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Tips on increasing control room safety

Many company owners enjoy the idea of knowing exactly what is happening in their businesses. Surveillance and CCTV systems have aided many a company owner in achieving just that.  Here are a few factors ensuring that your control room is as safe and as effective as it can be.

Know the risks

Firstly, it is recommended that you do a risk assessment as well as a needs assessment before deciding on a particular system.  This will allow you to identify possible risk factors…

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Added by Terrence Stoker on April 11, 2014 at 10:46 — No Comments

Clickatell Trusts Splunk Software for Business Analytics and Cutting-edge Customer Service

Mobile Services Provider Gains Real-time Insight into Business-critical Systems

 

South Africa – 10 April 2014 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, announced that Clickatell, a global leader in mobile messaging and transaction services, has improved its customer service solutions with Splunk…

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Added by Tumi Mkhondo on April 10, 2014 at 9:38 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: Limitless Virtual

Once a week Silicon Cape will be featuring a member from the community. If you would like your company profiled please fill out the form below. For more information please contact engage@siliconcape.com

Company Name

Limitless Virtual

Website Name …

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Added by Ryno Lawson on April 10, 2014 at 5:20 — No Comments

A chance to attend #ExitConf and position your co for a successful exit!

It is easier to invest in private companies than it is to unlock value from these investments. While the private equity/ venture capital investment space is gaining more and more momentum in Africa, the process of exiting these investments remains a challenge. What many investors and entrepreneurs don’t realise is that positioning a business for a successful exit already starts in the due diligence process – even before investment. Exit-centric business building ensures that growth is…

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Added by Keet van Zyl on April 9, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Is email the weak link in your company’s armour?

Email has just celebrated its 42nd to convey messages to different users of the same computer. Today, what was described as a “nice hack” in the 1970s has become the most widely used application on the Internet - over 2.2 billion people use email every single day. …
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Added by Craig Freer on April 9, 2014 at 10:56 — No Comments

The missing link for small businesses

Where is the best place to hide a dead body? Most marketers will tell you it’s “the second page of Google”. No one ever looks there.

Massive shifts in consumer behaviour has meant that businesses are fighting for their customers’ attention online. Users are becoming more sophisticated in the keywords they use, and big businesses are pouring resources into search engine optimisation and high-authority link building. Unfortunately, that leaves many small businesses out of the…

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Added by Claire Cobbledick on April 8, 2014 at 8:58 — 2 Comments

Invitation to participate in Social Entrepreneurship Support Survey

The African Social Entrepreneurs Network and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship invite you to participate in an online survey.

This survey investigates how you would like National and Provincial Governments to support social innovation and social enterprise in South Africa.

The South African government is developing a strategy to support social enterprise. This important step forward is driven by three main agendas. Firstly, government would like to…

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Added by Jaco Slabbert on April 7, 2014 at 10:53 — No Comments

New report: Social Impact Bonds could boost development and job creation in SA

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) hold tremendous potential for government to increase effective support for struggling entrepreneurs in South Africa, according to a new report presented to the National Treasury, the Jobs Fund, and the dti today.

The report, a policy paper entitled Exploration of Social Impact Bonds for SME Development, was put together by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (located at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business),…

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Added by Zenahrea Damon on April 3, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

AfricanUp - Connecting a continent on the rise

Cape Town, South Africa - South African entrepreneurs Paul Cartmel and Nic Haralambous have teamed up to launch AfricanUp (africanup.com). The platform is touted as a space for startups, technology hubs and accelerators​ to connect with one another, for investors to find startups, and for the technology eco-system at large to tell the world its story.

True to AfricanUp’s purpose, the…

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Added by Nic Haralambous on April 3, 2014 at 15:27 — No Comments

HerdBoys: A Ground-Breaking Investment Opportunity

Dear Investor,

Great news on the HerdBoys front is that we have successfully completed the start-up phase of the HerdBoys Online Trading System. The online agri-procurement platform is now fully developed and operating in a live environment with about one hundred paying agri-input buyers and suppliers across the country.

