Sunday Independent 2021-08-29

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3 Min
the big white-labelling debate

Wesley Diphoko wesley.diphoko@inl.co.za THE Zuluish kettle brand by Yandisa Zulu has ignited a social media debate about white labelling in South Africa. A white-label product is a product or service produced by one company (the producer) that other companies (the marketers) rebrand. White-label products are sold by retailers with their own trademark but the products themselves are manufactured by a third party. Some South Africans did not take kindly to the Zuluish kettle brand. Some tried to point out that the kettle could be found on Alibaba with a different brand. They insisted that the product was simply a product produced in China and rebranded to be on the market in South Africa. As for Yandisa Zulu, this is what his brand is about: “’Zuluish’ is a combination of two…

2 Min
what can be done about fake vaccine cards?

Wesley Diphoko wesley.diphoko@inl.co.za AS THE Covid-19 delta variant spreads and the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down, experts say that people across the world are having an easier time getting around restrictions related to vaccination status – by purchasing fake vaccine cards online. As more and more South Africans get vaccinated and facilities mandate vaccines for entry, fake vaccine cards could become a challenge. Some parts of the world, such as New York and California, have introduced digital vaccine cards. The South Korean tech company, Samsung, has come up with its own solution to the challenge. Samsung devices that support Samsung Pay can, in the US, store digital versions of users’ Covid-19 vaccination cards, through a partnership with health-care non-profit The Commons Project, the smartphone company announced. Users have…

2 Min
human labour shoprite group’s cashierless stores and employment

Wesley Diphoko wesley.diphoko@inl.co.za Shoprite Holdings has announced its cashierless store, Whitey Basson’s grand vision which includes the expansion of high-speed digital systems. According to the book Fortunes: The rise and rise of Afrikaner tycoons, Basson considers Amazon one of his favourite companies. It was therefore no surprise when his company announced a system that was inspired by Amazon Go – the first cashierless store in the world. Amazon Go is a chain of convenience stores in the US and the UK, operated by the online retailer. The stores are partially automated, with customers able to purchase products without being checked out by a cashier or using a self-checkout station. When a similar concept was announced in South Africa it raised unemployment concerns. Some wondered what would happen to cashiers if…

3 Min
real numbers

Child birth registration in SA remains challenging Pali Lehohla Allow me to recognise the presence and message of His Majesty King Letsie The Third. What then accompanies our appreciation are the lessons emerging from my sister-in-law’s life. Some people are born into this world, live their lives and depart without a trace. Ideally, every birth, marriage, divorce and death should be recorded. Yet they are not. The parish system used to fulfil this role by issuing baptismal certificates to confirm that a birth occurred. Modern systems of civil registration are commonplace in countries although coverage of registration of events in some remains low. The existence of this challenge became stark when we buried my sister-in-law last week, in Mafeteng Lesotho. She had passed on after a lengthy illness. She leaves…

1 Min
bitcoin rallies on improved market sentiment

Edward West edward.west@inl.co.za BITCOIN topped $50 000 (about R745 000) last week, continuing to rebound from a sell-off in June and last month. The Bitcoin price slipped to $47 462 on Friday. It hit an all-time high, of more than $64 000 in April, but sold-off heavily, dipping below $30 000 in June andlast month. Tougher regulatory scrutiny from Chinese authorities that forced bitcoin mining operations to shut down has fuelled the decline. The hashrate had since begun to recover as miners set up mining facilities in other parts of the world. Hashrate is the computing power used for mining. But Bitcoin has been on a steady rise since the middle of last month. Luno Africa general manager Marius Reitz said that with the latest push to $50 000…

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biz 101 women entrepreneurs should be celebrated as south africa’s job creators

Ben Bierman SOUTH African women entrepreneurs do more than just create jobs – they contribute significantly to human-capital development. This was highlighted in the inaugural South African Women Entrepreneurs Job Creators Survey, which featured responses from 913 women entrepreneurs in the country from November 2020 to April 2021. The results showed that 80% of women entrepreneurs have invested in employee training in the past 12 months. Another point of interest that the survey brought to the fore was the fact that female employers prioritise factors like work-readiness and soft skills over an academic or vocational qualification. This finding is encouraging – as it shows that female entrepreneurs are willing to look beyond hard skills and see that candidates have the potential to learn and grow in their roles. It’s an…