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Digital Nomad Boom sees E-Residency Launch New Digital ID Card Collection Points Worldwide

Aspiring e-Residents can now collect their digital identity cards from offices in Brazil, South Africa, Singapore and Thailand 05 May 2021: The Estonian government’s e-Residency programme, pioneer of the world’s first digital residency initiative, has today announced the launch of four new international ‘pick-up points’ across three continents to accommodate for the increase in digital nomads as […]

AVEVA and PlanetTogether Announce Strategic Partnership to Optimize Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing Operations

Integrated Production Planning and Manufacturing Execution Digitally Maintain Order, Effectiveness, and Quality in Plant Operations and advance Sustainability AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has strategically partnered with PlanetTogether, the leading Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) platform provider, to bring scheduling optimization capabilities to manufacturers looking to deliver digital transformation […]

Ajua Acquires WayaWaya

Leading Customer Experience Platform for Africa to Integrate Intelligent Messaging and Payments Platform Across its Product Suite  Ajua, the integrated Customer Experience Management solution for businesses in Africa, has acquired WayaWaya, the Kenya-based Artificial Intelligence [AI] and Machine Learning [ML] known for its innovative Janja platform, that enables borderless banking and payments across apps and […]

Afrikrea Launches ANKA to Power Global African E-Commerce

Ivorian company partners with DHL and Visa and builds SaaS Platform for omnichannel global selling for African micro retailers Afrikrea, the e-commerce platform for “all things made of Africa”, is launching ANKA – an all-in one SaaS solution to provide a seamless ecommerce, payments and global shipping online service for thousands of micro retailers and […]

Ryan Strategic Advisory Highlights Bahrain’s Role In The Evolution of Global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) In White Paper With SILAH GULF

UK- based consultancy, Ryan Strategy Advisory, today unveiled a whitepaper prepared for Bahrain-based business process outsourcing company, Silah Gulf, presenting the role of the Kingdom in driving growth of global BPOs. Titled, ‘Leveraging Bahrain for Customer Experience Excellence,’ the whitepaper highlights the strengths of Bahrain as a regional player with strong links to GCC countries and the […]

Baker McKenzie named the Most Responsive International Law Firm in South Africa and 10 other jurisdictions

The Firm has also been recognized in 15 transactional and advisory practice areas across Asia and the Middle East and Africa region. The In-House Community (IHC) 2021 has awarded Baker McKenzie the “Most Responsive International Firm of the Year” in 11 jurisdictions, including in South Africa. The other jurisdictions were China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, the […]

HSBC switches to Recycled Plastic Payment Cards

Transition will reduce CO2 emissions by 161 tonnes a year, and save 73 tonnes of plastic per year HSBC is announcing a new programme to introduce sustainable payment cards across all its global locations. By the end of 2026 it will eliminate single-use PVC plastic, in favour of recycled PVC plastic (rPVC). The programme – which […]

What does WhatsApp’s Privacy Policy Update Mean for Brands?

Despite public pushback, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp will be going ahead with the privacy policy update it announced earlier this year. While the public has begun to appreciate that WhatsApp’s privacy rules are in fact still very much in favour of the user, with messages sent remaining private and encrypted at all times, what will this mean […]

Leaders In A Hybrid World Of Work

Andrew Brough Although some organisations were successfully navigating the challenges of remote work and distributed teams way before the pandemic, the last 12 months have highlighted issues that leaders cannot ignore. In the recent 2021 Work Trend Index report The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work – Are We Ready? Microsoft uncovers some pressing trends. […]

Staying ahead of cybercrime is a business imperative

It is predicted that there will be 7,5 billion Internet users by 2030 and that more than 111 billion lines of new software code is produced each year. While the growth is exciting, these statistics also outline the number of vulnerabilities open to exploitation. Together with an estimated  96 zettabytes of digital content currently produced, this […]

How cost cutting can help SMEs grow

Reducing the cost of supplies, inventory or business operations is common practice amongst many small business owners. Not preserving enough cash could land a business in deep waters and in need of a lifeline. For business owners, curbing your expenditure is a practical way to improve your cash flow without incurring risk to your business. […]

