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Improving Online Security Is Helping Grow The eCommerce Market In South Africa

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For Planet54, an online retailer based in Durban, South Africa’s rampant adoption of eCommerce in recent years came as no surprise. The company, set up in 2016 when online shopping was still in its infancy in the country, has witnessed 300% year-on-year growth.

The ambitious business, which offers a range of products from fashion items to tech, has now launched a new initiative offering independent suppliers the opportunity to sell through its platform as part of the Planet54 E-Retailer Entrepreneurship Programme.

Since the initiative began, company director Shahil Maharaj says a number of small businesses, based in South Africa and elsewhere including Namibia and Botswana, have reported up to 100% growth in turnover, month-on-month. Demonstrative of the company’s clever strategy, the new initiative is also indicative of South Africa’s blossoming online market.

A market rapidly on the rise

eCommerce is now worth around $3,804 million, putting the country among the top 40 for annual spending. Driven by significant investment in online retail platforms, an increase in the number of users engaged with emerging shopping channels such as via mobile devices, and the proliferation of social media, eCommerce is expected to see around 32.5 million users in 2020, 7% more than 2019.

Last year, the CEO of PriceCheck, Kevin Tucker, said South Africa had lagged behind other developed nations, but that the online shopping industry was primed for growth. His reason? Increased investment in innovation and the security of users’ data and transactions.

Indeed, cybersecurity may have been a stumbling block previously, stalling the ambitions of traditional bricks and mortar retailers to go online, and giving customers no confidence in the security of their money.

But that’s all changing – South Africa’s growing eCommerce industry demonstrates that. A 2019 study by Comparitech showed that the country improved in a number of key areas, such as successfully reducing the presence of mobile, financial, and computer malware, and the number of crypto miners and telnet attacks originating domestically.

It shows the Ministry of State Security’s efforts are working. The government department set up the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework (NCPF) in 2015 to tackle these problems. Over the last five years, engagement with business leaders and citizens has coincided with support for key skills. It has also encouraged the sort of investment we’re beginning to see transform the eCommerce market in South Africa.

Security has given customers peace of mind

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Better online security has given users peace of mind that, when they make a transaction online, their money is safe. According to Bizcommunity, the leading shopping categories for South Africans are clothing, digital entertainment, and event tickets.

Secure websites with up to date SSL certificates (displayed as a “lock” in most browsers), two-factor authentication when purchasing, and investment in infrastructure to support backend administration, (addressing concerns around privacy and data security) has engendered more trust among the potential customer base.

Indeed, over the last few years, South Africa has addressed many of the issues holding back the growth of eCommerce. That’s meant solving the issue of online payments by offering users flexibility. Now they can pay by EFT, eBucks, Mobicred SnapScan, credit card, and other technologies.

Furthermore, some businesses still offer secure over-the-phone payment. South Africa’s biggest online retailer Takealot.com allows customers to pay this way through its NSFAS Wallet, a secure system developed by Celbux.

Similarly, the country’s growing iGaming industry has embraced this form of payment. Using a similar method, customers can pay by phone bill to play games such as slots, roulette, blackjack, and craps. It has the major advantage of not having to input personal data, and ensures banking details are not held by any third party.

This sort of flexibility, alongside better online security, has enabled merchants to better engage with a wider customer base. Indeed, investment in payment security has also been targeted at the user experience, which has also been widely improved.

Still room for improvement

South Africa has still got work to do. But at least it is now successfully tackling the persistent problem of online security, with the focus now turning to other areas. For the eCommerce industry to thrive long-term, it must, for example, address issues with logistics to ensure customers get their products safely and efficiently.

Kevin Tucker says this means looking at the advances made both in the West (in the UK and US) and in the East (where Japan, China, and South Korea lead the way). It also means acknowledging a lack of availability at stores such as Amazon, where stock levels aren’t on par with, for example, the US or UK.

Yet, we know take-up is rising. More South Africans are eager to spend their money online, and the shift seen in other developed nations, where physical stores no longer dominate, is beginning to take hold. Knowing that our online presence is secure remains fundamental to this.

 

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Expert Tips To Help You Choose The Right Chiropractor In Miami

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Those who suffer from the problem of severe and unbearable pain in their back and other musculoskeletal body parts know well the importance of various treatments being offered by physicians and healthcare experts. In this respect, chiropractic treatments prove to help relieve various signs and symptoms associated with painful conditions. To get the requisite treatment in the desired manner, you must first choose the right chiropractor at your place. Here are some expert tips that may ease your task.

