taken significant strain during the national lockdown. Door of Hope, situated in Hilbrow Johannesburg, started 20 years ago for mothers to safely hand over their babies, babies they are not in a position to take care off due to a number of reasons. Door of Hope's Operations Manager, Nadene Grabham, spoke to Channel Africa's Zikhona Miso about the challenges they have been facing during the COVID -19 pandemic...
16
JUN

Mass Testing in South Africa

A senior member of the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee in South Africa has accused the country's health leadership of refusing to change its mass testing strategy in the face of serious resource constraints and a large testing backlog, even though scientists have repeatedly advised that an urgent rethink is needed. For more on this, Zikhona Miso spoke to Professor Francois Venter, Head of the Ezintsha health unit at Wits University, and a member of the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee….
15
JUN

PhilaFrica donation

Philafrica Foods, a food processing company in South Africa, is donating Gold Power Yellow Maize Meal to 12-thousand families across the country. The distribution is being carried out with the help of the internationally renowned humanitarian aid organisation, Gift of the Givers, and other Community based NGO's. In addition, the communities based near the companies' production facilities will also benefit from the donation. Roland Decorvet, Chief Executive Officer of Philafrica, spoke to Samora Mangesi on what the donation is intended for...
12
JUN

Food Manufacturing Sector in South Africa

The food manufacturing sector in South Africa continues to fight valiantly in the face of mounting economic pressure compounded by immense cost implications that increased COVID-19 infection rates might have on productivity. Now is the time for these businesses to radically rethink one of their biggest operational costs, which is energy consumption. This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Sales at Energy Partners Refrigeration, who says that as an essential part of the country's economy, food producers have been doing everything in their power to combat the losses and possible closures that loom in the wake of the global pandemic. Cala van der Westhuizen elaborates.....

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