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Budget 2024 – navigating uncertainty in challenging times

Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana will deliver the 2024 Budget Review to Parliament next week as the South African economy faces a gloomy economic outlook. The economy is still recovering from the impact of COVID-19 and state capture.

Harnessing solar – a complete guide to renting vs buying

As load shedding persists and solar gains popularity in South Africa, households are left with the decision of either buying or renting a solution. Solar solutions have taken centre stage in South African homes. The quest for an “always on” lifestyle has propelled consumers into a crucial crossroads: should you rent or buy your solar system?

The 3D reset that will change global investing

Decarbonisation, demographics and deglobalisation (3Ds) are changing the investing landscape and presenting investors with a new set of investment opportunities.

Digital treasuries – is it too early for Africa?

There are many challenges for treasuries across the world, in any market, but the developing world has an opportunity for a head start in the switch to digital. This is borne out by the fact that the adoption of best practice treasury management tools, technology and integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems that feed off data points all along the ERP value chain, are entirely within the grasp of corporate treasuries.

Changing the accounting narrative

The accounting profession may be at a crossroads, but perhaps the choice of direction is one that can reshape the future and its reputation. The challenge facing the accounting profession is nuanced. On one hand, the profession is attracting fewer people and struggling to retain those are in it.

Rate reprieve will lift holiday spirits after a tough year

While many factors indicated the possibility of a rate hike, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)’s decision to hold their key lending rate provides some relief after a challenging year.

Retaining and growing customers requires a superb CX

South Africans are navigating a protracted period of high interest rates, food and fuel prices, and low economic growth, which is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. The economic environment makes attracting new customers more difficult, forcing businesses to focus on customer retention and growing wallet share.

Deciphering consumer psychology during the festive season

As the year draws to a close, the festive season emerges as a pivotal juncture for both South African businesses and consumers, laden with anticipation and opportunity. With South African consumers facing financial hardships in the form of multiple interest rate hikes and fuel price increases, research indicates that South Africans are still projected to spend over R200 billion this festive season

REPORT | Africa Entertainment & Media Outlook 2023 – 2027

Since emerging from the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, various industries across Africa have rebounded relatively well after having to undergo a process of reinvention. Across the continent, key multibillion dollar industries are navigating new challenges to meet consumer needs and retain a strong customer base. For Africa’s entertainment and media (E&M) industry, 2022 was a challenging year.

How SMEs can maximise Black Friday for sustainable long-term growth

In recent years, South Africa has embraced the global phenomenon of Black Friday. While, for businesses in this country, it's tempting to focus solely on the immediate potential that this flurry of buying activity presents, small and medium enterprise (SME) should take a much longer-term view of Black Friday, understanding its real potential to underpin long-term growth.


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