AUGMENTED REALITY – PixzAR

Augmented Reality! A quick search on Google will tell you that this means a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. But what is it really? And how can it benefit you?

Technonogly exists to make life easier. We live in the age of information and everything is readily and easily available at your fingertips…the only prerequisite is a smart phone. Though this may seem incredible, and it is, having access to everything means just that. You have access to all types of information.

This is one aspect that Augmented Reality can really shine and enhance! Considered the 4th immersive wave of computing, AR (Augmented Reality) together with VR (Virtual Reality?)definitely changes the way we access information and sift out right from wrong and wanted from unwanted. It can, in essence, save you time.

Consider this, you’re flipping through a magazine and an advert grabs your attention. What are the steps you would take to enquire further information on that particular product?

  • You could call the number displayed and hold on while a receptionist tries to locate the correct department to put you through. By this time you’ve wasted valuable time holding on the phone.
  • You could visit the website and view further details on the product. Off course, you are interrupted with pop up ads continuously.

Both these actions require user input as well as considerable time. AR allows you to access ONLY that most relevant information via one of the many apps available today. One such app is PixzAR. Created in South Africa this App aims to do just that. Pixzar Changes the way the public interacts with advertising, marketing, books, newspapers, logos and other media…

For instance – A particular car ad commands your attention – All you need to do is use PixzAR to scan said ad and have access to a whole range of additional, more detailed and relevant & digital information. This App takes you into the configuration details of the car, videos of that particular vehicle. You could practically see every aspect of the vehicle ….on your smart phone.

Another eg. if it was an outfit that grabbed your attention…and you would like to for eg. see different colours, that too would be made available digitally with a simple swipe option, rather than going through the website and spending time scrolling looking for that specific item.

The steady growth of AR globally and various application to use it, is taking the marketing industry by storm. Another application that can be used together with VR is the education sector. Gone are the days of researching encyclopaedias, history books etc, manually.  All vital information for every conceivable subject may be brought into the 21st century by simply augmenting the pages. No need to change the print, just implement or update the digital content. This in turn gives added value to current meduim all the way from famous fairy tales to history to complex math and physics problems.

What about the DIY groups I hear you ask? How often do we get a one page instructional diagram that make little to no sense? With AR, a simple scan of that page would bring to life in 3D excatly how A should be slotted in B and which screws goes where!

So what is AR exactly? AR is more than just cool digitally generated information. AR is a time saver. It, like many of the technological advances is to make your life easier. To give you the most accurate, and relevant information WHEN YOU want it. Also, it’s damn cool! Don’t believe us? Just download PixzAR and Scan this very article.

Have an article or advert under this and invite the readers to download the app and scan the article and see how AR really works

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LANSERIA COUNTRY ESTATE OFFERS A QUIET RESPITE IN A CITY THAT WON’T STOP

In today’s rushed and chaotic world – we long to return to a welcoming sanctuary of calm. Nestled on the edge of the Cradle of Humankind, you will find the award-winning TGSA 3-star graded lodge, Lanseria Country Estate.

Found a short distance from the Lanseria Airport Intersection, you will see sign posts directing you. A kilometre of winding dirt road leads you to your destination – a coun­try-style setting with idyllic trout dams and the sky itself as the backdrop. The perfect venue for a day out, a weekend stay or to re­charge during business travel. The estate was recently awarded the Lilizela Tourism award: Provincial Winner Lodge 2018, the second year running. This follows on from being awarded the 2018 Tripadviser Certificate of Excellence for the third consecutive year – a direct result of consistently great reviews from visitors. There are a number of accom­modation offerings to suit every pocket, be it for business, teambuilding, a family weekend or romantic getaway. An ideal location for a relaxing break away from the daily hustle and bustle. The close proximity to the airport and main business centres, makes this the venue for business travel, allowing you to recharge in quiet surrounds. There is plenty to see and do: The winter months provide the perfect conditions for fly fishing on the fully-stocked trout dam. (catch-and-release only). A day pass (R250) covers your fishing and a R100 voucher for @ThePlace2B, whilst all year round you can enjoy cycling

(bring your own bike) and bird-watching.

