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How software decisions can reduce business costs

By: Marilyn Moodley – Country Leader for South Africa and WECA (West, East, Central Africa) at SoftwareONE The IDC forecasts that South Africa’s IT spend will be $12.78 billion (R197 billion) in 2021, an increase of 5.2% over the previous year. One of the biggest contributors to this figure is software and cloud spend, which has grown exponentially since […]

Navigating a hybrid work environment – how can businesses remain secure?

By Quentyn Taylor, Director of Information Security at Canon for Europe, Middle East and Africa A central office has typically been most business’s default working location, but the role of the office has significantly changed over the last year. Today, over 90% of organisations say they’ll allow employees to work remotely, at least part of […]

5 Reasons to Hire a Content Marketing Agency to Grow Your Business

Growing your business is hard work. From creating a product to marketing it, there are many things that need attention. However, hiring a content marketing agency might be the answer if you’re looking for ways to grow your company and increase sales. A content marketing agency can be a powerful ally for any business looking […]

Mitigating the risks of payments fraud

Global losses from payment fraud have tripled from US$9.84 billion in 2011 to US$32.39 billion in 2020, according to Deutsche Bank’s 2021 report on the future of payments. And financial professionals are saying COVID-19 hasn’t helped matters, with 65% believing that the global pandemic is to blame for some of the accelerated rate in fraud […]

It’s About The Business, Not The Box — Tips For How To Sell More Effectively To Graphic Arts Customers

Ben Gossage, is the Sales and Marketing Director, Canon Central and North Africa. For every business in every industry, the future is uncertain. At times like this it’s tempting to do nothing and wait for circumstances to become clearer. Tempting, but dangerous, because you need to explore new revenue opportunities, to widen your customer base […]

3-Step marketing toolkit for regulated industries

Marketing professionals have always been creative problem solvers, and these skills need to be ramped up when operating in regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, finance, insurance and hospitality. Stringent laws and regulations, not to mention lengthy approval processes, can seem like too many obstacles in the way of highly effective creative communication campaigns. “Marketing […]

6th SIM Senegal happening on 2-4 November 2021

The Opening Ceremony will feature a keynote speech from His Excellency, Honourable Mr. Macky SALL His Excellency, Honourable Mr. Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal will make a keynote speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 6th Senegal International Mining Conference & Exhibition, in Dakar. The two-day conference will focus on the theme […]

Creating a disruption-proof supply chain in Africa

The impact of the pandemic on global supply chains has prompted governments around the world to look at ways to fix the broken links. In Africa, the launch of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), has provided the continent with new opportunities to strengthen its regional supply chain. Virusha Subban, Head of Indirect Tax at […]

Creating inclusive workplaces to boost mental health

Zama Zaca, Head of New Business at Tetris South Africa, shares some design tips on how to make workspaces more inclusive and improve employee mental wellness of employees. Mental health has been in the spotlight recently, with people under strain from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and top athletes opening up about their mental health struggles […]

DPI raises one of the largest Africa funds at US$900m to invest in innovation-led companies

Development Partners International (DPI), a premier investment firm focused on Africa, announced on 4th October that African Development Partners III Fund (ADP III), has exceeded its US$800 million target, and is set to hold a final close at US$900 million, with an additional US$250m of dedicated co-investment capital. This brings a total of US$1.15 billion […]

The Future of In-Ear Advertising. Has digital killed the radio star?

Did you know that the first radio commercial aired in the USA on 28 August 1922? Now, close to 100 years later, brands are still reaching audiences via this medium.  Digital audio has disrupted the space with a richer, immersive experience. Carla Harrison, Spotify Sales Manager at Ad Dynamo – Africa’s leading media sales house (and Spotify’s […]

PLATFORM BANKING AND OPEN BANKING: why it’s the next big thing for banks and their customers

Incumbent banks are starting to look to “platform banking” to stay relevant and loved by customers. But what is platform banking in the first place? And why is it a good thing for society? Anthony de Gray Birch, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Direct Transact, South Africa’s biggest banking enabler of the past […]

Redefining digital transformation for the modern work environment

Kriya Govender, CEO of PRP Solutions “Digital transformation” has been a hot topic for company executives for a while, but it failed to gain traction in their businesses.  However, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, momentum has shifted with those still undecided about digital transformation and forced many organizations to accelerate their […]

Ceres invests in a sustainable future by contributing to plastic waste reduction efforts

Johannesburg – Today, Ceres Fruit Juices announced the introduction of an initiative aimed at reducing plastic waste and has invited Craig Foster, award winning producer of the documentary: My Octopus Teacher, to participate in a roundtable highlighting the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment. Plastic waste management is a growing concern across the globe, […]

Key Steps To A Growth Strategy That Works

As an ambitious and growth-oriented entrepreneur, you don’t want an average business. You want constant growth that takes your business to the next level. This involves using strategies that support expansion in your operations, boosts business productivity and improves your competitiveness in the industry.  The problem arises if you feel like your business is not […]

54gene Closes $25M Series B to Advance Global Drug Discovery Capabilities

Cathay Africinvest Innovation leads round as company expands precision medicine capabilities across the African continent 54gene, the health technology company advancing African genomics research for improved global health outcomes, has secured $25M in a Series B round, led by Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund. The round also included participation from Adjuvant Capital, KdT Ventures, Plexo Capital, […]

Collaborating for the benefit of employee mental health

Sir Ian Cheshire Chair, The Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health Before the Covid 19 pandemic hit, mental health was already an issue on the rise around the world, with an estimated 13% of the global population, just short of 1 billion people suffering from some kind of mental illness. In South Africa, according to statistics […]

Generational Marketing: How to ensure your brand lands with the right audience

Did you know that, contrary to what one might think, older age groups are the fastest-growing segments of many social media platforms’ audiences[1]? Facebook, for example, saw users above the age of 65 increase by roughly 25% over the past year[2], while those aged 50 plus represent Snapchat’s fastest-growing audience segment[3]. “When brands decide that […]

Four steps to fixing cash flow and help SMEs survive

We are all familiar with the saying in business that “cash is king” and, if that’s the case, then cash flow is the lifeblood of any business.  For small or mid-size businesses, cash flow is a critical component of success. Profits are meaningless without it. The harsh reality is that SMEs who don’t exercise good cash flow […]

PRP Solutions Improves Decision-Making with Digital People Management Solutions

Modern business practices in a hybrid work from home and work from office environment needs a flexible work environment that boosts productivity and increases operational efficiency PRP Solutions, people management and workplace cloud solutions specialists, announced it is providing organisations with a more systemic and centralised solution suite able to show accurate, real-time data to […]

Entrepreneurs need to better understand risk and fail better by failing fast and forward

Are entrepreneurs risk takers at heart or calculated visionaries?  According to serial entrepreneur and Ukheshe Technologies CEO, Clayton Hayward, many entrepreneurs don’t truly understand the nature of risk, which has a direct impact on the success of their business idea. He says that to be a successful entrepreneur you need to be willing to take […]