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About 15% of global deaths from Covid-19 could be attributed to long-term exposure to ambient fine particulate air pollution, a landmark new study has found. A team of researchers from Germany and Cyprus have, for the first time, estimated the proportion of deaths from the novel coronavirus that could be ascribed to the health effects...
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COMMENT A revolution in healthcare is brewing in Africa. Although people aren’t marching in the streets in celebration, behind the scenes, thousands of healthcare workers are learning new skills to provide best-practice speciality care that is saving lives across the continent. More than 140 000 people living with HIV in Namibia are now being treated...
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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) sponsored this webinar as part of the series on “Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic”, presented by JSE and the Mail & Guardian. The guest speakers included Valdene Reddy, Director of Capital Markets at the JSE; Mamello Matikinca Ngwenya, Chief Economist at First National Bank (FNB) and Chris Holdsworth of Investment strategy...
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The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has worsened the vulnerabilities caused by the excessive reliance of African economies on world markets.  Africa’s main trade partners include the European Union, China, the United States and United Kingdom. Together they represent more than 50% of the continent’s trade flows.  Africa’s dependence on external markets for medicinal and pharmaceutical products...
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Employment did not bounce back with the easing of the national lockdown — and it is unlikely that it will any time soon.  This is according to the second set of findings by the National Income Dynamics Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (Nids-Cram), released on Wednesday, which revealed that the percentage of unemployed people had not...
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On Wednesday August 26 at 7.10am, I was arrested and became a guest of the Kenyan state for about an hour. I was picked up outside our estate gate in Nairobi as I was about to begin my weekly run. I didn’t have my mask on because it worsens clouding on my spectacles and hampers...
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This Mail & Guardian webinar was sponsored by The Behaviour Change Agency.  Speakers included Antoine Ferrere, Global Head of Behavioural Science at Novartis, Switzerland; Matthew Battersby, Chief Behavioural Scientist at Reinsurance Group of America, United Kingdom; Aimee Wesso, Advanced Strategic Specialist at Afrocentric Group; Pat Govender, Founder and Managing Director of The Behaviour Change Agency...
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The public purse has taken a hammering under emergency measures put in place to deal with Covid-19. Unsurprisingly, not all the deals that have gone through government have had the best interests of citizens at heart. As expenditure details from the past few months are being released, the Mail & Guardian has raised concerns relating...
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COMMENT In Sierra Leone, medical professionals are worried about the effects of Covid-19 restrictions on maternal and child mortality, an issue that UN children’s agency Unicef has also flagged. Binta Kamara, a nurse at the Kabala government hospital in northern Sierra Leone, says patient turnout is a problem. “Patients are refusing to come to hospital....
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COMMENT Not only has the Covid-19 pandemic caused chaos in the personal lives of all persons but it has and still will bring major changes in employment law.    Employers have been forced to choose between retrenching employees, cutting salaries or regarding the lockdown as the employees’ annual leave. There are three possible disputes that may...
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