#OrchidsandOnions: Campaign with cojones
#OrchidsandOnions: Campaign with cojones

Anti-advertising: Nedbank going where no bank has gone before; Took guts by bank and agency Joe Public to send a sobering message...

By Brendan Seery 18 May 2021

#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Pezesha, Kenya's digital financial enabler platform and marketplace
#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Pezesha, Kenya's digital financial enabler platform and marketplace

Every year, 21 August marks World Entrepreneurs' Day. The purpose of this day is to create awareness of entrepreneurs and innovation throughout the world...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Aug 2020

#OrchidsandOnions: Offering a helping hand
#OrchidsandOnions: Offering a helping hand

FNB: excellent advertising campaign must be backed up with action; dismal marketing failure by Nikon SA draws loud, angry response...

By Brendan Seery 11 Aug 2020

6DOT50 launches Digital Rands to pay for essential goods
6DOT50 launches Digital Rands to pay for essential goods

6DOT50 is stepping in with a new way to pay for essential goods, as Covid-19 takes its toll on the South African economy...

By Evan-Lee Courie 26 May 2020

#OrchidsandOnions: The 'quest' for realism
#OrchidsandOnions: The 'quest' for realism

You might as well be Nostradamus, Siener van Rensburg or the auntie who puts together the astrology column in the newspaper for all anyone can predict the future, AC (After Coronavirus)...

By Brendan Seery 14 Apr 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

By Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

Chantel Trotskie, senior CX sales manager at Oracle South Africa
Fighting financial crime with technology

Financial institutions are very much aware of how sensitive and pivotal this time of the year is for their business as customers deal with large amounts of cash...

By Chantel Troskie 21 Nov 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: Secrets we don't talk about, but should

Orchids to Nedbank for deciding to do a positive thing and get people thinking, while Rosebank Day Spa gets an Onion for a lost opportunity...

By Brendan Seery 13 Aug 2019

How does data quality underpin success in a changing and disrupted banking environment?
How does data quality underpin success in a changing and disrupted banking environment?

The banking industry is currently in a state of flux. Traditional banks have to contend with new competitors unburdened by legacy technology or business models, making them far more agile and responsive...

By Gary Allemann 1 Jul 2019

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Downgrades, elections and surviving the Zuma era. There's still hope

The latest Budget comes at a difficult time with the elections around the corner, a downgrade hanging in the balance and trying to mop up after nine years of corruption and maladministration...

By Danette Breitenbach 1 Mar 2019

Nasreen Saunders, CEO & founder of Umphakathi weAfrika
#BizTrends2019: Bitcoin - changing money since '09

On 9th January, Bitcoin - that mystically cryptic medium of exchange of invisible money (cryptocurrency) directly to another person (peer-to-peer) - turns 10...

By Nasreen Saunders 7 Jan 2019

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A mark, a yen, a buck or a pound
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A mark, a yen, a buck or a pound

A truism set to music in the Kander & Ebb musical "Cabaret" is that money makes the world go round...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 7 Dec 2018

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Big banks don't cry - but new research shows maybe they should

Though the finance sector has upped the ante on digital innovation, it's still battling to create authentic emotional connections with consumers...

By James Wilson 3 Dec 2018

Standardbank team announced as the country’s most valuable brand at the inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands.
Local banks shine at inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Awards

Standard Bank was crowned the country's most valuable brand at the inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands when it launched at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning...

By Danette Breitenbach 1 Nov 2018

What's the use of marketing research? A cynic's answer: Ask Absa!
What's the use of marketing research? A cynic's answer: Ask Absa!

Last week there was great fanfare about Absa's repositioning and rebranding. This seemed like a good time to illustrate the power of predictive measurement...

By mike broom 13 Jul 2018

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Akon's building a Senegalese 'smart city' with his cryptocurrency 'Akoin'

An announcement you may have missed from Cannes Lions: There's a new cryptocurrency soon to be launched, but it won't be taking its name from any memes or computer jargon. Instead, it'll be launched by Senegalese musician Akon...

By Andy Walker 28 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Ahoy! Blockchain Island
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Ahoy! Blockchain Island

In November this year, some 4,000 delegates are expected to descend on "the rock" for the first Malta Blockchain Summit...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 8 Jun 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

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