Found within the estate is a little sanctuary, the onsite aptly named Gin Spa. Here is a place for you to find solitude and peace, a place for couples to reconnect and for friends to gather and share a laugh. Choose from a range of treatments to suit your every need, leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Why not extend your experience – by in­cluding a brunch or lunch at the onsite restau­rant, @theplace2B. Finish off your day with an artisan gin or a glass of bespoke wine. The spa is open to the public, prior bookings are required. For bookings, open times or more information, @email ginspa@lanseriacountryestate.co.za, or call +27 11 659 8054. Like the Facebook page @ginspaatLanseriacoun­tryestate and keep up-to-date with the latest news and specials.

Lanseria Country Estate is home to the Lanseria Parkrun every Saturday morning at 8am. The route takes you around the trout dam and through the estate, before winding out along the country surrounds.

Along the way, you will meet the estate’s friendly horses gently grazing. For more information, visit the facebook page @Lanseriaparkrun or www.parkrun.co.za/lanseria/.

Lanseria Country Estate takes pride in personalising your visit, and can organise day trips to the local sights, such as the Lion and Safari Park, the adrenaline-pumping Ground Zero, or Maropeng and the Cradle of Human­kind. For team-building events or birthday parties, they offer a range of onsite activities, such as the popular Bush Master Chef or river rafting on the nearby rivers, among others.

If you are looking for something a little different, an adventure or just a relaxing day out, look no further than Lanseria Country Estate. So close to the city, yet so far re­moved, a place of memories made, laughter and family fun.

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Uganda keen to do business with SA

Monday, May 20, 2019

Ugandan business people are keen to conduct business with their South African counterparts.

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is currently leading a business delegation on an Outward Trade and Investment Mission (OTIM) to the East African country.

Head of Regional Membership of the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Steven Kabagambe, said the chamber has been working with the dti to create awareness about the OTIM.

“The keenness of the local businesspeople to interact with their counterparts from South Africa is very high. We are looking forward to productive interactions between the south and the east. We are positive that sustainable business relationships, partnerships and linkages will be established during these interactions,” he said.

The mission kicked off in the capital of Kampala on Sunday.

He attributes the high interest in the trade mission by Ugandan businesspeople is due to the fact that South Africa is one of the biggest economies on the continent, adding that the mission presents a golden opportunity for trade and investment partnerships and collaborations.  

“As a chamber we are keen on establishing partnerships amongst businesspeople from various African countries in order to increase intra-Africa trade and investments. Networking opportunities presented by the mission are perfect platforms to achieve this objective.”

He added that businesspeople will be able to share information face-to-face on investment and trade opportunities that they can explore together in each other’s economies.

Kabagambe singled out agro-processing as a sector that is abound with both investment and trade opportunities for South African companies to explore. These include value addition in dairy, beef, poultry, fish, as well as skins and hides industries.

“In fact there are opportunities in the whole of the value chains of various industries here. For an example we require hatcheries, feeds and veterinary services in our poultry sector. The exporting of skins and hides has been banned in this country and this has opened up a whole lot of opportunities for the leather industry value-chain. Opportunities are also up for grabs in our timber, and oil and gas industries,” he said.

The mission is organised and funded by the dti through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA).

The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country. More than 1 000 companies were assisted through the scheme in the last financial year. The mission will conclude on Friday. – SAnews.gov.za

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Motoring

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Empower youth to grow the African continent

Monday, May 6, 2019

Young people should be provided with information that will arm them for
their future, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe.

“Realising the full potential of the youth is when critical information
is availed to arm the youth for future battles and opportunities,” said
Magwanishe.

The Deputy Minister was speaking at a Youth Opportunities and Career
Expo that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), in
partnership with the Department of Communications and the Ekurhuleni Metro
Municipality in Germiston on Friday.

“We are gathered here during the month when Africa is celebrating Africa
Month. We are referring to the Africa whose aspirations reflect our desire for
the creation of a continent of free citizens and expanded horizons, where the
full potential of women and youth is realised.”

Magwanishe said it is important for all countries on the continent to
commit to developing an informed youth that appreciates the challenges and the
agenda of the continent.  

