A Johannesburg neighbourhood fitted with solar-powered geysers

Joburg installs Solar-Powered Geysers, shifts to Low Carbon Economy

The city of Johannesburg, home to 4-million people and a contributor of nearly 12% of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has in the course of this financial year, installed 120 000 solar-powered geysers  in its communities to not only save its electricity-stressed generation, but also to clean up its environmental mess, and therefore shifting […]

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Moving into Dance Mophatong: 21 years of dance, dedication

Moving into Dance Mophatong: 21 years of dance, dedication

 Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM), the Johannebsurg-based contemporary dance company founded by Sylvia ‘Magogo’ Glasser, recently celebrated its 21 years of existence in style to remember years of hard labour, dedication and challenges by hosting a series of shows at the Dance Factory in Newtown. The three weeks of explosive performances, simply titled 21, featured […]

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New business models can spell success for African farmers – report

New business models can spell success for African farmers – report

Small-scale farmers in Africa can improve their livelihoods by building sustainable trading relations with international businesses in the food industry, according to a recent report. The report, jointly undertaken by Catholic Relief Services, Rainforest Alliance, CIAT and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), reveals ways to break down barriers that usually prevent African […]

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Top 10 reasons why Africa’s small businesses fail

Top 10 reasons why Africa’s small businesses fail

There are top 10 reasons why most small businesses fail: inadequate business planning, insufficient capital, lack of management experience, poor location, poor inventory and cash flow management, over-investment of fixed assets, poor credit arrangements, personal use of business funds, competition or lack of market knowledge, and low sales, or not pricing properly. This, according to […]

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Africa’s SMEs contribute to economy, but struggle to survive

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)’s contribution to employment, income and economic growth cannot be underestimated, according to several studies conducted across various parts of the world. But some analysts believe the lack of adequate financing of small business has the potential to hurt the SMEs-economic growth casual link, and compromises countries’ policy to fight unemployment. […]

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AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma crowned Renaissance Woman of the Year

AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma crowned Renaissance Woman of the Year

African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has been awarded the 2012 International Renaissance Woman of the Year Award by the Italy-based Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, the African Union said this week in a statement. The annual celebratory event took place this week in Florence, Italy, the Addis-Ababa-based organisation said. Dlamini-Zuma was chosen because of […]

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Hope for Senegal ‘circumcised’ women

Hope for Senegal ‘circumcised’ women

There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for Senegalese women who have been ‘circumcised’ or rather excised – meaning whose clitoris have been cut or mutilated. A medical technology, invented and developed by French doctor Pierre Foldes (61) in collaboration with  his colleague and counterpart, urologist Jean-Antoine Robein, has begun repairing […]

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