Browsing: South Africa

Medical tourism
  • With untapped potential in private healthcare, skilled doctors, and a growing interest in medical care, South Africa is making its mark in providing top-notch healthcare services.
  • Only 297 people came to South Africa for medical reasons in October 2023, less than 0.1 per cent of all visitors. Even though it seems small, it’s a sign that more people are choosing South Africa for specialized medical care.
  • Medical tourism refers to travelling abroad for medical care or treatments not available at home or which are more expensive there than elsewhere.

South Africa is becoming a popular choice for people seeking medical treatment, not just for vacations. The South African medical industry has pioneered many ground-breaking surgeries and medical research, including the world’s first heart transplant and more recently, the world’s first middle-ear bone transplant using 3D printed components. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) recognizes the country for its excellent healthcare, …

South Africa labour market
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is emerging as a key player in transforming South Africa’s labour market and empowering its youth population.
  • Initiatives focused on AI education and skill development can equip the youth with the competencies necessary for the evolving job market.
  • This ensures that they are well-prepared for the increasing integration of AI technologies across various industries.

Africa is home to the world’s youngest population, but unfortunately, 60 per cent of the continent’s unemployed are youth, as highlighted by the United Nations. This trend is mirrored in South Africa, despite the government’s efforts, such as allocating R5.2 billion in tax relief in the 2022 National Budget to spur economic recovery and encourage youth employment.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been acutely felt in South Africa’s labour market. According to Labour market dynamics in South Africa 2022 report published by Statistics South Africa, stringent containment measures resulted in a

Mozambique's green energy
  • Mozambique’s Green Energy Transition Strategy (ETS) to drastically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
  • As a nation with one of the world’s lowest electricity consumption rates, Mozambique is poised to leapfrog into a new era of energy sufficiency and independence.
  • Mozambique’s success or failure of this venture could offer valuable lessons for other countries grappling with the complexities of sustainable development and climate-aligned economic growth.

Mozambique’s green energy move

Mozambique has embarked on an $80 billion Energy Transition Strategy (ETS) to drastically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. This bold initiative, set to be unveiled by President Filipe Nyusi at the COP28 international climate summit in Dubai, represents a significant pivot towards sustainable development and positions Mozambique at the forefront of the global green energy transition.

At the heart of Mozambique’s strategy is integrating 2,000 megawatts of hydropower capacity by 2030, which aims to address the country’s energy poverty and …

Artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers new job opportunities for tech-savvy African graduates.
  • African policymakers must, however, protect current employees from job losses in the new AI era.
  • Gen AI has the potential to offer solutions for Africa’s medical, nutrition, and financial difficulties.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new frontier, offering numerous possibilities for efficient productivity. However, what does it mean for Africa’s job sector?

AI means new job opportunities for tech experts. Yet, it also means lost jobs for less tech-savvy staff. For example, Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen AI) can generate text, images, or other media using generative models. This implies that graphic designers, copywriters, artists, personal assistants, and others are no longer needed.

“Gen AI is being embedded in everyday tools like email, word processing applications, and meeting software, which means the technology is already positioned to radically transform how people work,” writes Sandra Durth, a researcher with consulting firm, …

Hollard International

South Africa-based insurer Hollard International has extended its footprint into East Africa. Hollard, a privately owned insurance, has struck a deal to acquire a stake in Apollo Investments Limited, the parent company of Kenya-headquartered APA Insurance.

This strategic investment, subject to regulatory approvals, gives Hollard International a presence in the East African market. The new acquisition supplements its existing operations in Southern and West Africa. Once approved, Hollard will become the second international investor in APA Insurance, following Swiss Re, which acquired a stake in 2014.…

South Africa AfDB

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has initiated a five-year plan to stimulate growth in South Africa, the continent’s most advanced economy. Dubbed the Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2023-2028, AfDB has outlined two main lines of action. The Bank aims to enhance governance while deploying strategies to revamp the private sector.
Concerning governance, CSP 2023-2028 will support the South African government in its efforts to address persistent structural challenges. This approach aims to promote industrialisation and establish a faster, more inclusive growth trajectory to combat poverty.…

AutoX | Ecobat

With the world steadily evolving to a more digital and eco-friendly era, many organizations have sought better ways to grow and consolidate their market. South Africa has recently caught the eye of many investors due to ongoing innovation and competitive government policies. However, Electricity rations have left the economy reeling, hurting many companies’ operations.

In the latest developments, South African battery manufacturer AutoX Proprietary Limited received ample support from Ecobat, which sold all its subsidiary businesses. This move represents an opportunity to scale for AutoX and highlights the country’s prevailing business environment.…

Green hydrogen

The vast renewable energy potential across the African continent, combined with Europe’s ambitious production and import targets, is reshaping energy pathways and challenging established norms. Moreover, Africa and Europe have taken the reins in driving the global green hydrogen economy, marking a landmark shift in energy dynamics. …

South Africa | Africa's biggest economy | Egypt's economy | South Africa's economy | Nigeria's economy

South Africa is set to topple Nigeria and Egypt as Africa’s biggest economy in 2024. This is according to forecasts from the International Monetary Fund. According to IMF’s World Economic Outlook, South Africa’s gross domestic product will reach $401 billion per current price in 2024. On the other hand, Nigeria’s GDP will reach $395 billion, with Egypt’s GDP reaching $358 billion.

South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised nation, is expected to maintain the top spot as Africa’s biggest economy for only one year. In 2025, the country will again lag behind Nigeria and fall to third place behind Egypt a year later. This is according to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, a report released last week.…

Coal Smuggling South Africa

Over and above the graft and management woes gripping South Africa’s power utility Eskom, a brazen coal-smuggling gang has been operating under the authorities’ nose, worsening the electricity crisis that could lead to a nationwide blackout.
However, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) says it is closing in on the gang. SARs is working with law enforcers to conduct searches and seizures across five provinces where the coal-smuggling gang operates.…