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The ‘utopian’ Currency Bitcoin is a Potentially Catastrophic Energy Guzzler

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by John Quiggin,  The University of QueenslandThe recent upsurge in the price of Bitcoin seems to have finally awakened the world to the massively destructive environmental consequences of this bubble.These consequences were pointed out as long ago as 2013 by Australian sustainability analyst and entrepreneur...

How SA Merchants Can Sell More Using the “Buy Online, Pick up in Store” Model

While the concept of omnichannel isn’t new – it’s been a buzzword in marketing since 2015 - it has certainly grown into a worthwhile and important approach to sales. At its simplest, omnichannel refers to a selling strategy that gives customers a shopping experience...

The Best Set-Top Box You Can Buy in Mzansi This Festive

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This year a group of new streaming video devices were launched in Mzansi, including Telkom LIT Android TV Media Player, Econet’s Kwesé Play, and Cell C’s black set-top box.I have been binge watching on the three set top boxes since September and am impressed.If...

Global Bitcoin Platform Luno Reaches One Million Customers Milestone

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Luno, a South African-based bitcoin platform, has exceeded the one million customers mark.It is one of the world’s most popular Bitcoin platforms, making it easy for people to buy, sell and learn about digital currencies.The company has offices in London, Singapore and Cape Town...

Vodacom’s Digital Bank Moves R1.3 Trillion Through M-Pesa Service

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Vodacom's digital bank  or mobile money service known as M-Pesa is flying as more customers signed-up, making it Africa’s biggest payment platform.Mobile financial services—often called mobile money—are a high priority for many mobile operators, financial institutions, technology firms, and governments, according to McKinsey.It added...

SAP Faces US Probe for Alleged Misconduct in South Africa

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New York-listed software giant SAP announced on Thursday that it has voluntarily disclosed the situation in its South Africa business to U.S. authorities responsible for enforcing the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.Adaire Fox-Martin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, who leads SAP’s...

A Paltry 58,486 South Africans a Month Are Switching Their Mobile Networks

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South African mobile phone customers are very loyal to their service providers such as Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, FNB Connect, Virgin Mobile, etc.This is even though customers are always complaining about disappearing airtime and data bundles.Mobile phone users always vent their frustration on...

Don’t Fear Robo-justice. Algorithms Could Help More People Access Legal Advice

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By John Zeleznikow, Victoria UniversityYou may have heard that algorithms will take over the world. But how are they operating right now? We take a look in our series on Algorithms at Work.Algorithms have a role to play in supporting but not replacing the...

Digital is Changing Everything in Financial Services

 People have strong views on the impact of digital technology on their lives, from the excitement of getting a new gadget to the satisfaction of doing in minutes what used to require a trip or a long phone call. Contrary perspectives include the fear...

Discovery Gets Go-ahead to Operate a Bank

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The South African Registrar of Banks has given the go-ahead for Discovery, South Africa’s medical scheme operator and financial services group, to operate a retail bank.The firm announced on Monday that NewDisc Limited (to be renamed Discovery Bank Limited) has been granted a banking licence in...