An early morning drive to provide warmth to the homeless – David Gemmell

An early morning drive to provide warmth to the homeless – David Gemmell

Author David Gemmell told BizNews about a blanket drive to help the homeless, noting how many people in SA have a truly tough life.First Help, the largest towing company in the Southern Hemisphere, has an annual Blanket Drive which takes place in the winter. The drive aims to hand out blankets to th

  Jarryd Neves
What history teaches us about the rise and fall of empires

What history teaches us about the rise and fall of empires

History is not everyone’s cup of tea, but stories of individuals who rose from humble beginnings and overcame great hardship to reach extraordinary heights certainly hold valuable lessons for us all. In this article, Lee Blake looks at one such individual, Genghis Khan; the Mongolian warrior-ruler w

  Nadya Swart
These creatures share our beautiful planet with us – a photo essay

These creatures share our beautiful planet with us – a photo essay

This photograph series by artist Daniel Heintz is a much-needed reminder of the exquisite creatures with which we share our beautiful planet.With the magnitude of chaos that has enveloped South Africa over the last 18 months, starting with the emergence of Covid-19 in 2020 – and the ensuing lockdown

  Nadya Swart
New Amazon CEO Andy Jassy and his South African connection

New Amazon CEO Andy Jassy and his South African connection

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos handed over the reins to Andy Jassy, former CEO of Amazon Web Services, the group’s most profitable business unit. Highly respected, Jassy is said to be the brains behind Amazon Web Services and has worked side-by-side with Bezos for decades. Jassy has an interesting relati

  Justin Rowe-Roberts
You can knock years off your biological age – Prof Peter Herbert

You can knock years off your biological age – Prof Peter Herbert

Prof Peter Herbert from the Centre for Health and Ageing revealed that his research proved it possible to reduce your biological age through exercise.As we age, there’s a gradual decline on strength, power and aerobic capacity – if we don’t exercise. From the age of 40, about 90g of muscle is lost e

  Jarryd Neves
Foresight – a skill that can be developed?

Foresight – a skill that can be developed?

The concept of foresight has been pondered upon by curious minds for centuries. Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military leader and emperor who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century, is quoted as having said; ‘Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight,’ and that ‘Vengeance

  Nadya Swart
Recycling plastic into concrete and opportunities – Deon Robbertze

Recycling plastic into concrete and opportunities – Deon Robbertze

The Centre for Regenerative Design turns plastic waste into a granular product called Resin8 - which can be used as a building material.Plastic waste is everywhere. Even at the bottom of the Mariana Trench – the deepest oceanic trench – the dreaded waste has been found. It is choking our cities, ri

  Linda van Tilburg
Desire for ‘pretty privilege’ drives cosmetics industry

Desire for ‘pretty privilege’ drives cosmetics industry

Attractive people have certain distinct advantages in life. The desire for this 'pretty privilege' drives the cosmetics industry.According to a recent report from Allied Market Research, the global cosmetics industry generated $380.2bn in 2019, and is expected to reach $463.5bn by 2027 – witnessing

  Nadya Swart
Rob Opie on emerging stronger from the Covid tunnel

Rob Opie on emerging stronger from the Covid tunnel

Very often, tough circumstances make way for exceptional people to rise above their situation. The last 18 months of Covid-19 and perpetual lockdowns has been a period which epitomises tough circumstances. While it is easy and only natural for this to weigh any human being down, it is vital to find

  Nadya Swart
What vampire bats can teach us about being nice and getting ahead

What vampire bats can teach us about being nice and getting ahead

Do nice guys really finish last? Turns out there's a catch to getting niceness right, which has been mastered by altruistic vampire bats.You’d think that being nice would be a good thing, but according to Psychology Today, we often associate it with weakness, particularly when it comes to romantic r

  Claire Badenhorst
Tackling 4,852 potholes with a do-it-yourself attitude – Barend la Grange

Tackling 4,852 potholes with a do-it-yourself attitude – Barend la Grange

A fresh breeze is blowing through many rural towns, as citizens tire of waiting for government to fix things and are doing it for themselves.Many of South Africa’s rural towns are a sorry sight. Thousands of potholes and infrastructure that is falling apart are the order of the day, with poor munici

