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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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Future Looks Bright For Tech In Africa

By Angel Jones – CEO, Homecoming Revolution Group The recently concluded fourth edition of Africa Tech Summit held in Nairobi was a major eye-opener, given the rich menu of presentations and networking opportunities it offered. The summit, held under three tracks—the Africa Money and Decentralised Finance (DeFi) Summit, Africa Startup Summit and Africa Mobile Summit—brought …

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Africa’s Emerging Crypto Economy

Eric Osiakwan On the 1st of March, South Africa based cryptocurrency exchange, VALR announced their $50M series B raise at a $240M valuation led by Pantera Capital. On that same day, Africa’s leading mobile operator MTN announced their purchase of 144 plots of virtual land in Africarare – the first African virtual reality metaverse featuring …

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Opening Doors For Others, We Can Create A More Equal World

By Linda Saunder, Head of Solution Engineering, Salesforce South Africa  Over the last two years the global pandemic has radically shifted the way we work and live. The disproportionate impact of the health crisis has also made more visible the reality of social injustices and inequalities. Creating an environment in which all employees can thrive …

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