Category Archives: GIBS Knowledge and Information Services

All things relating to the workings and service offerings of the Information Centre

Vodacom entrusted by government to continue driving digital transformation in education( M&G)

How Vodacom is digitising education in SA In 2014, Vodacom launched an e-learning platform in partnership with the Department of Education to create a free digital-education portal that provides CAPS-aligned educational content for learners in grades R to 12. With many children unable to attend school in person at the peak of the pandemic, registrations […]
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Norway investing R120 million in South African dried fruit and nut business – with demand expected to rocket (BT)

Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries, has announced an investment of $8 million (R120 million) in South African raisin processor and distributor Redsun. Established in 2009, Redsun is based in Keimoes in the Northern Cape, a region where approximately 90% of South Africa’s raisins are produced. The company is at an advantage at […]
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Pick n Pay and other stores are now replacing bank branches in South Africa (BT)

Genesis Analytics noted that retail stores have become increasingly popular as a distribution channel for banks. This is because they  typically have a wider footprint than banks’, allowing banks to reach communities where it may not be viable to operate a full branch. Partnerships between banks and retailers such as Tyme Bank and Pick ‘n […]
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Johannesburg digital hub gets R7 million from France to boost SA gaming ecosystem (BI)

France has committed 450,000 euros (R7.1 million) towards the University of the Witwatersrand’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct to support creative and cultural industries in Africa. Tshimologong, Agence Française de Development (AFD), and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) renewed their partnership for the second time; which will see to the transformation and growth of […]
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New Gibs whitepaper: Exploring the process of transformative learning in executive coaching by Gloria Mbokota, Kerrin Myres and Sunny Stout-Rostron

A longitudinal multiple case study was adopted to examine how three key transformative learning elements—disorienting dilemma, critical reflection, and rational dialogue—occurred in an executive coaching engagement and the learning outcomes that emerged. A key finding was that, in addition to the three accepted elements, there is a fourth element (acceptance) that precedes the rational dialogue. […]
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SA’s fuel price goes up despite the government’s levy cutback – but retailers soon able to sell for less (Dailymaverick)

From 1 June, retailers will be allowed to sell 93-octane unleaded petrol below the price cap which the government sets. For decades, the government has set a price that petrol retailers were required to sell at and no discounts were allowed. The price was set according to a calculation based essentially on the oil price. The […]
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IC Virtual Training Drive Continues

Dear all Did you miss our IC virtual training drive in March.? No sweat! We are back again from the 5th April watch our promo video and book your training using this link

This investor wants to invest R290m into 20 SA businesses. But they must be ‘revolutionary’(BI)

SA does not take startups seriously Though Akindele wants to do deals across the globe – as long as they benefit Africa – he is keen to invest in South African ventures. Platform Capital set up offices in Johannesburg nine months ago and aims to invest $20m in 20 South African businesses a year. The […]
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To do business with government, Huawei must have South African staff (Mail & Guardian)

On 11 February, the department of employment and labour announced it had filed court papers against Huawei, which is headquartered in China. The company, the department said, had breached South Africa’s labour and employment laws by filling 90% of its workforce with foreign nationals. A month later, it emerged that the department and Huawei Technologies […]
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Good news for banks in South Africa (BT)

A recent analysis of South Africa’s major banks by financial services firm PwC shows that banks delivered a strong financial performance in the 2021 financial year with a 99% increase in headline earnings against the prior year. “With more supportive conditions, the major banks delivered strong results on the back of a rebound in economic […]
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