  Jarryd Neves
Is there an art to dying? Here’s what we can learn from Buddhism

Is there an art to dying? Here’s what we can learn from Buddhism

For Buddhists, dying is not something to be feared. They believe that death is simply a part of life and meditation is seen as a way to prepare for one’s final moments with a calm and peaceful mind. This is summed up by the Buddhist saying, “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely

  Claire Badenhorst
Training SA Olympic medal hopefuls not to drop the baton – Paul Gorries

Training SA Olympic medal hopefuls not to drop the baton – Paul Gorries

BizNews caught up with the team coach Paul Gorries to find out how the SA team is preparing for the Tokyo Oympics, scheduled to begin in July.After being postponed last year, the Tokyo Olympic Games is going ahead in July, under the cloud of the Covid-19 pandemic. Locals in Japan are wary and athlet

  Jarryd Neves
Fight for UK recognition of forgotten WW2 hero Job Maseko

Fight for UK recognition of forgotten WW2 hero Job Maseko

Bill Gillespie is fighting to get recognition for the heroic acts of Job Maseko, a South African soldier for the Allied Forces during WW2.A South African living in Somerset in the United Kingdom has launched a campaign to get recognition for Job Maseko, a South African soldier and stretcher-bearer f

  Claire Badenhorst
‘Siya Kolisi deserves to be the CEO of his own brand’ – Roc Nation

‘Siya Kolisi deserves to be the CEO of his own brand’ – Roc Nation

Roc Nation believes that Siya Kolisi is 'so much bigger than just a rugby player' and that South African athletes need to be reminded that they deserve global opportunities.Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has been one of the few things that brought positive attention to South Africa in the last decade

  Nadya Swart
Does ideology trump reality? Your answer is likely to be ‘controversial’.

Does ideology trump reality? Your answer is likely to be ‘controversial’.

The parameters of what is considered 'controversial' has expanded exponentially. Academia and science cannot hope to reach new heights or break any ground if potential pioneers are restricted by the expanding definition of 'controversial'.The parameters of what is considered to be ‘controversial’ ha

  Nadya Swart
Snowflake generation: Why Millennials are too soft and who’s to blame

Snowflake generation: Why Millennials are too soft and who’s to blame

Nicole Wills looks at possible causes for Millennials being "too emotionally vulnerable" and how they compare with generations past.According to SADAG, one in four South African university students will be diagnosed with depression and half of all mental health conditions start at 14 years of age –

  Claire Badenhorst
The horse whisperer bringing hope to Atlantis

The horse whisperer bringing hope to Atlantis

Joshua Swarts started a non-profit organisation called Horse Pals Atlantis. He told BizNews how his passion to save horses helped him through addiction. His passion to save horses helped him through addiction.Atlantis, Western Cape is an area battered by social deprivation, with many young people in

  Linda van Tilburg
Soshanguve snake charmer’s vision of the first ‘Made-in-SA laptop’

Soshanguve snake charmer’s vision of the first ‘Made-in-SA laptop’

Mpumelelo Mahlangu is planning to launch the DTC400, which will be priced at R4999. He not only wants to disrupt the market but build an electronics companyMpumelelo Mahlangu, an orphan that was raised by his grandparents, is on the path to develop the first-ever entry-level laptop in South Africa.

  Jarryd Neves
This is what we voted for – Mark Barnes gets his first Pfizer vaccine shot

This is what we voted for – Mark Barnes gets his first Pfizer vaccine shot

Kisby chairman Mark Barnes recently got his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. He joined the BizNews Power Hour to share his experience.Mark Barnes, Kisby chairman and former CEO of the South African Post Office, recently got his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. He took to Twitter afterward, tweetin

  Claire Badenhorst
Looking for your next physical challenge? Try Extreme Ironing

Looking for your next physical challenge? Try Extreme Ironing

If you wish to combine your desire to push yourself physically with your love of crease-free garments, then Extreme Ironing may be for you.Over the centuries, the human race has come up with a few sports that may cause you to pause, frown, and ask, “but why?” One of these is the famous cheese-rollin

  Claire Badenhorst