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Despite Our Levels Of Inequality, We Have The Potential To Succeed

By Bongumusa Makhathini, Anton Bauman and Mark Fitzjohn For the first time in a generation, and largely due to the global coronavirus pandemic, poverty levels have increased, disproportionately impacting countries with large low-income populations, like South Africa. And with the current global political volatility and uncertainty, we may feel as though the light at the end …

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How Customer Experience Leaders Can Reduce Service Costs

By Greg Gatherer, Account Manager, Liferay Africa As a result of the pandemic, today’s client expects ease and easy access to products and services via digital platforms, and will abandon a company or brand after a bad experience. Indeed, according to a Zendesk customer experience trends study, more than 60% of customers will deflect after …

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Education Programmes Help. But We Need More Of Them.

By Zaheera Soomar The tragedy of South Africa’s latest unemployment figures isn’t that our official unemployment rate stands at 35.3%, which is the highest since Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey started in 2008. Nor is it that we’ve become so numb to the figures that we scarcely react anymore. By far the biggest tragedy …

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Localisation Of The Supply Chain Supports SMMEs And Translates To Economic Growth

By Hepsy Mkhungo, CEO and co-founder of Linkage Supply chain localisation could spell significant benefits for the South African economy, driving the development of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) – a sector that is central to the country’s economic recovery. Localisation essentially requires corporates to provide business opportunities, within the sphere of their own …

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Mr. Bada Pharasi, CEO of IPASA.

Automation to Drive the Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry Forward

  With the growing challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry, including the innovation of new drugs and vaccines for new diseases, supply chain complexity, pricing and cost pressures, and reaching more patients, it is becoming necessary for broader automation to be adopted in the industry. Bada Pharasi, CEO of the Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa (IPASA) …

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Boosting SMMEs And Driving Youth Employment – Can’t Have One Without The Other

By Janine Espin, Managing Director at Economic Development Solutions In support of economic recovery and to boost youth employment, the government has proposed R5.2 billion in tax relief while the Department of Small Business Development has announced plans to support at least 15 000 youth-owned enterprises. Although the proof is still in the pudding, this …

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Mitigating The Perceived Risk Of Enterprise And Supplier Development Partnerships

By Mpopi Khupe, Executive Director at Zevoli Growth Partners While we talk often about established suppliers having the benefit of economies of scale, we don’t talk enough about the benefit of agility that corporates can tap into through smaller suppliers. For established corporates (both buyer and supplier), decision-making systems and processes are cumbersome, and the …

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Achieving The Promise Of South Africa’s Green Hydrogen Economy Will Depend On A Highly-Specialised Workforce

By Viren Sookhun, Managing Director at Oxyon With the world looking to countries that have optimal renewable energy resources to provide clean energy of the future, South Africa has the opportunity to revolutionise its economy and supply green hydrogen to the world. Growth in the hydrogen sector will result in a significant number of new …

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In A World Where The Only Constant Is Change, Let’s Learn To Embrace It

By Simon Swanepoel, CEO of RocketNet The idiom goes, ‘change is as good as a holiday’. For most of us, being on holiday is a relaxing, stress-free experience. Change doesn’t always feel like a holiday. It can be stressful, unwanted, and challenging. No matter how difficult, change is a constant in life. And especially in …

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Solving The Skills Challenge Around Renewable Energy Projects In South Africa

By Barend Mathee, National Projects Director at Workforce Staffing With yet another round of load shedding currently in effect, it is more clear than ever that South Africa needs renewable energy. Government has opened up the power sector, with various bid windows of the Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) as well as new regulations …

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