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SA's December retail sales disappointArticle

South Africa's retail trade sales dropped by 0,4% year-on-year in December 2019, according to Statistics South Africa.

13 Feb 2020

Monorail presents a world of opportunities for South Africa
Monorail presents a world of opportunities for South AfricaArticle

Central to a modern industrial economy - and one which fosters increased international investment and trade - is a high-functioning transport network. And in South Africa, central to that is rail...

Aubrey Lekwane 13 Feb 2020

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Sanral increases toll tariffs on all national roadsArticle

Toll tariffs on national roads will be adjusted on 1 March 2020...

12 Feb 2020

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Time for SONA to map out "the how" for tourismArticle

Now is the time for focus, funds and fast action to make a real difference, and we need both SONA and the upcoming Budget Speech to address concrete steps head-on, to fast-track tourism...

Lee-Anne Bac 11 Feb 2020

Retail sales growth a relief, but not surprising - Merchant Capital
Retail sales growth a relief, but not surprising - Merchant CapitalArticle

With analysts warning of a gloomy outlook for South Africa's beleaguered retail sector, the release of Stats SA's retail sales figures for November 2019 have provided a glimmer of good news...

5 Feb 2020

Local property investors urged not to lose hope
Local property investors urged not to lose hopeArticle

The South African economy is performing poorly and has been for some time now, but Adrian Goslett, regional director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, is urging South Africans not allow their confidence...

4 Feb 2020

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Minister welcomes plans to survey SA travel patternsArticle

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula looks forward to the National Household Travel Survey that will be undertaken by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on behalf of the Department of Transport...

31 Jan 2020

Black Friday lifts November 2019 retail sales
Black Friday lifts November 2019 retail salesArticle

According to Statistics South Africa, retail trade sales for November 2019 increased by 2,6% year-on-year, growing the most in seven months and boosted by Black Friday promotions...

16 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Why off-campus (distance) learning will keep growing, and what trends to expect
#BizTrends2020: Why off-campus (distance) learning will keep growing, and what trends to expectArticle

Post-schooling education remains a 'hot button' topic in South Africa. A struggling education system and barriers to entering higher education are certainly significant...

Professor Patrick Bean 9 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: How technology is driving innovation in the insurance industry
#BizTrends2020: How technology is driving innovation in the insurance industryArticle

Technology has transformed every sphere of the world we live in and is arguably the single biggest force changing human behaviour and the nature of business...

Issued by FMI Insurance 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Deepen SA's online retail growth trend
#BizTrends2020: Deepen SA's online retail growth trendArticle

Now for the good news. There's a huge opportunity for growth in online retail, but the path to profits is through dramatically improving customer experience...

Kirsten Dewar 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Retail and Gen Z in 2020 - who they are and what they want
#BizTrends2020: Retail and Gen Z in 2020 - who they are and what they wantArticle

Although this generation has less spending power than Millennials, it is estimated that 40% of consumer spending will be attributed to Generation Z consumers in 2020...

Semona Pillay 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Tech skills shortage, is youth the answer?
#BizTrends2020: Tech skills shortage, is youth the answer?Article

The South African tech industry is facing many challenges which impedes its growth. These challenges relate to a range of constraints...

Ryan Geel 3 Jan 2020

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Customer-centric strategies will grow tourism industryArticle

The decline in international visitors has caused unease in the tourism sector. The factors attributed to this decrease are many, but tourism service providers need to look inwards to grow and recover 'Brand SA'...

12 Dec 2019

FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index 7 points up in 4Q2019
FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index 7 points up in 4Q2019Article

For the first time since 2Q2017, the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index has risen above 20 points, with 22 points in 4Q2019, 7 points higher than in 3Q2019...

10 Dec 2019

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Fly the flag with domestic tourismArticle

We owe the Springboks a great debt of gratitude. The team's Rugby World Cup victory proved to be a much-needed pick-me-up in the wake of doom and gloom over the past year...

Brett Hendricks 28 Nov 2019

What to consider before jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon
What to consider before jumping on the Black Friday bandwagonArticle

Black Friday, once only a North American marketing frenzy, has become a critical entry in the calendars of South African retail business owners...

