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Ethel Nyembe on the importance of investing in yourself


Shifting careers can be somewhat a daunting prospect, but many people, like Ethel Nyembe, do it successfully. It either works out or it doesn’t. Before moving to the banking sector, Ethel Nyembe worked in the media industry. Her career in the media spanned over a decade and included working for the SABC. She also worked in print media, doing different things, before moving on to banking. “The change in career was not necessarily about moving to banking, but about using my skillset in a different industry,” she says. The mother of two boys says adjusting from working in the media industry to the banking sector was not that challenging.

“There are many similarities between the two industries. People are people no matter where you go. I continued to use my skillset. But each industry has its own nuances,” she says. Nyembe says she spent time upskilling herself and improving herself so that she could be better at what she does. “The key learning is the ability to understand the various aspects involved in making sure you know what success looks like, whether its within the industry, or from an organisational perspective,” she says.

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Thandiwe Makhanya, a passionate and high energy entrepreneur on a mission to create great events and marketing activations for client brands

Getting brands and messages out to key audiences and markets is key to any customer centric brand, but the key to success is creating experiences that connect the right customers to those brands and products. For entrepreneur Thandiwe Makhanya, this is where her specialist company, A.T.L Events and Promotions, comes in with the solutions.

What does your company do?

We are an events, promotions and brand management company.

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International Investors Looking At South Africa Tech Companies

By Staff

Law firm Baker McKenzie has released its latest quarterly Cross-border M&A Index, showing a massive drop in the number of inbound M&A deals across Africa and South Africa – but there’s a positive spin for the SA tech sector. According to the report, there were 17 inbound M&A deals in Africa in the second quarter (Q2) of 2017 – a 48 percent drop from 33 deals in Q2 2016. The total deal value for inbound deals amounted to US$780 million, decreasing by 83 percent year-on-year and 88 percent on a quarter-by-quarter basis.

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SA antenna tech company is changing the game globally


Poynting – a South African high-tech company is rapidly expanding across the globe, thanks to a combination of patented technology and a reputation for high-quality manufacturing. In the past, Poynting Antennas have been used across Europe in the services industry, and have even seen its use in sports. In 2016, Poynting announced that its rapid growth in Europe has culminated in a strategic partnership with the German Olympic sailing team. The team had used Poynting’s cutting-edge OMNI 291 marine and coastal antenna for its land-to-vessel communications during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil later that year. “Our partnership with the German Olympic team was a welcome confirmation of our market acceptance in the highly competitive European market,” says Michael Howard, CEO of Poynting Antennas.

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