2018 SAFW Cape Wools SA Designer Challenge winners revealed
2018 SAFW Cape Wools SA Designer Challenge winners revealed

The winners of the second annual SAFW Cape Wools SA Designer Challenge have been announced, with Carina Louw and Natasha Jaume of Erre scooping the prize for ladies wear...

16 Aug 2018

Beyond B-BBEE: How to make supplier diversity part of your business DNA
Beyond B-BBEE: How to make supplier diversity part of your business DNA

Over the past decade, the procurement function has become an important vehicle for business transformation...

By Shereen Wardakan 15 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Adding glamour and sparkle to the agro-processing sector
#WomensMonth: Adding glamour and sparkle to the agro-processing sector

Silvana Dantu and Shareen Parker are the producers of Zari Sparkling Grape juice, a local brand which has set out to disrupt the male-dominated agro-processing sector with its sparkling, alcohol-free beverage brand...

By Terry Levin 14 Aug 2018

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu. Photo: Antonio Fiorente
#WomensMonth: An entrepreneur with a lot of heart and sole

Whether its shoes, leather goods, coffee or healthy snacks, serial entrepreneur, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, has the Midas touch when it comes to transforming quintessential Ethiopian products into global brands...

By Nicci Botha 13 Aug 2018

4 golden packaging rules for digital nomads
4 golden packaging rules for digital nomads

If your business model is still trying to catch up with what millennials want in packaging, you are going to get left behind by a new generation of digital nomads...

10 Aug 2018

Removing barriers for female artisans
Removing barriers for female artisans

With unemployment rates at a whopping 27.1% in the second quarter of 2018, it is important for women to be granted opportunities in what is traditionally viewed as male-dominated industries...

10 Aug 2018

First South African Lego Certified Store opens in Sandton
First South African Lego Certified Store opens in Sandton

More than 3,000 people flocked to South Africa's first Lego Certified Store that opened in Sandton City recently. Operated by the Great Yellow Brick Co, the store stocks and displays a variety of Lego options, installations...

6 Aug 2018

A brief history of briefs - and how technology is transforming underpants
A brief history of briefs - and how technology is transforming underpants

Underpants. We tend not to talk about them but they are a fact of life (unless you go commando). Briefs have a fascinating history and are now being transformed by technology...

By Alana Clifton-Cunningham 2 Aug 2018

New design packaging boosts sales and merchandising space
New design packaging boosts sales and merchandising space

The Ruwag brand has recently added value to the DIY user's experience by changing their packaging medium from flexible pouches to reusable rigid containers...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 31 Jul 2018

AndreaBrand - Traces - Leaf Green range. Image supplied.
High-end design exhibits at 100% Design South Africa

High-end design takes centre stage at 100% Design South Africa this year...

26 Jul 2018

#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight
#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight

Veteran marketer Sharon Keith shared four basic principles in explaining how to build global brands at the local level and examples to demonstrate these at the ACA SA's Apex 'Next Level of Thinking Masterclass'...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: Embrace international markets
#MobileCommerce: Embrace international markets

Cross border e-commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering...

By Megan Roper 26 Jul 2018

The husband and wife team streamlining the agri supply chain
The husband and wife team streamlining the agri supply chain

Africa could be a "gold mine" for fresh produce if the right solution to prevent excessive post-harvest wastage is found and the husband and wife team behind Kenyan startup, Taimba thinks they have the answer...

By Gabriella Mulligan 25 Jul 2018

The selection process - Not just elimination
The selection process - Not just elimination

The selection process into the TDM (tool, die and mould-maker) Apprenticeship Programme has proved a critical step in choosing people who have the relevant qualifications and skill set to fill a vacant position...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 25 Jul 2018

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Burberry burns £28.6m worth of unsold products to be more exclusive

It has been reported that iconic British luxury fashion label Burberry destroyed its unsold products to the value of £28.6m last year to make its brand more exclusive, adding to the total value of £90m worth of goods it has destroyed over the last five years...

