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Leaders don’t mean to waste their employees’ time. Unfortunately, many of them heap unnecessary work on the people below them in the pecking order—and are downright clueless that they’re doing it. They give orders without realizing how much work those directives entail. They make offhand comments and don’t consider that their employees may interpret them as commands. And they solicit opinions without realizing that people will bend over backwards to tell them what they want...

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More and more businesses globally are moving to a multi-cloud situation to deploy or access services. This is according to F5 Networks’ recent report, ‘The State of Application Delivery 2018’ (SOAD), in which more than 50 percent of the respondents, representing IT professionals from all over the globe, said they use between two and six cloud environments. The F5 report, now in its fourth year, surveys more than 3,400 industry peers, evaluating the state of...

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There are no circumstances in which two employees of equal ability, experience, and qualifications should be paid differently for the same job. And yet, the gender pay gap remains wide, and may not close entirely for a hundred years. That’s a long time, but what can you do to speed things up? Technology and digital fluency are all-important skills in the modern workplace. Although research from Accenture shows that men are getting more jobs, women...

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Terms and conditions are often overlooked or not drafted in detail when entering into a business agreement with potential customers. One would think that all entrepreneurs and business owners would always insist on signing proper agreements and read the ones that come across their desk. In most instances, this turns out not to be the case. Frank Knight, CEO of Debtsource – a specialist B2B credit management company – highlights five basics that business owners...

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We are happy to introduce to you today Jobsikaz, an online job marketplace start-up from Nairobi, Kenya. First of all, can you introduce yourself to our readers, who you are, where you come from and what’s your background. My name is Sophy mwale, and entrepreneur and Job market specialist based in Kenya. I have founded 2 companies over the last 5 years one in HR management and the other an online job marketplace serving SME Markets....

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A new, South African-developed rival to WhatsApp, which offers zero-rated data access on South Africa’s four largest mobile operators, has been launched. Called Moya Messenger, the app, which was developed by a company called biNu, works even when users have no airtime or data on their smartphones. “The Moya app provides a similar messaging experience to market leader WhatsApp but with the key distinguishing feature that text messaging is #datafree across all four major mobile networks,”...

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Our Woman Crush Wednesday this week easily goes to Africa’s Digital Inclusion Activist, Duduzile Mkhwanazi – who is making waves on the African continent. If you’ve got a good memory – you’ll remember that we featured Dudu in last year’s All Women (August) Issue. At the time, Dudu was the spokesperson of the free WiFi advocacy NPO – Project Isizwe. Today, Dudu holds the title of – CEO of Project Isizwe! Talk about career goals?...

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Cape Town has been dubbed the African City of Opportunity, according to  a recent research report published by PwC. Presenting PwC’s research findings this morning, in partnership with  Wesgro, Councillor Brett Herron (Mayoral Committee Member for Transport &  Urban Development for the City of Cape Town) said: “With an unemployment rate  13 percentage points lower than the national figure, and 10 points lower than  the average metro, Cape Town is a city of genuine opportunity...

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Fraud affects small businesses much more severely than large corporates, with global research revealing that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) generally lose twice as much money than their corporate counterparts in the event of employee fraud. Discussing the most recent statistics compiled by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)1 and putting it into a South Africa context, National Director of Forensic Services at Mazars and Accredited Certified Fraud Examiner, Christo Snyman, notes that the...

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A newly-discovered WhatsApp vulnerability allows hackers to gain access to and message group chats and private conversations. This is according to Check Point Software Technologies researchers, who note if the bug is not fixed, it could help hackers create and spread misinformation. The exploit is made possible by taking advantage of vulnerabilities between WhatsApp for mobile and WhatsApp for the Web, say the researchers. “The hacker first needs to be a member of a WhatsApp group they want to manipulate. Then, the...

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