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Growing Seamless transport modes October is marked as Transport Month in South Africa. It is hosted by government to remind us just how vital an intermodal transport network via sea ports, roads, railways and airports is to our economy. While there are certainly challenges that need to be addressed, there is a great deal to...
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The ‘new normal’ can get you down Life under lockdown was tough enough. It affected the mental health of millions all over the world; the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reported that daily calls to their helpline had doubled. SADAG board chairperson, Dr Frans Korb, said the initial focus was on the medical...
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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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Albert Heijn is the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands. In the fruit and vegetable section of many of its stores was, until recently, a poster of “Kwabena”, a Ghanaian pineapple farmer. It reads. “Doubly nice: Our fruit not only tastes nice, it also gives you a nice feeling. That’s because our growers, together with...
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There is an unwritten rule in the public sector — state-owned enterprises (SOEs) included — that when a minister, especially the one who appointed you, decides to relieve you of your duties, you do not fight back. You simply leave quietly. This is because, besides the legal rigmarole, defiance may be career-limiting. The only reason...
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The lifting of lockdown restrictions on the tourist industry after almost five months of closure could not have come at a better time, said Deputy Minister of Tourism Fish Mahlalela. He was speaking on Sunday, on the eve of the launch of tourism month in Cullinan, a small diamond town in Gauteng, 30 minutes’ drive...
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As part of our 35th anniversary celebrations, the Mail & Guardian is publishing its archives online. In order to access these digital archives, however, you will need to be a paying subscriber to one of our digital services. You can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian at this link. Thank you for being a valued...
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COMMENT I previously wrote about how post-pandemic infrastructure stimulus spending could take us even further backwards because of the way “local content” is structured. We are getting closer to the point where we need to think about this, with the onset of level two. Government policy for major tenders requires that 30% be awarded to...
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Focus on health innovation The third edition of the Annual BIO Africa Convention, the biggest of its kind in Africa, ended on Wednesday.  This was a landmark convention, as it marked the first time it was held through a virtual platform.  This may explain why it had a richer programme than the previous two versions,...
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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) says it has resumed payment of its Covid-19 temporary employer/employee relief scheme (Ters) benefits after payments were temporarily suspended pending an investigation by the auditor general into the payments system.  The Mail & Guardian understands that the investigations into the fund began in July as part of the chapter nine...
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