“It is only when we succeed in creating a working Africa that peace will
reign. This expo should therefore be understood in the context of a programme
aimed at achieving economic freedom, where all are able to realise their full
potential. For any country to realise and sustain economic freedom, they must
have developed an informed workforce comprising young people capable of leading
a programme for continued change,” said Magwanishe.

He said there is a need to change the mindset of the young people so
that they are able to see opportunities in the challenges facing the continent.

The Deputy Minister added that 60% of arable land is in Africa,
something that represents myriad opportunities.

“This creates unlimited opportunities for massive employment, poverty
eradication, industrialisation, entrepreneurship and scholarly research. 
Africa needs about a million managers to effectively run the continent’s
economy that has a Gross Domestic Product of over R40 trillion.

“We only have 300 000 managers and we need 700 000 more
managers. The youth should also be in the forefront of ensuring that Africa’s
economic integration does not fail,” he said.

Magwanishe reiterated the importance of the collaboration between
government and the private sector in growing the South African economy. – SAnews.gov.za

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Slow down with Joburg’s newest artisanal market

Cedar Square launches new Slow Market with a wide variety of stalls and entertainment for everyone Markets and fairs are enjoying a growing wave of popularity as must-visit lifestyle destinations that feature organic foods, on-trend artisanal products, and a unique community spirit. The artisanal hand-made ‘vibe’ has always been a counterpoint to mall culture, but South Africans have turned that trend on its head, with malls inviting markets in as ‘pop-up’ tenants – going even further in their quest to provide shoppers with all the resources they need. The new Slow Market at Cedar Square in Fourways, welcoming more than 40 stall-holders each Saturday from 9h00 until 15h00, catering to the community which is increasingly looking for healthy, sustainable and authentic experiences. Stalls include artisanal cheeses, delicious baked goods, pure honey, handmade leather goods and handsewn clothing, as well as art, crocheted toys and jewellery, among others. The product range has been carefully curated to ensure that there are no mass-manufactured or poor-quality goods for sale, with each vendor committing to the ethos of ‘slow’, i.e. prepared by hand, using high-quality locally sourced ingredients or materials. The stallholder mix has been designed to complement the products and services offered in Cedar Square, giving visitors to the centre the best of both worlds: the uniqueness of artisanal produce and goods, and the range of premium products and services expected in an upmarket retail setting. “Participating in Cedar Square’s Slow Market is the ultimate opportunity for local makers and smaller brands to cultivate real connections with customers,” says Zoe van Onselen, Head of Marketing at Accelerate Property Fund, the centre’s owner. “It’s a great launch platform for new businesses, giving them the opportunity to engage directly with customers. The market is also a manageable and affordable way for entrepreneurs to showcase their products in more of a ‘pop-up’ context in a premium environment, rather than investing in a full-scale brick-and-mortar location. ” The Cedar Square Slow Market is more than a regular market experience – regular live music performances add to the spirit and excitement of each morning, while scattered seating and tables offer comfortable resting areas for shoppers to take a break and enjoy a snack or craft drink. Visit the Slow Market at Cedar Square every Saturday from 9h00 to 15h00. Vendors accept cards or cash, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags. For more information and a list of vendors, please contact Jacqui van den Berg.  

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Why a Corporate Entrepreneur is the Antidote for a Bad Economy

