Policy articles

Applying scientific thinking in the service of society

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) wishes to record its grave concerns about the political attack on one of its Members, Professor Glenda Gray, who is also President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) appointed by the Minister of Health to advise

COVID-19: Real food grown real good

By Wairimu Muthike As the Covid-19 crisis unfolds, production and access of safe and nutritious food to complement preventative measures is paramount. Good food boosts immunity and the body’s ability to ward off and recover from illnesses. As urban dwellers increasingly rely on urban producers for food supply, the safety of these foods becomes a critical

Coping with COVID-19: The Role of the ICT Industry During a Pandemic

By Tonny Tugee, SEACOM East and North-East Africa Managing Director As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the toll on human life is growing exponentially. The impact that COVID-19 has had on the global healthcare system and the global economy is unprecedented and will likely be felt for many years to come.

An inclusive approach to sustainable agriculture

By Kalongo Chitengi   For over a century the world has marked the month of March with tributes to women for strides made in elevating women’s achievements. The 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) theme #EachforEqual reminds us that this period of celebration is also about the pursuit to live in an equitable world where women’s

Kenya building capacities in geospatial fields

By Dr Nicholas Muraguri The success of Kenya’s national development agenda, now summed up as the ‘Big 4 Agenda’ (food security and nutrition; Enhancing manufacturing and agro­ processing; access to affordable housing; and universal health care), is heavily dependent on resources and sound planning. The principal concern of any country in the world including Kenya

From Imitation to Innovation: Emerging Markets’ Technology Journey

Many investors have a view of emerging markets that remains stuck in the past, and that’s particularly true in the realm of technology. No longer simply copying advances made in the developed world, emerging market companies are now leading the way with growing research and development budgets and eye-catching innovations. Franklin Emerging Market Equity Group’s

Unleashing the power of the digital patient

With an estimated 2.77 billion users worldwide, the social media phenomenon has taken the world by storm. In South Africa, almost half the population uses the internet, including 8 million Twitter users and 16 million Facebook users. This digital revolution has unlocked enormous opportunities for the creation of online communities for large-scale engagement around often

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