Author: Gugu Lourie

Over the last few months Avon, the largest direct-selling company in South Africa, has made remarkable progress in the implementation of its digital strategy, delivering value to its independent Representative by introducing digital stores that provide customers with a complete digital shopping experience and enabling them to fully enjoy the benefits of being in the digital era. As part of its drive to deliver a unified and distinct customer experience, Avon has focussed on perfecting its digital experience without losing the personal touch that direct-selling’s success is built on. To this end, Avon has launched a Direct Deliveries store feature…

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Avon South Africa, a leading direct-selling company, has introduced a new mobile app known as Avon ON. Avon ON is an interactive app that gives Representatives the ability to share digital brochures with their customer and create engaging content to connect with their customers. Avon ON will enable Representatives the opportunity to extend their reach, and by extension improve their earning opportunity by harness the power of technology, in line with Avon’s strategy of empowering women by providing them with innovative earning opportunities. “The new app gives expression to our brand values of empowering women by providing them with the opportunity to empower…

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Iconic beauty company, Avon Justine, has reaffirmed its commitment to championing the empowerment of women by aligning its digital platforms to bolster the earning opportunity of its beauty entrepreneurs and celebrate the milestones achieved by so many of its independent Representatives across its operations in Southern Africa. Avon Justine is a 130-year old company that pioneered the direct-selling model in the beauty industry. “The direct selling model gives expression to our drive to foster women empowerment and financial independence. Women are the primary drivers of our industry and we believe that they should be given an opportunity to reap the…

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The Black Elite, a minibus taxi rewards programme is slowly gaining popularity among taxi drivers. Black Elite, a card-based consumer programme that offers fuel rewards to minibus taxi operators, could become a considerable banking operation if its backers follow through their stated vision. The fuel rewards programme was launched in April 2018 by SA Taxi, an independent minibus taxi financier, in collaboration with Taxi Choice, the commercial arm of the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO). “Through engagement with the industry, SA Taxi aims to leverage off of its telematics systems and Black Elite fuel rewards programme to develop its…

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The Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in the English-speaking world as Horace, might have been summing up today’s Cell C when he wrote that “the mountains will be in labour, and will give birth to a ridiculous mouse”. By selecting an insider associated with what is termed a ‘Vodacom Cabal’ in the corridors of the company, as the acting CEO, Cell C board led by Kuben Pillay made their company look ridiculous. To make matters worse even workers at Cell C mock their executives as “Vodacom Cabal’ on social media. They claim the cabal is derailing the growth of…

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Yolanda Cuba, Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A of Vodacom Group, seems to be on the move again. The former chief executive officer at Vodafone Ghana might have let the cat out of the bag through her post on the Facebook page, stating: “Where God guides, He provides”. The experienced executive, who was once tipped to take over from Shameel Joosub at Vodacom as CEO by TechFinancials, further states on her Facebook page: “So these new dreams and aspirations He has planted in my head, He says He will provide for… Here goes nothing…#nextchapter.” Clearly, Cuba has already left the offices…

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Cell C yesterday threatened to sue the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU), which represents close to 1 300 striking workers in the mobile phone company. The mobile phone operator, which as loggerheads with the union, also threatened to dismiss employees engaged in an ‘unprotected strike’. The strike action by ICTU which commenced yesterday is over a dispute between Cell C and the union regarding the non-payment of 2017/18 outstanding performance bonuses. The ICTU – an affiliate of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) led by Zwelinzima Vavi – has been served by Cell C with a notice of intention to impose final written…

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A Cell C executive who oversaw compensation and benefits at the mobile phone company has, according to insiders, been ‘fired’. TechFinancials has reliably learned that Wayne Heard, Cell C’s executive for compensation and benefits, who started working for the company in February 2013, left last month. Cell C did not respond to queries on the matter since yesterday. However, Cell C has previously stated that they do not comment on reasons why executives leave the company, except for the CEO. On Saturday impeccable sources at Cell C told TechFinancials that Heard was initially suspended just after compiling a “correct head count” of…

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Cell C workers affiliated to the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU) will embark on a full-blown strike from tomorrow in all nine provinces, the union said on Sunday. “For us, this is a fight we are not prepared to lose because we are waging it against stubborn management that has no interest to the worker’s needs,” Origenous Mogoatlhe, ICTU Deputy President, told TechFinancials. ICTU is an affiliate of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), which is led by Zwelinzima Vavi. The union represents close to 1,300 members at Cell C. In February, Cell C workers led by ICTU engaged in a…

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Mobile phone operator Cell C says it will seek an interdict in the labour court to ground the planned strike by the workers affiliated to the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU). The strike action by ICTU which is expected to start on Monday is over a dispute between Cell C and the union regarding the non-payment of 2017/18 outstanding performance bonuses. For more read: Cell C Workers To Embark On A Full-Blown Strike According to the notice of motion and founding affidavit sent to ICTU, Cell C is planning to seek an urgent interdict at the labour court tomorrow at 10 am. The…

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