Clean Air Crucial for Curbing COVID-19 Spread and Upping Productivity in Workplaces. Four Ways Clean Air is Better for Business

South Africa is bracing itself for a third COVID-19 wave. According to scientists, this is due to the slow start to the vaccination programme and relaxed level 1 restrictions. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has stated that: “If that third wave comes, it should be managed (in such a way) that we keep the economy going […]

Why a Plastics Pact is recipe for better environmental management practices

The year is 2016, outside a busy supermarket in one of Nairobi’s estates. Shoppers flow in and out carrying their groceries and other shopping items with plastic carrier bags. These are the order of the day, but their pollution to the environment is devastating. A year later in 2017, the Kenyan government would enact the […]

Covid-19 will end but workplace culture will never be the same

The onset of Covid-19 had organisations across the globe scrambling to find solutions to the sudden and widespread shift to remote work. More than a year later, it is clear that the pandemic has permanently influenced perceptions and the employee experience of workplace culture, says Reynhardt Uys, Chief Experience Officer, Immersion Group, a global team of experience […]

AVEVA and SHELL Provide Perspective on How Industry 5.0 Will Connect Human Elements to Smart Production

Shell’s Veteran Strategist, Brent Kedzierski Advocates Mass Personalization and Greater Workforce Collaboration as Keys to Industry 5.0. Leaders from AVEVA, a global leader in engineering and industrial software, and the Shell Oil Company joined forces to discuss the future of Smart Production recently. Brent Kedzierski, Head of Learning Strategy and Innovation at Shell and AVEVA’s […]

AMAKA Studio: A Publisher Dedicated To Celebrating Pan-African Womanhood Launches

AMAKA Studio (AMAKA) launched on 11 March. Founded by 25-year-old Nigerian-American CEO Adaora Oramah, the online platform will spotlight nuanced stories for women from Africa and across the diaspora. Intentionally launching the week of International Women’s Day, AMAKA kicks off by celebrating its reason for existence –  Pan-African womanhood – for the entire month of […]

New Export Tax on Chrome Ore Intended to Resurrect the Ferrochrome Industry, but challenges prevail

By Prenisha Govender, Associate, Tax, and Angelo Tzarevski, Senior Associate, Competition & Antitrust, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg  The South African Government recently approved a tax on South Africa’s exported chrome, although the tax percentage and further details are still to be announced. The ferrochrome ore industry has been severely threatened in recent years, mostly due to […]

Resilience – the antidote to a recurring crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the ideal opportunity for leaders to step up and move people forward to a preferred future despite global crises. However, according to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, trust levels are hovering at all-time lows, with only the business community regarded as both ethical and competent. Consequently, whether they like it […]

Golden age of tech coming, but scores of jobs at risk, says futurist

Smart connected machines are set to put both blue collar and white collar workers out of jobs in large numbers, and this wave of change will force paradigm shifts in education, work and society as a whole. So says Sean Culey Business transformation expert, futurist and author of ‘Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity’, who was […]

How Your Print Buyers’ Needs Are Changing And How To Add Value Amidst Digital Fatigue

By Head of Marketing at Canon South Africa, Jimmy De Waal Despite 46% of marketing budgets being dedicated to digital media, nearly 50% of brands are using print frequently in their campaigns[1]. With digital fatigue amongst consumers continuing to grow in light of recent global events, now is the time for print to step into the […]

The top 5 reasons why investing in Ireland makes sense for African businesses

Photo credit: Lucian Potlog (pexels.com). Dublin, Ireland

By Daireann Gibson, Managing Partner at Gibson & Associates Solicitors Ireland is becoming an increasingly popular destination for individuals from across Africa who are looking to move abroad. South Africa in particular has seen 3,000 immigrants choose Ireland as their new home, and for investors in particular, Ireland provides a wealth of opportunities. The relationship […]

The Best way to Invest in S&P500, the Global Information Technology Index

The global stock market remains a fast-growing entity, and one that boasts a cumulative value of $85 trillion. In total, the world’s equity market has since its total capitalisation increased by 320% since 2009, as online and digital trading has become increasingly popular. Interestingly, the stock market is also home to some popular and insightful […]