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BLSA calls for budget prioritisation amid fiscal constraints

22nd February 2021 In her weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has called on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to demonstrate that government is focused on the composition of spending; not just about restraining it, but spending it on the right things. The message delivered in the... 

Covid accelerated some digitalisation, future workplaces still emerging

22nd February 2021 While the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted and further digitalised businesses and work, the work space and workforce of the future in each industry and in each company are still emerging, civil engineering multinational Stefanutti Stocks group information technology director Kevin Wilson said during a... 

Engineering approach to knee surgery using soft-tissue as blueprint achieving global acclaim

19th February 2021 A knee-surgery technique developed by local orthopaedic surgeon Professor Ponky Firer that uses a patient’s soft tissues as a blueprint for surgery, is gaining world acclaim and has led to patient satisfaction rates that are higher than global averages while restoring mobility and quality of life... 

African impact investment solution launched

19th February 2021 Sub-Saharan Africa fund manager African Alliance Asset Management and social investment manager Tshikululu Social Investments have launched an impact investment offering for Africa called Thrive Africa for global investors. Impact investments are defined as investments that are designed to... 

Bidcorp warns of up to 48% fall in headline earnings, but expects quick rebound

19th February 2021 JSE-listed food services multinational Bidcorp has warned shareholders that it expects to report a 43% to 48% year-on-year decrease in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31, 2020. HEPS from continuing operations are expected to decrease to between 378.7c and 415.1c. 

CSIR, Colombia 4IR centre team up on AI and IoT

19th February 2021 Industrial research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on February 19 announced that it has partnered with the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) of Colombia operator Corporación Ruta N Medellin (C4IR.CO) to unlock the potential of artificial... 

New compounds, approaches could lead to elimination of malaria by 2030

19th February 2021 Two new therapeutic chemical compounds and new community-based approaches to combating malaria, driven partly by lockdowns to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, have reinforced internationally agreed objectives that malaria can be eliminated by 2030, says social benefit organisation Goodbye Malaria... 

Technical vocational education and training gets 4IR shot in arm

19th February 2021 Industrial technology multinational Siemens South Africa and research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on February 3 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to foster technical vocational education and training (TVET) in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)... 

IBM commits to net zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030

18th February 2021 Information technology multinational IBM has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, and aims to procure 75% of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2025 and 90% by 2030. The company aims to reduce its GHG emissions by 65% by 2025 against the baseline... 

Spectrum licensing may be slower than hoped - Webber Wentzel

18th February 2021 The release of radio frequency spectrum for various telecommunications, industrial and commercial uses may take longer than hoped for, given the challenges to ensure equitable access and to enable digital transformation and growth in the economy, says law firm Webber Wentzel senior associate Karl... 

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