South Africa

SA 'black death' Plague Warning

South Africa is one of nine countries which have been warned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be on high alert for the "black death" plague.

The other eight countries at risk include the Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, France's La Réunion, the Seychelles, and Tanzania.

An update on the outbreak, released in a WHO report, states that South Africa’s travel and trade links with Madagascar, where the outbreak has already killed 124 people and infected 1 133, has put it at risk.

Philanthropy in a Recession

Here we are in South Africa with junk status and a recession. For years we have been hearing about the dearth of funding for the non-profit sector and we can presume, first, that finances have become even more difficult. Second, another assumption is that as our economy contracts, so there are more unemployed people and a greater need for assistance. This could be straightforward charitable help such as food and shelter, but often people need retraining as they are retrenched or need to have the skills for self-reliance.

SA Start-Ups Encouraged to Apply for Google Bootcamp

The one-week problem-solving boot camp is aimed at early stage start-ups, and focuses on a range of subjects, including product strategy, user design and user interface, technology, marketing, business development and presentation skills.

The programme will take place in partnership with JoziHub and will be held at its premises in Milpark from 27 to 31 March. A total of 20 start-ups will be selected to participate.

Agripreneur of The Year to Be Announced

Innovators in the food, agri-tech and agriculture space will compete for the Agripreneur of the Year title at the third Future Agro Challenge (FAC) Global Championships, which will take place during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Johannesburg on March 12-15.

The summit provides participants with access to investor matchmaking and funding opportunities, like-minded startups, industry leaders and potential clients, business models and strategies’ evaluations with mentors, an innovation marketplace, and international media.

South Africa Received Majority of ICT Investment

South Africa has come out ahead of its counterparts on the continent as the top destination for ICT investors based on the number of deals as well as the total amount of funding. The Disrupt Africa African Tech Startups Funding Report 2016 reveals that the country attracted the biggest share of investment followed by Nigeria, while Kenya and Egypt secured third and fourth place.

#SONA2017: Land and Economy Issues

National Spokesperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Zizi Kodwa says 12 urgent tasks have been put up which the President Jacob Zuma needs to reflect in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday night.

The 2017 SONA comes amid renewed calls from opposition parties on the president to step down following the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla and the former Public Protector's report on the State of Capture.

Proudly South Africa

It is well-known that many South Africans drive Toyotas and equally large numbers eat sushi.

It is harder to say for sure if many Japanese like a glass of pinotage with their biltong while they are watching, say, a game of rugby.

That may be easier to comment on after the 4th Japan Seminar, themed "Proudly South African", which is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg on January 31.

Ramaphosa to Lead Delegation at WEF2017

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to lead a government, labour and business delegation on the second day of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.

In a statement issued by government, GCIS said on Wednesday Team South Africa will share with international delegates how South Africa aims to respond to the theme of “Responsible and Responsive Leadership” at the 46th iteration of this conference.

“The National Development Plan is a key driver of how South Africa will enable the creation of an increasingly equitable and inclusive society,” GCIS says.

HIV Vaccine Trial in SA

A new clinical trial is underway in South Africa on an experimental vaccine that could safely prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

According to a statement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the HVTN 702 is the largest and most advanced HIV vaccine clinical trial to be undertaken in South Africa, where some seven million people are living with the virus.

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