The Lingering Effects of Covid-19 on Business and How to Survive and Thrive in 2022

By Anton Oosthuizen   It has been nearly two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world’s economy is ready for some good news. According to the World Bank a rebound is possible, but is likely to be uneven across countries.   With the US and China both expected to be major contributors to global growth this year, China’s economy – which, unlike the rest of the world, did not contract in 2020 – is predicted to grow a solid 8.5%. However, the outlook for low income…

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INITIATIVE TO BETTER LEVERAGE SETA FUNDING AND CURB SKILLSSHORTAGE IN AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

The rapid pace of technological change within the automotive sector is requiring suppliers to speedily identify and embed critical skills to secure global competitiveness.   In addition, the realisation of the objectives of the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035 is dependent on a sound skills base within the sector. Currently, the presence of numerous skills and occupation gaps across the country’s automotive sector are proving to be a cross-cutting barrier to localisation. Without adequate skills, companies are unable to embed technology, raw material and testing infrastructure which prevents greater localisation.…

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PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative welcomes new judge to 2021 panel

Monday, 6 September 2021 – PG Bison, a Proudly South African company that aims to inspire and enable beautiful living spaces, has been running the prestigious 1.618 Education Initiative for 29 years. This annual design competition aimed at third-year architecture and interior design students around South Africa is part of the curricula of participating educational institutions. PG Bison is proud to welcome Nathaniel Wakefield, director at Batley Partners, to the competition judging panel for 2021.   Judging Panel   Wakefield joins four other respected judges who will have the difficult…

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KBL introduces a new line of its Self-Priming Coupled Pumpset fitted with KBL make Ultra-Premium Efficiency IE5 motor

The KBL-make of indigenously developed Ultra-Premium Efficiency IE5 motor makes it a highly energy-efficient product. It consumes up to 16.5% less energy for pumping the same amount of fluid It offers ultra-premium efficiency with a lower life cycle (LLC) and operating cost AC induction motor design offers ease of operation, maintenance, and service as there is no use of permanent magnets and accessories or control equipment   Mumbai, September 2021: Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) – a world-class pump manufacturing company with expertise in engineering and manufacturing systems for fluid management–is…

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Juanita Fisher-Hill: a powerful woman creating strong customer connections

As the designated sole distributor for Anderson Power Products (APP) – the international leader in high-power interconnect solutions in Southern Africa – Alexander and Poole not only supplies the full APP product range; but greatly values and concertedly drives a strategy of consistent contact and connections, resulting in resilient customer-supplier relationships.   Powerfully connected Captivating industry with a wealth of powerful connections is National Sales Manager for Alexander and Poole Juanita Fisher-Hill, who is responsible for the sale and distribution of APP products in South Africa.   As the face…

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Which laser coder best suits your beverage packaging?

Amid changing times and with economic demands driving companies to operate as rapidly and efficiently as possible, the need for swift solutions to achieve this has become essential.   Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, recently made the most of an opportunity to ‘shed some light’ on a customer’s operations in the Northern Cape:   “When a new customer walked into our Kathu depot, with the request for an…

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Which laser coder best suits your beverage packaging?

:  Applying best-before dates in the drinks industry make applying best-before dates a challenge. This is because while some technologies can print at high speed, the codes are not permanent and may lead to counterfeiting and non-compliance. One technology that beverage producers are increasingly turning to is laser technology.   Laser coders work by changing the surface of the packaging material, either by ablation, etching or foaming. This makes laser marks indelible – no rubbing, smudging, fading or faking. By not using inks, you also eliminate the cost of consumables…

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Avoiding SA’s Water Crisis – Collaboration and Technology Can Make South Africa a Water-secure Nation

JOHANNESBURG, SA, (SEPTEMBER 07, 2021) – “Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” These are the words of Nelson Mandela, repeated in a report produced by the WWF, CSIR and Sanlam.   Water is one of South Africa’s scarcest and most critical resources. Half of the country’s water comes from only ten percent of its surface area, and in some cases, such as Johannesburg, additional water is sourced from outside our borders. It’s not easy…

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Hytec South Africa Donates Truck to TT Thermal Suppliers

In December 2020, Hytec South Africa donated a TATA three-ton truck to TT Thermal Suppliers, Bosch Rexroth South Africa’s Lephalale-based reseller.   “We can now get to our customers quicker with the new truck. The donation also has financial benefit as we no longer need to hire trucks to deliver to our customers,” says TT Thermal Owner, Alfred Masekoameng. A pleased TT Thermal Owner, Alfred Masekoameng, in the company’s newly acquired truck.     The handover ceremony took place at the Bosch Rexroth SA offices in Kempton Park, where Masekoameng…

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As warehousing booms, business process outsourcing steps up to meet demand

  South Africa’s retail model has changed dramatically in the last 18 months, partially driven by the pandemic and lockdowns, which vastly accelerated the growth of e-commerce and altered buying patterns. This has put pressure on the warehousing element of the logistics chain, which has had to adapt to these shifts in demand. Optimising processes lies at the heart of the ability to store, manage and deliver stock at the pace required today, which is where business process outsourcing (BPO) can play a pivotal role.   A booming industry As…

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