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Why sector definitions are important for earnings experts
Why sector definitions are important for earnings expertsArticle

A key differential should be made between the informal, formal and corporate sectors of employment in South Africa...

Jaen Beelders 1 day ago

Ghana's new rental scheme won't fix the real problem: a housing shortage
Ghana's new rental scheme won't fix the real problem: a housing shortageArticle

Ghana's government has announced a loan scheme to help tenants pay the hefty advance rent...

Nicky Morrison, Emmanuel Kofi Gavu, Lewis Abedi Asante, and Richmond Juvenile Ehwi 5 May 2021

What does it take for African women to be successful entrepreneurs?
What does it take for African women to be successful entrepreneurs?Article

According to the World Bank, Africa is the only region in the world with more female than male entrepreneurs. One in four African women start or manage a business, many of them in the informal sector...

Melissa Mbazo-Ekpenyong 5 May 2021

Cash to card: the next frontier for SA's micro-SME sector
Cash to card: the next frontier for SA's micro-SME sectorArticle

South Africa's informal economy, made up of thousands of small businesses in city centres and townships across the country, represents a massive opportunity for job creation and economic growth...

Mandla Khupe 3 May 2021

How upskilling the informal sector can drive job creation
How upskilling the informal sector can drive job creationArticle

Can South Africa's unemployment crisis be reversed by leveraging existing industries to create employment and entrepreneurial growth...?

30 Apr 2021

The lash of lockdown: A potato farmer's story of resilience
The lash of lockdown: A potato farmer's story of resilienceArticle

Potatoes SA shares Limpopo Province potato farmer Johan Holtzhausen's story as he details how he had contracted Covid-19 and at the same time faced challenges that his business went through due to Covid-19...

28 Apr 2021

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Agribusiness during Covid: How leadership creates winning strategiesArticle

"Even with the challenges left by 2020, the overall acumen showed by leaders in the agri sector, government and all allied industries adapted to existing conditions with great speed and robust solutions."

23 Apr 2021

The Appliance Bank joins local SRI chapter in tackling e-waste in SA
The Appliance Bank joins local SRI chapter in tackling e-waste in SAArticle

In order to tackle South Africa's rising e-waste challenge, The Appliance Bank (TAB) has teamed up with the local chapter of the global Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) programme...

22 Apr 2021

2021 African Circular Economy Alliance: Giving waste a second chance
2021 African Circular Economy Alliance: Giving waste a second chanceArticle

Decreasing plastic waste and enhancing plastic recycling remains a focus area for South Africa, according to forestry, fisheries and environment minister Barbara Creecy...

19 Apr 2021

Ossewa, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Challenging 6 informal sector mythsArticle

Technology liberates. To understand if the informal sector is ready to adopt tech innovation, certain myths need to shattered, says Kim Furman from Synthesis...

Kim Furman 7 Apr 2021

Potatoes SA campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemic
Potatoes SA campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemicArticle

Called #WhenHopeWhispers, the campaign aims to highlight the indomitable spirit and contributions of various stakeholders from the potato industry before culminating in an inaugural State of the Potato Industry Address on 5 May 2021...

6 Apr 2021

How Africa can participate in the global conversation on AI ethics
How Africa can participate in the global conversation on AI ethicsArticle

Without sufficient skin in the game, Africa may end up being technologically colonised by big tech. Here's why Africa needs to get in on the conversation...

Musa Kalenga & Samuel Segun 31 Mar 2021

Annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey results released
Annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey results releasedArticle

Plastics SA, in conjunction with the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO), recently released the annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey...

19 Mar 2021

How to establish your brand in townships
How to establish your brand in townshipsArticle

A great way to grow your brand presence in the informal sector is to brand spaza shops. It helps create emotional connections with the spaza owners and community...

Issued by MegaVision Media 10 Mar 2021

A roadside Spaza Shop, Cathedral Peak, KwaZulu Natal. King of the Grasshoppers, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Informal township businesses adapting to new Covid-19 worldArticle

GG Alcock from KasiNomics details how informal kasi businesses have adapted to a new world, using technology, social media and delivery...

GG Alcock 3 Mar 2021

Employment Services Bill seeks to prioritise hiring of local unskilled labour
Employment Services Bill seeks to prioritise hiring of local unskilled labourArticle

The Employment Services Amendment Bill aims to redress high numbers of foreign nationals employed in unskilled occupations by putting more locals to work...

Donné Nieman 1 Mar 2021

Unemployment rises to 32.5%
Unemployment rises to 32.5%Article

South Africa's unemployment rate rose to 32.5% in the last three months of 2020, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke has revealed...

