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South Africa’s education system cannot do without print. Physical books remain fundamental educational resource in schools

By Media Centre

COVID-19 has changed our education system forever – whether it is ultimately for the better, is still to be determined. The most significant impact of the pandemic on education has been the move towards online learning as a solution for students to continue with their school and academic studies. While schools and tertiary institutions have reopened across the country, many students still struggle to adapt to the ‘new normal’ which include the continued facilitation of online learning. But how effective is this method and what does it mean for printed…

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Sustainable packaging developments key to achieving a circular economy

By Media Centre

Recently, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries made an important announcement revealing that the green economy will be one of the key sectors prioritised by Government to assist with the country’s economic recovery following the devastating onslaught of COVID-19. This follows shortly after the South African Cabinet has approved the revised National Waste Management Strategy 2020 (NWMS) which is based on the principle of the circular economy and aimed at promoting waste management not only as a community service, but as a viable economic activity. Welcoming these industry initiatives…

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Black Friday underlines the value of Print

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Holiday creep may see more bargain hunters trust print to source pre-holiday promotions Still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, many South African retailers this year will be deviating from the normal one-weekend promotional Black Friday, instead offering large discounts for the entire month of ‘Black November’ and beyond. Retailers are hoping this will boost and revive consumer spending, as well as offer a much-needed cushion for consumers whose pockets have been hard hit by the pandemic, allowing them to shop at their leisure to get ahead of their holiday…

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Demonstrating business agility in time of crisis

By Media Centre

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…

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#Youth Month: Stay in education if you want to find a job after the pandemic

By Media Centre

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…

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Schools to benefit from PPE donation

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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…

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