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COVID-19 Pandemic

Microsoft Giving $200-Million in “Pandemic Bonuses” to Employees

Microsoft is reportedly giving employees a $1,500 "pandemic bonus" this year for the "unique and challenging fiscal year that Microsoft just completed." Initially reported by The Verge, citing an internal memo which says that the bonuses will be distributed to...

SA Amongst World’s Best at Coping with COVID-19 Business Challenges, says Report

Although organisations worldwide found their businesses disrupted, projects postponed, and strategies challenged during 2020, South African companies were very adept at coping with business-related challenges as a result of COVID-19, says Project Management Institute. “Drawing this conclusion in their annual...

Does the Pandemic’s Impact in East Africa Demand Accelerated Digital Transformation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe socio-economic impact in East Africa. While the region has escaped the worst of the health impact - infection and mortality rates are comparatively low next to those of Europe - the impact on...

Microsoft Reaches $2-Trillion Valuation Driven by Cloud Computing Offerings

Microsoft has taken its place as the second US publicly traded company in history to reach a $2-trillion market value, joining predecessor Apple in a very exclusive club. The company has been buoyed by betting its dominance in enterprise cloud...

Investing in STEM Crucial for African Countries to Benefit from 4IR

To ensure African economies benefit fully from the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), and the data economy it will bring, there are several trends that industries on the continent need to fully embrace. These include artificial intelligence, cloud, machine learning and...

New Renewables Offer Energy Security for SA’s Beleaguered Economy

In a bold move last year, the South African government launched an emergency energy procurement plan with a view to relieve the current energy crisis and limit load-shedding. The shortfalls are currently partially alleviated, however at great expense, as there...

11 Digital Trends Transforming the Insurance Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in ample opportunities by accelerating the digital transition of tasks that were once considered mundane. In recognition of the importance of this, almost all players in the insurance sector are digitising – some more...

Should African Governments Digitise to be Innovative, Inclusive and Resilient?

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating – the COVID-19 pandemic offers Africa the chance to leapfrog development through digitisation, and potentially position itself as a global digital powerhouse. And while the private sector has an important role to...

3 Tech Trends that will Transform 2021

2020 can be defined by dramatic change. On every front, from health to economic, political to social, the pandemic has forced individuals and businesses to adapt in a hurry. The long-term effects will not be truly understood for at least...

How COVID-19 is Shaping Financial Inclusion

The COVID-19 pandemic had forced companies and individuals to rapidly adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to remedy the unprecedented socioeconomic challenges faced by consumers. A key facet of 4IR is a shift towards digitisation, and the vulnerable...
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Using AI for First Job Opportunities for South African Youth

Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tools such as Google's AI model and Gemini serve as the ultimate career companion, guiding graduates...
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