That technology has become so pervasive that we can take it for granted is only one reason why it’s essential that small companies have access to affordable, useable technology to help them grow. It’s just a smartphone to you, but to a business owner with the right tools it’s a literal lifeline, giving them the information and tools they need to stop getting bogged down in the daily grind of admin, and start planning, and forecasting and growing their businesses. Much like electricity or connectivity, technological tools are becoming utility requirements for modern businesses. Providing those utility tools will enable SA’s start-ups and SMEs — whether they are informal sector traders or Silicon Valley-experienced technology geniuses — to grow and develop, and thus put us on the road to achieving the kind of economic growth the country requires. The technology exists, and is, in some instances, easily available and affordable. As a business sector we need to reach out and address tho...

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