COVID-19

How to Find and Secure Tenders for Your Small Business – 5 Expert Tips

There is a new lane for tendering and an urgent need for assistance from government that has been created by Covid-19 PPE tenders, and other tenders used to fight the pandemic that have increased the scope of tender targets for SMMEs. The government is seemingly incapacitated by the pandemic and the PPE tenders that have …

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SMMEs: Preparing for the Second Wave

Covid-19 has forced the entire world to remodel how it operates, from the personal perspective to ways in which businesses operate. Experts, including academics and government, have warned the nation of the possibility of a second wave of high infections. Research suggests that a national resurgence is most likely on the way and expected to …

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Employee Health and Wellbeing: A Strategic Priority for COVID-19 and Beyond

Employee health and wellbeing (HWB) is vital for a company to sustain itself during the lockdown. But making your employees’ HWB a strategic priority creates a competitive edge that will be crucial for success now and beyond COVID-19. Employee HWB not only delivers significant benefits, it also creates an opportunity to play a leadership role …

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Tips and Ideas to Retain Your Best Staff and Skills During COVID-19

In the highly competitive local economy, disrupted by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, firms more than ever cannot afford to lose their best staff and skills.  This piece provides critical insight from leading business thinkers including practical advice that you can implement to ensure you retain your best performing staff and skills so as to …

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Tax Incentives to Invest in Small Business: The Clock is Ticking

National Treasury is reviewing all of its business tax incentives to determine to what extent they are contributing to policy objectives. One such incentive under review is the “Section 12J” incentive, which allows an investor a deduction of the full amount invested in a Section 12J VCC (Venture Capital Company), provided certain requirements are met, from its taxable income.   …

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How Chaos Sparks Business Innovation

The greatest innovation is created in times of chaos, when opportunity abounds. Many successful business stories began during times of recession, depression, chaos and crisis, such as Uber, Airbnb, WhatsApp, Slack, Pinterest, Square, Disney, Sony and iPod.   In the midst of the unprecedented chaos created by COVID-19 on a global scale, we have witnessed great and inspiring innovation, as local and global …

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Fraudsters are Everywhere: Cybercrime up 667% since Lockdown  

It didn’t take the online fraudsters long to realise that the coronavirus lockdown has opened up a whole new avenue of opportunity for them.   Malware, phishing and ransomware attacks are surging, and schemes offering some form of financial relief are particularly evident. All forms of online communication including emails, SMSes and Social Media posts should be treated with caution.  We …

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Who will Emerge as Winners and Losers in the Post Covid-19 Marketplace? 

As we wend our weary way through the pandemic and the lockdown’s economic fallout, let’s not lose sight of the fact that eventually we will inevitably return to some form of “normal”. As the wry Internet joke has it “This too will pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.”  We can all …

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