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Can books lessen the impact of COVID-19 on learners?

Learners will return to the classroom in phases as of June 2020 as schools reopen in line with government regulations. But learners are expected to face huge educational losses over the next few months due to disruptions from COVID-19. Steve Thobela, Novus Print: Executive - South, a division of Novus Holdings, discusses how paper-based learning can help learners get back on their feet. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our economy, small and large businesses alike, and individual home-life. Tragically, learners will not escape unscathed as disruptions to normal…
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14th May 2020
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Novus moves into higher gear to deliver 60 million learner’s materials in 2020 and beyond despite dealing with COVID-19 disruptions and a sour competitor interjection

21 April 2020: Novus Holdings (Novus) is steaming ahead in its drive to deliver a landmark 60-million workbooks to more than 9-million pupils during 2021 despite that the country is dealing with COVID-19 related business disruptions since mid-March 2020. At the same time, the company continues to be confronted with allegations from Caxton, a competitor and one of the partners in the losing bidder, Caxton’s CTP JV in relation to the aforesaid workbook contract. DBE’s Learner Material Delivery Safe Over many years there has been an incremental success in the…
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21st Apr 2020
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Support Big Issue vendors and #Makeadifference

Cape Townians are being called on to help make a difference in the lives of the marginalised and unemployed who have been unable to earn an income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent national lockdown.  “Big Issue vendors, many of whom are breadwinners, have been unable to sell their magazines and as a result cannot provide for their families. Novus Holdings donated R10 000 to the BigIssueSA Vendor Lockdown Relief Fund to assist with some income for these vendors during this difficult time,” says Carrie Nixon, Head of Corporate Communications at Novus…
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20th Apr 2020
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What more can be done to support SMMEs?

In the Budget Speech, Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni reiterated government’s vision of start-ups igniting the local economy. 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 economy, which is why, as a collective in both the public and private sector, we must support them through targeted interventions,” says Sylvester Albanie, Group Executive: Risk at Novus…
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27th Feb 2020
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Lessons from an entrepreneur: Grow your business by taking advantage of every opportunity – Songo Africa

Finding or creating businesses opportunities is a skill that every entrepreneur should have to ensure the sustainable success of a company. This is the view of Sanele Sibandze, managing director and co-founder of Songo Africa – a promotional clothing and gifting company – who has built his business by seizing every opportunity. Sibandze says: “It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”, a quote by Sir Edmond Hilary who was the first modern man to climb Mount Everest, is something we repeat to ourselves daily. We say this as we…
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24th Feb 2020
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Addressing the skills gap from within

According to reports, one of the most important causes of South Africa's present economic woes is a shortage of technical and managerial skills. Where can South Africa get the skills it needs to put the country on the path to economic prosperity? Ralph Ruthford, Group Executive: Human Resources, Novus Holdings, investigates how the private sector can help create a formidable skills pipeline. Government has rightly emphasised that to fill the current skills gap in the country it needs to import skills, as outlined in National Treasury’s recently released economic growth…
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9th Jan 2020
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Entrepreneur? Build credibility, find a good partner, and you can make it

Figures recently released by Statistics SA show that, against a struggling and stagnant economy, the number of businesses that have shut their doors and filed for bankruptcy have increased. Furthermore, South Africa’s unemployment rate increased to 29,1% in Q3 of 2019 – the highest since 2008. More than ever South African entrepreneurs need to be armed with the right knowledge and skills to not only start a business, but to keep it on the road of success. This is the view of Desireé Johnson, Executive and Managing Director of Mikateko…
Novus Holdings
17th Dec 2019
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Novus Holdings attains Level Two B-BBEE status

Novus Holdings has been awarded a Level Two Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) rating by aBEErate as of 12 December 2019, the company announced today. The Level Two rating was given in line with the revised B-BBEEE Codes of Good Practice (which came into effect on 01 December 2019) and is based on the company’s most recent Annual Financial Statements and ownership data. The new Codes have adjusted criteria for the categories Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) and skills development, amongst others, which resulted in Novus Holdings moving to a…
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17th Dec 2019
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Opportunity in the dark: How to become power secure when Eskom dims the lights

South Africa’s state power company Eskom created a consumer and business uproar this week when it implemented load shedding across the country, adding that the probability for further rolling blackouts remained high for the rest of the week. Novus Holdings, a leading commercial printing and manufacturing company with plants across the country, has acted to ensure that business interruption is minimal due to the continued power outages. “We have implemented a robust Risk Management system in line with international best practice with a well-developed Business Continuity Risk plan.  It identifies…
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12th Dec 2019
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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