Check The Qualifications Of The Chiropractor

While hiring chiropractors through snapcrack.com/?lang=es or other sources available to you, you need to check their educational qualifications. They must be sufficiently qualified so that you may remain assured that they have complete knowledge about the human body and problems being suffered by the same. Through the knowledge attained by way of their qualifications, they may treat you in the best manner possible.

Make Sure The Chiropractor Is Experienced And Well-Trained

Apart from qualifications, it is also important that the chiropractor that you want to choose for your treatment is appropriately experienced and well-trained. The relevant chiropractor must have years of experience and training in offering the requisite treatments excellently and dependably.

Check And Compare Treatment Costs

Before you finally choose and hire any of the chiropractors for your needs, you must check and compare their treatment costs with other similar professionals in the related industry. You may ask for costs involved with some specific type of treatments you need to undergo and then compare the same to go ahead with one that seems to be most competitive to you in all respects.

Give Heed To Patient Reviews And Assessments

The reviews and assessments given by other patients for any chiropractor must also be checked while choosing and booking the best one for your treatment purpose. Great reviews and assessments given by the patients affirm about dependability and suitability of the given chiropractor for your needs.

Check Authorization Before Getting Treated

Like all other professionals, chiropractors also need to have some sort of authorization or license to offer their services professionally. Thus you must check their authorization before getting treated for some specific painful conditions.

Quicker Availability Is Important

Needless to mention you may need to get treatment for some painful conditions such as lower back pain immediately to get relief. Hence it is important to check if the chiropractor that you want to hire through snapcrack.com/?lang=es is available quickly.

With the help of all these tips as given by the industry experts, you may remain successful in choice of the right and the best chiropractors operating around. You may thus get yourself treated for the specific health issues in your back or other parts of the body assuredly and excellently.

 

 

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JESS ETA, Winner of the 2020 Audiomack x Afrochella Rising Star Competition shares his journey

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There’s no doubt that African music has taken center stage and it’s no surprise considering the impressive level of talent emerging from the continent. More and more talents are breaking onto the scene and causing a stir with their fresh, genre-bending sounds.

Over the years, global music streaming platform, Audiomack has provided platforms and avenues for artists to receive maximum effulgence with opportunities for them to connect to a wide audience through its platform and initiatives that foster artists’ growth. An example is the Rising Star Competition which is held annually in partnership with Afrochella. The competition has become a mainstay for rising African artists in the past three years, with thousands of entries received each year.

Jess Eta, a Nigerian producer, singer, and songwriter who won the Rising Star competition in 2020, captivated many hearts with his afro-infused R&B, pop, rock, and soul. In this chat with him, Jess shared that he was originally a member of his church choir and used his knowledge of music theory to harness his craft.

  • How did you hear about the Rising Star Challenge?

I came across the challenge on Audiomack’s Instagram account

  • When you submitted your entry, what was the inspiration behind the song you created?

I was working on a couple of songs and I wanted to intentionally create an Afrobeats hit song. Adding my unique flair to an Afrobeats instrumental, I created the building blocks of that song.

  • What was the most exciting thing about going through the challenge for you?

Every time Afrochella sent an email explaining that I had advanced to the next round, I got excited.

  • What did you learn from the Rising Star Challenge?

I learned not to doubt myself and it became clear to me that my music was appreciated by a wide range of people.

  • What advice would you give other artists who are currently taking part in the challenge?

I would advise that they put their best into whatever song they put in for the competition and also understand that even if they don’t win, it doesn’t undermine their music. There is just a lot of talent in Africa.

  • What should your fans look forward to from you? Any exciting projects we should look forward to?

It’s only been a few months since I dropped my 11-track project titled “Playing With Fire” and the project describes a lot of the things I feel right now. The future is indeed very bright and I am excited to express the things I want to express in the coming months. For now, I have a couple of features coming out.

Jess ETA’s journey holds so much promise, and judging from his strides and wins so far in, fans and listeners can expect the best of afro-influenced music from him in the future.

Audiomack, which has a presence in all 54 African countries aims to reinforce its vision to support upcoming African artists’ growth and development through various initiatives.

Since 2019, Audiomack x Afrochella Rising Star competition has continually provided visibility for artists across the African continent. This year’s competition promises to reward the winner with a $1 000 cash prize and a studio session with Accra-based BBnZ Live. The first runner-up will win a cash prize, an article spotlight feature on Audiomack World, and a one-on-one personal studio session, while the second runner-up will receive a cash prize, personal mentorship with industry experts, and a spotlight on Audiomack World.

