A more flexible and fairer future of work beckons

Ways of working that go back decades were dismantled overnight in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold of the world. South Africa was no exception, with companies forced to rapidly enable people to work from home where possible and embrace digital channels during...

Why we need to protect whistle-blowers

Stepping up and blowing the whistle on a corporate issue, ethics or concerning behaviour is a brave, bold move for any employee to take. It requires that someone invests their future into the courage of their convictions, taking the risk that they may face harassment...

Retailers should give shoppers a great online experience

Consumers are embracing the e-commerce experience in growing numbers and corporate South Africa is taking serious notice, according to Geoff Hardy, head of digital at Immersion Group. Across the globe online sales have surged, while locally online transactions on...

Covid puts a new spin on POPIA implementation

Our personal devices, such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets are increasingly used to access movies, download apps, store music or stream content from platforms like Netflix or Showmax. And they are often shared among family members, such as children who regularly...

How do load shedding and power cuts affect my fibre line?

With many South Africans working and learning from home, when it was announced that we’d have to deal with load shedding as well as lockdown, you could almost hear the collective groan across the country. By Matthew Campbell, head of SME and FTTH at Seacom The...

Where should you be now to ensure POPI compliance by July?

After what seemed like an interminably long wait, South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) came into effect in July 2020. On 1 July this year, its year-long grace period comes to an end, meaning that organisations in breach of the act should start...

Pandemic changes insurance, personal financial planning needs

The experience of living through Covid-19 has changed consumer behaviour, reshaping our wants and needs and reprioritising what’s important and what’s peripheral. Some of these behavioural changes are likely to endure after the pandemic ends and includes greater...

Tech companies can help reverse rural talent erosion

For decades, companies, especially tech providers, have followed a certain operational pattern. By Andrew Bourne, regional manager: Africa at, Zoho Corporation They start out in a major city, raise funding from investors, attract talent from nearby towns and villages,...

Prepare for another disruptive year

While increased government spending on infrastructure development will help to stabilise the construction industry by bringing a host of opportunities in the form of new projects, several risk factors continue to undermine the sector’s recovery. “The biggest concern...

Where do we stand with expropriation of land without compensation?

On 13 December 2019, the Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill (the Amendment Bill) was published in the Government Gazette. By Burton Meyer, director in Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s dispute resolution practice Since then, a lot of water has passed under the bridge with...

The role of storage in Industry 4.0

2020 has been a year of unprecedented change for businesses globally and in the region. By Ossama El Samadoni, senior sales director: MERAT at Dell Technologies The onset of the pandemic brought with it the pressing need to accelerate digital transformation,...

What we’ve learnt from 12 months of Covid-19

Every organisation arguably entered a survival mode when the first lockdown was announced in late March 2020. By Cameron Beveridge, Regional Director for Southern Africa at SAP With offices closed, workers and families confined to their homes, and most economic...