Category Archives: GIBS Knowledge and Information Services

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Department of Tourism launches incubation programme for tech savvy entrepreneurs (IOL)

Digitalisation has the potential to open new frontiers and improve resource management efficiency and sector competitiveness in tourism, says the Department of Tourism. To this end the department in collaboration with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), today launched the Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation Incubator Programme […]
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PwC lowers SA’s economic growth prospects for 2022 (IOL)

At the start of 2022, PwC’s downside economic scenario suggested real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 1.6 percent this year and an average inflation rate of 5.6 percent. PwC yesterday said that its current baseline outlook was for 1.8 percent growth and 6.3 percent inflation, which is not far removed from this downside view […]
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Reserve Bank probing its role in mitigating climate change (BL)

The SA Reserve Bank, whose main job is to manage monetary policy, says it has begun work to understand how it can mitigate against climate change, despite this not being the usual work of the central bank. Governor Lesetja Kganyago says in the Bank’s annual report published on Monday that “climate change will have a […]
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15 Effective ways for businesses to publicize good company news (Forbes)

Leveraging positive company news is a must for generating a solid brand reputation and maintaining strong public relations. As individuals who have tried to post exciting personal news for their followers know, there are effective ways and not-so-effective ways to go about doing it. Self-promotion is a delicate art, and if company leaders hope to […]
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Africa needs climate resilient cities to protect lives and livelihoods – says Deloitte (IOL)

Traditionally, we think about the impacts of climate change as gradual: a gradual warming of the planet, a gradual rising of the oceans, but the real concern is the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, including heatwaves, droughts, and devastating bushfires; and on the opposite extreme, severe storms, and flooding. Globally, a series […]
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SMME’s appealing for access to renewable energy (Sabc News)

Small business owners in the Free State are appealing for renewable energy assistance. They say it is a viable solution to the constant power cuts, and ultimately a solution to save jobs. Entrepreneurs say the unemployment rate in South Africa calls for more strategies to create job opportunities. The unemployment rate has decreased from 0.8% […]
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New Gibs Case Study: Gautrain: contextualising strategic leadership of African rapid rail By Morris Mthombeni, Caren Scheepers and Viwe Mgedezi.

Learning Outcomes After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following: • Analyse the aspects of strategic leadership and evaluate effectiveness of the leadership in the case study. • Identify stakeholders in a large-scale project and differentiate between their needs and sources of power. • Establish what behavioural […]
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Five ways tech leaders can support women on their teams finding their own voice (Forbes)

The most diverse tech pipeline in the world won’t ultimately make a difference if the women who make it into tech are held back by organizational cultures that, consciously or not, incentivize their silence. While it may be true that women have the tendency to want and expect their work to speak for itself, the […]
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South Africa is a startup powerhouse that leads the continent for exits, finds new report (Disrupt Africa)

The report will be a deep-dive into the South African startup scene, utilising Disrupt Africa’s datasets, expertise and networks to document what startups are doing what in the country, who is making investments, and who is providing ecosystem support. It takes as its starting point a list of 490 South African tech startups for which […]
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NASA awards $50 Million in funding to small businesses (SBT)

The awards are being managed by NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The program provides early-stage funding to start-ups, as well as access to a network of diverse entrepreneurs and innovators. It also gives small businesses the chance to work with NASA programs and other government agencies. The scheme […]
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