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How to escape the ‘era of pandemics’

Any of 850 000 viruses could cause the next global crisis. Experts say we should focus on prevention

Will the coronavirus cause a major growth slowdown in China?

The panic generated by the new coronavirus, 2019-nCov, which originated in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities and a...

The coronavirus is a disease of Chinese autocracy

An outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan has already infected over 4000 people –...

Seven things you should know about this country’s largest Lassa fever outbreak

Nigeria's latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus.

Explainer: why children are at risk of hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that can affect infants and young children.

Ebola death toll rises in Guinea

Guinea has battled to contain an Ebola epidemic threatening neighbouring countries as fear and confusion grips its people.

‘Chameleon’ – the computer virus that spreads through wi-fi

Computer viruses now live up to their name: thanks to British researchers wi-fi networks can now infect each other just like a common cold works.

Complex ‘The Mask’ malware found behind massive cyber attacks

An advanced Spanish-speaking "threat actor" dubbed "The Mask" has been discovered to be behind global cyberespionage operations since at least 2007.

Alistair Fairweather: Computer viruses are no longer for amateurs

When Fred Cohen coined the term "computer virus", he probably had no idea how apt it would prove nearly 30 years later, as virus makers get serious.

Small businesses face hacking threat

Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report has revealed a 42% surge in targeted attacks in 2012 compared to the prior year.

Kaspersky report show spammers are back

A recent Kaspersky report has revealed that spam increased 13 percentage points during February and averaged 71% for the month.

A virus by any other name is still a virus

One of the most lethal viruses known to science has made its appearance in Africa, but naming it has been held up by political sensitivities.

Creeping through our defences

Barbara Ludman reviews Robert Baker's latest book about the indelible impact of epidemics.

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The living nightmare of environmental activists who protest mine expansion

Last week Fikile Ntshangase was gunned down as activists fight mining company Tendele’s expansions. Community members tell the M&G about the ‘kill lists’ and the dread they live with every day

Durban city manager says NPA erred in his bail conditions

The corruption-fraught metro is coming to grips with having a municipal manager who is on bail for graft, yet has returned to work

SA justice delays extradition of paedophile to UK

Efforts to bring Lee Nigel Tucker to justice have spanned 16 years and his alleged victims have waited for 30 years

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Itec serves up high-tech integrated surveillance system for family food company

The system includes facial recognition software and a thermal screening solution that will provide instant temperature screening of all employees

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

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In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

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