20 Nov 2019

South African retail sales up 0.2% in September
South African retail sales up 0.2% in SeptemberArticle

Retail trade sales for September 2019 fell below economists' expectations, increasing just 0.2% year-on-year.

14 Nov 2019

Tourism entrepreneurs from across South Africa shine in Airbnb's Faces of Tourism Exhibition
Tourism entrepreneurs from across South Africa shine in Airbnb's Faces of Tourism ExhibitionArticle

Tourism is being touted as a key factor in economic growth and a crucial driver of job creation. Airbnb hosts a photographic exhibition that shines a light on unlikely entrepreneurs that are creating opportunities for themselves in the tourism industry...

Issued by Irvine Partners 6 Nov 2019

SAB has announced finalists in its Urban Agriculture programme
SAB has announced finalists in its Urban Agriculture programmeArticle

SAB KickStart, the Urban Agriculture programme has announced nine finalists who will receive training and investment to grow their farming businesses...

5 Nov 2019

Unemployment rises to 29.1% in third quarter
Unemployment rises to 29.1% in third quarterArticle

South Africa's unemployment rate has gone up by 0.1% to reach 29.1% in the third quarter of 2019, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced on Tuesday...

30 Oct 2019

Avon Justine's Precilla Kalogeropoulos offers advice to female entrepreneurs
Avon Justine's Precilla Kalogeropoulos offers advice to female entrepreneursArticle

According to statistics, women only make up 18.8% of small and medium enterprise (SME) owners in South Africa...

30 Oct 2019

Say #YesChild and support children's education
Say #YesChild and support children's educationArticle

SOS Children's Villages South Africa is advocating for support in education through its #YesChild campaign - a request that resulted from listening to children...

30 Oct 2019

FarmSol empowers SA's youth and women in agriculture
FarmSol empowers SA's youth and women in agricultureArticle

"For us, the involvement of young people in agriculture is not just a symbolic issue, but a social and economic imperative that should be an integral part of the sector's development."

18 Oct 2019

Is there a war between direct and online selling?
Is there a war between direct and online selling?Article

Sales managers in South Africa currently have to deal with two very important factors that have a significant impact on the sales environment...

Dr Marius Wait 10 Oct 2019

Festive season retail is all about timing
Festive season retail is all about timingArticle

The run-up to festive season sales can start as early as Boss's Day on 16 October. Having unusual, well-priced specials advertised from the beginning of October will bring customers into the sales funnel area early...

Eben Esterhuizen 30 Sep 2019

An omnichannel approach: 3 ways to drive festive season sales
An omnichannel approach: 3 ways to drive festive season salesArticle

Brick and mortar retailers have enormous opportunity to leverage the distinct benefits of traditional, in-person shopping in ways that digital sites can only dream about...

Simon Wilson 30 Sep 2019

Formal non-agricultural sector employed 2000 less during second quarter
Formal non-agricultural sector employed 2000 less during second quarterArticle

South Africa's formal non-agricultural sector employed about 10 million people between March and June 2019, the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) has revealed...

27 Sep 2019

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Connecting Africa using television white spaceArticle

White space is the name used to describe unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum...

27 Sep 2019

Small uptick in South African Consumer Confidence
Small uptick in South African Consumer ConfidenceArticle

South Africa's latest Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) for the second quarter of 2019 shows a three point increase to 93, presenting a marginally more positive quarter on quarter picture for consumer sentiment in South Africa...

Issued by Nielsen 23 Sep 2019

Conservation = tourism = jobs
Conservation = tourism = jobsArticle

There is no doubt about the strong link between tourism and conservation. Many countries are taking advantage of wildlife tourism to help protect endangered species...

Issued by Irvine Partners 23 Sep 2019

NGOs prove their use when multiplier effects come into play
NGOs prove their use when multiplier effects come into playArticle

Helping others to help themselves is at the heart of sustainability and also of many successful NGOs who succeed in reaching their objectives...

Lia Labuschagne, Issued by SAICA 17 Sep 2019

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Brands should step up and fill the gaps of inequalityArticle

South Africans are living in an age of discontent, where protest, transient living, turbulent economics and political deficiency occupy the nation's minds...

