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Don’t replace textbooks with electronic books

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A leading school in Sydney, Australia, recently decided to swap digital textbooks for the hard copy version, citing better learner comprehension and reduced distraction as reasons for doing so. Australia’s Reddam House primary and junior high school classes have used e-textbooks on iPads, but the consistent feedback from the students was that they preferred pages to screens, resulting in the swap. The school will be phasing out iPads in favour of laptop learning to supplement with textbooks. “Where the school went wrong was to abolish the book in favour of…

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Futureproofing SA’s magazine industry

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In 2018 several popular printed magazine titles closed their doors, with others adjusting their frequencies, which to many appeared to be a tell-tale sign that the magazine industry is in trouble. While this is an oversimplification, it does serve as a reminder to publishers and magazine titles to take a closer look at what can be done better in order to respond to the changing landscape. This the view of Peter Metcalfe, Group Executive: Sales & Marketing Novus Holdings, who believes that the magazine industry is not wholly under threat,…

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Binning the idea that plastic bags are the problem

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Plastic bags are touted as one of the biggest causes of environmental pollution, with many nations banning the bag in an effort to solve the problem. Globally, single-use plastic bags are banned in over 32 countries, 18 of which are in Africa, with New York City in the USA becoming one of the most recent cities to do this in April 2019.  Back home, leading retailers are in the process of either phasing out the bag, banning it altogether, or looking at alternatives, such as biodegradable bags, as a direct…

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Agile businesses are best placed to navigate changing media landscape

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While it can’t be denied that the media landscape is changing, print still has a very relevant role to play in today’s world. For businesses that operate in this space, agility and a real understanding of client needs will allow them to become future-focused. This is the view of Brandon de Kock, director of WhyFive, who recently spoke at a Novus Holdings event. Novus Holdings is a South African leader in commercial printing and manufacturing. De Kock said that there is much evidence that consumers are still spending on print….

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Financial results FY2019: Novus Holdings sets new base for future performance

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Financial Highlights for the Year Ended 31 March 2019: Revenue remained stable at R 4 331 800 m (2018: R4 308 102 m) Print retail inserts and catalogues increased by 6,2%, while Labels division increased revenue by 16,2% Group declares dividend of 30 cents per share Novus Holdings (JSE: NVS) reported a base-setting performance for the full year ended 31 March 2019, with stable revenue at R4 331 800 m (2018: R4 308 102 m), while operating profit decreased by 41,4% to R294 million predominantly due to lower print revenues and weaker returns on…

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Can digital innovation futureproof SA’s magazine industry?

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With the latest ABC data showing a stark decline in magazine circulation numbers, many have been asking what magazines need to do to futureproof their existence. The answer? Digital technology. “The publishing industry is going through a period of change. The opportunity for smart innovators is to use digital technology to energise the industry,” says Steve Thobela, Novus Print: Executive – South (part of the Novus Holdings Group). Thobela, who has been a print industry advocate for almost 30 years since starting his career as an apprentice typographer, explains that…

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Creating safe learning spaces for children is the first step in breaking the cycle of gangsterism

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On World Book Day, Novus Holdings, South Africa’s leading commercial printing and manufacturing company, in partnership with Breadline Africa, donated a library to Prince George Primary School in Lavender Hill, Retreat. Globally, World Book Day, which is celebrated annually on 23 April, promotes the importance of reading for pleasure. “We believe that we need to make an active contribution to better our communities,” said Carrie Nixon, Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager at Novus Holdings. “Providing schools with much-needed resources, such as libraries, will assist in making this a reality as well as empowering the youth of…

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Isithebe Day Care Centre enriches local community

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In his State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised the necessity of educating children to break the cycle of poverty. In line with this, and as education is the cornerstone of the advancement of communities, ITB Plastics, a subsidiary of Novus Holdings’ packaging division, has invested almost 12 years into the rural community of Isithebe in the Ilembe District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal with new premises for its creche, the Isithebe Day Care Centre. While the creche has been operational since 2007, due to the lack of suitable pre-schools…

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Passionate about print: Industry giant joins Novus Holdings

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There is no economy without print. This is the view of Steve Thobela who has recently been appointed by Novus Holdings (JSE: NVS), a leader in the South African commercial printing and manufacturing sector, to the position of Novus Print: Executive – South, effective as of 01 April 2019. He will lead the Group’s flagship printing facility in Cape Town, with Paarl Coldset in both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth reporting directly to him. The appointment forms part of Novus Print’s plans to streamline its printing division and maximise efficiencies…

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Novus Holdings donates R10 000 to Blue Collar Foundation

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Novus Holdings, a leader in the South African commercial printing and manufacturing sector, this weekend donated R10 000 to the Blue Collar Foundation (BCF), a philanthropic initiative founded by iconic South African musician, Jimmy Nevis. BCF aims to inspire and create change among the youth of Cape Town and has a special focus on education. A representative from Novus Holdings joined Nevis on stage on Sunday, 17 March, during his performance at the popular “Concerts in the Park” at De Waal Park, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, handing over the cheque. The donation…

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