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Demonstrating business agility in time of crisis

What is business agility? The capability of a business to respond quickly to a changing environment, whether it be internal or external. Qualities of agile businesses include being adaptive, flexible and creative in their response to change without losing momentum (remaining productive) or vision. A year ago, none of us would have predicted that we would all be experiencing what is probably the largest global public health crisis of the century. No business could have been adequately prepared for COVID-19 and the devastating health and socio-economic challenges it would bring…
Novus Holdings
18th Jun 2020
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#Youth Month: Stay in education if you want to find a job after the pandemic

This Youth Day, observed annually on 16 June, Ralph Ruthford from Novus Holdings calls on the youth to stay in education to cushion the economic blow of COVID-19. The International Labour Organization (ILO) recently warned that COVID-19 will have far-reaching economic consequences on the youth, with unemployment to skyrocket and diminishing job prospects for 15-to-25-year-olds in the future. “With South Africa having a dominantly youthful population, and with the most recent statistics showing an increase in the youth unemployment rate, the prospects for school leavers amid COVID-19 seems bleak,” says…
Novus Holdings
15th Jun 2020
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Schools to benefit from PPE donation

Novus Holdings Ltd., together with Lebone Litho Printers (Pty) Ltd. and DSV Solutions (Pty) Ltd., is donating 35 000 masks, 60 thermometers, and 300 litres of hand sanitising materials to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) as a contribution towards reducing the spread of COVID-19 at schools across the country. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided by the DBE to learners and educators, who are in the process of returning to school in phases as schools reopen in line with government regulations. The three companies who are donating…
Novus Holdings
9th Jun 2020
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World Environment Day: What COVID-19 has taught us about plastic

By Michelene Locke, sales director at ITB Flexible Packaging Solutions (ITB), a Novus Holdings company With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to grip our nation, it has become hard to ignore the role of plastic in keeping us safe, from sneeze screens and face shields, to food and protective packaging. As the world commemorates World Environment Day on Friday 05 June 2020, it is time to ask whether plastic still has a place in a world where a “new normal” requires bold and innovative solutions? 04 June 2020: Plastic pollution, especially…
Novus Holdings
4th Jun 2020
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Novus Holdings unveils first-of-its-kind engraver in South Africa

Novus Print, a division of Novus Holdings – a leading commercial printer and manufacturer in South Africa – has acquired the HelioKlischograph K6 publication gravure machine, a state-of-the-art engraver, at its printing facility in Montague Gardens. This is the first-of-its-kind engraver in South Africa due to its advanced and innovative technology. Steve Thobela, Novus Print: Executive - South, says that this latest piece of equipment added to the company’s arsenal of high-tech printing machinery will offer the business a unique competitive advantage. “We are extremely proud to offer the market…
Novus Holdings
4th Jun 2020
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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…
Novus Holdings
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…
Novus Holdings
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…
Novus Holdings
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…
Novus Holdings
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…
Novus Holdings
24th Feb 2020