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Almost half of small business owners plan to cut hiring because of AI (PCMag)

Most are looking to ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Microsoft Bing AI to replace human employees. Small business owners are hoping to employ artificial intelligence instead of humans in the next year—but they don’t believe the technology is coming for their own jobs anytime soon. FreshBooks surveyed 1,000 small business owners in the United States and Canada about their current […]
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AI risks must be mitigated to realise benefits of the technology (EN)

Artificial intelligence (AI), as part of the growing use of technology that is reshaping society and how people work and live, is set to become more pervasive and infuse many systems with intelligence to improve their performance. However, AI systems are trained on data generated by humans and, in many of their applications, there is […]
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Can artificial intelligence deliver real learning at business school? (FT)

AI is already being used to create content and assess student needs — but rapid progress is raising concerns. For many people, ChatGPT appeared to come out of nowhere — a startling wake-up call to the potential opportunities and threats of artificial intelligence (AI). But Zsolt Katona, professor of marketing at California’s Berkeley Haas School […]
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What every CEO should know about generative AI (Mckinsey)

Generative AI is evolving at record speed while CEOs are still learning the technology’s business value and risks. Here, we offer some of the generative AI essentials. Amid the excitement surrounding generative AI since the release of ChatGPT, Bard, Claude, Midjourney, and other content-creating tools, CEOs are understandably wondering: Is this tech hype, or a game-changing […]
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MTN Group considers sale of West African assets amid challenging business conditions (BI)

MTN Group Ltd., Africa’s largest mobile operator, is reportedly in advanced talks to sell some of its assets to Axian Group Ltd. According to sources familiar with the matter, negotiations on the prices of MTN’s assets in Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, and Guinea-Conakry are ongoing. Click here to read full article

Sky’s the limit for Africa’s female entrepreneurs (AB)

Women entrepreneurs dominate Africa’s SME sector, despite a gender pay gap and the lack of access to finance that women face. However, ongoing initiatives are changing the scenario and empowering women to even greater heights. Wide-reaching economic research conclusively reveals the high return on investing in opportunities for women in Africa.  The UN for example […]
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2023 retail industry outlook (Deloitte)

Embrace the changing consumer to bolster growth in inflationary times Amid market volatility, labor pressures, and supply chain constraints, how can retailers sustain the resiliency of the last few years to better navigate the current headwinds? Our 2023 industry outlook explores retail trends to help your company elevate its business strategy beyond traditional cost-cutting. Learn […]
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Tax changes for businesses in South Africa – these are the documents you now need (BT)

A new binding general ruling (BGR) from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has set out further requirements for what vendors and businesses at large need to provide the tax authority to substantiate tax deductions. Consultancy firm PwC, in a recent report, highlighted the new BGR. According to PwC, BGR 63 specifically covers tax deductions […]
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FNB edges out Capitec as the strongest banking brand in the world (BT)

Brand Finance has ranked South African bank FNB as having the strongest banking brand in the world – narrowly beating Capitec Bank, which ranked second. According to the group’s 2023 Banking 500 report, FNB achieved the top rating out of all the banks measured by the group in the Brand Strength Index (BSI). The BSI […]
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Sanlam investments gets green impetus from small business (BL)

With assets under management of R540bn the group pledges deep commitment to meeting sustainable investment targets. Sanlam Investments has released its sustainable investments and impact report to showcase its efforts in channeling capital towards projects that result in positive environmental and socioeconomic outcomes. Sanlam Investments has released its sustainable investments and impact report to showcase […]
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