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COVID-19 – the Impact on Children with Autism, their Parents and/or Caregivers

COVID-19 – the Impact on Children with Autism, their Parents and/or Caregivers

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the daily lives of autistic people. Regulations to flatten the curve in South Africa have caused ...

Working Women: The Positive Effects of COVID-19 on Working Mothers

Working Women: The Positive Effects of COVID-19 on Working Mothers

There is a significant number of women participating in all spheres of economic activity, while also caring for their families and elderly parents, ...

Exploring Personal Experiences, Feelings and Events During COVID-19 in SA

Exploring Personal Experiences, Feelings and Events During COVID-19 in SA

The COVID-19 pandemic wave that spread like wildfire was similar to a personal wave of anxiety with tension heightened by media images and reports ...

COVID-19 Propels the New Digital Era in SA Higher Education Institutions

COVID-19 Propels the New Digital Era in SA Higher Education Institutions

The global pandemic COVID-19 has created major disruption across the world. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been affected significantly, ...

South Africa Supports Sharing Anti-COVID-19 Health Products and Technology Access Pool

South Africa Supports Sharing Anti-COVID-19 Health Products and Technology Access Pool

On May 14, President Cyril Ramaphosa joined 139 other heads of state, former heads of state, and other prominent public figures in a letter ...

Human Resource Management practice during COVID-19: A South African perspective

Human Resource Management practice during COVID-19: A South African perspective

The trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa has not followed the expected path predicted by experts such as the World Health ...

Academics call for Amendments to the Patent Law in response to COVID-19

Academics call for Amendments to the Patent Law in response to COVID-19

The following letter, which was drafted by UKZN academics and signed by some 82 academics and researchers nationally, was sent to the President in ...

Airlines, airports… and the Durban Aerotropolis on the Skids!

Airlines, airports… and the Durban Aerotropolis on the Skids!

KwaZulu-Natal is currently in the implementation phase of the airport city development masterplan for the Durban Aerotropolis but bedeviled by the ...

Who is the right “MAN” for the Job?

Who is the right “MAN” for the Job?

In times of crisis, who are you going to trust to lead you into a more positive and stable future? Historical evidence suggests that women have ...

South Africa, SOLIDARITY and COVID-19: Law and ethics in clinical trials

South Africa, SOLIDARITY and COVID-19: Law and ethics in clinical trials

On 3 April 2020, it was reported in Nature that African nations were largely not involved in clinical trials for the development of a COVID-19 ...

Technology fosters international collaboration during COVID-19

Technology fosters international collaboration during COVID-19

COVID-19 has radically changed the shape of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) worldwide. ‘Diminished high-level research funding and fewer face- ...

ICT as an Enabler Post Covid-19

ICT as an Enabler Post Covid-19

Covid-19 Impact on Higher Education Institutions The Covid-19 pandemic has tested and challenged Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans of ...

Infodemic during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethical Implications

Infodemic during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethical Implications

The 1998 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Minneapolis, United States, made a resolution to give ITU greater ...

Working ‘with’ home during crisis

Working ‘with’ home during crisis

The largest single experiment in remote working is currently taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Never in the history of modern work have so ...

Economic Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on SMEs in South Africa

Economic Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on SMEs in South Africa

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) account for the majority of businesses worldwide and contribute immensely to job creation and economic ...

COVID-19: Impact on essential goods’ supply chains

COVID-19: Impact on essential goods’ supply chains

The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have a substantial impact on global supply chains. Initially, its impact was felt on the supply ...

Leading Self in a Time of Crisis

Leading Self in a Time of Crisis

In the Graduate School of Business and Leadership at UKZN, I specialise in teaching and researching an awareness-based experiential model of ...

Operation Lockdown and Raising the Higher-Self in Higher Education

Operation Lockdown and Raising the Higher-Self in Higher Education

Higher education is seen as that level accessed after one has completed earlier educational levels such as primary and secondary schooling., ...

Attaining Graduate Attributes in a Covid-19 World: It’s a Family Affair

Attaining Graduate Attributes in a Covid-19 World: It’s a Family Affair

COVID-19 has become a household word across the globe. It is a stark matter of life or death that disrupts human movement and postgraduate students ...

Lockdown & Protecting Against Covid-19: A mammoth Social Marketing Challenge

Lockdown & Protecting Against Covid-19: A mammoth Social Marketing Challenge

I write this opinion piece as a Marketing academic, passionate about the field of Social Marketing. I am not a medical expert or economist and am ...

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Culture and Mantra during Volatile and Turbulent Times

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Culture and Mantra during Volatile and Turbulent Times

Iceland with a population of about 350 000 people has one of the lowest *Gini coefficient ratios in the world. South Africa in comparison has a ...

Are SA Higher Education Institutions Ready to Teach Entrepreneurship Online?

Are SA Higher Education Institutions Ready to Teach Entrepreneurship Online?

COVID-19 poses a challenge to the higher education landscape at a magnitude similar to the emergence of technology-supported online instruction. It ...

The Cruel and Crude Effect of Lockdown on families: interprovincial travel.

The Cruel and Crude Effect of Lockdown on families: interprovincial travel.

Cruel and crude was how the court described the effect of the lockdown on Karel Van Heerden and his family. On Friday, 27 March 2020 at 16:02, Karel ...

Remote justice & COVID-19: South Africa lags behind

Remote justice & COVID-19: South Africa lags behind

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on so many aspects of our lives – including access to justice. The contradictory directives that ...

Saving Livelihoods While Saving Lives: Rural Livelihoods post COVID-19

Saving Livelihoods While Saving Lives: Rural Livelihoods post COVID-19

The livelihoods framework offers a useful lens through which to analyse the fragility and sustainability of livelihoods. The framework identifies a ...

Leadership, Trust and managing a virtual workforce in the times of covid-19

Leadership, Trust and managing a virtual workforce in the times of covid-19

The adage by author and public speaker Brian Tracy that “the true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis” holds true for many ...

The dimensions of the impact of COVID-19 on Small and Micro Businesses in South Africa.

The dimensions of the impact of COVID-19 on Small and Micro Businesses in South Africa.

In almost all the messages, strategies and press conferences we have seen in these tough times of a global pandemic, one thing is clear in the world ...

Order in disorder

Order in disorder

You may have been blessed with the ability to be fairly good at multi-tasking… and may even also display traits and characteristics that ...

Caution, Compensation and COVID-19: Facilities on the Frontline

Caution, Compensation and COVID-19: Facilities on the Frontline

The COVID-19 Regulations provide that every person (with a few limited exceptions) must be confined to their place of residence for the duration of ...

‘Big Brother’ May Be Tracking You During the COVID-19 Pandemic!

‘Big Brother’ May Be Tracking You During the COVID-19 Pandemic!

Is the South African Government justified in monitoring your whereabouts during the COVID-19 pandemic? The short answer is yes – if you are ...

Business Rescue: Economic Remedy For Covid-19?

Business Rescue: Economic Remedy For Covid-19?

The COVID-19 virus has ruthlessly battered the world’s economy and its citizens’ health. The timing of the virus infection and the subsequent ...

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