When bad times strike, they strike hard and leave very few prisoners. To survive, companies of all sizes must act and look at different ways to see the bad times through. After years of downsizing and cost cutting, corporations have now realised that they can’t shrink their way to success. All they have achieved is survival and surviving does not allow quick growth. A company that is just surviving is a company that is not in business. There is only so much one can do to tweak existing products or services, taking over rivals, or moving into developing countries. A new imperative is clear: Companies must create, develop, and sustain innovative new businesses. Elon Musk agrees, “Failure is an option. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” All businesses require innovation. Innovation is a compilation of fresh ideas, and fresh ideas stem from those that are passionate about their organisation. These are the Corporate Entrepreneurs, or now known as Intrapreneurs. So why should companies create more Corporate Entrepreneurs? We are so often reminded of stories about decision makers trapped by conventional thinking: Blockbuster – the company that hired out movies. They had the option of buying out    Netflix, who sent videos through the internet directly to your home.        Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010. Blackberry – almost everyone had a Blackberry phone in the mid 2000’s until the          iPhone was released in 2007. They never believed that the touch screen             technology would survive. From having 50% of the market share, they now         own 0.8%. Publishing Industry – instead of embracing the digital generation, publishers have        been dragging their heels trying to slow it down. There are many more organisations who have refused to be innovative and are now just ‘surviving companies’ or worse, no longer in business, like Xerox, MySpace, Polaroid, Yahoo, Kodak, Atari, AOL, and many more. Do you ever want to see your company in this list? This illustrates how important it is for organisations to create more Corporate Entrepreneurs. Any corporate person will tell you that to be a good manager, he/she has to have and practice the 6 management traits to be successful. These are:
  1. Leadership
  2. Communication
  3. Adaptability
  4. Developing Other People
  5. Building Relationships
  6. Constant Development
So yes, these are important when one is employed to run a department or even a company. These are very necessary when their mandate is to ensure profitability of their department, to ensure employees are doing their work, and ensuring that all the paperwork is in line with the company’s processes. However, when all these boxes are ticked, the manager gets rewarded with a bigger department consisting of more employees and a fancier title with a bigger office on the 6th floor. This process gets repeated until our manager becomes too old for the job and goes into retirement to the coast. Sitting on the patio overlooking the sea, our manager looks back at what he has achieved in his life – his story: being a highly paid manager that was responsible for a big department. The question I always ask is, “What value did he really make in the company? How different will the picture really look if we turn the manager into a Corporate Entrepreneur? What would happen if we placed  Richard Branson on the patio next to our manager? How different would that story be? So how would your organisation fare if your managers could think like a Corporate Entrepreneur? Corporate Entrepreneurs do share a collection of these management characteristics; however, they require the ability to take risk, demonstrate initiative to ensure a successful venture as well as the following characteristics:

1. Tenacity

Corporate Entrepreneurs constantly thrive under the cloak of uncertainty. They have the tenacity which helps in dealing with the repeated challenges they experience day in and day out. They have perseverance, persistence, determination, commitment, resilience. They know they are the ones who create control.

2.  Passion

Money is not always the driving force behind their motivation, but that deep passion and strong belief in the offerings. Their belief that they can solve life’s’ problems and make life so much easier, better, cheaper. They believe they will change the world. Their passion in what they’re doing is what gets them through these challenges.

3.  Tolerance of ambiguity

This is where the risk-taking comes in. Corporate Entrepreneurs have the ability to master the Fear Factor; endure the fear of uncertainty and potential failure. It is really the art of successfully managing the daily fears; fear of humiliation, fear of missing deadlines, expectations, fear of failure, bankruptcy, and so on. Their ultimate entrepreneurial test takes place in their attitude and abilities of mental control and stamina. Managers do go with the fear – but then they quit, whilst the Corporate Entrepreneur will take it on and push through it. The Corporate Entrepreneur looks at the situation and knows they have some control over the outcome.

4.  Vision

Corporate Entrepreneurs are able to identify opportunities and delve in the space where others have yet to explore. They create niches that managers cannot identify, which opens up opportunities in innovation and evolving areas. These they visualise well and are able to effectively communicate them to those around them. They strive to operate where angels fear to tread.

5.  Self-belief

Their belief in what they do is so strong that it rides on the back of self-confidence. This strong belief helps to overcome the risk factor. The energy created is so contagious that others are sucked in willingly and enthusiastically.

6.  Flexibility

They are the masters of adaptation and are fully aware that their success depends on it. How things were originally planned, may never end up looking the same. This level of flexibility creates the response to the ever-changing market conditions and the environment and staying on top and in control.

