Archive | December, 2013

Global deforestation: roadmap, battlelines drawn

Global deforestation: roadmap, battlelines drawn

A roadmap meant to support forest producer organisations as an environmentally sustainable way of addressing global deforestation was drawn recently by forest and farm producers, along with representatives from governments and NGOs from 42 countries, the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said last week. The roadmap, which many observers have described as […]

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World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 shortlist announced

World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 shortlist announced

Canada-based International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) said this week that the World Design Impact Prize 2013/2014 has shortlisted seven projects out of the 26 nominees revealed back in September. The shortlisted projects are: •    ABC Syringe: David Swann (India and beyond) A simple colour changing label fixed to syringes indicating if it […]

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 Child marriages, female circumcision: Senegal’s 557 communities say no more

Child marriages, female circumcision: Senegal’s 557 communities say no more

A total of 557 communities in the department of Médina Yoro Foulah in Senegal have recently made a public declaration to abandon the harmful traditional practices of female genital cutting (FGC) and child/forced marriage, non-governmental organisation Tostan announced this week. Though planning for this public declaration began in October, Tostan said the actual process of […]

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Human Rights Watch hails Mandela, but deplores new South Africa's inequality and poverty

Human Rights Watch hails Mandela, but deplores new South Africa’s inequality and poverty

The death of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela is a tremendous loss, not only for South Africa, but also for the world, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said this week. “Mandela’s life epitomised the fight for freedom, equality, and justice, all core human rights ideals,” HRW executive director Kenneth Roth said in a statement. “His […]

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Employees' absenteeism severely affecting South Africa’s small businesses

Employees’ absenteeism severely affecting South Africa’s small businesses

Absenteeism, an employee’s intentional or habitual absence from the workplace, is a growing issue for many South African businesses due to the knock-on effect it creates for productivity, staff morale and a company’s bottom line, an expert said this week. Christo Botes, Business Partners Limited executive director, said while the impact on larger corporations can […]

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Tech, research and development can help solve Africa’s water and sanitation crisis

Tech, research and development can help solve Africa’s water and sanitation crisis

All over Africa, women walking long distance to fetch water, and people defecating in the bush and make-shift toilets are a common sight. The African continent has been facing water and sanitation crisis for decades, as ‘corrupt’ and ‘careless’ governments have run out of ideas and breath to move the sector forward. Unsustainable, obsolete technologies […]

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 Invest in electricity infrastructure, review billing models, African govts told

Invest in electricity infrastructure, review billing models, African govts told

Africa’s electricity crisis is mostly due to outdated infrastructure and inadequate billing models, seem to say critics and experts. “The days of the classical Kilowatt hour business are over,” Willie de Beer, chairman of the DistribuTECH Africa advisory board, said. “Reselling power for a set margin is no longer enough – the sector needs to […]

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