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Register to attend The Trialogue Business in Society Conference

Register to attend The Trialogue Business in Society Conference

16 & 17 April 2019 | The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

 
Collaboration in education, presented in partnership with Old Mutual, will be profiled as a key theme this year, underscoring the importance, addressing the barriers and provide practical tips and implementation tools for how corporate, government and the non-profit sector can work together to realise equitable access to quality education in South Africa

You can look forward to:

Big polluter Eskom regularly exceeds air pollution limits – damning new report

A new international expert report commissioned by the Life After Coal campaign shows that pollution from nearly all of Eskom’s coal-fired power plants persistently and significantly violates the air pollution limits in its licences.

This is not only illegal, but also means that Eskom is continuously endangering the health and violating the human rights of millions of people affected by this pollution.

The international expert report was based on Eskom’s own monthly reports of the emissions from its coal power plants, which Eskom submitted to authorities.

Testing makes you stronger

Men continue to face multiple barriers when attempting to access HIV testing and prevention services in South Africa; this is according to Dr Jean Bassett, Director of non-profit organisation Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre. 

“We don’t think that enough is done to encourage men to access healthcare – it’s our mission to change this,” says Bassett. “We want to engage men in health issues that concern them, encouraging them to take preventative measures against HIV and Aids.”

The Council for Medical Schemes’ Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit is set to focus on South Africa’s multi-billion-rand healthcare challenge

21 February 2019: South Africa: “With increased fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare costing the industry more than R22 billion per year, the need for a partnership-driven approach to tackling this cancerous challenge has now become urgent,” says Dr Sipho Kabane, Acting Chief Executive and Registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS).
 
From 28 February to 1 March 2019, the CMS will host its inaugural Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Govt outlines tech hub aspirations

The South African government wants to make the country a leading ICT player in Africa, and is considering developing the continent's largest tech hub on home soil.

This was the word from small business development minister, Lindiwe Zulu, speaking at an engagement session with the creative industry in Johannesburg, under the theme: "Leveraging digital platforms for 4IR creatives".

According to Zulu, government is also exploring setting up a coding and programming academy, as well as co-working and co-creation spaces for the youth and start-ups in particular.

ICASA investigates possible non- compliance from Vodacom

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has expressed concern and is engaging Vodacom regarding the telco's proposed data bundle carry-over charges set to be introduced on 1 March.

Vodacom has proposed to charge its customers up to R49 for its data bundle roll-over service. The operator proposes customers to be charged R5 to roll-over 100 megabytes (MB) in data, R12 to roll-over data between 100MB and 250MB, R19 to roll-over data between 250MB and 500MB and R29 for data between 500MB and 1GB.

DR Congo child soldiers surrender arms and amulets

28 February 2019 

"For me, the war is now over." If words alone carry weight, there are hopes that a brutal conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo may draw to an end.

The words were spoken by Mado, a hard-eyed child fighter all of 12-years-old from the deeply-feared Kamuina Nsapu militia in central Kasai region.

Along with several dozen adults, the young girl marched out of the brush and into the town of Kananga, some 700 kilometres (450 miles) east of Kinshasa, where they surrendered their weapons.
 

 

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