7.  Rule-breaking

This is one factor that scares the Executive in many organisations. The Corporate Entrepreneur exists to defy conventional thinking. Doing what others are not doing is the natural way the Corporate Entrepreneur operates – yet they get results and are the ones responsible for taking organisations to the next level and seeing it through. Several big companies today actively promote Corporate Entrepreneurship, allowing their employees to spend 10 to 20 percent of their time on innovative ideas that are unrelated to their normal jobs. Companies such as Google, 3M and Intel are well known for their efforts in this regard. Not surprisingly, these are some of the best performing big companies in the world of business today. Some of the best products that were born out of intrapreneurship:
  • Apple – Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iCloud
  • Google – Gmail, Google News, AdSense, driverless cars, Google Glass and other innovations
  • Virgin – The numerous divisions launched by Virgin: Air, hotel, casino, books, music, Megastore, mobile, wines, games, Galactic
  • Sony – PlayStation
  • 3M – Post-It Notes
  • Discovery – Medical, Life Cover and Investments
  • Kreepy Krauly – swimming pool cleaner
  • Pratley – Glue and Putty
  • Hippo Roller – Water roller
… and there are many more. Can your company afford NOT having a Corporate Entrepreneur? Certain managers can be trained to become a Corporate Entrepreneur. Trevor Ketler is the founder of the Corporate Entrepreneur Academy and has been training Corporate Entrepreneurs for the past 30 years. http://www.ketler.co.za/entrepreneur-academy/ Find out how Trevor can add value to your company, call him on 082 447 5150

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The Business Entrepreneurs Dilemma

The Business Entrepreneurs Dilemma: What value do business consultants offer?

by Trevor Nel – a ‘100% of NOTHING’ to ‘100% of SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT’ Zero-Risk Business Consultancy

Here is a harsh reality.

A business without profits is worth ‘100% of nothing..!’.

No matter how emotional you are about your business?

No matter how long you have been in business?

No matter what assets you have in your business?

Repeat: A business without profits is worth ‘100% of nothing..!’.

The business of business is profits.

Annual profit is one general measure of valuation for a business.

No profits, no value..!

Every quality business entrepreneur, sooner or later, will want to work with consultants to build the value of their business.

Consultants will come in two basic forms (including a hybrid of both): fee-based or equity-based.

Fee-based consultants will consult on a fixed-fee time-rate basis. They get paid within 30 days of invoice whether the business succeeds or not.

They tend to be corporate-consulting groups requiring the security of regular revenue from cash-rich corporate clients to pay the salaries of their consultants.

Equity-based consultants will consult for a slice of the cake that they help bake. They get rewarded primarily on the success of the business project.

They tend to be savvy, experienced, proven business entrepreneurs with successful track records who are prepared to take a risk on quality business entrepreneurs.

For business owners who do not want to dilute their shares, ‘equity’ does not necessarily refer to a ‘shareholding’ in a business.

Equity’ can refer to ‘an interest; a right; a financial share’ in the outcome of a project.

Equity-based consultants tend to attract business entrepreneurs who have diligently built business foundations that suck up all available cash/revenue resources into covering costs, often resulting in the need for further loans & overdrafts, inferring regular book losses (i.e. zero/negative profits) and zero resale value for the business.

As equity-based consultants, we refer to the scenario of zero profits and zero resale value as: ‘100% of nothing’, represented by the image of the empty cake stand below.

The question we ask of potential clients is: ‘Which picture do you prefer for your business, the empty plate above, or the bulk of the cake remaining in the image below after sharing the difference with the consultants who helped you bake the cake?’

That is: ‘Do you prefer 100% of NOTHING (doing as you are doing) or 100% of SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT (the bulk of the cake after the equity consultants take their share).’

As equity-based consultants, we provide many more significant benefits, where applicable:

  1. Original shareholders retain 100% ownership and control of the shares in the business
  2. Proprietary Business ACCELERATOR model controlled.

iii.  0% downside risk to shareholders. No profit. No value. No pay.

  1. Consultancy rewards derived from positive revenue/profit/value results only.

If you have a great business that is not growing as you know it should be growing, and you are prepared to share a slice of your business pie as it grows, at no-downside-risk to you, then.. and only then.. contact Trevor Nel 084 332-4421 or trevor@fccc.co.za

