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Tapping into the Fourth Industrial Revolution to ensure the printing sector’s sustainability

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which is the way in which technology is changing our understanding and interaction with the world around us, is transforming the traditional definition of jobs, industries and economies at a monumental speed. How can industries that today play a critical role in the South African economy, yet are evolving amidst this changing climate, ensure their sustainability? According to Steve Thobela, an executive at Novus Print, a division of the Novus Holdings Group – one of South Africa’s leading commercial printers and manufacturers – the answer…
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28th Nov 2019
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Economic transformation through small businesses and supplier development

National Treasury’s recently released economic growth policy paper, which outlines its plans to support small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs), proves that SMMEs are being prioritised. While this is a step in the right direction, can more be done to support SMMEs to boost growth and create jobs? “SMMEs run by entrepreneurs are a beacon of light to our economy. They provide job opportunities and contribute significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is why, as a collective in both the public and private sector, we must support…
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27th Nov 2019
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Bursary Trust makes dreams come true

This year the Bursary Fund Trust, supported by Novus Holdings, has awarded seven bursaries to the value of R510 000 for the 2020 academic year. To celebrate the new bursary recipients, a celebratory function was held at Lemoenkloof Guest House in Paarl on Wednesday, 06 November 2019. Annually, the Trust awards students who are financially disadvantaged with finance for their studies should they meet the requirements.  These requirements include those who show an aptitude for leadership, have a record of exceptional academic performance as well as a demonstrated history of community…
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20th Nov 2019
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Novus Holdings optimises resources amidst tough trading environment

Financial Results for the Six Months Ended 30 September 2019: Group revenue declined by 3% to R2 227m (2018: R2 297m) Revenue in Packaging division increased by 6,4% with good recovery from ITB Flexible Packaging Solutions (ITB), which increased its revenue by 15,7% Net asset value per share increased by 3,1% from 48,1 to 24,8 cents per share Novus Holdings excellent B-BBEE rating sustained Novus Holdings (JSE: NVS) announced a cautious set of financial results for the half year ended 30 September 2019, due to tougher trading conditions amidst a strained economic…
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14th Nov 2019
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Artisans are the bedrock of SA’s economy

Unemployment in South Africa is at its highest level in almost 15 years and remains one of the highest in the world, with nearly 7 million people currently without jobs. The unemployment rate increased by 1.4 percentage points from 27.6% in the first quarter of 2019 to 29% in the second quarter of the year. According to StatsSA, this is as a result of an increase of 455 000 in the number of people who are unemployed. Ralph Ruthford, Group Executive: Human Resources at Novus Holdings says that Novus Holdings,…
Novus Holdings
27th Sep 2019
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National Recycling Day: What is the cost of NOT recycling?

With the spotlight on National Recycling Day on Friday 20 September and in the run up to Recycling Week between 16 and 21 September 2019, industry experts are calling for consumers to learn about the environmental benefits of recycling. Michelene Locke, sales director at ITB Flexible Packaging Solutions (ITB), a Novus Holdings company, says that consumers need to understand why recycling is key to keeping plastic out of the environment, and our oceans. “Plastic is not inherently bad; it is our behaviour around plastic that needs to change. In some…
Novus Holdings
19th Sep 2019
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Bursary Trust transforms lives

At the recent Presidency Budget Vote 2019/2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of giving the youth a hand-up, and called on the country to support the youth through education, training, or employment opportunities. This is in light of the fact that, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), more than 55% of youth aged between 15 and 24 years of age are unemployed, making them the most vulnerable group of the country, with a staggering 51% not having the finances to pay for their tuition according to the Higher…
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17th Sep 2019
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Climbing the corporate sales ladder in a man’s world

The popular TV series Mad Men tells the fictional stories of the cutthroat advertising industry in the 1960s. According to critics, women were the stars of the show as they were able to transform and adapt, while the male characters could not. This is a quality that is also required today in order to progress. Ansonette Potgieter, independent sales consultant exclusively contracting to Novus Print, a division of Novus Holdings, just like the female characters in Mad Men, had to work twice as hard as her male counterparts to prove…
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6th Sep 2019
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World Literacy Day: Government and corporate South Africa need to work together to combat poor literacy levels

World Literacy Day, observed on 08 September annually, aims to raise awareness globally on the issues surrounding literacy. Across the world an astounding 774 million adults (15 years and older) still cannot read or write, according to the United Nations. Looking at the situation in South Africa; it is well regarded that the country is facing a literacy crisis, with much of the crisis happening at school level. Statistics released by the University of Pretoria show that eight out of 10 Grade 4 pupils still cannot read at an appropriate…
Novus Holdings
5th Sep 2019
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Don’t replace textbooks with electronic books

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…
Novus Holdings
1st Aug 2019