23 Jul 2018

Décor brand Something Desired launches kiddies' range
Décor brand Something Desired launches kiddies' range

Something Desired, the online custom décor arm of events design concept Something Different, has launched a kiddies' collection...

23 Jul 2018

Sappi approves construction of demonstration plant for Xylitol and Furfural
Sappi approves construction of demonstration plant for Xylitol and Furfural

Sappi will be constructing a demonstration plant to further scale up its novel Xylex technology for the production of Xylitol and Furfural...

Issued by Sappi 20 Jul 2018

CBC brewery’s 120m2 flat plate collector array. Source: Soltrain, 2016
Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA's food, beverage industries

In an era of uncertainty, when it comes to both power supply and pricing, renewable energy sources can provide certainty in both supply and costs...

By Louise Scholtz 20 Jul 2018

UJ's Enactus project uses co-op system to empower women in the textile sector
UJ's Enactus project uses co-op system to empower women in the textile sector

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) recently presented its African Stitch Secondary Co-operative Enactus project at the Enactus South Africa National Competition...

20 Jul 2018

Panasonic reveals new SA headquarters in Cape Town
Panasonic reveals new SA headquarters in Cape Town

Panasonic South Africa, a local subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation, unveiled its new Cape Town offices last week...

20 Jul 2018

More than just a standard printer
More than just a standard printer

Pyrotec's machinery division, Pyrotec PackMark, has launched the new 9405 Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) coder from the trusted global manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions, Markem-Imaje...

Issued by Pyrotec 18 Jul 2018

LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency
LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency

Home appliances have always been designed to make our lives easier. And as consumers become increasingly time-poor, the need for 'convenience' is driving more and more of our purchasing decisions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Jul 2018

Budding furniture designers, manufacturers invited to apply for Good Design Programme
Budding furniture designers, manufacturers invited to apply for Good Design Programme

Furniture designers and manufacturers have been invited to apply towards the Good Design Programme, a competition geared at individuals and startups looking to further their understanding of innovation in business...

17 Jul 2018

The risk of listeriosis lingers
The risk of listeriosis lingers

Product-related risk is one of the biggest perils facing businesses today, with significant amount of increased recalls revealing the potential for larger and more complex losses in the past decade...

By Catia Folgore 17 Jul 2018

German décor brand Kare opens South African showroom
German décor brand Kare opens South African showroom

German furniture and décor brand Kare has opened its first South African store in Kramerville, Johannesburg...

13 Jul 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: Why Africa's clothing sector could lead in responsible sourcing
#SourceAfrica2018: Why Africa's clothing sector could lead in responsible sourcing

Whether you are a retailer, brand or manufacturer, the need to proactively manage social compliance issues in your supply chain has never been greater...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Jul 2018

Beyond pink and blue: the quiet rise of gender-neutral toys
Beyond pink and blue: the quiet rise of gender-neutral toys

Amid a downturn in global toy sales, Australia's Toys 'R' Us stores going into voluntary administration and closure of the firm's American and UK arms, a quiet revolution is under way in the toy world...

By Jason Bainbridge 5 Jul 2018

Spar Western Cape ups the ante in fighting plastic problem, announces plastic free day
Spar Western Cape ups the ante in fighting plastic problem, announces plastic free day

Spar in the Western Cape and Namibia have actively re-aligned themselves even more assertively in the fight to reduce and eventually stop the sale of plastic shopping bags...

Issued by Spar Western Cape 4 Jul 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: What womenswear to look forward to in spring/summer 2019
#SourceAfrica2018: What womenswear to look forward to in spring/summer 2019

Trend forecaster WGSN reckons womenswear for spring/summer 2019 will lean towards a reclaiming of power dressing in a sassier, sexier aesthetic with an inclination for the '80s and '00s nostalgia...

By Maroefah Smith 2 Jul 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: WGSN forecasts bright, hybrid menswear for spring/summer 2019
#SourceAfrica2018: WGSN forecasts bright, hybrid menswear for spring/summer 2019

WGSN's trend forecast for menswear spring/summer 2019 sees a focus on hybrid styling, mixing and matching, and bolder, brighter colours...

By Maroefah Smith 28 Jun 2018

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