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Any economic growth could trigger fresh round of power cuts

By Charlotte Mathews for MiningMx  The under-performance of Eskom’s fleet of coal-fired power stations is currently being concealed by falling demand. Even a 0.1% uptick in GDP growth would result in a resumption of load-shedding, Nelisiwe Magubane, chairperson of...

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FNB backtracks on password decision

FNB recently announced a new online banking policy which prevented users from saving their passwords to their browsers. However, the bank received a backlash from techsavvy users, who pointed out that using software to bypass this feature would create more...

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What is going on at WeWork?

By Annie Palmer for CNBC  WeWork released its much-anticipated S-1 filing to go public earlier this week. The filing lays the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the largest IPOs of the year, but also details the myriad risks WeWork is likely to face...

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Do you really need to buy Microsoft Office?

By Yasmine Crossland for Good Housekeeping  Both at home and at work, Microsoft Office has been a staple part of computing for decades. Pretty much all of us will have have used it at some point to create Word documents, Powerpoint presentations or Excel spreadsheets....

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Proposed debt relief bill could cost SA R20bn

The National Credit Amendment Bill was drawn up by the portfolio committee on trade and industry in the fifth parliament. Should it be passed, this law would allow low-income workers to extract themselves from debt through debt restructuring if they earn a gross...

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Discovery takes aim at controversial NHI bill

After the publication of the NHI Bill on Thursday last week, medical aid behemoth Discovery has released a statement regarding how they will tackle negotiations to keep private medical schemes part of the healthcare landscape. The controversial Bill could spell the...

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Message from the Chairman: August

During the past few weeks, I picked-up a number of articles, all dealing with networking. As an association, shop-sa is the only dedicated platform where individuals and companies from our industry can get together. We always believed that networking should be on top...

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The price tag for the global trade war is $585bn

By Eddie Spence for Bloomberg President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports are getting a lot of blame for slowing the global economy, but it’s all the uncertainty from his Twitter habit and trade policy more broadly that could be even more harmful. According to...

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Co-working spaces are no longer ‘rows of bros’

The global co-working trend of the past few years which disrupted the traditional office space is itself already being disrupted as the demand for shared work space that is more like a luxury five star luxury hotel grows. Linda Trim, director at FutureSpace, says that...

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The role of mobile technology in retail

By Sandra Wrobel-Konior for Business2Community  Technology is changing the way most industries do business, and retail is no exception to the ever-evolving advancements. Although some are afraid technology may be hurting the retail industry by moving everything...

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Google Maps now offers augmented reality directions

Source: Make Use Of Google Maps is rolling out a new feature called Live View. Google Maps’ Live View uses augmented reality (AR) to display virtual signposts and directions in the real world. Which should make it easier for you to get from A to B without getting...

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Lowest Internet advertising growth rate since 2001

By Mark Sweney for The Guardian The internet is about to lose its mantle as the fastest-growing sector of the global advertising market for the first time in two decades, as brands seeking risk-free space to spend their ad budgets turn to traditional media such as...

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