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Bigen celebrates 50 years of “doing good while doing business”

By: Bigen 16 April 2021 ABC OF BEE

Our beginnings were humble as it started with the establishment of a small engineering consultancy in Polokwane, South Africa, in 1971 During the past 50 years, we have grown and transformed from a traditional engineering consultancy operating from one office in Polokwane, to an engineering firm operating from 8 regional offices in South Africa, to a truly African infrastructure development…

Youth Employment: Finding Alternative Opportunities in the Township Economy

By: NBI 12 April 2021 ABC OF BEE

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt across a variety of key economic sectors in South Africa, with an anticipated loss of over 1 million jobs and the unemployment rate potentially rising to above 50% Young South Africans are particularly vulnerable to the aftershocks of the pandemic. With ongoing contraction of GDP and restrictions on economic growth in…

Simple Solutions

A Wellness Consultant’s Tips for Health & Happiness Zintle Nocuze, Wellness Consultant at Wellness Warehouse Clearwater Mall, shares her top tips for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing on the daily. As a Wellness Consultant, I often get questions about how one is supposed to look after all aspects of wellbeing while keeping up with the demands of daily life, especially…

Important B-BEE Affidavit Criteria

26 March 2021 ABC OF BEE

­ How important is the accuracy of your EME supplier on record? It has become more important than ever to ensure the accuracy of EME recordings under the Procurement element. This is due to various reasons which QSE and Generic entities are not aware of, but can have a massive impact on the outcome of your BEE Scorecard. This only…

Scramble for Covid-19 Vaccine Exposes Pitfalls of Africa’s Pittance Investment in Research and Development

By: Bigen 24 March 2021 ABC OF BEE

By McLean Sibanda, Ph.D., Managing Director Bigen Global Limited and author of the book Nuts & Bolts – Strengthening Africa’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, and innovation expert that has worked throughout the country and has advised SADC, AU, various governments (Eswatini, South Africa and Tanzania) African countries are on the bottom of the priority list for Covid-19 vaccines, strengthening the…

SANAS R47-03 and its Impact on Measured Entities

By: Honeycomb BEE Ratings 26 February 2021 ABC OF BEE

On the 7th of October 2020, the SANAS R47-03 came into effect, and it will, without a doubt, have an impact on the Measured Entities’ B-BBEE Verification process. The R47-03, which replaces the R47-02 document, clarifies the roles of the B-BBEE Rating Agency and contains specific criteria as to what constitutes ethical and professional standards from a B-BBEE Rating Agency…

WhatsApp’s Privacy Fiasco Draws Attention to The Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks of Messaging Apps

By: Nexio 10 February 2021 BUSINESS DAY FOCUS 4.0

­ The recent backlash to WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy changes have brought forward the privacy and cybersecurity conversation necessary around messaging apps, their role in business and how they are managed By Takalani Mavhunga, Chief Financial Officer, Nexio So far 2021 has not been short of drama. Celebrating the New Year under adjusted level 3 lockdown restrictions and curfew,…

Build You Mental Resilience

When something goes wrong, do you tend to bounce back or fall apart? Mental or emotional resilience is the ability to harness inner strength and build skills that help you rebound from setbacks, disappointments and obstacles. These challenges can come in the form of illness, grief, retrenchment, disaster, divorce or things simply not working out the way you had planned.…

The Current B-BBEE Associated Legislation Impact on the Financial Services Sector

By: Honeycomb BEE Ratings 27 January 2021 ABC OF BEE

B-BBEE and the Financial Services Sector plays a pivotal role in the ongoing transformation of the South African economy and in ensuring that the economy is inclusive. The amended Financial Sector Code that came into effect on the 1st of December 2017 states the following in clause 6.10 in terms of Preferential Procurement, which is an element on the scorecard…

Immune Support: A Four-Factor Approach

Functional Health and Wellness Coach Nikki Temkin shares tips and advice for how you can support your immune system by focusing on four key aspects: supplementation, nutrition, stress management and sleep. Protecting and boosting immune health has been more important than ever over the past few months, and will no doubt continue to be a priority for us all for…

Business Day Focus 4.0 places Covid-19 accelerated 4IR technology in the spotlight

13 January 2021 BUSINESS DAY FOCUS 4.0

The Business Day Focus 4.0 conference - presented by Arena Events (a division of Arena Holdings) and Cold Press Media - is now in its second year and will take the shape of a Digital Dialogue series that focuses on the fast-tracking of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology development, transformation, and adoption under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The…

The Rise & Rise of CBD

Commonly known as CBD, cannabidiol was discovered in the 1940s It’s one of the 113 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and constitutes up to 40% of its extract. Due to its association with marijuana - a high-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) variety of cannabis – many believe that using CBD hemp oil will induce a ‘high’. This is not the case,…