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#BizTrends2021: 4 principles to embrace to become an adaptive leader

2020 has shown us so many real qualities about leadership. The one that will be most prominent in 2021 and beyond will be the role of the 'adaptive leader'...

By Anja van Beek 12 hours ago

How to manage workplace communication in the millennial age

Digital communication is a basic condition to keep millennials engaged and motivated in the workplace. But how successfully communicate on their wavelength?

20 hours ago

5 steps to help SMEs succeed in digital transformation

Investing in digital tech may seem like a massive undertaking for businesses with limited budgets, but the benefits are significant, and getting started can be a lot easier and more cost-effective than expected...

By Matthew Campbell 3 days ago

5 tips for business continuity in 2021

By the time you read this, South Africa would have been in a state of lockdown for more than 300 days, and there is no end in sight; here or globally...

By Stefano Migliore 3 days ago

"To close, or not to close?" the question that plagues restaurant owners

With the curfew still in place and increasing fear around the new strain and second wave of Covid-19 infections, many restaurants are struggling to operate at a profit...

By Evan-Lee Courie 3 days ago

Finalists in Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards announced

17 finalists will walk away with awards and grants up to the value of R1.3m. A total of R12.6m will be awarded...

3 days ago

Investment plays a role in SME survival and recovery

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic proved that small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are the backbone of the South African economy...

3 days ago

#StartupStory: Filmspace connects property owners to filmmakers

Filmspace, a local tech startup company aims to make the industry more accessible by connecting professional filmmakers to property owners...

By Johannes Masiteng 21 Jan 2021

Small business scam alert

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has warned SMMEs and co-operatives against sending proposals and paying administration fees for the preapproval of funds to agencies...

21 Jan 2021

SMEs can use Covid-19 lessons to get back on track

The past year has taught business owners and small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) some significant lessons in agility and resilience, making them better equipped for what they might face in 2021...

By Jeremy Lang 21 Jan 2021

Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand Rethink

Distell and Invenfin have entered into a partnership with Releaf Pharmaceuticals to share ownership in South African cannabis wellness brand Rethink...

20 Jan 2021

5 areas of growth SMMEs should focus on in 2021

Business owners remain confident that the economy will slowly start to stabilise in 2021 despite the series of blows it took last year...

By Trevor Gosling 20 Jan 2021

How to bridge the gap between HCM and employee relations

In the industrial space, employee relations comprise three critical components which are inextricably linked: employee value propositions, employee wellness, and employee relations. To succeed in the fast-paced economies of today, organisations must employ advanced systems and develop innovative analytics capabilities to ensure these areas flourish...

By René Schoeman 20 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Gaining a fullmetal heart

It's strange to write about advertising trends for 2021 when we've just emerged from a year of chaos. But chaos is perhaps, the only thing we can choose to come to terms with...

By Suhana Gordhan 19 Jan 2021

Zuri Health launched to help provide affordable, accessible healthcare solutions

Launched in February 2020, Play Zuri Health Limited is a mobile health service that delivers first level medical services to its users through their mobile devices via apps, WAP, and SMS...

By Papama Nyati 19 Jan 2021

Can SMEs be saved during this economic period?

Analysts are predicting that 60% of SMEs will close before the crisis caused by the pandemic is over. Vital for job creation and growth, protecting SMEs during this period of economic turbulence is critical, but how do we do it?

By Rajan Naidoo 19 Jan 2021

ProfitShare Partners' Andrew Maren talks financial inclusivity as a business imperative

Andrew Maren, founder and CEO, ProfitShare Partners, says supporting SMEs' economic inclusion as a business imperative is critical, and should be a priority to help avoid job losses as we head into 2021...

By Andrew Maren, Issued by ProfitShare Partners 19 Jan 2021

Call for entries: The 3rd annual NHBRC/Gibs Women Empowerment Programme

The National Home Builders Regulatory Council (NHBRC) will be launching the third annual Women Empowerment Programme (WEP). The programme which is targeted at women entrepreneurs in the construction sector will kick off in March 2021...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 18 Jan 2021

The Covid crisis can facilitate entrepreneurs of the future

The strategic planning team at Regent Business School decided there was a need for a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports the new paradigm in entrepreneurship and encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to develop new skills, innovate and pursue their ideas, especially for furthering inclusivity...

By Ahmed Shaikh, Issued by Regent Business School 18 Jan 2021

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