Three global stages for Miss South Africa 2020’s Top Three

This year’s Miss South Africa top three contestants are set to represent the country on three different global stages in 2021.

Reigning Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida will be participating in the Miss World pageant and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Rolene Strauss who took the title in 2014.

Thato Mosehle will be taking part in the Miss Supranational contest, the first person under the official Miss South Africa Organisation banner to do so as Miss Supranational South Africa 2020. Natasha Joubert will be the official South African entrant at the Miss Universe pageant as Miss Universe South Africa 2020.

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Fashion-crazy SA needs a deliberate strategy to grow textile sector

The 12-month youth development initiative will empower 60 business-minded township youth from Mabopane (Gauteng), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), and Gugulethu (Western Cape) with knowledge and skills in the fashion and the textiles sector.

“The programme targets specific areas for the simple reason that we can leverage existing networks that we have created, which makes things easier for us when the time comes for us to make placements for experiential learning (internships),” says Dichabe.

He says there are plenty of opportunities in the domestic and the export market.

“There is a big demand for products made in South Africa. We are simply letting the opportunities slip away,” laments Dichabe.

“We also need a legislative framework that supports the industry to avoid foreign dominance of our textile industry.”

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“We are already changing the way we do business and I see a downsizing of showrooms but there is still a need by many customers to interact with a person in the final stages of purchasing a vehicle, even though a great deal of initial research has been conducted online,” explained Mark Dommisse, the Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA).

“Buyers today have a choice of 49 vehicle brands in South Africa and they don’t want to make the wrong decision, so they still like to discuss the pros and cons of the vehicle and the deal offered with a sales executive.

“We see our customer base as our most important intellectual property and have heightened our efforts to further improve customer relationship management (CRM). We also believe that dealerships, especially those in rural areas, play a big role in the life of their communities, which remains important even in these changing times,” added Dommisse.

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The outlook for the South African economy is bleak and a post COVID-19 recovery will take as long as five years and by that time the local economy will be 8% smaller than it was pre-pandemic. This according to Jeff Gable, the head of Fixed Income Currency (FIC) research at ABSA. He was one of the keynote speakers at the recent Hypermobility 2020 virtual conference organised by Messe Frankfurt and naamsa, in association with AutoTrader who released the 2020 #MobilityUnusual Special Report for free.

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Celebrating the very best of South Africa’s app development talent

Advances in technology have drastically changed our world, and 2020 has certainly highlighted the vital role that digital technology plays in helping people to earn a living, pivot and communicate. Driving digital education and innovation across South Africa and empowering tech savvy entrepreneurs with the necessary recognition has never been more important.

The annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards, which took place virtually last week for the first time, celebrates the very best of South Africa’s app development talent.

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