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The Africa Continental Free Trade Area Protocol on Investment: A Prickly Pear for SADC and other Regional Economic Communities

By: Bigen 29 June 2020 ABC OF BEE

Current state of play of the AfCFTA The secretary-general of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) secretariat, Mr Wemkele Mene made an announcement on 28 April 2020 of the postponement of the 1 July 2020 official implementation start date. Mr Mene cited the adverse effects of Covid-19 currently devastating Africa and the world at large as the primary reason.…

In a Post Covid-World, the Africa Continental Free Trade Area could not come soon enough

By: Bigen 22 June 2020 ABC OF BEE

Thought leader and MD: Development Advisory and Impact for Bigen, Dr Mthandazo Ngwenya, explains the importance of a free trade area and customs union How is Covid-19 Affecting Africa? In its April 2020 Africa’s Pulse Report, the World Bank concluded that Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will face a significant economic downturn as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that has gripped…

How the Environment Affects Your Health, and What You can do About It

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment It was commemorated this past Friday, the 5th of June.  This year’s theme was #Time for Nature. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines environmental health as: “Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all…

Resilience is Critical for Business Success in Our Post-COVID-19 Future

Of the many lessons we have to learn from the current emergency, perhaps the most crucial one is to ensure that business strategy and operations are founded on resilience For years we have been faced with a VUCA world exacerbated by accelerating change and have needed to be prepared for almost anything. (VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous,…

Are You Ready for the 4IR?

  Business leaders are currently facing two high-level challenges: the need for business model innovation and identifying how best to use the next generation of technologies. “With the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) gaining momentum, companies must prepare themselves to do things differently,” says Richard Firth, CEO of MIP Holdings. “Typical innovation approaches will no longer be enough as we move…

Strategic Sourcing Value Beyond Cost Savings in Times of Crisis

The emergence of Covid-19 continues to present financial strain on multiple businesses across the globe While most companies are looking into cost-saving initiatives, strategic sourcing is yet again placed on the spotlight. With reducing spending as one of its key strategic goals, strategic sourcing is now more pressured to deliver value, particularly in times of crisis. Speaking at the 7th…

Lesedi Appoints Makole Mupita as New Board Member

Lesedi is excited to announce the appointment of Ms Makole Mupita as our first Non-Executive Director to the Board of Lesedi Makole is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of professional experience within the financial services sector. She is the co-founder and director of the Mahlako a Phahla Group, an investment holding company focused on investments, asset management and…

Snacking Made Right: Mondelēz International’s Sustainability Report Updates

By: Mondelez 22 May 2020 CORPORATE ESSENTIALS

  Mondelēz International’s latest Snacking Made Right Report,  touches on all the key aspects and elements of how they empower people to snack right – from creating the right range of well-loved snacks for consumers to encouraging mindful snacking at the right moment, from ensuring they source, produce and package snacks in the right way to setting and following and conducting…

TikTok, Goes the Opportunity Clock

Why aren’t young influencers taking IP seriously? If you’re over 19 (and you are because you’re reading an article about intellectual property) there’s a good chance that to you “TikTok” is the sound that a clock makes, even though in this case it’s been written by someone who can’t spell. But for younger people, the term has a different meaning…

Apex Industries joins Equal by 30 Campaign and Commits to Equal Pay, Leadership and Opportunities for Women in the Energy Sector

The Equal by 30 campaign aims to have public and private sector commitments to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030 MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, May 21, 2020/ -- The Equal by 30 Campaign aims to advance gender equality and ensure women have the same opportunities as men in the…

Pre-Existing Conditions And COVID-19: Tips to Stay Healthy

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage globally, numerous studies have demonstrated that certain individuals are more susceptible than others, to falling seriously ill The World Health Organisation (WHO) which has been leading the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has released a set of comprehensive guidelines that specifies who is at most risk. This is encapsulated excellently in WHO’s…

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

By: CRS Technologies 20 May 2020 ABC OF BEE

Each generation has different work expectations How can organisations address this challenge effectively without compromising on its core values? Nicol Myburgh, Head of the HR Business Unit at CRS Technologies, believes that while a standardised approach is ill advised, there are other opportunities to become more attentive to the requirements of a multi-generational workforce. “Every generation has its own value…