Using tech to avoid The Great Resignation

By Veerakumar Natarajan—Country Head, Zoho Kenya The Great Resignation is increasingly becoming a major source of concern for businesses. Initially, this global phenomenon was attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, but other factors, such as burnout and employees’ growing desire to take back their power in the workplace, have also been driving forces. Employees want to use technology to work remotely and compete in the global market, but they also want to feel connected to each other and their customers. People-centric practices must be enhanced, not eclipsed, by platforms for collaboration…

Insurance has many financial benefits, not just compensation

By Nixon Shigoli Health, economic and social catastrophes including the recent coronavirus pandemic expose the vulnerability of individuals, families, businesses, economies, and nations to unforeseen but catastrophic risks. On a positive note, more people now acknowledge the benefits of insurance when faced with such adversities. A recent survey by the Geneva Association, a leading global insurance think tank, shows fourty percent of retail customers consider their health and health insurance more important since the onset of Covid-19. Similarly, half of the small business owners have made insurance including medical schemes…

Why you need to clean you makeup brushes

We spend much of our lives in our bedrooms and bathrooms, sleeping, bathing,  putting on make-up and getting dressed. But, if these two rooms in our homes – and the items in them – aren’t cleaned well, it can have detrimental effects on our health, from triggering allergies to causing skin infections. For a fresher space, try these handy tips from Aisha Pandor, CEO of SweepSouth, and the SweepStars who keep thousands of homes clean every week. Clean out your make-up Your pretty makeup collection may be the last place…

Financial Institutions must Champion Climate Action: There is only one Earth

By Paul Russo That climate change lobbyists disrupted a military parade in London during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2 is not a minor development. It got global attention, as the protesters had wanted, coming just days before the World Environment Day. But so did the climate change message. The protest is part of a wave of global push towards climate action, as the world marked the Environment Day on June 5. The 2022 World Environment Day campaign dubbed #OnlyOneEarth called for collective, transformative action on a global scale…

Opinion: Why you need travel insurance for that holiday or business trip  

By Nixon Shigoli Many people when planning a journey – a vacation, family visit or a business trip – often don’t factor in travel insurance. Yet this type of insurance offers crucial protection against financial risks associated with travel like illness, injury, trip cancellation and luggage loss. Like other types of insurance, the purpose of travel insurance is to guard the insured against financial losses arising from a particular activity. Anything can happen when you are travelling and, therefore, you need to plan for emergencies that may potentially ruin your…

A new variant highlights old problems

  By Eleni Giokos, Anchor & Correspondent, CNN At the end of last week, I wrapped up the last of my work commitments in Johannesburg and prepared to head to the airport, ready to return to my new home in Dubai.   I’d been presenting an awards ceremony for journalists in South Africa and lamenting the fact that ongoing Covid precautions meant that we’d had to do it virtually.  Even though I’d been able to dress up for the occasion (in a dress with pockets, no less!), it had felt…

Why farmers need to adopt sustainable farming practices to combat climate change.

By Sammy Kirui, HSC Kenya is the third largest producer of black tea globally after China and India, and is the world’s largest exporter of black tea, contributing over 20% of total world exports. The sector is therefore significant to the global and national economy. According to the Ministry of Trade, tea and horticulture are among the top export earners in Kenya, contributing approximately 1.5 percent to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018. Tea is Kenya’s principal agricultural industry; and the continued viability of the sector is critical…

Uganda’s rural entrepreneurs are a model for clean energy access in Africa

By: Marvin Tumusiime It’s a little-known fact outside of this part of the world, that Uganda is a hotspot for entrepreneurs. My home of Uganda is brimming with an enterprising community ranked as one of the most entrepreneurial in the world. So as someone working in the climate space for 7 years, I didnt just see the climate talks in Glasgow as an opportunity to tackle climate change, but also as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to help Uganda leapfrog dirty fossil fuels and serve communities across the country with clean energy. This is…

Covid-19 brings out the resilience of Kenya’s flower industry

By Baiju Kantaria, Director at Elgon Kenya Last year at the height of COVID-19 the Kenya flower industry was grappling with a cocktail of threats that had taken a toll on production including tough weather conditions, pests attacks and limited cargo space occasioned by the impacts of the pandemic that saw a skyrocketing of cargo space costs. The heartbreaking images of flower farm workers harvesting flowers and dumping them as lockdowns and cancellation of flights took effect are poignant reminders of the fragility of the sector to global shocks that…