How businesses can unleash the power of human-machine collaboration

JOHANNESBURG, April 2020 — While much of the public discourse surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) focusses on dire predictions about robots stealing jobs, a growing number of future-minded business leaders are embracing an altogether more optimistic and empowering narrative. “Visionary leaders realise our future is not about people versus machines at all, but about how human collaboration and decision-making can be enhanced through the use of machines and AI,” says Wessel Oosthuizen, AI Leader, Deloitte Analytics. He cites research by Gartner which predicted that AI, far from “stealing” jobs, would be…

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COVID-19 THE IMPACT ON SMMEs

COVID-19 THE IMPACT ON SMMEs

Dear fellow employer You may recall that on 9 April 2020, we requested you to participate in a survey aimed at assessing the impact of the current lockdown. You may further recall that, at the time, we informed you that the survey was conducted by an institution tasked with making input to Government’s public policies and processes. Hundreds of employers in the NEASA network participated in the survey. For that, we wish to express our most sincere appreciation. The analysed response to the questions posed in the survey is dealt…

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SAPICS POSTPONES THE LEADING EVENT IN AFRICA FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS AMID COVID-19 CRISIS

The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management,In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, has announced the postponement of the 2020 SAPICS Conference, Africa’s leading knowledge sharing and networking event for supply chain professionals. New dates for the conference, which was scheduled for the end of June, have been secured from 22 to 25 November 2020 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. “This is the first time in the annual conference’s 42-year history that a decision like this has had to…

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Namdock brings ballast water treatment systems on board for international shipping sector

The Ballast water treatment system from Namdock

Namdock, an established ship repair company strategically located on the west coast of Africa in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is leading the industry with the provision of a ballast water treatment system installation service. This ensures that offshore support and other vessels docking for repairs by Namdock are also able to comply with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) requirements for ballast water management and treatment. This is according to Claus Zeilinger, Assistant Technical Superintendent of Carpentry and Electrical at Namdock. “We have led the ship repair market on the West coast…

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The strongest link is local: Africa must support African supply chains to unlock sustained economic growth

Erection of Convevors- Crushers and Screens by Betterect

 The current Covid19-related economic challenges both locally and throughout the Africa starkly highlight the need for pan-African companies and governments to support African supply chains, and in so doing, to boost economic activity on the continent. This can be achieved by procuring the production of goods and services for infrastructure and industrial projects via the mechanism of ‘Team Africa’, which is a concept in which local suppliers and manufacturers collaboratively supply mining, industrial, power generation and other sector projects. “Covid-19 provides further impetus for Africa to support its own supply…

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