Fail to plan, plan to fail…meeting your mining targets

By Arjen de Bruin, Managing Director at OIM Consulting Professional services and auditing network Deloitte has listed sliding productivity and spiralling costs as key issues facing the mining sector, dedicating an entire series in its resource centre to unpacking the factors that are driving productivity down while costs go up. While it lists several intrinsic and extrinsic […]

Here’s why South African billers, retailers and banks should consider open finance solutions

By Clinton Leask, Head of Digital at Pay@ Open banking, a relatively new concept in the field of financial technologies, is fast becoming a major source of innovation that is poised to reshape the banking industry – globally and in Africa. Open Banking is a capability that provides third-party service providers access to consented consumer banking, transaction […]

Kenya: Shared prosperity – the United States and Kenya sign Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership

By Virusha Subban, Partner specialising in Customs and Trade, Head of Tax, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg  The United States-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) was signed on 14 July 2022. The agreement outlines the enhanced engagement and high standard of commitment between the two countries, and focuses on increased investment and sustainable and inclusive growth that will […]

Proactivity – and Social Media Advertising – can mitigate against a property market pullback

While record-low interest rate levels over the last two years helped give millions of new buyers a foothold in the South African residential property market, an upward trend in the rate, high annual inflation, record-high unemployment, an economy struggling to get back to pre-pandemic levels and the added strain of load shedding have seen the […]

Mining’s ongoing Culture Challenge and how it affects your output

By Arjen de Bruin, Managing Director at OIM Consulting It was the late Peter Drucker – one of the most revered thinkers on management and leadership – who succinctly said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Drucker, who maintained that business leaders need to wholeheartedly embrace a spirit of performance, was a strong proponent of the link between […]

Startupbootcamp AfriTech pilots $7m Gates Foundation program to uplift South African HealthTech startups

In recent years, African HealthTech has recorded impressive growth, as the majority of Africans rely on under-funded public health facilities while a small minority have access to well-funded, quality private health care.  It is a reality that across much of Africa, health systems suffer from serious inefficiencies and are widely inaccessible, and this was exasperated […]

Practical Action announces collaboration to raise new finance for climate and water resilient cities in Africa

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda highlighted the degree to which urbanization will be one of the most significant changes we face in the coming 10-20 years. The Commonwealth’s 54 countries will account for half of all growth in cities by 2050. Cities already account for 70% of all global carbon emissions, and […]

Now in South Africa, the AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal is empowering patients to take charge of their healthcare

AfyaRekod has launched the fully automated Universal Patient Portal in South Africa and it is ready to change the face of patient care across the country, Africa, and the world.  Using block-chain driven technology the Universal Patient Portal is a secure central, mobile platform where patients and the medical professionals treating them have real-time access […]

5 Best Cryptocurrency to Buy in July 2022

A cryptocurrency is a digital currency secured with cryptography. It can be used to make payments and transfer funds. People are increasingly using cryptocurrencies to pay for goods and services, which is also an investment opportunity. Not all of the cryptocurrencies that have been created are worth investing in. Some investors will be looking to […]

Kelly Jackson appointed as Managing Director of newly formed EMEA region for The Travel Corporation

Johannesburg, 7 July 2022 – With the recent creation of The Travel Corporation (TTC) Tour Brands combined with the success of North America and Oceania, the departure of UK/Europe Managing Director, Donna Jeavons, opened up an opportunity for the world’s leading privately-owned travel company, to look at its UK, Europe, Ireland and South African offices. […]

Youth will drive the future of digital payment solutions in Africa

By Clinton Leask, Head of Digital at Pay@ With 70% of sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 301 and the youngest population in the world, Africa is home to one of the most ambitious, highly motivated and vibrant youth populations in the world. Millennials, the largest living generation of today, together with Gen Z, are set […]

Digital marketing: Chedjou Kamdem, Cameroonian expert in community management, publishes two professional books

Publication and book signing of the books ” la boîte à outils du community manager africain : 10 outils pour démarrer ! ” and ” 13 kpi why : mieux comprendre ses principaux indicateurs clés de performance “, written by chedjou kamdem. Today, whether in the West, Asia, or Africa, social networks represent an increasingly […]

AEC Launches Q2, 2022 Outlook, the State of African Energy

Following the Q1 outlook, the Q2 report provides insight into the challenges, opportunities, and overall state of Africa’s energy sector. The African Energy Chamber (AEC) has released its Q2, 2022 outlook, the State of African Energy, providing detailed insight into current and emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities, and how the African energy sector is bouncing […]

Digital agency 8909 expands leadership team

Digital agency 8909 has made three significant new appointments to their leadership team. Manisha Jogi has been promoted to  Head of Strategy, Yuvisti Ramgulam has been appointed as Head of Client Service, and Khanya Sijaji has been promoted to  Executive Creative Director.  Jogi will be in charge of translating client marketing strategies into well thought out brand, […]

Indirect tax developments in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Jana Botha, VAT Consultant, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg There have been significant developments in indirect tax within Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in the past year. The vast majority of developments have been based around VAT amendments and policies, as well as general budget updates for 2022 across SSA. This article includes key developments from Ghana, Kenya, […]

He who shouts loudest…improving mining outcomes through transforming leadership

By Arjen de Bruin, Managing Director at OIM Consulting The archetype exists for a reason: the mining supervisor, yelling at those he is supposed to lead; entertaining no discussion, questions or other perspectives. It’s his way or the proverbial highway. The leadership style best associated with the mining sector is seen as assertive at best, […]

Total focus on renewables and gas is the cheapest way to meet Mozambique’s new electricity demand

Wallace Manyara, Business Development Manager, Region South & East Africa, Wärtsilä Energy

Oped by Wallace Manyara, Business Development Manager, Region South & East Africa, Wärtsilä Energy  To meet its growing energy needs and increase electricity access across the population, Mozambique must build 1.3 GW of new power capacity over the next decade. A further 2 GW would be needed to support the planned development of the Beluluane […]

New Report Shines a Light on Artificial Intelligence in Africa

The State of AI in Africa Report by the AI Media Group South Africa, offers an analysis of the emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) landscape in Africa. It contains multiple statistics and trends while offering insights on key factors and communities driving the ecosystem across the continent.  Report author, and CEO of the AI Media Group, […]

Is your employee communication strategy keeping up with global trends?

Caroline van der Merwe, COO of SmartWage, an innovative HR and communications technology company, says that effective communication is key to a productive workforce, and achieving this in the South African context requires employers to bridge the digital divide. The human need to communicate is as old as time. The first printing press, which introduced […]

The Struggles of Content Creators – A Founder’s Viewpoint

By Kayode Adebayo From a hobby to a big-time career, content creation has become a vital part of the social media marketing that few people envisaged. The art of content creation transcends location, age, race or identity, yet it relies on these and more, for it to be impactful. As consumers of content, it is […]

Why should you hire a digital marketing agency?

Jacques Du Bruyn, Managing Director, Flume  South African’s adoption of digital tech puts us ahead of many bigger economies. If you look at aspects like the way we bank and how we pay for products and services, we’re way ahead of places in Europe and the USA.  The speed at which we’ve adopted that tech […]