Charles Rupare 4 Sep 2019

How women in construction are vital to the sector's growth
How women in construction are vital to the sector's growthArticle

As reported by Stats SA, many sectors in South Africa, including construction, are facing a downturn. In fact, the report states that construction, mining and trade are in recession with a 3.2% decline being the biggest quarterly fall in economic activity since 2009.

23 Aug 2019

Don't get mad, get creative
Don't get mad, get creativeArticle

There's a lot to celebrate this Women's Month, but women at the helm of the creative industry is not one of them. Instead of waiting around to retweet yet another media list or brand #campaign #empoweringwomen, let's do what we do best - get creative...

Issued by icandi CQ 15 Aug 2019

June retail trade sales lift by 2.4% - Stats SA
June retail trade sales lift by 2.4% - Stats SAArticle

Measured in real terms, retail trade sales increased by 2,4% year-on-year in June 2019...

14 Aug 2019

Stats SA visits Enterprises UP
Stats SA visits Enterprises UPArticle

Enterprises University of Pretoria hosted a delegation from Statistics South Africa to explore possible areas of shared interest and to collaborate on ideas for the future...

Issued by Enterprises University of Pretoria 13 Aug 2019

Cape Town makes top 10 in official bucket list of the best cities to visit
Cape Town makes top 10 in official bucket list of the best cities to visitArticle

Cape Town has made it into the top 10 of global travel website, Big 7 Travel's, new, official list of the 'Top 50 Bucket List Destinations 2019'...

Issued by Domestic Flights South Africa 6 Aug 2019

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I am Woman: More than a mother, a wife and a home cleaning enthusiastArticle

Brands that fly in the face of inclusivity by depicting lazily formulaic brand stories are losing out on some phenomenal stories waiting to be told...

Yaw Dwomoh 5 Aug 2019

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Agricultural sector creates jobs despite unemployment rate risingArticle

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey results released by Statistics South Africa shows that the official unemployment rate in South Africa jumped to 29% in the second quarter of the year, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from the rate of 27.6% in the first quarter of 2019...

Tebogo Mashabela 31 Jul 2019

Free #WomensMonth workshop to help balance the workplace gender scale
Free #WomensMonth workshop to help balance the workplace gender scaleArticle

According to Stats SA, women have a higher unemployment rate in comparison to their male counterparts. In the first quarter of 2019, Stats SA said there are 29.3% unemployed women compared to 26.1% unemployed men in the country...

25 Jul 2019

#BizTourismReport: SA tourism market analyses for July 2019
#BizTourismReport: SA tourism market analyses for July 2019Article

The STR and ACSA data for the first six months of 2019 shows positive trends...

Martin Jansen van Vuuren 25 Jul 2019

SA retail sales rise by 2,2% in May
SA retail sales rise by 2,2% in MayArticle

South African retail trade sales increased by 2.2% year-on-year in May, Stats SA said in a report, better than a Reuters forecast for a 1.6% expansion. The largest annual growth rates were recorded for general dealers...

18 Jul 2019

Why online digital marketing qualifications could be a solution to the education crisis
Why online digital marketing qualifications could be a solution to the education crisisArticle

In South Africa, we are facing an economic pandemic. The last Stats SA figures have unemployment creeping towards the 30% mark with the majority of those unemployed being young people...

Issued by Digital School of Marketing 12 Jul 2019

Local manufacturers need to look to the next generation of AI
Local manufacturers need to look to the next generation of AIArticle

South Africa's manufacturing sector is under enormous pressure, contracting by 8.8% quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter of 2019, according to Stats SA...

Mohamed Cassoojee 27 Jun 2019

Jobs increase recorded in non-agricultural business sector
Jobs increase recorded in non-agricultural business sectorArticle

Jobs in the formal non-agricultural business sector increased by 22,000 in the first quarter of 2019, results of the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) have revealed...

26 Jun 2019

Digital empowerment will not cut jobs
Digital empowerment will not cut jobsArticle

Digital empowerment will not make workers redundant, but it is key for an organisation's growth and survival...

21 Jun 2019

The importance of undercover agents in transport
The importance of undercover agents in transportArticle

The transportation industry provides a vital service to the South African business industry at large. Transporting goods and supplies from one location to another is a vital, but also very risky business.

19 Jun 2019

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