Why giving virtual assistants female names, personas and voices is coming under scrutiny

Research shows that people tend to prefer the feminine voice and recall more information when it’s delivered by a male voice

US jealousy sparked trade wars, says Chinese ambassador

Ambassador to SA Lin Songtian says only the US can end the trade war as China needs the US market to grow its economy

Zambia seeks new investor in Vedanta-controlled copper miner

Government accuses Konkola of breaching terms of its mining licence

Slowing tech demand continues to hurt Taiwanese exports

Shrinking orders in April put the island on track for the seventh consecutive contraction in shipments

GIULIETTA TALEVI: Bernard Swanepoel’s wishlist is a capable cabinet and evidence-based decisions

In particular, the former miner wants the government to fix the problems that prevent small businesses from being competitive

JEREMY THOMAS: MTN survives Citron hit on Jumia as sell-side goes rogue

Selloff in telecoms company due to expected cataclysmic fall after the kick in the pants has been mild, but attack on ecommerce firm worked

What motivated Barloworld to issue an IPO to black people?

The Barloworld deal is generally not a bad one, though not a good one either, considering that there will be an anchor tenant — Barloworld — for the next 10 ...

SYLVIA MCKEOWN: Tech geniuses unveil new gauges to guide your business to success

To reach true potential companies will actually need more data, but not just any data

WANDILE SIHLOBO: Land reform talks to feature at agriculture trade fair

GrainSA’s Nampo festival is the largest show of agricultural machinery and livestock in the southern hemisphere

Incentives need to be centrally co-ordinated to reap benefits

An overdue report shows there are 244 different initiatives in total, with no feedback on whether they are attracting investment for SA

Iqbal Survé intimately involved in Ayo listing, PIC inquiry told

Abdul Malick Salie directly contradicts Survé’s denial that he had nothing to do with the listing

ISAAH MHLANGA: Policy directive is what matters now for SA

Transformation must not be treated as a compliance issue. For the sustainability of the economy, transformation is a business imperative

Many big businesses treat SMEs as a line of credit, Small Business Institute says

Small and medium enterprises are urged to claim interest and debt recovery costs for late payments

Cross-border inheritance: what you need to know

Exchange control requirements must be fulfilled

Consider this before you fire your investment manager

Analysts advise investors to stick to their strategy and not change funds during periods of poor performance as this usually destroys value

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