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Luxurious and Modern Watches To Gift This Holiday Season By Vincero

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We all know someone who appreciates the finer things in life, whether that be expensive cars or designer bags. During the holidays it can be tricky to find the right gift that not only exudes opulence but is heartfelt. A classic gift that never goes out of style is a sophisticated watch. Vincero, the world’s most innovative and eco-forward brand known for long-lasting and well-crafted accessories, has watches for sure to light up your loved ones’ holiday.

Kleio Steel (For Women) $190 USD- Crafted for a lady with sophisticated taste. The Kleio steel has immaculate features that are not only built to last but are a definite statement piece. The bold designs of this watch are ideal for many occasions from an exquisite holiday dinner to a boardroom meeting. With glass made from sapphire crystals, this watch is scratch-resistant and has a steel brush dial, guaranteeing to elevate your game.5SG1

The Reserve Automatic (For Men) $595 USD- This timeless watch has a modern yet refined design. With bold yet elegantly detailed features The Reverse Automatic is yearning to be placed on the most opulent of wrists this winter. Made with sapphire crystals and has ultra-reliable Miyota 9120 automatic movement this will allow it to be worn for years and years to come. The futuristic aura the watch exudes allows it to never go out of style and become a definite staple item.

Vincero is ready to up the game when it comes to not only luxury watches but the perfect holiday present.

Vincero has left a mark in the fashion industry since its launch, adding dozens of different products to their arsenal, including sunglasses, blue light glasses and bracelets. To find out more information, head to the website: vincerocollective.com and follow on Instagram @VinceroCollective for news and offers.

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What dinners can I make with nuts? (7 delicious ideas)

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We can eat nuts as one of the healthiest foods. They are nutrient-dense and loaded with fiber and good fats. Almonds are loaded with probiotics. Pecans are full of beneficial antioxidants, and chestnuts are high in vitamin C.

Nuts are a powerhouse of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They make great baking ingredients and are a go-to for quick snacks. And everyone’s preferred schmear on bread is nut butter, of course.

Cooking can be made much more interesting by treating nuts like beans or other proteins and embracing the meaty aspect of some of them, especially ones like peanuts, which are technically a legume. Look for raw, unsalted nuts whenever possible, unless otherwise specified, to use in your savory cooking. When cooked, roasted nuts will not react the same, and you want to be able to regulate the salt in your food.

Nuts are incredibly adaptable. They are suitable for snacks, desserts, lunch, dinner, and breakfast. They can be made into nut cheeses, sauces, and butter. You can learn about allergies caused by a food allergy course. It will give tips and Tricks to avoid certain nuts if they are allergic. To coat foods and give them a crunchy feel, nuts can be used in place of bread crumbs. They can also be utilized to create healthy pie and tart crusts, which let us feel better about indulging in desserts. Nut milk and nut meat can both be made from nuts!

When using nuts in food, cooks need to be aware of any allergies their guests may have. A food allergy course can help you understand how to deal with allergies, both about the food preparation process, communication with those dining, and also what to do if a reaction occurs.

A few dinner ideas with nuts are

Walnut Cake

The flourless walnut cake is quite likely the simplest. Three simple ingredients—walnuts, eggs, and raw, unrefined sugar make this recipe incredibly moist.

Chicken Salad with Walnuts

This light salad from the summer can be served when a lighter dish is required. It has a sweet crunch from the apple and cherry tomatoes, which is well offset by the watercress’ peppery undertones.

Peanut Caramel Slice

This recipe for peanut slices was given resist the delicious, with sticky golden syrup and peanut topping. A food allergy course will give details if there is any allergy for certain people.

Truffles with coconut and almond butter

Because carob has a delicate malt flavor and pairs well with a little maple syrup to sweeten, we can choose to use it. A tiny amount of coconut shreds offers a lovely lightness and crunch to balance out their richness. It is simple to make and makes a good snack to keep in the cupboard.

Tart with pumpkin and nuts

It will be useful to have a block of puff pastry in the freezer. When you go to see friends or go on a picnic, use it to quickly prepare this simple pumpkin tart.

Balls of pork with nuts

The nuts give flavor and an unexpected bite to these pork and peanut balls. You can cook them all on one tray in the oven to prevent a mess. Serve them hot either alone or with your preferred sauce. Sweet chili is always a favorite and the perfect companion with this.

Brazilian-Nut Cake with Pears

The prominent flavors in this cake include pear, cardamom, and brazil nut. In this golden, textured cake recipe, they complement one another naturally and are extremely nice for early spring.

Nuts are frequently used as a garnish or it is used in addition to salads or wonderful side dishes of rice or other grains. But by increasing the proportions to roughly 1/3 to 1/2 the volume of the dish, you give it a lot more significant flavor and fantastic protein. It will make these a great option for a vegetarian or a vegan main dish. You should be able to maintain the rest of the ingredients in the dish by lowering the amount of rice or other grains and increasing the number of nuts. Nuts also give a rich taste and flavor to all the dishes.

