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A Multi-Pronged Approach To Welcoming Women Into The Chemicals Sector

By Wezi Khoza, Chairperson, CHIETA Despite decades of effort, the gender disparity in technical fields is still sizable. According to a study by the World Economic Forum, women in the engineering, manufacturing and construction industry are outnumbered – for every ten men, there are just three women. This does not bode well for chemical industries, …

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Investors Are Flocking To Mauritius; Here’s Why

Best known for its exquisite white beaches and get-away-from-it-all lifestyle, Mauritius is about so much more these days. In fact, the island paradise is currently the highest ranked economy in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Index.  And that’s in no small part because of key factors such as its sophisticated …

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Corridor Financing

Corridor Financing – Key To Unlocking Regional Economic Growth

Aadil Cajee, Head of Infrastructure at Standard Bank As we look to rebuild our economy in the wake of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, corridor financing and investing in productive infrastructure will be key to economic recovery and growth not only in South Africa, but across the African continent. Economic activity and connectivity …

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Idia Aisien Is Blanck Magazine’s Cover Star: Talks Nollywood Journey, Future Plans & More

2021 is clearly THE year of Idia Aisien. From her highly-anticipated Nollywood debut as “Nneka” in ‘Nneka the Pretty Serpent” coming soon to Netflix, to being one of the most sought-after Nigerian influencers by luxury brands, to being a philanthropist and TV host, it’s clear that Idia is unstoppable. Featuring in not one but three …

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jabu Blose – Video Remote Communications

Jabu Blose is the founder of Video Remote Communications (Virecom), a deaf-owned video remote communications company that provides modern solutions for remote language services with the support of technology. Virecom provides high definition, instant, convenient and affordable Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) services using online video technology, with real-time text and voice simultaneously at the touch …

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Visualizing Our Addiction To Electronics

By Neomam There are a million ways to kill a cellphone. Disposing of the body isn’t so easy. You might have several cellphones tell-tale hearting you from a darkened drawer. The phone whose battery died. The one you drowned. The one you ‘bricked’ by putting the wrong passcode in too many times. Eventually, you need to get rid …

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“We Need To Act Now” — As Sub-Saharan Africa Faces Third Wave of Covid-19

By Kristalina Georgieva and Abebe Aemro Selassie Sub-Saharan Africa is in the grips of a third wave of COVID-19 infections that threatens to be even more brutal than the two that came before. This is yet more evidence of a dangerous divergence in the global economy. One track for countries with good access to vaccines, where strong recoveries …

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Barack Obama And Mandela Day – Reflections On Democracy, Looting And Violence In South Africa

By Bongiwe Tutu “We now stand at a crossroads,” Barack Obama said at the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg in 2018. Most analysts pointed to this address as one of his first big speeches since he left office the previous year. The former president of the United States spoke of the “strange and uncertain” times …

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Lindeka Dzedze

Gender-lens Investing And The Post- Covid 19 Economic Recovery In Africa

Lindeka Dzedze, Standard Bank Group Executive Head of Institutional Clients and Global Markets The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and intensified the already deep inequalities across Africa as unemployment has risen.  According to research conducted by McKinsey, women in Africa currently account for more than half of the population, but only generate a third of the …

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Slow Vaccine Rollout Threatens Economic Recovery Of Domestic Worker Sector

By Luke Kannemeyer, Chief Operating Officer of SweepSouth The slow vaccine rollout in Africa threatens the prospect of an economic bounce-back benefitting domestic workers, who are among the worst affected by the economic fallout of the pandemic. This is particularly relevant considering their reliance on the income of their employer, and their frequent exploitation. This …

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