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1 September 2015
                       
 
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20 Aug 2015
 
 
Buffett bets on hydropower to rebuild eastern Congo
HYDROPOWER
US philanthropist Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren, is pouring millions of dollars into power projects in war-torn Congo, betting that private investment can bring development...
 
 
17 Aug 2015
 
Open access is a development issue – the status quo needs to be challenged
THE CONVERSATION
Access to information is a basic human right entrenched in the South African Constitution. Yet there are many barriers restricting or preventing access to information. The biggest barriers are:
 
 
31 Jul 2015
 
Google’s silver bullet for patent trolls
Von Seidels Attorneys
Technology companies take note: Google may have found a way to beat patent trolls, and you are invited to join them. The term “patent troll” refers to an entity which exists for the sole purpose of...
 
 
29 Jul 2015
 
Obama visit bolsters government, stings opposition and boosts business
PRESIDENTIAL VISIT
US President Barack Obama flew out of Kenya leaving behind a confident administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta, a deflated opposition, and a group of loaded businessmen, firms and venture...
 
 
09 Jul 2015
 
FPB: Film and Publication Board recognises authority of Press Council to regulate online press content
STATEMENT
The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has, in principle, recognised the authority of the Press Council of South Africa (PCSA) to regulate online press content published by PCSA members.  This...
 
 
07 Jul 2015
 
Sacci shares world congress highlights, but worried by govt apathy
ECONOMY
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) would partner with Italy’s Turin Chamber of Commerce in facilitating a multimillion-rand investment in the Western Cape’s deciduous fruit...
 
 
23 Jun 2015
 
R2K: Murray Hunter on a message from R2K to Britain's spies at GCHQ
STATEMENT
We are outraged to learn that the UK’s Gov­ern­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Head­quar­ters (GCHQ), the British spy agency, has spied on email communications of the Legal Resources Centre. This emerged...
 
 
02 Jun 2015
 
The future is here, but South Africa is stuck in the past
The South African Civil Society Information Service
Some parts of our world are already being delivered into a new industrial revolution, but this revolution is one that will likely pass by South Africa due to our continued reliance on fossil fuels...
 
 
13 May 2015
 
WC: Western Cape residents tap innovative spirit to devise internet based solutions for Africa
STATEMENT
Western Cape innovators have devised internet based solutions to common issues we face, including using WiFi to improve public lighting and an online platform to facilitate smart funding agreements...
 
 
MEDIA ACCREDITATION OPENS FOR 25TH WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WEF) ON AFRICA
What's On
Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation for the 25th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa taking place from 3-5 June 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.  Convening under the theme...
 
 
12 May 2015
 
 
 
Playing field for digital economy needs to be levelled – PwC
LEGISLATIVE ENVIRONMENT
South African tax laws and rules need to be rewritten to capture the digital economy, as they have not kept pace with its growth or the changes in the way business is conducted globally. Speaking...
 
 
11 May 2015
 
REMINDER: MEDIA ACCREDITATION OPENS FOR 25TH WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WEF) ON AFRICA
What's On
Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation for the 25th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa taking place from 3-5 June 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.  Convening under the theme...
 
 
What's really wrong with the state of journalism?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
The need for balanced and accurate reporting about conflict situations in Africa is more crucial than ever. Surveys done in the run-up to World Press Freedom Day, which took place on 3 May, showed...
 
 
08 May 2015
 
McDonald’s SA suppliers showcased through new website to squash rumours
AGROPROCESSING
Fast food franchise McDonald’s South Africa (SA) is continuing its transparency journey with the launch of knowourfood.co.za, a digital platform, supported by videos, detailing the ingredients used...
 
 
05 May 2015
 
WC: Western Cape Government showcases SA¹s latest agricultural innovations
STATEMENT
A set of ground-breaking innovations for the South African agricultural sector were showcased in the Western Cape today. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this morning (5 May 2015)...
 
 
 
                       
 
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