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New analysis from UN Women show that despite women's increased engagement in public life, equality remains far off. For example, women serve as Heads of State or Government in only 21 countries and 119 countries have never had a woman leader. The United Nations entity working for the entity working for the empowerment of women says at the current rate, parity will not be reached for another 130 years. The data, prepared for a UN Secretary-General's report in advance of the upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women, demonstrate global trends, persistent barriers and opportunities for women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life. More from UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka…..
The first two alcohol bans in South Africa saw more than 165-thousand jobs lost across the entire industry value chain resulting in a possible additional 100-thousand people slipping into poverty; according to Hellen Ndlovu, Director of Regulatory & Public Policy at South African Breweries. An extended third ban is currently underway, and the South African alcohol industry says that this serves only to exacerbate the situation...
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation, has been crowned South Africa’s top employer. The 2021 Top Employers have been announced and the CSIR was recognised as a Top Employer in the country. The Top Employers Institute programme certifies organisations based on the participation and results of their Human Resources Best Practices Survey. For more on this, Zikhona Miso spoke to CSIR Group Executive for Human Capital and Strategic Communication, Andile Mabindisa…
South African Airline FlySafair will launch a Telegram customer support channel amid rising concerns about privacy thanks to new terms of service announced by WhatsApp last week. New updates to the WhatsApp terms of services will see users having to agree to allow the platform to share user data with parent company Facebook from 8 February or lose access to their accounts. The proposed change has sparked worldwide controversy with several companies and influential individuals announcing moves to rival messaging platforms like Telegram and Signal. Zikhona Miso spoke to FlySafair's Chief Marketing Officer, Kirby Gordon...
The Kearney Executive Mergers and Acquisitions report on the chemicals industry in South Africa shows that there was a significant slow-down in the Chemical sector, which began well before the Covid-19 pandemic, and will probably continue in 2021. Even though back in 2019, South Africa enjoyed involvement in megadeals, albeit indirect, no massive moves are now anticipated, with the past year's trend towards internal consolidation is set to continue. More from Prashaen Reddy, Principal at a global management consultancy, Kearney..
Running a business in what we assumed would be a post-COVID world this year has turned out to be a continuous challenge, taking on various strains from last year's pandemic. This is according to Viresh Harduth, Vice President for Small Business at Sage Africa & Middle East, who says that a common denominator for many small business owners is steady cashflow throughout the year. Zikhona Miso spoke to Harduth on ways in which businesses can make the most of 2021 and increase their cashflow and profits...
As South Africa prepares for schools to reopen on January 27th, the Independent Community Pharmacists Association, ICPA has issued some tips to help both parents and children prepare for this period and minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection. The Department of Basic Education has made assurances that plans are on track for the reopening of schools when the academic year commences. More from Jackie Maimin, CEO of ICPA..
South Africa has officially entered the second wave of Covid-19 which has already wreaked havoc in the job market. Because of this, many people have gone into unavoidable debt, according to Ramona Singh, Administration Director and registered debt counsellor at Infinite Life, registered debt counsellors in South Africa. To get ahead of the curve and see a brighter 2021, Singh joins Samora Mangesi on the line to discuss tips to help steer you from bad debt in a post-Covid world…
Every year more than six-hundred youngsters from South Africa are recognised at the Eskom Expo for young Scientists International Science Fair. This year they were honoured at a virtual awards ceremony on 15 December – virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The assessments for the awards were done online, and could thus include some 80 international learners. To tell us more about the event, Parthy Chetty, Executive Director at Eskom Expo, joins Zikhona Miso on the line…
South African rental company of compressors and generators, Rand-Air, has made a contribution to the South African community by providing disadvantaged schools, particularly in outlying rural areas, with handwashing facilities to enable them to meet the vital hygiene criterion. This was done in an effort not only to counter the spread of the Coronavirus, but to instil a mind-set of cleanliness and good hygiene among the children. Mpho Ngamlane, Industrial Plant Rental Account and Communications Manager at Rand-Air, has more on this initiative…
Sustainable energy has seen exponential growth in South Africa, primarily led by the rise of solar energy and power purchase agreements. The solar photovoltaic industry currently accounts for around six percent of the country's total energy generation. Key to enabling further growth in renewable energy for the country's public and private sector, is unlocking the widespread use of battery energy storage systems. This is according to Manie de Waal, Chief Executive Oficer of Energy Partners Solar. To further discuss this, Samora Mangesi spoke to Henri van Eetveldt, Senior Solar and Storage Consultant at Energy Partners..
The education system in Africa buckled under the demands of hard lock-downs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move to online teaching left parents and students reeling amid concerns that the quality of education may suffer and that students may drop out. These are some of the issues that will be discussed at the Future of Education Summit on the 26th of November 2020, hosted by a television channel, CNBC Africa… More from Jill De Villiers, Executive Producer for CNBC Africa and Head of Content Studio for the ABN Group…