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The green economy & how it could help the global economy bounce back from COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a decline in air pollution due to a reduction in vehicle and air traffic as well as industrial activity. How will the pandemic shape economic recovery and what are the lessons learnt? Experts in environment share their thoughts on this and more on the international day for biological diversity....

Is SA’s mining industry too deep in the COVID-19 crisis?

The Covid-19 pandemic has far-reaching economic ramifications on the productivity and profits of many industries without the exception of the mining industry. For more than a century mining was a flourishing industry in South Africa. In 2019 it contributed close to R361 billion or 8.1 per cent to SA’s GDP and over R91 billion to fixed investment. It employed 454,861 people and paid R24.3 billion in taxes. Since early March, the mining industry’s average share price has dropped 10 per cent and individual companies have lost 30 to 50 per cent of their market value. Is mining too deep in the Covid-19 crisis? How can the mining industry pave the way to total recovery and become the sunrise industry it wants to be?...

How COVID-19 is rewriting how your kids will go to university across Africa

CNBC Africa held its virtual online discussion - called Business Tomorrow a look a life after COVID-19 – about the future of higher education in Africa. The panel of education experts spoke about everything from regulation to how in the future students will learn only online in a world where many university campuses don’t even know when they are going to reopen....

Tourism during COVID-19: An industry shift

The current Covid-19 pandemic has caused world leaders to establish extreme, and in some cases, unprecedented measures in order to curb the spread of the dangerous virus. In a matter of just a couple of months, one-by-one, we saw countries around the world go from postponing events and gatherings, to closing borders and instituting partial and total lock-downs. Naturally, these measures have stifled the tourism industry in the most fundamental way possible. So with no end in sight, what is the solution? How will the sector pivot to survive? In this CNBC Africa Special we speak to three players, representing different segments of the industry for their take....

COVID-19: How will SA’s travel & tourism industry regain its top spot?

One in 22 working South Africans is employed in the tourism sector. It directly contributes 2.9% to South Africa’s gross domestic product. In 2017 tourists spent just over half a million rand every minute or R277 billion for the entire year in South Africa, according to Stats SA. All this has changed with COVID-19 and lockdown. The industry has been brought to a virtual standstill. But as the country moves to phase 4 of lockdown what measures and funding are in place to help kick-start the industry? Is it enough? Find out on this Zoom #BusinessTomorrow panel discussion.

COVID19: How we can manage business to save lives and the economy – opinion.

By Miyelani Mkhabela Covid19 an unprecedented humanitarian challenge for all countries. Weeks of South Africa national lockdown have given time...

Opinion : Could Industrialists lead the way up and out of COVID-19?

I have been interviewing and studying entrepreneurs in Africa for more than a quarter of a century and I have often wondered whether is the lack of will on the side of many entrepreneurs to get down into the grimy world of industry. After all, it is not as sexy as IT, or the digital world, and it is less likely to get you into the glossy magazines on TV chat shows.

Nine ways you can try to save your small business post COVID-19.

The majority think they will be able to reopen by the end of 2020, but others are less certain. Small businesses disagree, a lot, about how long the crisis will last. Small businesses needs business continuity management, adaptation to technology and talent retention

COVID-19: Opinion – Fear the fake news that spreads like wildfire and hurts us all

This deepening addiction to “hearsay” or “gists”, as Nigerians would say, has been mounting rapidly in Africa in recent years as the power of social media grows. And these weeks of lock down and national emergencies have created an eager audience keen to share the latest rumours.

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