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Keys to Unlocking Potential

 By Lisa Becker

“Don’t ever let her read aloud in class! She has severe dyslexia.” I felt quite intimidated by the remedial teacher’s remarks. It was my second year teaching in a school thousands of miles from home. As a foreigner in the metropole of Houston, Texas, I was not about to create waves. Katie was a shy plump little girl who was ushered out the classroom with every reading lesson. I noticed that anxiety was only increasing in this third grade pupil. “Katie is stuck!” Her mom stated one day pleading for my intervention. I have always taken my faith walk seriously and so I prayed for a strategy. I jotted down two ideas: Make words enjoyable and She takes pictures of words and files them – give her as many words possible. I grabbed the first book of my phonic book collection. It was 7 pages with the [a] sound. She read it in seconds and burst out laughing. I slowly introduced more difficult books. Every time she hit a roadblock, I would read the word for her. Words indeed became her friends. Katie had an arsenal of words by the end of that year. She recently wrote me a Thank you-letter stating that she had just enrolled for a Masters Degree in Social Work. Ramsey’s case was different. She was fully capable but obstinate. Her only passions were soccer and horse riding. I designed a race course on cardboard. Every book read meant another sticker and every dinosaur on her path was a grammar rule. The prize was a horse saddle which kept her motivated. Her mom confided in me that her grandfather had intended to get her one for a while. The outcome was amazing as her marks improved exponentially. David was so beaten down when he arrived in my classroom. He was a third grader with atrocious spelling skills. He didn’t know punctuation or capitalization rules. As I was in a small private school I was given room to improvise. We took an entire day to write one story. The title of the story was: “How the (animal) got its (characteristic)”. David wrote feverishly and didn’t stop until three pages later. He then typed it up on the computer. This is when he became desirous to correct his spelling and punctuation. The pupils then painted water colours to illustrate their story. I believe David stood eight inches taller with pride. I am now back in the land of endless possibilities. My passion is seeing children flourish. I am desirous to see them conquer mountains that seemed impossible to climb. In understanding a child holistically, I can create a strategy that is tailor-made to meet their exact need – the keys to unlocking their potential. May we all be the keys in unlocking another’s potential. I can be reached at firelionproductions678@gmail.com for any tutoring needs.

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Protecting Personal Information

Protecting your clients or customers personal information is fast becoming a way of life’ in our businesses today. It is our responsibility, obligation and an integral part of customer relationship management, and how we manage our businesses. From a legal or statutory requirement perspective, the subject of protecting personal information as required by data protection and privacy laws, such the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI / POPIA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is often seen as a compliance burden.  Whilst there is an obligation for compliance with regulations, it should not be seen in a negative light, the value this requirement adds to your clients far outweighs the fulfilling and implementing this regulation. How?  Because the peace of mind you, and particularly your clients will have with this protection in place is immeasurable. What does this POPI act mean and what are the implications regarding protecting personal information?  Think about how broad the definition of “personal information” can be: customers, employees, suppliers, in fact anyone we interact with as a business.  The POPI Act / POPIA was signed into law in November 2013 and is expected to become effective in 2019.  Organisations will then have twelve months to become fully compliant or face the prospect of some potentially stiff penalties (including fines of up to R10 million) or worse reputational damage and loss of customers.  GDPR has already become effective in May 2018 and impacts on organisations that offer products and services to EU residents and that process their personal information. However, on the positive side, the POPI Act is a great opportunity to boost confidence in our business by demonstrating the way we manage sensitive personal data. Personal information includes data of customers, suppliers and employees, whether they are in emails, invoices, databases or on paper. This means showing that the processes and procedures are in place to handle effectively and securely all aspects of personal information protection. Local consulting company IACT-Africa representative, John Cato, emphasises that while there are potential penalties, the more significant business risk is that of reputational damage occurring where organisations have not implemented adequate measures.   As a customer, we expect organisations to protect our personal information in a responsible manner.  If we feel that our information is not being protected, we have the right to go to a competitor who demonstrates that they do. Here is a customer’s perspective; IACT-Africa is currently providing assistance to Dainfern Valley Estate on their project. General Manager, Jacques Wolmarans, feels strongly that the need to establish personal information protection measures is far more of a business leadership and governance issue than a compliance issue. At IACT-Africa we provide a range of products and services to help and guide your business through the preparation and process for implementing and becoming compliant with the POPI Act and GDPR. These include training courses which are offered at Eagles Nest Conference Centre in Fourways and onsite at your own premises. For more information, please visit www.popisolutions.co.za or give John a call on 010 500 1038 Copyright © John Cato & Dr Peter Tobin, 2018. All rights reserved.

