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Are human beings becoming algorithms?

As humankind advances, new technologies are supposed to enhance and improve our lives by broadening access to education, financial instruments and other tools, while also improving communication within our globalised society. These were the ideals that the founders of the internet shared, says American futurist, author, professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff.

FEATURE | The Digital Workplace

The digital workplace is one where people, processes, technology, and the company converge to improve business productivity and employee engagement. It's a workplace where employees have the technological tools they need to complete business tasks effortlessly and efficiently.

Victimising employees is risky!

One of the legal terms and concepts that appear to confuse employers and employees is ‘victimisation’. This is partially because the labour statutes do not deal directly with the concept of ‘workplace victimisation’. This is most surprising in view of the fact that victimisation does interfere with the right to fair labour practice.

Township revival offers opportunities

During the first quarter of 2018, South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 2,2% according to Stats SA. This low growth trap followed a period of cautious optimism and highlights the need for creative thinking from all role players in the economy.

Enterprise Development

Enterprise Development is the act of investing time and capital in helping people establish, expand or improve businesses. In turn, it helps people earn a living, rise out of poverty and achieve long-term economic growth. Any business operating in South Africa today is faced with the task of addressing the B-BBEE codes, of which the largest point allocation is for Enterprise and Supplier Development.

Internet of Things (IoT) security concerns may hamper growth

Businesses are, for a large part, uninformed and risk averse towards securing IoT. Enterprise, industrial and commercial IoT is a sticking point for business, particularly in South Africa, where boards of directors and senior executives are not yet knowledgeable about the benefits. This causes them to be exceptionally averse to risk, but this is changing as younger and more informed ‘tech-savvy’ executives are being appointed to boards.

Social engineering of the most disastrous kind

The Council of Higher Education (CHE) has established itself as South Africa’s primary protector of the Holy Grail of Higher Education Qualifications - at the cost of the dignity of our working citizens.

BusinessBrief June/July 2019 edition is now available!

Read our exclusive cover story entitled PRIVATE EDUCATION EVOLUTION | AN UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING? by Chris Hattingh, Researcher, Free Market Foundation, as well a host of other topical management articles written by professionals, consultants and academics in the June/July 2019 edition of BusinessBrief.

The buzz of biz jargon

Have you ever sat in a meeting where the person who threw around the most jargon, who managed to build in the most buzzwords into every conversation, was perceived as the hottest property, the flavour of the month! To help you navigate through this minefield of buzzwords, to keep you at the top of your game, we offer some insights into some new and some not so new uses of jargon which continue to populate our many conversations at the office, extending after hours into our social lives.

Your Uber rights?

When you sign up for the Uber app you get the right to use Uber’s mobile application or website to arrange and schedule transportation or delivery services. Uber does not provide transportation nor logistical services as a carrier of people or goods. That relationship is between you and the Uber driver or owner.
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