How to maintain business continuity across lockdown levels

South Africa has moved to alert level 3 of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and economic activity has resumed in the majority of sectors. By Vukani Mngxati, CEO of Accenture in Africa Now it is more important than ever for businesses to leverage the...

Pandemic requires rethink of IT sales strategies

The lockdown that many countries around the world are experiencing has changed the way IT services providers engage with their customers. Even though the long-term business impact of the coronavirus is yet to be determined, Saicom believes this will likely result in...

Too little too late for small businesses

Although the country has moved to lockdown Level 3, 75% of small businesses still have enormous restrictions on rights. “You cannot improve the health and well-being of a nation by making your country poorer, this has never being achieved by any country,” says...

Worse yet to come as UK growth slumps

The UK economy contracted by 2% in the first quarter of 2020 as lockdowns in response to the Covid-19 pandemic took their toll on activity.  By Azad Zangana, senior European economist and strategist at global asset manager, Schroders The preliminary estimate was less...

Scientist warns against spray tunnels using toxic chemicals

Dr Mark Kelly, chief scientist and chemist at Biodx, has issued a warning against the toxic chemicals used in spray tunnels. “With the world bursting to get out of lockdown and South Africans slowly trickling back to their workplaces, the health of their workers is...

Priorities to help reopen and reinvent your business

Just weeks after winding down their operations, companies are being asked to restart their engines at an unprecedented rate as lockdown rules are gradually relaxed. By Vukani Mngxati, CEO of Accenture in Africa The challenge is complicated by uncertainties about the...

Too little, too late for SMEs?

Even as South Africa moves to Level 3 lockdown, in the hotspots of Cape Town and Johannesburg, there is still uncertainty for many small businesses. Even at Level 3, 75% of small businesses still have enormous restrictions on rights. “You cannot improve the health and...

Supplier development could get SMEs on their feet

Big businesses can play a key role in rejuvenating the South African small business sector, and in helping the entire economy to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic by using their enterprise and supplier development (ESD) spends smartly in the coming...

Few able to claim ‘home office’ expenses

Many South Africans who had to start working from home due to the national coronavirus lockdown imposed on businesses will not yet be able to claim “home office expenses”. By Darren Britz, admitted attorney; and Laurence Mbokwane, tax consultant at Tax Consulting SA...

Embracing the new normal in post-lockdown SA

Risk experts agree that post lockdown and post Covid-19 we will all need to embrace the new normal to succeed and survive this pandemic – in business, as an economy and in our personal sphere of influence. But what that new normal will look like is not clear. While...

Have companies managed the shift to remote work?

New research from SearchInform has shed light on companies’ experiences in shifting to remote work and keeping business processes going. The analysis, the organization says, demonstrates the approach to overcoming current obstacles and gives statistics on how...

Remote working is here to stay

The universal work from home experiment set forth by the global pandemic has changed long-held misconceptions about remote work. By Tim Minahan, executive vice-president of strategy and chief marketing officer of Citrix Executives and managers, once dubious that ‘real...