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Competition Commission sets sights on big tech

Competition Commission sets sights on big tech

The Online Intermediation Platforms Market Inquiry (OIPMI) at the Competition Commission has released the schedule of participants for the public hearings to be on 2–19 November 2021. The Competition Commission announced its inquiry in February , stating that it would...

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Donald Trump to launch own social media platform

Donald Trump to launch own social media platform

By Kelsey Vlamis for Business Insider US Former President Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to launch a new social media platform that will “give a voice to all” – or at least to those who don’t plan to criticise it. That’s according...

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You can now shop at Makro from your mobile phone

You can now shop at Makro from your mobile phone

Source: Supermarket & Retailer Retailer Massmart launched a series of mini-apps for its Makro and Builders brands, on the VodaPay super app. These apps offer VodaPay users a way to shop online from the two stores’ catalogues using their mobile devices and marks...

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Motorists can tip petrol attendants via QR code

Motorists can tip petrol attendants via QR code

Source: IOL Ukheshe technologies, Telkom and Engen have collaborated to create the QR solution which allows motorists to tip attendants and cashiers for efficient service by simply scanning a QR code using their Engen 1app or any payment app that supports Masterpass...

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ANC’s majority in question

ANC’s majority in question

The 2021 local government elections are set to take place on 1 November 2021, and political analysts say the vote will test whether the current ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), is able to maintain its grasp on the majority vote. Business Tech spoke...

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Why the supply chain is in crisis

Why the supply chain is in crisis

By Grace Kay for Business Insider US America seems to be running out of everything. Supply-chain bottlenecks caused record shortages of everyday products from household goods and electronics to cars, food, and raw materials. For shoppers, empty shelves can be jarring,...

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Unrest costs PnP almost R1bn

Unrest costs PnP almost R1bn

Supermarket group Pick n Pay (PnP) says the July unrest cost it R930-million in lost sales. The company is the first food retailer to report on the effect the July unrest had on performance, according to a recent article by MoneyWeb. Highlights below: Pick n Pay’s two...

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shop-sa hosts AGM

shop-sa hosts AGM

The shop-sa AGM was held via Zoom on Thursday 21 October 2021. Hans Servas, chairman of the board, opened the meeting and invited guest speaker, David Shapiro, to begin. Shapiro gave a talk entitled The Chips are Down. In the talk, he highlighted the perhaps...

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Specialty paper made from stone proves sustainable

Specialty paper made from stone proves sustainable

Source: RTM World Twenty years ago, a fascinating new material called stone paper came out of the polymer labs and onto the commercial printing market. It was a quiet launch. Today it is quickly becoming relevant for consumers who prioritise sustainability. By using...

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Facebook looks to change its name

Facebook looks to change its name

By Alex Heath for The Verge Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The coming name change, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about at...

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62% of municipal councillors struggle to use a computer

62% of municipal councillors struggle to use a computer

Source: MyBroadband The South African Local Government Association (Salga) found that 62% of councillors did not have the needed computer skills to pass crucial municipal budgets. Salga’s national working group chairperson, Bheki Stofile, said in an eNCA interview...

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SA’s fastest – and slowest – networks revealed

SA’s fastest – and slowest – networks revealed

Source: Ookla New research from Ookla shows that MTN is South Africa’s fastest mobile network by some margin, followed by Vodacom and Telkom. MTN achieved a “Speed Score” of 63.52 in the third quarter of 2021, compared to Vodacom in second place with 42.93. Telkom at...

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