Sunday Independent 2021-10-10

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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facebook is dead, long live facebook...

Wesley Diphoko If there was ever a moment to write a Facebook obituary, it is now. It started with a 60 Minutes Frances Haugen interview on CBS News then was followed by the major outage of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. As if that was not enough, it was followed by the appearance of Haugen (a Facebook whistle-blower) before the US Senate, where she revealed that Facebook has knowingly enabled underage kids on its platforms and has not shared accurate information about its audience numbers. The final nail in the coffin was the moment Haugen urged Senators to regulate Facebook. All of this should have been enough to get people to delete Facebook and move over to alternatives. Yet they are not doing that, at least not in numbers enough…

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remembering steve jobs and his legacy – 10 years on

Wesley Diphoko Steve believed that “people with passion can change the world for the better”. Ten years ago, on the October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs died after a long battle with cancer. This week Apple marked the10th anniversary of his death with these words written by Tim Cook, and shared as an internal memo to staff: “Today marks the 10th anniversary of Steve’s passing. It’s a moment to celebrate his life and to reflect on the extraordinary legacy he left behind. Passion “Steve believed that ‘people with passion can change the world for the better’. That’s the philosophy that inspired him to create Apple. And it lives in us today. “Steve was so many things: brilliant, funny, and wise, a husband, a father, a friend, and, of course, a…

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editor’s choice

SA Digital Vaccine Certificates launched Health Minister Joe Phaahla officially launched the digital vaccination certificate during a media briefing on Friday. Phaahla said with the launch of the vaccination certificate South Africans can expect more sports and recreational activities, entertainment and music festivals to open up for those who are fully vaccinated. Twitch Hack exposes code and creator payouts Amazon’s streaming platform Twitch has been attacked by an anonymous hacker who claims to have exposed sensitive source code and detail on payouts to content creators, according to multiple media reports. The leak also exposed Amazon's plans to launch a digital gaming distribution platform, a potential challenger to Valve Corporation's dominant Steam storefront. Bloomberg has reported previously on Amazon's plans for a digital game store. Facebook loss became Telegrams gain Messaging…

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onslaught on national statisticians continues

Pali Lehohla FACEBOOK, Messenger and WhatsApp collapsed for a few hours on Monday, causing financial harm to the tune of R107 billion to Mark Zuckerberg’s stock. This is how surreally the world of virtual networks moves. Ironically, the outage happened as the World Data Forum was hosted in Bern, Switzerland, where among the key issues discussed was how the sensors passively collect data and the role of ubiquitous social media as a source of data. It was also in this week that the 8th annual Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) through the catalytic research work of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative met in Chile to reflect on progress made in the application of multi-dimensional poverty indices as a fundamental policy tool for addressing poverty. This MPPN was even…

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biz 101 why consumer confidence matters to smes and how to leverage it

ben bierman The FNB/BER Consumer Confidence Index for South Africa made some gains to -10 in the third quarter of this year, from -13 in the second quarter. This could be attributed to the faster roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines and the renewed mandate of The Solidarity Fund in collaboration with the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) to support businesses impacted by the riots and civil unrest that broke out in parts of South Africa in July this year. The same Index illustrated that there was a marked increase in the demand for big-ticket items like cars and electronic appliances. But what does this all mean? More importantly, what does it mean for SMEs? Consumer Confidence Explained Consumer confidence is an economic indicator to measure the level of optimism that consumers…

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citrus growers frustrated by transnet delays

Dineo Faku STATE-owned freight company Transnet is under fire from the Citrus Growers Association for shipping delays that are threatening fruit exports. According to the Durban-based association’s website, logistics development manager Mitchell Brooke flagged Transnet as the biggest threat to the fruit export industry. Brooke said in a letter last month that the poor state of Transnet’s operations is seriously compromising the South African agriculture and manufacturing industries and is a huge threat to the local economy. “Operations at the port authority and terminals division have declined so severely that we are now witnessing massive delays to ships calling across the South African ports. “Notwithstanding the disruptions from the Covid pandemic in 2020, the recent KZN looting and the cyberattack on Transnet’s IT systems in July, the present…