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Deepening Digitisation And The Future Of Banking In Africa

Crosby Mkhwanazi, Group Head of Transactional Products and Services at Standard Bank Group Digital acceleration is transforming the banking sector globally and Africa is no exception. Technological advancements are increasingly shaping how financial products are distributed, how clients are served, and how underlying financial infrastructures are scaled. Moreover, digitisation has sparked a marked adjustment in …

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Managed Services Are The Data Solution Africa Needs

By Gerhard Fourie, Channel Lead at Commvault Africa While the African market is by no means homogenous, there are certain common challenges faced across the region that make data management a challenging prospect. This includes access to technology and hardware, as well as access to the specialist skills required to effectively implement and manage this …

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How The Pandemic Has Accelerated Change In The Insurance Industry

Isaac Mudau, BrightRock Chief Operating Officer: Funeral and Group Risk Business It’s been 18 months now since the pandemic came into our homes, businesses and communities and introduced a new normal. Eighteen months of uncertainty, loss and adaptation. Our lives have changed, both personally and professionally, and we are only now returning to some semblance …

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Alternate Careers In Finance Worth Considering

Careers in the finance sector are sought-after because they’re generally rewarding and lucrative. Some positions tend to be more popular than others, but there are a few which deserve more attention than they usually receive. Dany Mawas, Regional Director at INFINOX Capital, shares some insights into these positions, which professionals and students could do well …

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Time For A Right To Read In South Africa?

Cameron McConnachie South Africa’s public education system is repeatedly and consistently described as being in a “state of crisis”, ineffective, tragically unequal, and not fit for purpose. For 80% of the school-going population who attend no fee schools, it is all too common for there to be overcrowded classrooms, crumbling or non-existent toilets, poor teacher content …

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Emphasis On Customer-Driven Insurance Is Pushing Digital Transformation Within Africa’s Insurance Industry

By Doreen Kinja, Enterprise Sales Team Leader at Infobip Kenya Digital transformation within the African insurance industry is gathering momentum as a result of increased emphasis on delivering customer-driven insurance products and services through better communication. Essentially, the sector’s digital transformation initiatives are centred around the integration of technology into all areas of the insurance business, …

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Using Third Party Solutions To Secure SaaS And Hybrid Environments

By James Phillips, Territory Sales Manager and Metallic Leader in MEA, Commvault With the rapid rate of cloud adoption, about 70% of CIOs globally currently have a cloud-first strategy, meaning that they prefer to have a cloud-based backup service rather than to own and operate software and hardware. Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report states …

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Resilience Is The Mother Of All Virtues And The Key To Unlocking Successful Independent Power Projects In Nigeria

By Nicolas Mathon, Director, Project Development, Africa and Europe, Wärtsilä Energy The successful completion of the Azura Edo 450 MW gas-fired power project in 2016 was hailed at the time as setting the blueprint for future independent power projects in Nigeria. The $900 million plant, which gathered 20 international banks and equity financing partners from more than …

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Covid-19: How Can Employers Support Workers And Communities With Mental Health Issues

By Dr Spo Kgalamono, Executive Director of the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) The after-effects of Covid-19 have been disastrous to say the least. Not only did it destroy our physical health and tear apart families, it has also negatively affected economic activity, resulting in huge financial burdens. Our workforce and communities are left …

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An Educator Speaks Out: Our Public School System Is Broken, Here’s How To Fix It

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching in just about every sector of South Africa, but while many businesses and workers stand a hope of recovery, children in the public education sector aren’t as fortunate. Already at a disadvantage before the pandemic with as many as 65 learners – or more – per …

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