23 Feb 2021

Perfect purchasing power ratios
Perfect purchasing power ratiosArticle

When it comes to effective media segmentation, the feisty film footballer Rod Tidwell's "show me the money" line to his agent Jerry Maguire may resonate with most marketers. As now more than ever, businesses look to their brands to deliver more strategic clout that translates into sales...

Issued by Ebony+Ivory 10 Feb 2021

Ghana's unstable building problem is about more than lax regulation
Ghana's unstable building problem is about more than lax regulationArticle

Collapsed buildings are worryingly common in several large African cities. One study counted 54 building collapse deaths...

Festival Godwin Boateng 25 Jan 2021

Business survival is dependent on sales resilience
Business survival is dependent on sales resilienceArticle

In January last year, the African Development Bank forecast 3.9% economic growth on the continent for 2020. However, the rapid onset of the coronavirus shifted the focus to one of business survival...

Louise Robinson 20 Jan 2021

Marius Botha, group CEO, aYo Holdings
#BizTrends2021: Microinsurance ready to reach new heightsArticle

Africa is one of the most under-insured continents in the world. Over half of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have an insurance penetration rate of less than 1% and the picture isn't much different across the rest of the continent...

Marius Botha 8 Jan 2021

Enygma Ventures invests $650,000 in PremierCredit
Enygma Ventures invests $650,000 in PremierCreditArticle

Enygma Ventures has announced its final investment of 2020 into PremierCredit, an online microlending platform operating in Zambia and Zimbabwe...

21 Dec 2020

The role of digital transformation in kick-starting African economies
The role of digital transformation in kick-starting African economiesArticle

The digital revolution has officially engaged a higher gear, raising a great deal of curiosity and speculation on technological innovation, adoption, AI and the future of the digital economy...

Tau Mashigo 4 Dec 2020

Informal traders must be included in policy decisions, says alliance
Informal traders must be included in policy decisions, says allianceArticle

The South African Informal Traders Alliance has highlighted its acute unhappiness about being excluded from critical policy decisions, laws and planning...

26 Nov 2020

Informal traders urged to apply for grant
Informal traders urged to apply for grantArticle

The Department of Small Business Development and Nedbank have called on informal fruit and vegetable traders who were negatively affected by the pandemic to apply for funding...

23 Nov 2020

Plastics Colloquium identifies 5 key focus areas for 2021
Plastics Colloquium identifies 5 key focus areas for 2021Article

The 2020 Plastics Colloquium Feedback session was hosted virtually recently by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), the Consumer Goods Council of SA, Plastics|SA and the informal sector associations...

20 Nov 2020

Martin Kingston, B4SA steering committee chairman
Policy certainty about lockdown levels is key to stimulating SA's economic recoveryArticle

Certainty that South Africa will not return to a hard lockdown - irrespective of Covid-19 infection rates - would stimulate economic activity by unlocking business investment projects and consumer spending plans...

16 Nov 2020

Unemployment hits 30.8%
Unemployment hits 30.8%Article

Unemployment in South Africa has soared to 30.8% in the last three months, the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the third quarter of 2020 revealed...

13 Nov 2020

City planning is a critical lever to address urban food insecurity
City planning is a critical lever to address urban food insecurityArticle

While food insecurity in South Africa is commonly framed as a rural problem, food insecurity is increasingly concentrated in urban areas...

Mologadi Makwela 11 Nov 2020

South Africans buying property like it's Black Friday
South Africans buying property like it's Black FridayArticle

We never thought we would be seeing a sustained market rally this long after the April-May Covid-19 lockdown, but it seems that South Africans are buying property as if it is a Black Friday sale...

Samuel Seeff 6 Nov 2020

Restrictions in trade to contain Covid-19 have been devastating for Africa's urban poor
Restrictions in trade to contain Covid-19 have been devastating for Africa's urban poorArticle

Trade routes have been significantly disrupted this year in efforts to contain Covid-19. The effects of this are already showing: global growth is set to contract by 4.9%...

Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 27 Oct 2020

New report highlights role of nature-based solutions in post-Covid-19 recovery
New report highlights role of nature-based solutions in post-Covid-19 recoveryArticle

In cities, where the majority of South Africans live and which have been severely impacted upon by Covid, there are many nature-based solutions...

21 Oct 2020

Annual survey reveals plastics recycling figures for 2019
Annual survey reveals plastics recycling figures for 2019Article

During 2019, 503,600 tonnes of plastics waste was collected for recycling. Of this, more than half (362,800 tonnes) was packaging...

