New Visa initiative supports SMEs

Visa has launched a new initiative that aims to champion and enable entrepreneurs in South Africa, while encouraging consumers to support small businesses. Alongside a new SME resource hub, Visa has published the Covid-19 CEMEA Impact Tracker highlighting the recent...

SA can’t afford to lose SMEs to Covid-19

Small businesses are crucial to the economy, and if they are not assisted to survive the Covid-19 pandemic, all South Africans are likely to feel the wider socio-economic consequences. A multilateral alliance has come together to provide small businesses with tools,...

Online trading spikes during Covid-19

In order to meet the unprecedented spike in online demand for orders and deliveries during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a strong relationship with a data storage vendor has become crucial. This is due to the nationwide lockdown and restrictions resulting in many...

The rise of a new economy

It is more urgent now than ever before that businesses invest in digital transformation. Since the global lockdown, millions of people have turned to digital tools and methods for work, entertainment and shopping. Companies also had to rethink the way they do business...

Long-term contracts are dead: here’s why …

Contracts are about customer service – and in a Covid-19 world, customer service has been pushed into the spotlight as businesses struggle with lockdowns, social distancing requirements and other (varying) regulations. Businesses are customers too. And they are...

Human distancing: how and why to comply?

Landlords and business owners are facing new uncertainties everyday due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chief among these anxieties is how they are required to adapt interiors and buildings to comply with new regulations. Dr Maria Neira of the World Health Organisation...

Pros and cons of contact tracing apps

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll worldwide for both individuals and economies. As a precaution, many countries have implemented strict lockdown measures such as closing schools, restaurants and borders, while mask-wearing in public and social distancing...

What can be learnt from Africa’s pandemic experience

While journalists and commentators have focused on lessons from Asia in relation to the current Covid-19 pandemic, with some referencing pandemics that have hit Europe and North America in the past, a less obvious question to ask is whether there are also lessons from...

Cloud and the transition to a new normal

With companies needing to support remote working strategies and with a rise in demand for cloud-based business continuity tools and services during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is expected that the global cloud market size will grow from $233-billion in 2019 to reach...

Disruption, resilience the new norm for chains

Humanitarian crises will always have significant implications for businesses. Covid-19 has put pressure on economic growth, causing a massive slowdown in world trade and disruptions across global supply chains. What is more, companies that built markets on the back of...

Before you restart your engines …

Ready … Set … Wait. Did you know that long periods of inactivity or improper cleaning of surfaces can wreak havoc on your printer? This is according to Xerox, which details how Covid-19 lockdown have caused many printers to sit idle in less than perfect environments....

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...