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22
JAN

Cannabis in the workplace

In 2018, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that it is not a criminal offence for an adult citizen to use, possess or grow cannabis in private for personal consumption. This has sparked a significant amount of confusion with regard to drug testing as well as the use of cannabis in the workplace. Rhys Evans, Managing Director at ALCO-Safe, the leading supplier of electronic Breath Alcohol Detectors and accessories in South Africa, says that the recommendations of the constitutional court ruling are that only two acts should be amended, The Drug trafficking act and The Medicines control act. Therefore, a zero-tolerance approach should be maintained, although testing policies and practices may need to be updated to reflect the most current legislation. Channel Africa's Lebogang Mabange speaks to Rhys Evans...
22
JAN

Digital Lab Africa

Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is calling on creatives and cultural entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan African countries to apply for the fourth edition of its acceleration programme. DLA is an initiative of the French embassy and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) and has been managed by the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, an innovation hub in South Africa, since 2018. Its objective is to provide a springboard for African talent in multimedia creation and to make their project happen with the support of French leading companies. Siviwe Ngani, Marketing Coordinator at Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, chats to Channel Africa's Lebogang Mabange...
21
JAN

South Africa in the Digital Age

The South Africa in the Digital Age (SADA), an urgent multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a forward-looking digital economy strategy for South Africa, has released a report which assessed where digital and other technologies could create work for South Africans. One of the key findings was that South Africa can create five-hundred-thousand new jobs over ten years through globally traded services. Mark Schoeman, Manager for youth and technology at Genesis Analytics, one of the first economics-based consulting firms in Africa, and SADA strategy primer convenor speaks to Channel Africa's Lebogang Mabange.
21
JAN

Employer Rights

While the law provides some leeway for employers to record the conversations and activities of employees, whilst they are engaged in business related activities, and use such recordings against them, as long as it is "in the interests of justice to do so", employees have a lot less space to manoeuvre when recording the activities of their employers. This is according to Aadil Patel, national head of Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyrs, a commercial law firm in South Africa, who explains that every employer has a right to privacy and confidentiality, and this right is often clearly set out in an employee's employment contract. Anli Bezuidenhout, Senior Associate in the Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Employment practice, speaks to Channel Africa's Lebogang Mabange.
15
JAN

World Read Aloud Day

While education may be the most powerful weapon, reading aloud and storytelling are integral building blocks of learning. This is according to Nal'ibali, a South African national reading-for-enjoyment campaign designed to spark children's potential through storytelling and reading. For the last seven years, Nal'ibali has been bringing a special story to children to celebrate World Read Aloud Day (WRAD). This year the WRAD will take place on the fifth of February. Katie Huston, Chief Operating Officer at Nal'iBali, speaks to Channel Africa's Lebogang Mabange...
14
JAN

Beware of Bogus Colleges

With South Africa's Matric pass rate at an historical high, many thousands of learners are in the unexpectedly happy position of having received a Bachelor's pass, and therefore qualifying for further study. South African Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, has warned prospective students not to fall for bogus colleges, which can cost precious time and money with no return at the end, but to ensure that they sign up at a registered and accredited institution. He says ensuring that an institution and qualification is above board, by doing the relevant checks, is indeed a crucial step before one even considers enrolling. Nola Payne, Head of Faculty for Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa's private higher education institution, spoke to Channel Africa's Lebogang Mabange on the line...
13
JAN

First Year Students

As thousands of First-Year students head off to varsity in coming weeks, Dr Gillian Mooney, Dean for Academic Development and Support at The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa's private higher education provider, says that they should embrace the excitement and opportunity, but also ensure they start off on the right track to ensure they make a success of their studies right from the get-go. More from Dr Gillian Mooney...
13
JAN

Ethiopia and Egypt ove Nile dam project

South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has agreed to assist in facilitating talks to resolve an impasse between Ethiopia and Egypt over the massive Nile dam project.

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, who was on a two-day State visit in the country, said that Ramaphosa as the incoming chair of the African Union could play an important role in ensuring a peaceful resolution is found.

Egypt is blaming Ethiopia for the failure of the latest round of talks on the construction of the dam, which is a critical issue for Cairo as it wants to protect its main freshwater source for its large and growing population.

The two countries also signed one agreement and two memorandums of understanding.

Nomalizo Mandela reports...
09
JAN

Chad troops pull - out

Nigerian presidential aide has assured Nigerians that there is no cause for concern over the withdrawal of 1,200 Chadian troops from North-east Nigeria. A spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu- says the withdrawal is a result of a change in the mandate of the Multi-National Joint Task Force. The Force is a multinational formation, comprising troops, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria and was mandated to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency. News of the Chad troops pull-out, coupled with local reports of Nigerian troops also leaving the vicinity, sparked concern among residents, hundreds of whom promptly fled the area citing their fear of further attacks.

For more on what the Chadian troops withdrawal means , Channel Africa spoke to Tanwa Ashiru - Founder of the 'Bulwark Intelligence Consultancy' group in Nigeria.
08
JAN

Cannabidiol Oil

Currently, there is much excitement around the use of Cannabidiol oil in the management of conditions associated with chronic pain. This is according to Dr Alison Richardson, neurologist and spokesperson for Oil Science, a company that specialises in the supply of premium CBD products, who says that it is good to know that there is an extra tool in the toolbox, especially one that's been used for thousands of years, and that people know to be relatively safe. However, she adds that safe and effective are two different things. More on the CBD oil from Dr. Alison Richardson..
08
JAN

2019 South African Matric Results

The South African Department of Basic Education has published the matric results for the 2019 cohort with the group achieving a pass rate of eighty-one-point-three percent. Over 787 000 candidates entered for the November 2019 National Senior Certificate examination. This number was made up of 616,554 full time and 179, 963 part-time candidates. To discuss further on the results, we were joined on the line by Dr Felicity Coughlan, the Director of the Independent Institute of Education, a private higher education institution in South Africa.

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