16 Oct 2020

Covid-19 implications for brand strategists
Covid-19 implications for brand strategistsArticle

Andrea Rademeyer - Ask Afrika CEO and founder - was recently invited to address The Abstract Club, a unique association for seasoned marketing strategists, in SA and shares with us...

Issued by Ask Afrika 15 Oct 2020

A man makes a payment from his mobile phone for basic food items including bread at a local tuck shop in Epworth, on the outskirts of Harare. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP via Getty Images
Zimbabwe's restrictions on mobile money transfers are a blow to financial inclusionArticle

Mobile financial services are, in most African countries, born out of crises. In 2011, Zimbabwe had gone through a volatile decade of economic crises - hyperinflation, currency instability and a collapse of the formal financial system...

Marcia Kwaramba 14 Oct 2020

Food provenance platform set to boost SA beef supply chain
Food provenance platform set to boost SA beef supply chainArticle

BeefLedger SA lifts the veil on its blockchain security and payments platform...

Issued by YehBaby Digital 7 Oct 2020

Unemployment drops to 23.3%
Unemployment drops to 23.3%Article

Despite the South African economy shedding 2.2 million jobs due to the Covid-19 lockdown, unemployment in the country dropped to 23.3% in the second quarter of 2020, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed...

29 Sep 2020

Makoko neighbourhood in Lagos, initially founded as a fishing village.Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images
Can Covid-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?Article

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (Covid-19)...

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Ellis Adjei Adams & Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie 21 Sep 2020

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Are relationships more important than brand quality and price?Article

How do you ensure a person buys your product over someone else's, especially when there's no real differentiation?

Louise Hefer 18 Sep 2020

Cape Town to host 2024 World Waste Congress
Cape Town to host 2024 World Waste CongressArticle

South Africa has been selected to host the 2024 International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Annual Congress and General Assembly...

14 Sep 2020

The FMCG main market - deploying technology in the new normal
The FMCG main market - deploying technology in the new normalArticle

Globally, the fast-moving consumer goods market had to quickly adjust to the challenges that came with conducting a business in a world of social distancing, hand sanitiser and masks...

Andrew Dawson 28 Aug 2020

Data companies collaborate to advise on SMME recovery strategies
Data companies collaborate to advise on SMME recovery strategiesArticle

Ask Afrika's weekly Covid-19 Tracker study reveals very similar findings to TransUnion's Consumer Financial Hardship report, revealing constrained household budgets, which impacts many SMMEs...

Lynette Dicey, Issued by Ask Afrika 25 Aug 2020

Young entrepreneurs continue to strive towards business growth
Young entrepreneurs continue to strive towards business growthArticle

As South Africa's unemployment rate increases to a staggering 30.1%, the far-reaching impact of Covid-19 on businesses, both big and small has become an ever-growing concern...

19 Aug 2020

[REPORT]: Secondary education prepares youth for the future of work
[REPORT]: Secondary education prepares youth for the future of workArticle

Now is the time to rethink secondary education systems to ensure Africa's youth have the skills and knowledge to succeed in the workforce...

14 Aug 2020

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FLM campaign dents SA's deepening hunger crisisArticle

Food Lover's Market's fourth annual Hunger Month campaign raised funds equating to 1,030,888 meals, exceeding the fresh produce retailer's 1 million meal target for 2020...

Lauren Hartzenberg 7 Aug 2020

Closing the gender gap: Transformation in the construction sector
Closing the gender gap: Transformation in the construction sectorArticle

At the end of the third quarter of 2019, prior to the Covid-19 crisis, only 11% of the roughly 1.3 million people employed by in South African construction industry were female...

4 Aug 2020

Why is used clothing popular across Africa? We found out in Malawi
Why is used clothing popular across Africa? We found out in MalawiArticle

The sale of used clothing is a billion-dollar global industry. According to some estimates, almost 70% of garments that are donated globally end up on the African continent...

Dan Banik 10 Jul 2020

Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa
Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in AfricaArticle

In the last several months, Covid-19 has taken up nearly every news headline in nearly every country in the world. The health impact, testing, confinement, and trying to curb the pandemic have rightly been at the forefront...

Mimi Alemayehou 6 Jul 2020

Safeguarding our communities through the Covid-19 pandemic
Safeguarding our communities through the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

Financial leaders are at a tipping point. The choices they are making today will become the bedrock of the industry for years to come...

Olga Arara-Kimani 6 Jul 2020

SA's record e-commerce performance offers hope for battered economy
SA's record e-commerce performance offers hope for battered economyArticle

E-commerce is providing a ray of hope for the local economy with transactions hitting a record high in May and June...

30 Jun 2020

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