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Many companies toe the party line as far as Corporate Social Investment (CSI) is concerned, but rarely do they do more than pay money towards worthy causes through faceless and nameless accounting departments. However, the rare few that put their mouth – and brand – where their money is are finding that not only are they making the country, and the world, a better place, their brand really is being bolstered as a result.

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A few years ago, Seemahale Telecoms, through its subsidiary Mint Electronics, launched a local range of smartphones and tablets. Intended to bring affordable smartphones to the masses, the devices are slowly making their way on to the market.

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Africa in general – and South Africa specifically – has bad news coming out of it far more often than good news or uplifting stories. But every so often, the continent and the country shine a light on how amazing people can be when they set their minds to something.

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These days, there’s an app for everything. Four Honours students from the University of Johannesburg's Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering (ACSSE), have developed an app to help combat corruption in South Africa. Called Kriterion, the app integrates tender management processes into one system in order to accurately assess tender estimates and immediately identify any irregularities.

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As with all other health issues in South Africa, breast cancer treatment is generally only offered in cities and it’s too difficult and expensive for those in rural areas to access. The standard treatments are a mastectomy and a lumpectomy, which require a sterile environment and the assistance of an anaesthesiologist. As such, they are only offered at regional hospitals.

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According to the SA Burn Society, about 268 people in South Africa suffer from severe full-body burns each month. While many people die of the burn wounds, this is not because of the burns, but rather from the body's stress response to the burn and lack of skin.

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HIV/AIDS has been the scourge of humanity for over 20 years. With the introduction of antiretroviral drugs, the life span of the infected was dramatically increased, but we still do not have a cure.

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The psychological theory of behaviourism, which assumes that reinforcement and punishment can be used to change human (and animal) behaviour, has been proven many times over the past 50 years. While not the intention of a recent Stellenbosch University study, evidencing behaviourism was a by-product of the research, which focused on the speeding habits of minibus taxis in South Africa.

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There’s potentially good news for South Africa’s skills shortage: Hundreds of expats are seriously considering coming home.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.