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TikTok: the SME’s guide

TikTok is the newest social media platform on the block. This platform’s main demographic is 18 - 24 but other demographics have started to show interest since 2023. But should your business be interested in it? The short answer is yes, especially if Gen Z and Gen Alpha are your target audience. TikTok is a new social media platform, so it is not yet oversaturated by companies advertising their businesses like other social media platforms. Another point to consider is that your customers may be talking about your brand on TikTok already and you need to monitor it.

3 ways SME owners can cultivate a culture of human rights in their businesses

Human rights may well be the last thing on a stressed and busy entrepreneur’s mind, but there are surprising advantages in thinking about a business’ role in the free world’s governing doctrine. This is the opinion of Kgomotso Ramoenyane, Executive General Manager for Human Resources at Business Partners Limited.

Security compromise of the CIPC-business continuity

Many of you might have read in the media, that the CIPC experienced a security breach.

Without detracting from the seriousness of such incident, it’s important to mention that the CIPC is not the only organisation that has been subjected to such breach, and there has been a massive increase of cyber-attacks within South Africa and it would seem that as a jurisdiction, we are being targeted.

Breaching the security infrastructure of any organization, institution or agency is nothing more than a criminal act and perpetrators are criminals that should be portrayed as such. As a result of the criminal nature of the unlawful andmala fide breach of the CIPC security systems and protocols, the necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the guilty are held responsible for the crimes committed.

#BizTrends2024: Trends in the small business work landscape for 2024

Article written by Samantha Coom ( CEO and founder of The Social Craft)

In the ever-evolving work landscape for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as we propel into 2024, there is a profound transformation underway. The traditional boundaries between HR and technology, like most functions, are necessarily dissolving.

This is giving rise to an integrated ecosystem where people and technology fuse to create the future of work.

My work is at the intersection of both- people and technology and in this piece I am not narrowly predicting trends in either silo, however, this 2024 trend prediction piece goes beyond just HR and just technology; it foresees the birth of an industry—peopletech and the exciting innovation we can leverage as brands and businesses.

SMMEs need to position now for a powerful start to 2024

SMMEs should not allow themselves to be distracted by the forthcoming holiday season. Makgosi Mabaso, Managing Executive: Home and Business Broadband Solutions from  Telkom Business, says SMMEs should rather be looking at ways to position themselves to start the new year with a bang.

“Depending on your business, it’s all too easy to focus on the opportunities of the holiday season, or on your need to relax after a busy year,” Mabaso says. “But there’s a reason people make new year’s resolutions—we instinctively know that how we begin the year will set the tone for the whole 12 months. Given the economic headwinds that SMMEs are contending with, it’s even more important to ensure a strong forward trajectory in the new year.”

CIPC changes deadline for SA businesses to comply with beneficial ownership

All South African companies and entities are required to submit beneficial ownership information to the CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) within 30 days of their CIPC annual return being due or within ten days of incorporation from May this year. Companies are advised to meet this deadline to avoid falling foul of the new rules and risk penalties.

HOT 102.7FM wins big at the 2023 South African Small Business Awards

The success story that is HOT 102.7FM has had another significant chapter added, with the Johannesburg-based commercial radio station coming out tops in three categories at the 2023 South African Small Business Awards in Johannesburg.

HOT 102.7FM was named the winner in three categories: 2023 National Small Business Champion and the National Community Award category, while HOT 102.7FM founder and managing director Lloyd Madurai was honoured as South Africa’s National Entrepreneur Champion.

The 2023 South African Small Business Awards to recognise entrepreneurial excellence

This year, the NSBC will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the South African Small Business Awards.  The prestigious South African Small Business Awards recognises the tireless journey, hard work and outstanding achievements of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurial Success. It is a celebration of the most outstanding businesses and the mercurial individuals behind these successful and growing enterprises!

#WomensMonth: Devi Sankaree Govender – Women have to take their own place in the sun

Article written by Danette Breitenbach (Bizcommunity)

From growing up in rural KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to taking on people twice her size - literally - on her television show Devi, every week, investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender has a reputation for being fearless.

Her show has won the petite, but fierce journalist the hearts of South Africans as well as numerous awards such as the National Press Club Awards Journalist of the Year and the Television features, investigative and actuality category award this and the 2022 GQ Woman of the Year.

Her motivation to confront these often very scary and intimidating people she says is simple. “I am passionate about getting answers from people, holding them to account, doing the right thing, and championing the underdog.”

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