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Nicci Botha has been wordsmithing for more than 20 years, covering just about every subject under the sun and then some. She's strung together words on sustainable development, maritime matters, mining, marketing, medical, lifestyle... and that elixir of life - chocolate. Nicci has worked for local and international media houses including Primedia, Caxton, Lloyd's and Reuters. Her new passion is digital media.
#AUW2018: The case against renewables for economic growth

Relying on renewable energy sources if South Africa wants to achieve sustainable economic development is a bad idea, according independent economic consultant, Rob Jeffrey...

By Nicci Botha 1 day ago

#AUW2018: Nuclear is still the cheapest energy around

It's true that building a nuclear power plant is a lengthy and costly exercise, but in the long run it's the cheapest of all the energies to produce...

By Nicci Botha 2 days ago

#AUW2018: Eskom will continue with nuclear planning for now

If nuclear is not included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) due out in August, then "we will close up shop and move on to the next technology"...

By Nicci Botha 18 May 2018

#AUW2018: Renewables top the agenda in Radebe's speech

Energy minister, Jeff Radebe, did not once mention nuclear as an option for future energy provision, instead he sang the praises of the country's successful renewables programme...

By Nicci Botha 16 May 2018

Powering the future of healthcare bookings

A health services online booking system developed by a local tech entrepreneur has got the thumbs up from Discovery for its inhouse wellness programme...

By Nicci Botha 16 Apr 2018

SA and Mozambique on the cusp of an oil and gas boom

Both South Africa and Mozambique show promise in the oil and gas sector, and collaboration between the two countries to create a substantial hub could significantly grow the region's economy...

By Nicci Botha 28 Mar 2018

New clinical skills training centre aims to improve quality and safety

The quality and outcomes of the health service often boils down to getting the basics right, such as employing best practices in clinical procedures...

By Nicci Botha 27 Mar 2018

Dispelling retirement myths

Although they are usually dealt with as separate entities, risk planning and investment planning are intrinsically linked, as both are ultimately about income protection...

By Nicci Botha 19 Mar 2018

Is there something more sinister behind the latest PPA delay?

The much-anticipated signing of South Africa's renewables power purchase agreements (PPAs) has once again been delayed. This time by an application for an interdict to prevent the contracts being concluded...

By Nicci Botha 14 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Fintech a distraction rather than a disruption in Kenya

In Kenya, fintech is a currently distraction not a disruption given the runaway success story of the country's mobile payment system, M-Pesa, since 2007...

By Nicci Botha 7 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Banking is not about the app, but connectivity and content

The bank of the future is not necessarily about apps, but about engaging people where they are spending time...

By Nicci Botha 6 Mar 2018

#BizFinFocus: Money is meaningless

In this digital era in which we find ourselves, we are undergoing a massive revolution of humanity which has virtually democratised every aspect of our lives...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2018

Mantashe: Just the man to mend fences in the mining industry

The appointment of African National Congress stalwart and former unionist, Gwede Mantashe, as mineral resources minister will hopefully end the prickly relationship between the mining houses and the department...

By Nicci Botha 27 Feb 2018

#BizFinFocus: Thuli Madonsela on the pedestal of hope

Former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, says she has neither the skills nor inclination for political office, but is committed in her role as chair of social justice at the University of Stellenbosch to help "create the South Africa of our dreams"...

By Nicci Botha 26 Feb 2018

#miningindaba18: Regulatory environment threatens investment in mining

After a tumultuous ride, the world economy pendulum is starting to swing in favour of commodities, but it's the current regulatory environment that is the real trial facing the South African mining industry...

By Nicci Botha 9 Feb 2018

#miningindaba18: Five things in mining that need to be fixed

There are five main areas that can help bring investment back into the mining sector...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2018

#miningindaba18: The elephant in the room

Mining Charter? What Mining Charter? Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, flat out ignored the elephant in the room at the Investing in African Mining Indaba...

By Nicci Botha 5 Feb 2018

#miningindaba18: Beaufort West taps into new water source - Zwane

Water-strapped Beaufort West will have access to a new source of potable water next week, when the Department of Mineral Resources hands over five boreholes to the town's municipality...

By Nicci Botha 5 Feb 2018

Heavy is the head that wears the crown: Ramaphosa has work to do

Cyril Ramaphosa has a tough job ahead of him. He has a small window to correct the country's economic growth path and restore trust from the electorate and the markets if the ANC hopes to stay in power in 2019...

By Nicci Botha 19 Dec 2017

Hilda's Kitchen: A 21st century take on Victorian recipes

If the cooking channel had been around in the early 1900s, Hildagonda Duckitt would have probably given the likes of Nigella Lawson (minus the cleavage) a run for her money...

By Nicci Botha 14 Dec 2017

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