If you know anyone that might be interested in investing in this Ground-Breaking Investment Opportunity,…

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Added by Ross Phipson on April 3, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

The Paucity of InfoSec Skills!

Skills shortages in Information Security disciplines critical to managing business security, pose a threat to South African organisations. The result is that business and government could end up employing inadequately skilled resources that offer short-term or tactical solutions to security issues, leaving company systems vulnerable to cybercrime. 

The risks of employing security service providers not up to the task are almost incalculable. The most devastating of these include the…

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Added by Drew Van Vuuren on April 3, 2014 at 11:51 — No Comments

11 Key Findings from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of international start-up champions.  Held in Moscow from the 17th- 20th March, this year’s event saw entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers collaborate in order to generate ideas which will drive economic growth and accelerate the progression of an already thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Over the past five years, the…

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Added by Lianne du Toit on April 3, 2014 at 10:45 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: Time To Reply

Once a week Silicon Cape will be featuring a member from the community. If you would like your company profiled please fill out the form below. For more information please contact engage@siliconcape.com

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Time To Reply

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Added by Ryno Lawson on April 3, 2014 at 7:07 — No Comments

Women Entrepreneurs: Accelerate your Business!

Come and join us at the Bandwidth Barn where we're presenting the Women In Business program, running from 27 May through to 16 September 2014.

The programme is open to all women business owners who have been running their business for at least a year.

The WIB programme aims to provide strategic support for, and to develop the capacity of, women entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors through:

- re-thinking their business plans and addressing key…

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Added by Bettina Moss on April 2, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

Taking Exporting to the next level 22 May 2014

Taking Exporting to the next level 22 May 2014

 

This year the Chamber is hosting the Absa-Cape Chamber of Commerce Western Cape Exporter of the Year (EOY) Competition for the 24th consecutive year. Leading up to the awards ceremony, the Cape Chamber will celebrating its 210th birthday, and will be running a workshop for Companies who has been Exporting for 3 years adn…

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Added by Mary Jean Thomas-Johnson on April 2, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Built in Africa: Seun Osewa on building Nigeria’s most popular site

By Michelle Atagana

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Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are born on the continent and empower the continent’s citizens.

Online communities and discussion platforms are the cornerstone of the internet. In this second instalment of our “Built in Africa” series, we feature one of the most prominent online communities to come out of Africa – Nairaland –…

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Added by Ventureburn on April 1, 2014 at 13:46 — No Comments

Shared office space: The new home-office

Long leases, a substantial capital outlay, high monthly costs and time consuming administration are some of the most common reasons why many local small businesses are still stuck working in a home-office environment. Coffee shop meetings, distractions at home and a lack of a work-life balance are some of the less glamorous aspects of working from home but for many, there hasn’t been viable alternative. Until now, that is.

What makes shared office space…

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Added by Wayne on April 1, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Tech Startup Ecosystem Comparison - East & West Africa

By Meghan Semancik



This post first appeared on iafrikan.com

I’ve been in Nairobi, Kenya for the last 5 months of 2013 learning about the East African startup and investment landscape. It was interesting to…

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Added by iAFRIKAN on April 1, 2014 at 12:52 — No Comments

Daddy brand means business with new collaborative approach to work

The Daddy’s World Group has brought you game-changing hotel  concepts and cash-saving daily deals and now they have turned their attention to supporting entrepreneurs through a collaborative approach to growing small businesses in Cape Town.

In keeping with their design-led philosophy;  new co-working space,…

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Added by George Gabriel on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 — 3 Comments

It’s About Time You Digitised Your Loyalty Programme

From frequent flyer miles to earning eBucks when you swipe, loyalty programs get results. And by results we mean profit. If they’re done the right way.

One thing is clear, however. Now that every Mary Sue and her neighbourhood cupcake shop is handing out loyalty cards, there is fierce competition to face. Nothing new under the capitalism sun, right? Except that by going digital you’ll be gaining a much appreciated upper hand.

But, why?

The problem is that people’s…

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Added by Terrence Stoker on April 1, 2014 at 11:40 — No Comments

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