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.
Keeping fintech and investment simple

You need to understand that when I was growing up, email didn't even exist...

By Nicci Botha 9 hours ago

SA signs innovation agreement with Novartis

A high-level MoU on medical research and development has been signed between the SAMRC, the DST and Novartis...

By Nicci Botha 25 May 2017

SU's second successful penis transplant

Stellenbosch University's faculty of medicine and health sciences announced today that it has performed a second successful penile transplant...

By Nicci Botha 22 May 2017

Eskom head: "No secret nuke deal"

Despite persistent conspiracy theories and media speculation, Eskom's nuclear boss is adamant there is no secret plan or corruption linked to the nuclear plan...

By Nicci Botha 19 May 2017

Regional power pools hold the key to sustainability

Regional collaboration is key to securing energy supply and minimising costs, but regional integration in a mutually beneficial manner remains a challenge, said Ben Martins, deputy minister of state enterprises.

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

No-show Molefe sidesteps difficult questions at #AUW2017

Brian Molefe was a no-show at African Utility Week. Not surprising, given his track record of not pitching at this event when there's a bullet to be dodged...

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system

South Africa's private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI...

By Nicci Botha 24 Apr 2017

Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?

The oh-so-delayed signing of PPAs between Eskom and renewable power producers has been postponed again...

By Nicci Botha 11 Apr 2017

Cabinet reshuffle triggers junk status

With the dash of a pen, President Jacob Zuma has undone all the hard work of government and business last year to avoid junk status...

By Nicci Botha 4 Apr 2017

How to add far-flung destinations to your bucket list, without roughing it

Bucket lists are notoriously fickle things. Just when you think you've got it sorted something else comes along that bumps everything else off...

By Nicci Botha 3 Apr 2017

Cancer still tops insurance claims list

An increase in cancer-related insurance claims might not necessarily be a bad thing...

By Nicci Botha 3 Apr 2017

Gordhan's out

South Africans woke up to find President Jacob Zuma had achieved his endgame and ousted Pravin Gordhan...

By Nicci Botha 31 Mar 2017

How Africa's mobile revolution is reaching the unbanked

The continent's mobile banking revolution is only just beginning, and although payment systems are becoming more seamless, cash is still king in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2017

The race for the payments space

Long the bastion of institutionalism and trust, and therefore fairly resilient to disruption, banks are now in a war of adapt or die...

By Nicci Botha 17 Mar 2017

HPV vaccine is about cancer, not sex

Part of the reason Dr Kenneth Alexander visited South Africa is to figure out how the country went about successfully implementing an HPV vaccine programme...

By Nicci Botha 13 Mar 2017

#MiningIndaba: Can the AMV redress the historical pillage in African mining?

The Africa Mining Vision compact lays out 12 principles, ostensibly to close existing gaps between mining communities, the private sector and governments....

By Nicci Botha 9 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: Cutifani defines the new normal in mining

Innovation, sustainability and resilience are the three qualities that will get mining out of the woods after the extremely rocky ride...

By Nicci Botha 8 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: Stakeholders need to pull together to revitalise industry

The mining industry needs a fresh start in stakeholder relationship, mostly due to a lack of trust, and this is reflected in the South Africa's low ranking in the Fraser Institute Mining Survey.

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: Bristow pulls no punches on mining's short-sightedness

Mining companies and government are equally responsible in their failure to weather the unpredictability of the industry...

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: A global economic snapshot

People should be buying gold on the back of a strong dollar and a recessionary economic environment...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2017

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