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Facebook's new campaign - 'Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation'

Facebook is launching a new campaign in partnership with the World Health Organisation, WHO, called 'Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation' across a number of African countries. The campaign will show up on Facebook through a series of graphics with tips on how to spot false news. Aïda Ndiaye, Public Policy Manager at Facebook, said that ensuring users are getting authoritative information about Covid-19 vaccines is just some of the vital work they are doing at Facebook. More from Aïda Ndiaye in the United Kingdom...

Unlocking Opportunities for Female Truck Drivers and Couriers - CTA

"Bringing more female commercial drivers into the transport industry makes business, economic and social sense. The industry is willing and eager to transform. To do this successfully however, requires a concerted drive: with proper planning and a sustained approach". This is one of the key messages that emerged from the inaugural online dialogue titled "Women in Transport: Unlocking Opportunities for Female Truck Drivers and Couriers", that took place in March 2021. Hosted by South Africa's Commercial Transport Academy, CTA, the event was supported by a number of industry organisations and attended by representatives from operators, government departments, state owned enterprises and industry service providers. More from Nicci Scott, founder of the CTA.

EWSETA executive leadership programme.

On Thursday, 18 March 2021, the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority, EWSETA, and Wits Business School in South Africa have launched an executive leadership programme which aims to empower women in the energy and water sectors in South Africa. In funding this programme, EWSETA seeks to capacitate women operating in mid to senior-level management positions with the skills they require to gain their rightful place in what for too long has been a male-dominated environment. To further discuss this, Zikhona Miso spoke to Tsholofelo Mokotedi; Planning, Reporting and Monitoring Executive at EWSETA…

World Water Day - 22 March 2021

In commemoration of World Water Day today, 22nd March 2021, the Water Institute of Southern Africa, WISA, recognizes the importance of a highly competent and professional water sector. In response to a request from the National School of Government, NSG, for submissions, WISA has proposed the development of a set of professional designations that should be made mandatory for senior local and national government officials. WISA Chief Executive Officer, Lester Goldman explains....

World Sleep Day - 19 March 2021

Today we’re commemorating World Sleep Day, an annual event intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. Under the theme 'Regular Sleep, Healthy Future', World Sleep Day aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. To further discuss this, Zikhona Miso spoke to Joni Peddie, who’s a Professional Speaker, Executive Coach and Strategic Facilitator…

The Water Research Commission Conference

To mark National Water Week this week, 15th to 22nd March, the Water Research Commission, WRC, in South Africa is hosting a conference titled “Conference on Women in Water and Science and the Impact of COVID 19”. This gathering will be treated as a reflection point on the role of women in water research science. Central to the WRC’s corporate strategy is ensuring that women play a leading role in water research science alongside their male counterparts. More from Dr Chantal Ramcharan- Kotze, Business Development Manager in the Water Research Commission…

Women in Construction - Nontu Chiluvane

On the 07th to the 13th of March 2021, the nation commemorated Women in Construction Week. A week that is not only dedicated to highlighting women in construction, but also raising awareness of the opportunities available to women in the industry and emphasizing their growing role in it. Studies have shown that women have lower levels of involvement in the construction industry than men. Nontu Chiluvane, a Director and Shareholder of Motheo Construction Group in South Africa, shares with us her experience as a female in the construction industry…

E-commerce Day - 10 March 2021

Today is E-commerce Day, an annual initiative to support and help grow South Africa's online shopping sector. E-commerce industry players including PayFast, bidorbuy, PriceCheck, uAfrica, and Lulalend have banded together to establish the networking platform to help local entrepreneurs start or expand their e-commerce businesses. The launch comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed online shopping in South Africa's retail sector, fuelling a dramatic increase in the number of local e-shoppers. To discuss this further, Samora mangesi spoke to Yaron Assabi, founder and CEO of a digital department store,

Annual Regional Health and Safety Competition - Master Builders South Africa

Given the hazards inherent to the on-site construction industry, ensuring companies comply with Occupational Health and Safety requirements is crucial to reducing the chances of injuries and saving lives. This is according to Deon Bester, OHS Manager at the Master Builders' Association Western Cape. As such, Master Builders' South Africa, MBSA, has announced the return of its annual Regional Health and Safety Competition which will run from April until June 2021. Bester further explains...

SA National Treasury projects the largest shortfall in 2020/21

In the 2021 budget speech delivered by South Africa’s Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni, it was announced that the revenue services are projected to collect about eighty-billion US Dollars in taxes during 2020/21, which is about fourteen-billion US Dollars less than estimates contained in the 2020 Budget. This is officially the largest tax shortfall on record. To further discuss this, Samora Mangesi spoke to Louis Botha, Senior Associate at Tax & Exchange Control practice at commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr...

Cybersecurity Trends to Watch in 2021

2020 was clouded by, not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but cyber-criminal activities that took advantage organisations’ vulnerability amid the pandemic. As more organisations adopted and accelerated digital strategies, cybercriminals were presented with a huge range of new opportunities to exploit. This is according to Alain Tshal, District Manager at an application services and delivery networking company, F5 in Sub-Saharan Africa, who says that 2021 will be no different. Tshal discusses this further...

OneDayOnly promotes the sales of locally produced liquor - SA

The alcohol industry in South Africa have suffered incredible losses due to the three alcohol bans over the last year. To raise awareness about the effects these decisions have had on the sector, South Africans have established movements like #supportlocal, to help profile the consequences experienced by the industry which has gained International attention. South Africa's online daily deals site, OneDayOnly, have made the decision to help promote the sales of locally produced liquor, that can hopefully support local farms and distilleries cover some of their overheads until the industry is able to fully resume trading. More from Laurian Venter, Director at OneDayOnly...

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