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The Northern Business Review is a business community newspaper that provides a platform for businesses to market their products and services, as well as build their brand, but equally important the publication provides information, advice and topics of interest, including business, entrepreneurial, economic reviews and simple ideas to grow your business. The publication has a primary objective to “uniquely” represent businesses to a wide audience across the community as well as provide a media platform of business articles and information that affect, influence and uplift the business environment within our defined geographical and cultural community.

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Reimagine your business so you stay in business

The business context is an ever-changing landscape.  This state of flux requires a real commitment on the part of business owners to scan their industries frequently, looking for signs of change and unpacking the threats and opportunities that change may bring.  Sometimes businesses are at the effect of change, but are not often enough the cause of that change internally or within their industries. Not causing change early enough inevitably results in us being at the effect of it. Evaluate the impact of messaging services like WhatsApp and WeChat on mobile network operators’ SMS revenue. Consider organisations like Airbnb and Uber, which have grown to be significant businesses, yet are unencumbered by the asset base of legacy businesses within their sector.   Reflect on your business and whether there is opportunity for similar incremental innovation, or even disruption. In evaluating where this change may originate, you might wonder where to start looking.  There are five key places to cast your attention:
  1. Context
A great way to appreciate your context is undertake a PESTLE analysis, which considers the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental contexts.    This review helps keep tabs on and understand the framework in which we are conducting business.  The major threats need to be identified, tracked and mitigated as far as possible.  Opportunities need to be progressed with superior speed of execution.
  1. Competitors
Be alert to what your competitors are up to, but do not become so obsessed with what they are delivering that you lose focus on achieving and sustaining your business’ competitive advantage.  Invest your time in understanding where your competitors play, where they will play in future and what space you can create today that will win the hearts and minds of your customers.  In today’s context, what we do is largely a commodity that can be readily copied.  How we do what we do is an opportunity ready to be exploited and is where one competitive advantage can be discovered.
  1. Customers
A business’ sole objective is to create customers for its products and services.  Often, we fail to appreciate that our customers are facing the same creative destruction as we are, and we neglect to keep pace with their rate of change.  Forming close and mutually beneficial relationships with our customers enables us to understand their current needs and explore what future needs may be realised. We must equally have an appreciation that our customers may indeed become our competitors at a point in time.  When organisations experience tough economic times, leadership looks at horizontal and vertical integration as possible ways out.  What this means is that competitive organisations may be merged (horizontal), but also that suppliers ‘above or below’ the organisation in the supply chain can be acquired.  These industry changes can radically and rapidly transform the dynamics of and balance of power within an industry.  Keep your eyes open and ears to the ground for signs of potential change.
  1. Capabilities
As business owners, we must improve our understanding of how our skill set and products or services will be applicable in a future context.  Will what we offer still be relevant?  Will our offering become commoditised and therefore price-driven? We must build the capabilities within our organisations today to ensure we are ready for changes that are inevitably coming tomorrow.  This requires that we actively reimagine the industry and our role within it, which enables us to prepare for and then drive the change in advance of other industry spectators.
  1. Collaboration
Collaborating with like-minded business owners is a fabulous method of expanding your understanding of the business context, appreciating relevance and exploring opportunities.  The multiplier effect of focused heads put together is exponential.  The Fourways Community Chamber is an example of this in practice. In conclusion, business owners start their businesses loving the idea of having destiny in their own hands.  But over time, these same business owners hand over their destiny to chance through failing to consistently reimagine and reinvent. When we allow change to happen to us we are at its effect, left scrambling for relevance and margin. When we design our own change, it can be achieved in our timeframe and focused around where our capabilities and customer needs intersect.  

About Us

The Northern Business Review is a business community newspaper that provides a platform for businesses to market their products and services, as well as build their brand, but equally important the publication provides information, advice and topics of interest, including business, entrepreneurial, economic reviews and simple ideas to grow your business. The publication has a primary objective to “uniquely” represent businesses to a wide audience across the community as well as provide a media platform of business articles and information that affect, influence and uplift the business environment within our defined geographical and cultural community.

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