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2018 to be a pivotal year for ICT industry, report asserts

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 With the unprecedented continuous and rapid developments in fifth-generation (5G) and the Internet of Things (IoT), 2018 will not be “just another year” for an industry that has become accustomed to high smartphone subscription and mobile traffic growth. Over the next five years, there are... 

African businesses grow despite difficult macro environment – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Despite a challenging environment, with public debt approaching critical levels in some countries and concerns over excessive reliance on oil, African businesses are expanding.  

CEO confidence improves on better economic conditions, industry growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Investment and business services provider Merchantec Capital’s CEO Confidence Index improved to 60 in the first quarter of this year, moving above the neutral 50-point mark for the first time since the first quarter of 2017.  

CEO confidence reaches all-time low

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2015 The Merchantec CEO Confidence Index saw a record decrease in CEO confidence to 41 points in the fourth quarter of this year, the lowest score recorded since its inception in the second quarter of 2009. This was also the fourth consecutive quarter in which the confidence of CEOs had dropped,... 

CEO confidence decreases further in Q3

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2015 International advisory firm Merchantec’s CEO Confidence Index fell to 42.2 points in the third quarter of the year, compared with 45.4 points in the second quarter, remaining below the neutral 50-point level. This is the lowest score recorded in the Merchantec CEO Confidence Index since its... 

The world of software is evolving from applications to platforms

23rd June 2015 The consumerisation of IT and the rise of social media and mobile apps are changing employees’ expectations of the software that they must use to do their jobs every day. That means that payroll and HR software vendors and the enterprises that use their products must look to provide end-users... 

Telkom CEO: Vodacom-Neotel tie-up will boost competition

By: News24Wire      9th June 2015 Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko says that if Vodacom’s bid to buy Neotel is given the green light by regulators, it could make for “formidable” competition. Vodacom, which is South Africa’s largest mobile network with over 30 million subscribers, last year made a bid to buy fixed-line operator Neotel for... 

CEO confidence rises, but fears emerge over power supply constraints

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2014 South Africa’s continuously constrained power supply has dampened the 2015 outlook for more than half of the nation’s CEOs, who feel the lack of energy capacity would hit the bottom lines of businesses in the coming year. Despite an uptick in the confidence of South African CEOs that economic... 

Africa Bank collapse prompts drop in SA financial sector confidence – index

By: Natalie Greve     3rd September 2014 The collapse of microlender African Bank Investments has led to a “significant” 17.2% drop in confidence in South Africa’s financial sector in the third quarter of 2014, the Merchantec Capital CEO Confidence Index has revealed. Confidence in the financial sector dropped from a score of 55.1... 

Move to harmonise supply chain finance terminology

By: Callie Lombard     16th May 2014 I was fortunate enough to attend, as the South African Legal Banking Committee representative, the recent International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission meeting, held in Dubai from April 27 to 30, under the theme Dubai 2014 – Gateway to Sustainable Trade and Development. A total of... 

MTN eyes African business expansion in a ‘new world’ of business

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th February 2014 MTN Business has entered an “exciting” era as the telecommunications group shifts from being a predominantly mobile operator to becoming an end-to-end integrated technology solutions provider in a “new world” of business. MTN aimed to distinguish its rapidly evolving enterprise business unit from... 

Telkom increases tariffs 1.3%

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2013 Telecommunications group Telkom was set to collectively increase its basic voice and data connectivity services tariffs by 1.3% from August 1, the JSE-listed group said on Friday. “We have … endeavoured to contain the adjustments to a minimum and kept them significantly lower than inflation,... 

Company Announcement: Kutana Invests in Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions South Africa

12th September 2012 Kutana Investment Group, a black women-owned venture company, has made an undisclosed investment in Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions South Africa, a leading provider of facilities, commercial real estate and energy management to many of the world’s multi-national companies 

Telkom announces 1.2% 2012 tariff increase

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2012 Telecommunications groups Telkom on Thursday announced a 1.2% overall increase in tariffs for line rentals, outgoing calls, DSL and data connectivity services from August 1. Telkom’s MD for consumer services and retail Manelisa Mavuso stated that the adjustments were significantly less than... 


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