Shoprite claims to serve the poor with meal-like items under R5

SATopShops Africa’s biggest retailing group, Shoprite,  claims that it is “making sure that financially-pressed customers can afford to eat, even if they have just R5 in their pockets.” In a statement released recently Shoprite says it has more than 1 000 products available in its stores priced at R5 or less, and over 13 000 of its … Read moreShoprite claims to serve the poor with meal-like items under R5

ANC: Competition authorities must have powers to break up monopolies

SATopShops South Africa’s  ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has called on the country’s parliament to fast track the processing of the Competition Amendment Bill which promises to introduce drastic measures of tackling the domination of the key sectors of the country’s economy by a few  firms. Key propositions from the bill include enhancing … Read moreANC: Competition authorities must have powers to break up monopolies

The ANC is deeply concerned about the weak rand and rising fuel prices

ANC Statement The African National Congress notes with deep concern the continued weakening of the rand and the implications this have for our country’s growth prospect including the management of inflation target. We are further concerned by the hikes in petrol cost which is now at its highest level ever and is putting a squeeze … Read moreThe ANC is deeply concerned about the weak rand and rising fuel prices

’10 behaviour groups that make South Africa go beyond race’: Which one are you?

SAtopShops A Brand South Africa market research project that took a bold mission of coming up with “a social segmentation model of the diverse and complex South African society” scooped two awards at the annual Southern African Market Research Association (SAMRA) conference. It’s not so much the awards that’s grabbing attention about the project but indications of … Read more’10 behaviour groups that make South Africa go beyond race’: Which one are you?

When the poor sponsor the rich: Rwanda and Arsenal FC

Filip Reyntjens, University of Antwerp Rwanda keeps surprising. Recently the Rwandan Development Board signed a sleeve sponsoring deal with London Premier League club, Arsenal. Over a three-year period, the 200 sq centimetre ad “Visit Rwanda” will cost the country USD$39 million. President Paul Kagame is known to be a committed Arsenal fan. Recently, he even … Read moreWhen the poor sponsor the rich: Rwanda and Arsenal FC

SAA crew member spreads joy: Carries baby of customer on her back

SAA hostess, Mavis, carrying baby of a customer on her back.

SATopShops A simple but extraordinarily humane gesture performed by South African Airways (SAA) crew member, named Mavis, is drawing considerable kudos for the bruised and battered state owned airline. Mavis is reported to have gone beyond the call of duty by assisting a passenger, named Kate Whalley-Hands, who was travelling with an infant on an SAA … Read moreSAA crew member spreads joy: Carries baby of customer on her back

Then comes the young white man who speaks Tshivenda: Is it a sign?

Ujuh Reporter A video of a young white man speaking Tshivenda has gone viral on social media platforms with some saying its a sign that Julius Malema has been calling for. TshiVhenda, which is spoken by about 1 million people, is generally considered a difficult language by many native South Africans. And so the appearance … Read moreThen comes the young white man who speaks Tshivenda: Is it a sign?

Smartphone data tracking is more than creepy – here’s why you should be worried

Vivian Ng, University of Essex and Catherine Kent, University of Essex Smartphones rule our lives. Having information at our fingertips is the height of convenience. They tell us all sorts of things, but the information we see and receive on our smartphones is just a fraction of the data they generate. By tracking and monitoring … Read moreSmartphone data tracking is more than creepy – here’s why you should be worried

‘60% of Capetonians won’t save water and we must now force them’

City of Cape Town We have reached a point of no return. Despite our urging for months, 60% of Capetonians are callously using more than 87 litres per day. In summary: Day Zero is now likely 60% of Capetonians won’t save water and we must now force them Punitive tariff to force high users to … Read more‘60% of Capetonians won’t save water and we must now force them’