June 24, 2017

News:

Pule Sekawana

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The Free State recently hosted the first ever Agro-Processing Summit aimed at repositioning the province in the agricultural sector by promoting value addition to agricultural produce as a means towards economic transformation and job creation. During the summit, it was agreed that black farmers had largely remained on the fringes of the agricultural sector due to the lack of access to capital, in-depth knowledge of farming as a business and limited access to markets. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to the Rural development and land reform provincial head Pule Sekawana to get a clearer understanding of how the agricultural sector…

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Henk Meintjes

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Leading financial services group Liberty recently reported that at least 24 percent of the claims on life policies recorded in the Free State last year were to cancer, the highest proportion in the country. Liberty also reported that there was a marked increase in musculoskeletal diseases and disorders also recorded. This refers to injuries or pain to the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support limbs, neck and back. Also in the country’s central region in the Northern Cape, the highest cause of claims was cardiac and cardiovascular, while the most unfortunate cause for claims was suicides among…

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Professor Seeram Ramakrishna

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The Central University of Technology (CUT) recently conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering on Professor Seeram Ramakrishna from the National University of Singapore in recognition of his leading scientific work in the fields of healthcare, energy and water, among others. Ramakrishna, who teaches Mechanical Engineering, was invited by the CUT at the launch of its Strategy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship where he interacted with students, staff and industrialists. He was subsequently appointed visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and he is expected to visit CUT once a year during his two-year appointment. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni…

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