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Companies / 25-08-23 / Staff Writer,Chris Smit

Cyber Extortion: A rising threat in the digital age

"Cyber extortionists come with many faces but the same harmful intent," warns Nolwazi Nzama, Deputy Chief Risk Officer at African Bank. "Whether it's through ransomware, DDoS threats, sextortion, or data breach threats, the goal is to exploit…

Companies / 17-08-23 / Shelly Nxumalo

Survey: Loadshedding thwarts SME business confidence

"The energy crisis has put a damper on South Africa’s post-pandemic road to recovery, and by extension, the growth horizons of many small businesses," says David Morobe, Executive General Manager for Impact Investing at Business Partners Limited.

Companies / 08-08-23 / Sisanda Ndlovu

BHF takes Council for Medical Schemes and Minister of Health to court

"The legal battle against the Council for Medical Schemes and Minister of Health not only highlights their failure to comply with the court's order, but also raises concerns about transparency and accountability within the healthcare system,"…

Companies / 21-07-23 / Tommy Jackson

SA businesses demonstrate resilience in Q1 2023 – Experian Report

"Three months ago, one had been contemplating an economic scenario of substantial decline due to a significant intensification of load-shedding through Q1.  However, the impact was not quite as severe as had been perceived," says Jaco van Jaarsveldt,…

Companies / 21-07-23 / Sisanda Ndlovu

SaferStops Association launches bold response to driver safety and wellness

"Our investigation of truck stops along principal routes revealed widespread shortcomings in catering to the enduring physical and emotional well-being of drivers  - irrespective of their gender. We also identified a pattern linking a multitude…

Companies / 05-07-23 / Duty Editor

Sanlam Group announces shortlist for financial journalism awards

"The entries were highly competitive, covering a range of topical issues impacting Africa’s economy, and reflected the relevance of financial journalism on governance, and combining the world of business with compelling human-interest angles,”…

Companies / 30-06-23 / Sisanda Ndlovu

Buying vs. renting a commercial property for your small business

"The advantages and disadvantages need to be carefully considered within the context of the current state of your business and the growth plan you have set out as an entrepreneur," says Kevan Govender, Regional Investment Manager at SME financier,…

Companies / 27-06-23 / Shelly Nxumalo

Sanlam and SANPARKS launch R10m SMME support programme

“The Sanlam Group is deeply committed to driving the development and growth of the South African economy. Our impact journey is not a new one – we’ve been committed to investing in communities and the environment for more than 100 years," says…

Companies / 23-06-23 / Duty Editor

How SMEs can survive the mid-winter slump

“A decrease in revenue can be disheartening, which is why winter is the optimum time to invest in your mental health as a business leader and find ways to re-energise yourself. Your team members will take their lead from you, so remaining positive…

Companies / 22-06-23 / Duty Editor

Liberty launches new education channel - Liberty Learn

"Education is the cornerstone of economic development and a key driver in empowering communities. Our investment in Liberty Learn reaffirms our ongoing commitment to bolstering education, particularly in the crucial subjects of Mathematics,…

Companies / 09-06-23 / Chris Smit

Call for increased SME sector support to foster SA economic recovery

"Our quarterly SME Index continues to show, there is an urgent need for greater access to finance for local businesses. Going forward, partnerships between the public and private sectors will be vital in providing small businesses with financial…

Companies / 02-06-23 / Duty Editor

Sooliman to top the programme at AIE 2023; CPD announced

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers – the largest disaster response non-governmental organisation of African origin on the continent – will deliver the keynote address at this year's African Insurance Exchange. The conference runs…

Companies / 26-05-23 / Duty Editor

Zurich Innovation Championship announces 13 winners

“Through collaborating with startups, we continue to source the bold and forward-thinking ideas that are needed to create a real impact for our customers. With this year’s winning initiatives, we continue to push the boundaries of today’s insurance,”…

Companies / 19-05-23 / Shelly Nxumalo

Electricity load shedding draining South African businesses - Experian Data

"First and foremost, the level of electricity load-shedding intensified sharply in Q4, with the predominant level of load-shedding moving to Stage IV in Q4 from Stage II in Q3. This was disruptive to domestic economic activity across a broad…