Sunday Independent 2021-07-11

The Sunday Independent is a weekly English-language newspaper. The Sunday Independent focuses on daily national, local and international national news and analysis. Its leader and opinion page offers a platform for readers to submit their views on topical news.

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service delivery ‘work in the gig economy is often unsafe and insecure’

Wesley Diphoko Working for Uber, MrD and other digital platforms is not fair after all. This has been revealed by a newly launched report by the Fairwork Project. The report highlights the precarious nature of work in the gig economy. The sustained impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to present challenges to South Africa’s economy. Digital labour platforms hold the potential to reduce South Africa’s sky-high unemployment and inequality, with an estimated 30 000 workers engaged in location-based platform work like taxi driving, delivery, and cleaning. However, there is growing evidence that platform workers worldwide face unfair work conditions, and lack the benefits and protections afforded to employees. “Work in the gig economy is often unsafe and insecure. “Workers lack protections afforded to regular employees and are vulnerable to…

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the good and the bad of the jeff bezos legacy

Wesley Diphoko This week Jeff Bezos stepped down as the CEO of the tech giant, Amazon. He will now transition to an executive chairman role to oversee the board. Beyond his limited role at Amazon, Bezos will focus on his space company Blue Origin, starting with a trip that will change human space-flight forever on July 20 2021. Today it may be easy to forget what e-commerce felt like before Amazon as we are surrounded by online shopping everywhere. On September 22, 1994, two months after incorporating and ten months before launching the company, Jeff Bezos decided to learn how to sell books. So he took a course on how to start a bookstore, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association. Some forty to fifty aspiring booksellers, from young…

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didi in trouble over data issues facebook is now a trillion dollar company the rise of sandton city digital mall notorious cybercriminal “dr hex” caught in morocco local tech startups have been recognised as innovators by kpmg

A major regulatory body in China said Friday it was investigating domestic ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, just two days after its blockbuster public debut on the U.S. stock market. Mark Zuckerberg's social media empire's market cap hit $1.008 trillion for the first time in their 17-year history. Facebook - which includes the main site, WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, and Oculus - is the youngest company to join the trillion-dollar club from the 2000s. Just months after collaborating with Sandton City and creating a digital mall, Nedbank’s Avo Super app is reaching for greater heights. The app, launched in June 2020, was created to help build a bridge to Nedbank customers and the broader South African consumer base to access online shopping, essential services and financial products on a single platform. In…

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real number save sa politics from beer hall brawlers

Pali Lehohla THE MERRIAM-WEBSETER dictionary describes an idiot as a stupid person. In May 2018, Cope leader Willie Madisha had an entertaining exchange with then Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Madisha asserted that half of the people in Parliament were stupid. Naturally, Mbete was not impressed and ordered Madisha to withdraw the statement. But what Madisha applied instead was a mathematical set notation referred to as a compliment of the universe. If half of Parliament is not stupid, then the other half is stupid. Paradoxically, Mbete was pleased by the answer, perhaps affirming Madisha’s point. US wartime president Harry Truman once said: “My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”…

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biz 101 mid-year vitality check crucial for small businesses

Ben Bierman JUST yesterday, we were preparing to celebrate the beginning of a new year. But since then, businesses have faced a gauntlet of hurdles brought about by Covid-19. They have adapted repeatedly and some have found ways to navigate this brand new business world. Halfway through the year, it is time to take a retrospective at what we have done and how far we have come. It is time to take stock once again and setting time aside to reflect on the goals that we set at the beginning of the year. Here are some central aspects to taking inventory and measuring your trajectory for meeting those goals. Review During the 1930s and 1940s, Globe Wernicke invented industrial “in and out” paper trays for clerks to sort their…

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lockdown update ramaphosa expected to maintain lockdown restrictions

Siphelele Dludla PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa looks likely to extend stricter lockdown regulations for a further two weeks as the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage South Africa. The extension will see businesses in the tourism, hospitality and alcohol industries continue taking a heavy toll amid calls for the easing of the restrictions. Anchor Capital’s Nolan Wapenaar said maintaining the current level would push some restaurants, hotels and leisure businesses past the point of no return. Wapenaar said reducing the lockdown restrictions too soon would cost human lives and also place a further burden on a hospital system that is at capacity. “We have also noted that the consumer and business confidence levels are fickle and a protracted downturn in these could jeopardize the nascent recovery of our…