Mozambican designer on taking back the African textile market
Mozambican designer on taking back the African textile market

Clothes, patterns and evocative prints had always held meaning for Mozambican entrepreneur Wacy Zacarias. From the Capulanas that were passed down to her from her grandmother to her memories of older women draped in customary garb, textiles were a way to assert individuality while paying homage to age-old tradition. But one realisation would change the way Zacarias interacted with African textiles and set her on a path to change the game in her home country and on the continent.

By Jamie Matroos 1 hour ago

Pick n Pay trials bitcoin payments
Pick n Pay trials bitcoin payments

Bitcoin payments could soon be commonplace at Pick n Pay. For a limited period, customers at the retailer's head office campus store have been able to use the cryptocurrency as a payment method by simply scanning a QR code using a Bitcoin wallet app on their smartphone when checking out.

19 Sep 2017

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How safe is the food on your plate?

A new feature published on the University of Pretoria's (UP) Research Matters website focuses on the work by a team of researchers led by Professor Lise Korsten, who leads the food safety research programme at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE), which is co-hosted by UP and the University of the Western Cape.

19 Sep 2017

Big data divide: what traditional retailers can learn from e-commerce
Big data divide: what traditional retailers can learn from e-commerce

The harsh reality is that local retailers are still very early on their journeys towards leveraging big data. Traditional business models and a reliance on physical retail outlets still dominate our retail sector. But, as retailers consider the right big data strategies to power future sales growth, it could be instructive to look at the approaches of their online-only peers, those ‘pure-play' digital retailers - both South African and international.

By Garth Meier 19 Sep 2017

Bruno Witvoet, Unilever Africa president and Mechell Chetty, Unilever vice president for HR, Africa, at the opening of Unilever’s new Africa hub.
Unilever's brand plan to grow business across Africa

Multinational Unilever has launched an Africa hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of its ongoing drive to grow its business of iconic brands across the African continent.

19 Sep 2017