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Nicci Botha

Group editor: Bizcommunity
Location:South Africa


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.
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 2 days ago

#WorldAIDSDay2017: Preying on hope

At the turn of the century, and influenced by his distrust of Western medicine, then-president Thabo Mbeki lost the plot. amid much media coverage, he proclaimed that HIV didn't cause Aids

By Nicci Botha 1 Dec 2017

Challenging bad medicine: How to use the media effectively

Here's an interesting factoid for you - 10:23 is the saturation point at which the original substance is so diluted that can no longer be detected in a solution.

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2017

How the ASA became a medicine regulator, and almost lost its shirt

We've all seen them. Those product ads promising hope in a bottle for guaranteed weight loss or some other miracle cure

By Nicci Botha 24 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: How Bitcoin made PnP sexy and other stories

One of the unplanned, but positive, spin offs from Pick n Pay's (PnP) Bitcoin experiment is that it has made retail sexier in attracting talent

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: Rural healthcare and digitalisation

Given the proliferation of mobile devices in Africa, it makes sense that digital tools would alleviate many of the healthcare issues in the out-of-the-way places

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: M-Pesa sees partnerships as the road to growth

What started out simply as a convenient way to send money home has evolved into the continent's mobile money success story

By Nicci Botha 8 Nov 2017

Motlanthe: Strong economic growth deepens inequality

Some 23 years down the line, democracy isn't all it's cracked up to be when it comes to levelling inequality

By Nicci Botha 30 Oct 2017

Shakespeare in Love

To borrow from the Bard himself, Shakespeare in Love has all the elements of a comedy of errors

By Nicci Botha 26 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Life after rugby

After 10 years of professional rugby playing for the Lions, Stormers and Stade Francais in Paris, Anton van Zyl hung up his boots

By Nicci Botha 23 Oct 2017

A cabinet reshuffle equals a nuclear deal

President Jacob Zuma's latest cabinet reshuffle is nothing more that a thinly-veiled smokescreen to get his crony, David Mahlobo into the energy portfolio

By Nicci Botha 18 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Student buying power at your Fingertips

The spending power of students is R2,702 per month, while the average South African spends about R2,503, debunking the myth of the perpetually broke student

By Nicci Botha 12 Oct 2017

Is Eskom imploding?

The number of incumbents who have warmed the chief executive's seat at Eskom in the last year continues to grow

By Nicci Botha 9 Oct 2017

#HASA2017: Plotting the legislative pathway to NHI

However well-intentioned National Health Insurance (NHI) is, it will fall flat without the necessary supporting legislation

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

#HASA2017: UHC funding - the great distraction

Quality care, not funding, is the real issue when it comes NHI

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

#HASA2017: Pathways to universal care

If we look at our current context, our healthcare system is not a designed product, but an artefact of our history

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

#HASA2017: Lessons in medical ethics

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Sheri Fink, delves into the life-and-death events at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina

By Nicci Botha 29 Sep 2017

Parliament ditches KPMG

KPMG South Africa's pariah status continues, with Parliament being the latest to terminate its relationship with the audit firm

By Nicci Botha 28 Sep 2017

#HASA2017: NHI needs to start delivering now

South Africa can't wait for the final NHI system in 2026 to start delivering on universal health coverage

By Nicci Botha 27 Sep 2017

Taming healthcare technology

Inequalities in healthcare can be eliminated in a generation using technology

By Nicci Botha 26 Sep 2017

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