Poor planning stifles SA tourism

Academic says improved inter-departmental coordination and planning will boost tourism

Smartphone shipments in China fell more than 12% in 2017

Apple and Samsung have already issued poor forecasts and China’s plunge could lead to a 1%  contraction in the global smartphone market

Offices grow ‘brains’ as companies compete to attract smartest workers

New workspaces will feature hot-desking, equipment monitoring and sensors that measure everything from motion to humidity

Mango and Durban airport make global punctuality list

UK airline industry data provider OAG published its rankings of 2018’s most punctual airlines and airports on Friday

Rich pickings: 2018’s billionaire winners and losers

It may have been a tough year for financial markets, but many already wealthy people succeeded in adding a couple of billion dollars to their coffers

Drought hurts maize and soya plantings, says Grain SA

The lobby group says the likelihood of a need for imports is increasing

White House considers new year executive order to bar Huawei, ZTE purchases

The US alleges that the two companies work at the behest of the Chinese government and that their equipment could be used to spy on Americans

Satellites to safety apps: 10 new uses of technology to help people in 2018

Governments and companies have found new ways to use technology in 2018 to help people globally

Phones can stay online on flights next year, says SAA

The outdated rule that phones be switched off will be scrapped in the first quarter of 2019

Solar cures energy ills at Zimbabwe’s power-short clinics

Health centres can now provide improved services while also helping to reduce the country’s carbon emissions

WANDILE SIHLOBO: Local cannabis industry still needs regulation and a jobs plan

The economic prospects of the cannabis industry must be balanced with the need to provide public safety

This odd couple plots to save $100bn gold mining business

A Goldman Sachs alumnus and a South African geologist and big-game hunter walk into a gold mine (NB: punchline not yet written)

Burnout and stress lead more companies to try a four-day work week

Global firms that have tried out the shorter week find it leads to higher productivity and more motivated staff

TIM COHEN: Outgoing Unilever boss Paul Polman looked at money-making refreshingly differently

Polman was constantly at odds with money managers seeking a short-term boost

Discovery takes aim at market inquiry over Remgro interests

SA’s biggest medical scheme wants an assertion about possible anti-competitive behaviour to be withdrawn

EU gives green light to Japanese trade deal

Parliament votes in favour of the agreement that binds two economies accounting for about a third of global GDP and signals their rejection of protectionism

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