Sunday Independent 2021-06-20

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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working on digital platforms ‘not fair’

Dhivana Rajgopaul dhivana.rajgopaul@inl.co.za DIGITAL platforms Jovoto and TranscribeMe scored the highest number of points – seven out of 10 – on the Fairwork 2021 Cloudwork League Table. The Fairwork 2021 Cloudwork League Table also showed that four out of the 17 platforms had a zero score. The information is contained in the Fairwork Cloud work Ratings 2021 report which was released on Wednesday. Fairwork is an organisation that highlights the best and worst labour practices in the platform economy. It describes cloud work as digital labour platforms mediating the supply and demand of labour-power via an online interface. The report drew on surveys with 792 workers in 75 countries, desk research, and conversations with desk managers. The research aims to rate fairness towards workers in online work. The report stated…

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young entrepreneurs develop and embrace local brands

Wesley Diphoko wesley.diphoko@inl.co.za SINCE 1998, South Africans have been called upon to buy local products. Proudly South African was established in 2001, born out of the 1998 Presidential Job Summit that was convened by Nelson Mandela to support the buy local campaign. The challenge, however, was that when it comes to some products there was almost nothing South African to buy. Enter young South African entrepreneurs who are making it possible to buy South African sneakers, luxury leather bags, and fashion wear that celebrates local culture. Among these young entrepreneurs are Inga Gubeka, Theo Baloyi and Laduma Ngxokolo. The response to Inga Gubeka’s tweet was remarkable. He had written: “I’m just a boy from the village of Engqeleni (Eastern Cape) with a dream that some day my brand will be…

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satya nadella appointed as microsoft chairperson facebook to add podcast feature digital skills initiative announced for youth podcaster-turned-tech investor secures major funding

On Wednesday, Microsoft named chief executive Satya Nadella chair of its board, strengthening his grip on a pioneering US technology company he rejuvenated for a new age. Nadella, who took over from Steve Ballmer in February 2014, made Microsoft more relevant in a new tech world led by mobile-focused rivals such as Apple and Google. Facebook is planning to roll out its podcast product on Tuesday, at a time when Apple has launched its new Podcast Subscriptions and Channels initiative. The social media network will probably add a feature that will allow listeners to create clips from their favourite shows. The South African government is piloting a new skills development model that will, in its first phase, create training and job opportunities for young people in digital skills…

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the popi act and what it means for small businesses

Ben Bierman A YEAR ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that by July this year, South African businesses would be required to put necessary measures in place to become compliant with the new Protection of Personal Information (Popi) Act. The act is to ensure better data and security management as well as accountability on how businesses use public data, bringing South Africa’s privacy laws in line with international standards. It will also limit how companies use and store data such as customer email addresses (which might have historically been used for direct sales leads or dissemination of company newsletters). NECESSITY Popi promotes the protection of personal information across the public and private sector. Historically, laws on the use of personal details were less stringent. With data breaches on the rise, the…

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Jabu Mabuza ‘a fearless business leader and true patriot’ GIVEN MAJOLA given.majola@inl.co.za THE COUNTRY this week suffered another major loss with the death of businessman and former Eskom chairman Jabu Mabuza from Covid-19 complications. Many described Mabuza, 63, who died on Wednesday, as a fearless businessman who paved the way for the establishment of black business and continued to make an impact on the country’s economic landscape. Eskom said Mabuza made great strides in addressing allegations of financial mismanagement and the myriad issues related to lapses in governance processes and other internal controls at the utility. Board chairperson Professor Malegapuru Makgoba described Mabuza as an advocate of clean governance. Makgoba said these efforts resulted in the stabilisation of Eskom, improving investor and public confidence. “We are grateful for his service at…

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economy treasury warns of municipal governance failures

Banele Ginindza banele.gininza@inl.co.za THE NATIONAL Treasury has raised concern at the financial practices of the country's municipalities, warning that their information was not credible as a large number did not properly use the set systems for financial reporting to control wasteful expenditure and fraud and corruption. The Treasury said in its local government revenue and expenditure report for the third quarter of the 2020/21 financial year this week that most municipalities were not budgeting, transacting and reporting directly in or from their core financial systems. It said they mostly prepared budgets and reports on excel spreadsheet and then import the excel spreadsheets into the system. “Often this manipulation of data lead to unauthorised, irregular, fruitful and wasteful expenditure and fraud and corruption as the controls that are built into the core…