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Flashback: Woes of a Jabulani Ball

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I am Ghana

I never let Africa down

Never have

Never will

Ask Mandela

Forget the scores. Fry FIFA. Freeze history. All because it is the first Friday in July 2010. The lesson of the day? History has two versions- the one which happened and the one which should have. And on the night Ghana lost to Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup, Africa at the threshold of the semi-finals is the living history.

 

The Jabulani flew up, grazed the post and went up, up and out with our dreams. A nation’s heart was cracked. No need for pretence. If you are reading this with hurt feelings I was writing with teary eyes. For once, during the tournament, Sultry Shakira’s ‘’Waka waka’’ did not sound sweet. As for K’naan’s ‘‘Waving Flag’’ chorus, nothing could be more jarring.

For us in Ghana, ‘’disappointment’’ is no longer an abstract noun but a physical pain that we have nursed since the dying seconds of a 120 minute-drama that saw a series of quick events drown our dreams. After the match, Coach Milovan’s theoretical ‘‘this is football’’ explanation would not heal a nation. We have to complete the therapy.

So let us let it out, folks. I need to throw a few things at who, I don’t care. Oh, yes, Africa. What a sorry place. Once again, an entire continent was looking for a hero in Ghana. Ghana must beat Uruguay. Ghana must go to the semifinals. Ghana must wipe Africa’s shame. Ghana must this, Ghana must that.

Why should it always be Ghana? Quick flashback: in the last World Cup, Ghana was also the only African country to have gone beyond the group stage. There are 53 countries. There were six of us at the tournament, including the host nation. What did South Africa do? Where was La Cote d’Ivoire? Which manner of men played for Nigeria? Who sent Algeria there? How could Cameroun stoop so low?

Why should it always be Ghana bailing out this continent? Well, I have got news for Africa. Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana need not reach the 2010 World Cup semifinals to become the hero. We have always been champions. It is ingrained in our genes. So don’t cry for me, Africa.

What a continent! When others lump us up we complain. We blame them for their ignorance and assert our respective sovereignties. Yet we are quick to cower together behind a single country when a whiff of glory is in the air. OK, so everyone knows Ghana pioneered Pan-Africanism. (‘‘I still know there is hope in the Black Stars’’ said a text message I received after the match from a friend in Barbados). But that does not excuse this African paradox.

What happened to our twinkle, twinkle little stars was that, on the field, they had to carry the burden of an entire continent on their young shoulders. How cruel. Suddenly, all sorts of bored and recycled African organisations found it opportunistic to tag into a Black Stars semifinal berth.

When they were playing Ghana, Uruguay was not doing it in the name of South America. Against Paraguay, Japan was not fighting for Asia. And when the Germany ‘’machine’’ was blitzkrieging Argentina 4-0 they were doing it for the sake of their Vaterland.

I suspect the ghosts of Kwame Nkrumah and Marcus Garvey would be hovering above me with reprimand. But even these two would understand that on this continent we are not the only stars. In fact, foxes, lions, eagles, and elephants have all paraded and trumpeted their virtues, n’est ce pas?

Can I break it down? If this continent must up its game and earn global respect, each country must up its individual game. Simple.

For all those who predicted that Ghana was going to win the World Cup, I doff my hat. You are prophets in your own right. After Uruguay, the Netherlands would have been our easiest conquest. Then at the finals even FIFA, would have their hearts pounding for us (if for nothing at all, for the ‘good of the game’). Something really happened on the way to Heaven, that Friday.

The Jabulani flew up, grazed the post and went up, up and out with our dreams. But it didn’t end there because this epic tragedy keeps coming back. It is the kind of scene that replays in your mental video.

It was the last kick of extra time. But leading to that so much had happened. The imminence of penalty kicks, a missed goal, a hand ball, a red card… All in the spate of a few seconds. Players and fans alike did not have time to take it all in. The Jabulani ball was shot up, at an angle meant for the roof of the net. It was all so familiar. The kicker, Asamoah Gyan had done it same way, successfully, before.

As the ball continued its trajectory, the goalkeeper was clearly beaten. In the background, a partisan crowd bleated, practically to shoo the ball in. We widen our eyes. The world stood still. At crunch time the ball refused to take the critical dip under the post. Wickedly, the Jabulani hit the bar and went up, 90 degrees. Before one could say ‘’vuvuzela’’, it was over.

