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Rwanda Rwanda: New ICT Initiative to Boost Service Delivery and Close Information Gap
The linkage between government and business community could be strengthened following the signing of an agreement between the government and Ngali Holdings, a local ICT firm, to create an integrated public service platform, 'RwandaOnline'.
South Africa South Africa: Seven Incredible Health Tech Innovations Changing the Way South Africans Live
In the last few years tech companies have jumped on the wearable tech bandwagon with popular gadgets like the Fitbit or Samsung’s Gear Fit. There are also hundreds of fitness apps taking the smartphone world by storm. The importance of health technologies is becoming more prevalent as everyone, from athletes to housewives, have realised the need to track calories and steps using an app or a wristband. Having said that, the technology is still very expensive and has limited access. Nowhere is th ...
Kenya Kenya: Co-operative Bank of Kenya Tops International Banker Awards 2014 - Innovative Bank Wins Double Honours
International Banker held its annual awards for acknowledging the top banking institutions across the Middle East and Africa (http://internationalbanker.com/banking/international-banker-2014-middle-east-africa-awards/). The Co-operative Bank of Kenya received awards in two categories: Innovation in Retail Banking and Best CEO Africa. The International Banker magazine offers a global view of banking and brings in-depth analysis on the people and innovations within financial services that drive ...
South Africa South Africa: EPWP to Continue Creating Job Opportunities
Delegates at the three-day Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Social Sector conference have reiterated the programme’s commitment to provide work opportunities for unemployed and unskilled people. Held under the theme ‘United in action to accelerate employment creation through EPWP Social Sector’, the conference signalled the end of the EPWP Phase II – which started in April 2009 with an objective to create 4.5 million work opportunities. Of these, 750 000 were expected to be create ...
South Africa South Africa: Eskom Pension Fund Commits R100m for Housing
The Eskom Pension and Provident Fund has committed R100 million to the development of 20 000 new affordable homes, through an investment in global private equity funder, International Housing Solutions. The investment follows the commitment of more than R500 million to International Housing Solution’s second fund by the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank. CEO of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, Sibusiso Lut ...
South Africa South Africa: Forty Lucky Learners to Further Education
Forty learners from disadvantaged backgrounds in Polokwane have been chosen to further their education at tertiary level, thanks to bursaries from the municipality. The students, who benefited from the R1-million fund, will follow different disciplines such as medicine, electrical engineering, financial management, law and other studies in FET colleges and universities in and outside the province.
South Africa South Africa: Gauteng has a Good Story to Tell
Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo has welcomed the 2012 Household Survey Report by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), which confirms a dramatic increase in antiretroviral (ARV) treatment coverage in the province. The MEC said the report, which was released on Tuesday, tells a good story about the work of the public sector health services and the multi-sectoral response to HIV. “More people living with HIV are living longer because of the large ARV treatment programme, which is offered in ...
South Africa South Africa: Gauteng Health Making Strides in Improving Lives
The Gauteng Department of Health has made great strides during the 2012/13 financial year, with more than 43 000 assistive devices such as hearing aids and wheelchairs been issued to the vulnerable. The department highlighted that in all public health facilities, people with physical and mental disabilities, including the elderly, children under the age of six, pregnant women and those who are on disability grants, received free health care. “During this period, wheelchair users were also ab ...
South Africa South Africa: Gauteng's Jewellery Graduates Shine Bright
The first 15 students have completed and graduated from Gauteng’s Design @ 50 commercial jewellery programme. Congratulating the graduates on Thursday, Gauteng Development MEC Eric Xayiya said: “This project was developed to focus on creating viable markets for locally manufactured jewellery and stimulating the local jewellery manufacturing industry. “It does so by creating entrepreneurs that can research and develop products for specific markets rather than re-engineering and following curre ...
South Africa South Africa: Gender Summit Reviews Progress, Challenges
South Africa has many milestones worth celebrating in its journey to achieving gender equality in the past 20 years, says the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana. Addressing over 400 delegates during the National Gender Summit currently underway in Benoni, Gauteng, Xingwana said democracy and freedom came with the promise of gender equality and the vision of an equal society where men and women of all races are able to make a meaningful contribution to bui ...
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