5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 10 best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 10 best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

Business
1. South Africa avoided a second recession in two years, with the economy growing by 3.1% in the three months to end-June, according to Stats SA. This is much stronger than expected: A Reuters poll of economists had forecast growth of 2.4%. The mining sector rebounded with growth of 14.4% - contributing a full 1.0 percentage point to GDP growth. This was thanks to the end of strikes at gold mines, but also due to a major rally in metal prices. Gold is currently trading at its highest level in six years, while platinum jumped from below $800/oz in June to above $930 currently. The rand rallied almost a percent to R15.10/$. 2. The Nigerian government is taking action against South Africa amid  xenophobic attacks in Gauteng. Nigerian President Muhammadu…
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Why Your Customers Expect You To Have A Website

Why Your Customers Expect You To Have A Website

Business, web design, web development, Website Development
Print | Email When people are looking for a product or service, they turn to online search. They may search based on keywords, or they’ll search specifically for your business name. The truth of the matter is, your audience is going to judge you based on the results of that search. They want to know whether you’re the right business for their needs. If you’re a landscaping company who focuses on building extravagant water features, someone who’s looking for regular yard maintenance is not going to be a good fit for you. They’d rather not waste their time setting up an appointment, only to be told that you don’t offer those services. They want to see that information right there on your website. While there are a plethora of items…
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R32bn invested in SA’s research and development

Business
Five institutional sectors helped boost SA's R&D spend. South Africa's total contribution towards research and development (R&D) reached R32.3 billion during the 2015/2016 period. This is according to the recently released 2015/2016 National Survey of Research and Experimental Development, which showcases expenditure of five institutional sectors that perform R&D in the country. The survey shows gross expenditure on R&D (GERD), the total spending by all five sectors nationally, at R32.3 billion, based on the rand value for the period in review. In constant 2010 rands, GERD amounted to R24.5 billion. Godfrey Mashamba, chief director for science and technology investment at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), says the GERD in 2015/2016 indicates an increase of 10.2% compared to the year before. GERD amounted to R29.3 billion based on 2014/2015…
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Calls for inclusive, socially-conscious innovation

Business, computer
Science, technology and innovation must, at its core, be grounded in public good purposes. Going forward, the government department in charge of science and innovation will place emphasis on working with other government departments to enhance public sector innovation for societal benefit. This is the word from Dr Phil Mjwara, director-general at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), speaking on the occasion of the launch of the 2019 South African Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) indicators report. The DSI, formerly the Department of Science and Technology, through its entity the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), released the findings of the 2019 STI indicators report, which highlights critical aspects of SA’s innovation balance sheet. Referencing a tool called the municipal innovation maturity index, Mjwara says the decision-support tool is…
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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services

Blog, bootstrap, Business, computer, Design, InformationTechnology, Internet
Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services   Using an external service provider to assist with your business’s IT needs is something that has grown in popularity over the years, thanks to a number of benefits which directly translate into cost savings. Defined as ‘managed services’, an external provider monitors and looks after a business’s IT and technology needs, improving productivity, reducing expenses and streamlining processes. “With South Africa’s economy in a slump, businesses are looking to get real value for money from their IT & tech providers,” says Mark Parsons, Technical Director at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape. “For smaller companies, having an in-house IT technician or department is usually expensive, and often unnecessary. SMEs’ IT requirements are generally not as complex or extensive as those of…
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U.S. government crackdown threatens Kaspersky’s American dream

U.S. government crackdown threatens Kaspersky’s American dream

Business
8 Min Read (Reuters) - Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of the Russian cybersecurity software firm that bears his name, had a big American dream. He wanted his company to go beyond selling anti-virus software to consumers and small businesses and become a major vendor to the U.S. government - one of the world's biggest buyers of cybersecurity tools. Kaspersky set up a U.S. subsidiary, KGSS, in Arlington, Virginia that would be focused on winning that business. He sponsored flashy conferences with high-profile speakers -including Michael Flynn, who was briefly President Donald Trump's national security adviser - sought to join U.S. trade groups and even underwrote programming on National Public Radio.     All of this was done to burnish Kaspersky's image and help it become an accepted vendor for the U.S.…
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18 Tech Predictions For 2017

18 Tech Predictions For 2017

Business
Here's what a handful of executives and analysts see in their crystal balls. CREDIT: Getty Images Predicting the future is hardly a precise science, but identifying macro trends and developments can be done by paying close attention to what's happening in an industry. Here's what a handful of small businesses, startups and analysts are seeing in their crystal balls. 1. We will hear more about how autonomous cars connect to the network. "Autonomous cars won't use the network to drive--they will rely on on-board systems--but different types of connectivity (V2X) can improve the overall transport systems, for example by improving traffic flow. We expect more developments in 2017 as car companies, network operators, governments and others explore the benefits, the business case and the technology options for connectivity." --Tom Rebbeck,…
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Boost Your Productivity at Work: 3 Tips You Should Follow

Boost Your Productivity at Work: 3 Tips You Should Follow

Business, Productivity
You certainly know that productivity is essential for every business organization, since not only can it boost the morale of an entire workforce, but it can also significantly increase the levels of efficiency and effectiveness within a company. With such enhanced performance and greatly improved business operations, the profits can ultimately be increased, which undeniably leads to business success and growth. When all of that is accomplished, employees are motivated to work even harder in order to achieve better results, which additionally improves the productivity within a company. Productivity and efficiency go hand in hand and you must always work towards improving both if you want to reach maximum potential at work and show your superiors that you truly are the right person for the job, no matter how long…
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Forty years of the internet: how the world changed for ever

Forty years of the internet: how the world changed for ever

Business, Internet, The Web
Towards the end of the summer of 1969 – a few weeks after the moon landings, a few days after Woodstock, and a month before the first broadcast of Monty Python's Flying Circus – a large grey metal box was delivered to the office of Leonard Kleinrock, a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles. It was the same size and shape as a household refrigerator, and outwardly, at least, it had about as much charm. But Kleinrock was thrilled: a photograph from the time shows him standing beside it, in requisite late-60s brown tie and brown trousers, beaming like a proud father. Had he tried to explain his excitement to anyone but his closest colleagues, they probably wouldn't have understood. The few outsiders who knew of the box's…
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How Intel Makes a Chip

How Intel Makes a Chip

Business, Tips & Tricks
The development of a microprocessor is one of the riskiest, costliest, and most technically complex feats in business. Inside Intel's Chip Factory Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it’s a good idea to carefully wash your hands and face. You should probably also empty your bladder. There are no bathrooms in the cleanroom. Makeup, perfume, and cosmetics are forbidden. Writing instruments are allowed, as long as they’re special sterile pens; paper, which sheds microscopic particles, is absolutely banned. If you want to write on something, you’ll have to use what is known in the industry as “high-performance documentation material,” a paperlike product that doesn’t release fibers. After you put on a hairnet, your next stop is the gowning station,…
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