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Union eyes Black Friday for Massmart strike

Union eyes Black Friday for Massmart strike

By Khulekani Magubane and Penelope Mashego for News24 The South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) has confirmed it plans to kick off with a national strike at the Massmart group on Friday, which could impact some 229 stores under the...

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Engage existing retail customers with these four strategies

Engage existing retail customers with these four strategies

By Greg Gatherer, Account Manager at Liferay In today’s competitive world, brand loyalty is no longer a guarantee for digital businesses. Customers are increasingly making purchases based on the experience that companies offer, rather than on the products or the...

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South Africa’s social grant disaster explained

South Africa’s social grant disaster explained

Source: MyBroadband South Africa has a runaway number of grant recipients and social wage spending, which is unsustainable amidst slow economic growth and high unemployment. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana highlighted the social grant problem in his 2021 medium-term...

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Pandemic transformed the way SA consumers shopped, spent

Pandemic transformed the way SA consumers shopped, spent

By Given Majola for IOL Research released by Visa this week shows that consumers were optimistic about economic recovery, increasingly comfortable spending on non-essentials, luxury items, dining and travel. The study that tracks the impact of the pandemic on consumer...

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MTN wants to buy Telkom, insiders say

MTN wants to buy Telkom, insiders say

By Aaron Kirchfeld, Loni Prinsloo and Dinesh Nair for News24 MTN recently made a takeover approach for Telkom in a deal that would’ve combined South Africa’s second and third largest telecommunications operators, according to people familiar with the matter. Telkom...

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How retailers are going digital-first this holiday season

How retailers are going digital-first this holiday season

By Robbie Kearns, senior regional VP at Salesforce For retailers this holiday season, everything is relative when you consider last year’s widespread lockdown of physical spaces and an accelerated shift to digital commerce in response to the global pandemic. According...

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Ransomware is now a one-delivery system

Ransomware is now a one-delivery system

Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, has published the Sophos 2022 Threat Report, which shows how the gravitational force of ransomware’s black hole is pulling in other cyberthreats to form one massive, interconnected ransomware delivery system –...

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What will happen if the Eskom grid collapses?

What will happen if the Eskom grid collapses?

South Africans are facing another round of power cuts despite promises from South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, that it would keep the lights on. Unexpected breakdowns and scheduled maintenance at various generation plants have been blamed for reduced generation...

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Petrol drives food prices ahead of Christmas

Petrol drives food prices ahead of Christmas

Source: Supermarket & Retail This week, the price of petrol increased to a record R19.54 by R1.21 a litre, an increase that will exacerbate the already high cost of food, analysts say. “The recent fuel price does not bode well for the inflation profile in...

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Retail revolution: merging online and offline experiences

Retail revolution: merging online and offline experiences

By Martin Hesse for IOL Among the many topics covered in the recent three-day annual summit of the South African branch of Singularity University (or SingularityU), which hosted a terrific international line-up of speakers, was the new world of retail, which merges...

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Ramaphosa points to elections rerun if coalition talks fail

Ramaphosa points to elections rerun if coalition talks fail

By Juniour Khumalo for News24 President Cyril Ramaphosa has insisted that the ANC will not go into coalitions at any costs. The president said they were not begging for coalition partners. Ramaphosa and Jeff Radebe both hinted at an election rerun if governments were...

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Icasa backtracks, offers temporary spectrum again

Icasa backtracks, offers temporary spectrum again

By Sibongile Khumalo for News24 At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Icasa issued temporary spectrum to providers to cope with the surge in work-from-home data demands during lockdown. MTN, for example, reported a 165% increase in data traffic since the...

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