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Khaya Sithole: Trump’s mantra of ‘fake news’ harmed media

Viewers and readers need to trust that news outlets are accurate, balanced, fair and impartial

Protecting South Africa in the digital information and entertainment age

The Films and Publications Amendment Act aims to protect citizens, but new technology requires that the regulations and guidelines are updated

Lies, damn lies and WhatsApp: Why it pays to listen to political rumours in Zim

The rumour mill can shape politics — and reveal uncomfortable truths

Is WhatsApp shaping democracy in Africa?

A study shows that the social messaging platform is both emancipatory and destructive, particularly during election campaigns

Rethinking communication and innovation in the time of Covid-19

Physical distancing rules do not have to mean that we work in isolation; on the contrary, the need for communication has never been greater

‘Fake news’ fears as Covid-19 highlights the dangers of misinformation

Reliable news coverage is needed more than ever, but trust in the media is at an all-time low

Meet the ‘Corona Guy’ fighting Covid-19 disinformation in Kenya’s refugee camp

One radio presenter is using the airwaves to bring vital facts about the virus to Dadaab’s 217 000 residents

For whom the Bell tolls

The cautionary tale of Bell Pottinger reminds us of the role of journalism in a democracy and why we owe it to ourselves to be more responsible about the media we consume

Youth mythbusters needed to curb the viral threat to public health communications

Because most fake news is spread on social media where young people feel comfortable, the government should ask for their help

How coronavirus is affecting Kenya’s hearing impaired citizens

A deaf man in Kenya spread the message of Covid-19 when he realised a million hearing impaired people were left out of the conversation

Journalism also facing a pandemic

"When the threats are not physical, they are economic. The pandemic has already had a devastating impact on the media landscape as advertising revenues have plunged."

Southern Africa has cracked down on fake news, but may have gone too far

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eswatini, South Africa and Zimbabwe have implemented new rules on disinformation. But these may have unintended consequences

New digital regulations mean the state can track you — no questions asked

The provisions have been introduced to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some may infringe on certain constitutional rights

Constitutional rights during disaster

New regulations have a far-reaching impact on people’s rights, but they are finely balanced against people’s Constitutional rights

The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study

Efforts to mitigate the double edged nature of social media in politics must take into account local information environments

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This is how the SIU catches crooks

Athandiwe Saba talked to the Special Investigating Unit’s Andy Mothibi about its caseload, including 1 000 Covid contracts

FNB dragged into bribery claims

Allegations of bribery against the bank’s chief executive, Jacques Celliers, thrown up in a separate court case

Tighter Covid restrictions for N. Mandela Bay — other hotspots may follow

With the number of cases spiralling out of control in hotspots in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, longer curfews and restrictions on alcohol sales are being implemented

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Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa

Huawei Cloud’s Year-End Sales Carnival

Massive discounts on hot cloud services are on offer along with special coupons and other privileges, but hurry, supplies are limited!