Sunday Independent 2021-10-24

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new brand name won’t solve facebook’s problems

Fast Company Contributor and Wesley Diphoko TWO decades ago, tobacco behemoth Philip Morris announced its intention to change its name to the Altria Group. It comes from the Latin word altus, meaning “high”, and according to company execs, was meant to suggest high performance. When people say ‘Philip Morris’, people don’t know which company you’re talking about,'” Steven Parrish, the company’s senior vice-president for corporate affairs at the time, told The New York Times. “We’re more than a tobacco company, obviously, but there are a lot of people who don’t understand that.” Count among those people the estimated three million American women who died prematurely between 1980 and 2000 from smoking-related diseases. No one was exactly fooled by the news of its proposed name change. “They are running away from…

2 Min
ebay founder financially backing the facebook whistle-blower frances haugen

Wesley Diphoko “We will continue to create a safe environment for and support all those who are focused on tackling these digital threats to democracy and making social media and Big Tech platforms more transparent and accountable. We will directly support efforts that enable a broad public debate about the disclosures and evidence Frances Haugen has brought to light,” stated Luminate in a blog, an organisation that is backing the Facebook whistle-blower, Frances Haugen. Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation with the goal of empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. Luminate was founded by The Omidyar Group, established by philanthropists Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Pierre is the founder of eBay and a well-known tech billionaire who supports a number of similar…

2 Min
editor’s choice

Trump tries another social network Former president Donald Trump has announced plans to launch his own social network, in the latest push to reclaim his internet dominance after he was banned from Twitter and Facebook in the wake of the Capitol insurrection. Technology developed to enable tips for petrol attendants Ukheshe technologies, Telkom and Engen have collaborated to create the QR solution which allows motorists to tip petrol attendants and cashiers for efficient service by simply scanning a QR code using their Engen 1app or any payment app that supports Masterpass QR payments. MTN bows to Eswatini internet shutdown request Citizens of eSwatini have experienced a partial internet shutdown after MTN yielded to orders to suspend Facebook and its messenger app. This move was triggered by pro-democracy protests…

2 Min
chance to choose our leaders, turn things around

eight days is the time South Africans will fulfil an important obligation of the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of the country. This is an obligation to choose freely those who are to become people’s representatives for the next five years. The hopefuls have traversed the country, promising what they will achieve if they are elected. The backdrop of the local government is different from previous ones. The Covid-19 pandemic has cast a dark cloud on the process. We have been dished corruption of the worst proportions as dirty laundry in political speech is aired in public. The Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy and Urban Renewal South Africa in 2000 opened a path for increasing service delivery in the period under review. In some rural areas, unemployment that was as…

3 Min
three signs that it’s the right time to expand your small business

ben bierman The contribution South African small businesses make to GDP has continued to increase by at least 12 percent year on year, since 2013. The consistent upward trajectory means the number of small businesses is increasing and some are expanding, albeit many are impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In recent columns, we spoke about the importance of a business plan and planning for growth, but for many small businesses, growth is a daunting prospect, and for good reason. Business advisers often warn against expanding too soon, given the risks involved. Expanding too soon could lead to an overwhelming degree of complexity, exorbitant debt, cash flow issues and reduced profitability. Knowing when to expand does not come down to a formula – a large component of seizing opportunity at the…

2 Min
local chicken producers blamed for trying to peg their prices

Banele Ginindza The local poultry industry, both producers and importers await, with bated breath for the government’s progress report on the Poultry Master Plan. The report will give clarity on a range of issues in the industry which has seen consumers pushed to the edge with spiralling costs of South Africa’s most popular protein source. Local producers have made a fresh application to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) for a new tariff structure to control anti-dumping practices by Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland and Spain, a move local producers were unhappy with, citing a consequent increase in poultry prices, if import tariffs are effected. The last tariffs implemented in March last year levied rates for Most Favoured Nations (MFN) from 37 percent to 62 percent for bone-in cuts…