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South Africa South Africa: 3.84 Million Tax Returns Filed: SARS
With the 2014 tax season coming to an end soon, a total of over 3.84 million South Africans had submitted their tax returns, said the South African Revenue Service (SARS). "At 9am this morning, over 3.84 million South Africans had submitted their tax returns. Of those, just over 2 million returns were completed via eFiling and over 1.8 million completed electronically at a SARS branch. Just 3 929 physical paper returns have been submitted thus far,” said SARS in a statement on Tuesday. The 201 ...
South Africa South Africa: BEE Competitive Improvement Programme Hits the Right Note
THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced last week that it handed over certificates to 200 Small Macro Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) who took part in the Black Economic Empowerment Competitiveness Improvement Programme (BEECIP). An initiative identified as a game changer in improving competitive levels of SMMEs. The programme is premised on accelerating transformation in various sectors where SMMEs operate. “Interest shown by SMMEs has convinced us that the programme is geared in t ...
South Africa South Africa: DST Launches Alternative Energy Solution
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has officially launched the innovative 2,5 kW hydrogen fuel cell power generator prototype unit at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The generator demonstrates South Africa's innovative capabilities in the emerging hydrogen and fuel cell technologies space. “This prototype was developed by the HySA Systems Integration and Technology Validation Centre of Competence (HySA Systems) in collaboration with Hot Platinum (Pty Ltd), a local company ...
South Africa South Africa: Employee-share Ownership a Boost to Productivity
The notion that employees are tools that merely deliver the bottom line has been dispelled in the modern workplace. Subscribing to a model that says that the company is only owned by the people who finance is no longer relevant. This is primarily driven by the advent of employee-share ownership which has taken the forefront in some companies. The employee-share ownership model stands to improve the productivity levels in many a workplace. Employee-share ownership allows a form of participation ...
South Africa South Africa: Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Alleviating Poverty in SA
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has alleviated poverty in those areas where it has been implemented. Responding to questions for oral reply at the National Assembly on Wednesday, the Deputy President said the programme has had a positive impact as it has helped move a number of poor and unemployed South Africans into productive work. The Deputy President said this also enabled the poor and unemployed to gain skills and increase their capacity to ...
South Africa South Africa: Female Entrepreneurs on the Increase in SA
FNB Business has seen an increase in the number of female owned businesses and female entrepreneurs over the past two years. The Bank says the average growth rate in women owned businesses within the FNB Business customer base is approximately 11%, generally fluctuating with the economic cycle. According to Sanjeev Orie, CEO of FNB Business Value-Adds, “The growth in the number of female entrepreneurs is a positive development for South Africa because women make up over 50% of the national popu ...
South Africa South Africa: Government Continues to Empower SA's Youth
Government continues to make strides in empowering South Africa’s youth with the necessary skills to move the country’s economy forward. Government is investing in education and skills development because it’s the most powerful weapons that the youth will need to enable them to run the country's modern economy efficiently. By end of March - government facilitated the placement of 3 159 youth, while a total of 100 learners were recruited for mentoring on the environmental practice learnership p ...
South Africa South Africa: IndigoCube to Offer Agile Software Courses
IndigoCube has entered into a partnership with Software Education, a leading provider of training across the entire software development life cycle. In terms of the agreement, IndigoCube will be accredited to offer the full range of Software Education’s agile courses. Based in Australasia, Software Education has a long history of being at the forefront of developments in agile: it has worked with many of the leading agile experts and has built up its own practice of experts, led by Shane Hastie ...
South Africa South Africa: Internet of Things (IoT) Moves into Business Strategy
The vast majority of business decision-makers understand and are in the process of deploying the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of their business strategy. Forrester Consulting conducted a November 2014 study on behalf of Zebra Technologies, and surveyed IT and business decision makers in nearly 600 global firms in the retail, consumer products, manufacturing, transportation, government, oil/gas, healthcare, and hospitality industries. Zebra piloted an initial investigation into the understa ...
South Africa South Africa: Mxit, CodeX Partner on Bursaries
Mxit has partnered with codeX to offer three bursaries to the value of R25 000 each to young Mxit users for the next intake in February 2015. codeX is a new incubator focused on breeding skilled software developers to fuel South Africa’s technology ecosystem. The apprenticeship programme trains young, talented minds to build real software products, and is supplemental to tertiary coding and programming training. Very little coding experience is required to get in; codeX is looking for determine ...
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