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Twenty-eight year old Margaret Davis was making nice money as a writer in the legal department of a big pharmaceutical company in New York. She liked her coworkers and enjoyed the job on a day-to-day basis – except it was not going anywhere. The company promised Davis an international assignment, but obtaining the right working papers was a problem. Amid management shuffles, Davis felt lost in the system after four years. As she approached 30,...

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Sage Foundation has partnered with AI for Good and Soul City Institute for Social Justice to launch rAInbow, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered smart companion to support victims of domestic violence. Funded by Sage Foundation, rAInbow aims to democratise access to information and support for victims of domestic violence, as well as their friends and family. The smart companion was developed following research and focus groups conducted by Soul City, in which it interviewed victims...

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At some point in Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, the author mentioned a term connoting an experience which the average African will have no problem immensely relating to—the idea of not truly being able to live your life until everyone around you has been brought up to the stage of not having to fear for survival. “My mother calls it ‘the black tax’,” he wrote. “Because the generations who...

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With year-end exams upon us and thousands of matriculants deciding on a future study path, CEO of credit management company Debtsource, Frank Knight, has reiterated the importance of a career choice aligned to high-demand occupations. Every two years, the Department of Higher Education and Training publishes a list of over 370 high-demand occupations in South Africa, which highlights occupations that show relatively strong employment growth or are facing staff shortages and which may to be...

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The South African luxury fashion industry is comprised of the young and upcoming; the well established and the world class mega stylists – all competing to satisfy the luxurious brand conscious consumer. While players in the industry have managed to make great strides in capturing the luxury and ostentatious goods niche market, they have had to grapple many challenges, one of which is fashion counterfeiting. Counterfeiting threatens many local and international luxury brands. In addition...

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Xero, the global small business platform, recently introduced changes to leave entitlements for its more than 2000 global staff, to promote and encourage a safe and inclusive environment for everyone at the company, where they are able to access personal leave for their wellbeing and mental health when needed. Introduced globally on World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the new Wellbeing Leave changes mean Xero staff can now not only take leave for physical...

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Private and public agencies seeking to promote products, services or campaign messages on billboards can now choose their preferred location from a newly launched online portal-Adspace Africa. The self-service platform follows year-long research and product development by two companies—Onestop Adspace and Belva Digital —that invested Sh10 million in the new venture. In a statement, Adspace Co-founder and Chief Digital Officer Fred Kithinzi said the new platform solves challenges experienced by businesses seeking specific locations for...

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CAPE TOWN – Entertainment and media in South Africa is expected to reach R177.2 billion by 2022, up from R129.2bn in 2017, according to PwC’s Entertainment and media outlook: 2018-2022 report released on Wednesday. The report found that Africa’s entertainment and media industry had entered a dynamic new phase with the borders that once separated the entertainment and media, technology and telecommunications industries were blurring in the battle for the attention of the consumer in...

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SOUTH AFRICA – The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced the finalists for the AWIEF Awards 2018. The aim of the AWIEF Awards is to promote excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation amongst women-owned businesses in all sectors and across the 54 African countries. “Women-owned businesses are a vital part of our African economy,” commented Irene Ochem, AWIEF founder and CEO. “The massive response to the AWIEF Awards underscores the fact that women in...

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The dictionary meanings of the word “Heritage” are 1.property that is or may be inherited; an inheritance and 2. a special or individual possession; an allotted portion. Don’t worry if you just learnt the meanings right now. I also had to punch the word in the google search bar just to be sure if what I think it means is correct. I must say, though, coming across the meaning, the former, that is – struck...

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