Risks and opportunities in a digital future

The current pandemic has helped organisations confirm the criticality of further digitising their business value chains, fuelled by the need to operate remotely and to provide greater access to the workforce to better enable the performance of their tasks. By Mark...

Lockdown points to a new way to grow local economies

While a great deal of focus has been placed on the negative economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, there can be unexpected positive long-term benefits – if corporate South Africa is prepared to change its mindset. This is the word from Richard Firth, CEO of MIP...

Economic recovery plan has little for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs need more than the measures outlines in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. While the plan offers little new information to save our economy from complete destruction, according to Osidon CEO and small business...

Covid and the impact on African entrepreneurs

Djembe Consultants has launched its latest Insights Report in partnership with AfriLabs. The report assesses the impact of Covid-19 on the continent’s young innovators and entrepreneurs and provides perspectives from industry experts as to how African decisionmakers...

Youth training, economic shifts position SA as major BPO destination

Government and private sector efforts to build digital skills capacity among South Africa’s youth over the past five years are bearing fruit. According to Andy Searle, CEO of Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA), a non-profit organisation responsible for...

Redefining leadership in 2020

The best thing that can be said about 2020 is that it has been quite a year. A year that has brought volcanic eruptions, floods, fiery blazes across Australia and the United States, race riots, increased violence against women and children and, of course, a global...

Lean-Agile change management for crisis survival

At the beginning of the year, no one would have predicted that online meetings would become the norm by April. By Biase De Gregorio, IQbusiness executive partner Yet, as we enter month six of remote working, we realise the vital role the ability to adapt to change...

SMEs can innovate during tough times

The global pandemic has been impacting many facets of our society; and entrepreneurship is one of them. By Garsen Naidu, Cisco South Africa country manager South Africa’s economy has been negatively impacted from the Covid-19 lockdown. This can be seen through the...

Ecommerce should bring some cheer to Black Friday

While not expected to show the same growth as previous years, retail mega-event, Black Friday, could still help local retailers struggling to make up lost lockdown revenue, especially for those with an online presence. “The bleak economy, dented disposable income and...

Upholding quality in the cash-strapped age of Covid-19

ISO standardisation may be a saving grace for South African businesses and government navigating the pandemic. South Africa’s financial situation was given a punch in the gut by the Covid-19 pandemic. Statistics South Africa reports that Gross Domestic Product (GDP)...

Hunger impoverishes all South Africans

Even before Covid-19 reared its head, millions of South Africans went hungry every day. By Gillian Le Cordeur, CEO of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) While efforts to feed these people have been long-established through organisations like...

Technology teams up for eland conservation

An ambitious project for veld management and ecological research, that combines ancient animal lore with technology, took a step forward when five eland were released at a South African wine estates. The arrival of the eland (Taurotragus oryx) at Vergelegen in...