Financial Services

Online Security: The Next Challenge For Retail Stores

Retailers moving into the online space for the first time face risks that don’t exist in the bricks-and-mortar world, says Brendon Williamson, general manager of business development at payment services provider PayGate – and they need to ensure they are well protected. Merchants selling virtual goods like airtime or vouchers are the most vulnerable, he […]

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2014 National Budget Analysis

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered no surprises in his Budget Speech on 26 February, favouring consistency and steadiness over change and fireworks ahead of the national election on 7 May. His Budget Speech once again put job creation, infrastructure development, social spending and education right on top of the nation’s list of priorities. Taxpayers will […]

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Positive SME Financing Outlook For 2014

Small and medium enterprises fared well in 2013, says Sisa Ntshona, head of enterprise development at Absa. According to him they are key players in the growth of the South African economy.Ntshona acknowledges though, that up to now there has not been much effort from the public and private sectors in developing an SME friendly […]

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New Laws To Protect Online Shoppers

An online business must be able to accept credit card payments if it’s going to be successful – but the security rules for being able to do so are being tightened. Fortunately, says Peter Harvey of payment services provider PayGate, staying on the right side of the security fence need not be onerous. “The trendsetters […]

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Cape Town Calls For Aspirant And Existing Young Entrepreneurs To Overcome Economic Challenges

Cape Town is known to be the entrepreneurship capital of South Africa, but economic migration to the City as reflected in the latest census figures means that local efforts to support entrepreneurship must be redoubled, says Alderman Belinda Walker, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental & Spatial Planning. Alderman Walker says the two-day Youth Entrepreneurship […]

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Innovation In Lean times

Much has been written on the subject of what to do about innovation in lean times. Many writers and bloggers all have a general idea of what to do, and many advocate similar strategies such as cutting costs, focusing effort on quick-return productivity enhancements and aggressively cutting out low-potential innovations. Marketing, sponsorship, bonuses, increases, R&D […]

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