The winners of the 11th edition of The Radio Awards were announced on today, Friday 30 July 2021, in an online awards ceremony hosted by comedian Loyiso Madinga. A total of 80 winners were celebrated across 30 categories.
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Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa's latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R7,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales - 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week).
What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organisation's (WHO) polio geographic information system (GIS) technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
The idea is simple: Health workers visit remote villages to check if local inhabitants have any symptoms of a range of life-threatening infectious diseases, including polio and measles. Then, with the mobile app, they quickly and easily alert WHO.
"This is one of the most exciting things that is happening in the WHO regional office in Africa," says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.
The system allows WHO and health ministries to monitor in real time the visits that people and caregivers make to the most remote areas and to make sure that people most in need are being reached.
"Overlaying the geographical location of the mobile phone signal and the route of the roads, we noticed that sometimes visits were only made along the main road and not to the most remote places, which is where we need to be if there is a problem," she says.
Super user friendly
Supported by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and created primarily for polio surveillance, GIS uses the Avadar computer platform, which records changes in the health of inhabitants and identifies possible disease outbreaks.
"People think that this is all very high tech, but in fact, it is not – it is super user-friendly, and it gives us what we need, which is data. The Avadar is very versatile and simple and can be used by everyone," said Dr Magaran Bagayoko, acting director of the health systems strengthening cluster.
With more than 6,000 community outreach workers and more than 1,000 health workers, the programme for research and geographical control of diseases is the future of health surveillance – helping to ensure that we not only prevent a recurrence of diseases like polio but eradicate them once and for all. It shows how far we have come since 1996, when Nelson Mandela launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign, a scourge that, at that time, affected 75,000 African children every year.
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