Has anyone seen Asamoah Gyan lately? I saw him on TV dancing, though less energetically. When Gyan told the BBC, ‘‘I don’t think I am worried’’, many doubted it. Now, he appears to be handling it well. Still, let us keep him in our prayers. That boy is probably scarred for life.

Again, Africa is part of the reason. Had one or two other teams been in the reckoning the pressure would have been much less. In our eagerness to ’’rescue Mother Africa’’ we the Ghanaian people also played along. If we feel so much hurt it is because we were all caught up in that save-the- continent agenda. Now we are experiencing twice the pain.

In a sense, we are like the English. At each soccer tournament the Merry England folks gear themselves up big time. Fuelled by a pub culture and roared on by a loud press, they declare their own version of ‘‘Ke naako.’’ It is time for the Brits to show the world who invented the game. But too often, they have had to fold up the Union Jack too soon. Their lesson: it is one thing hosting a prestigious soccer league and another presenting an unbeatable national side.

For Ghana, the lesson to learn may be a bit more complicated. Self knowledge. In this very important international enterprise, self knowledge precedes all. It comes even before team strategy.

As a people, the ability to focus is part of our bane. This has been a weak point for our soccer players. Many of the factors that affect our team’s concentration during a tournament happen off the field. The point being made here is that managing the physical and psychological environment of our ‘’boys at war’’ is serious business. It involves understanding each player as well as assessing how emerging issues would impact the entire team.

We may have to re-examine the management of the environment of the team in camp. For instance, morale boosting is good. However, psychologist would tell you that when the stakes to perform become too high all the human body does is recoil naturally to its, neutral, ‘‘I am only human’’ mode.

Just for an example, our Venerable Nelson Mandela is larger than life. Could the Madiba’s invitation to party have been kept from the boys (as a pleasant surprise) until after the game? I cite this for a personal, if not shallow reason. If I, an eager writer, am informed just before writing an exam that I will be meeting Mandela, chances remain that I may, be bowled over with over-excitement.

Then there is the issue of how our boys psyche up before matches. Are we sure that the active drumming and the shi’ing of jama by players who have 90 minutes of physical engagement ahead of them is the best? It is on record that after Brazil had beaten Ghana 3-0 at the last World Cup, our opponents expressed shock at the fact that prior to the match our Black Stars spent excessive energy singing and praying.

By all standards the 2010 World Cup has been an unusual one with an unusual ball. The Jabulani seems to be the most talked about ball in World Cup history. The first time I heard the word, I couldn’t help but notice that it rhymed with ‘’Fulani.’’ However, more was yet to come. In terms of movement, the Jabulani is just like the Fulani cattle herd, unpredictable.

The ball has caught many a player off guard. In the game against Australia, Asamoah Gyan’s own kinsman, Kingson was dealt a treacherous blow, so was Keeper Rob Green of England and Faouzi Chaouchi of Algeria.

To coach Capello of Team England, the Jabulani is the worst ever to be used at a World Cup.

‘’I’ve seen that the ball arrives really fast and the players are having problems controlling it.’’

But not every player bears the Jabulani a grudge. Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech had some positive comments. He said the ball has good visibility due to the colour design plus it feels good to handle. English midfielder Frank Lampard also happens to be among the few players who are Jabulani-friendly.

In fairness, if the Big J was horrible it was horrible for all players. The Jabulani flew up, grazed the post and went up, up and out with our dreams…

kofiakpabli@yahoo.com

July 7, 2010

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TAABEA Group President Honoured As The Man Of The Year

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Dr. Christian Kwasi Agyeman President of Taabea Group of Companies has been adjudged the man of the year at the maiden edition of Home Builders Africa Awards which was held over the weekend at the UPSA Auditorium in Accra.

Aside his contributions to the economic development of Ghana through the creation of his numerous companies, Dr. Agyeman has been engaging in a lot of philanthropic works such as offering of scholarships to his staff and other needed but brilliant people to upgrade themselves in education, supporting orphanage homes and KATH Children’s Ward, Schools and other social responsibilities within and outside his environs.

Dr. Agyeman believes the best way to be happy is to make others happy in your own small way hence the passion to support the less privileged and the vulnerable.

Taabea Company Limited which was founded by him in 2008 and producing one of the best herbal medicines for malaria, loss of appetite and general body pains won the best herbal manufacturing company of the year.

The company also produces Taabea Zanecare which is for general well-being and also boost the immune system and help fight infections within the body. Taabea Taacum which enhances men with low sex desires due to old age or other factors.

Dr. Christian Kwasi Agyeman in his speech thanked God for such an honour and expressed his gratitude to the organizers, his family and most especially his hardworking staff for all the successes they have chalked.

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