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Issue 04 of 04 / 2020 – Better, Stronger and Future-Focused

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As Benjamin Franklin once said, out of adversity comes opportunity. There is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it much discomfort and adversity, but the prompt and precise thinking of Novus Holdings as a Group has brought many opportunities to the fore to carry the Group into the future. Novus Holdings will end one of the toughest years of its existence with a firm eye on the future. The diversified print company survived 2020 because of its focus on agility, and by remaining a market leader with a reputation…

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Issue 04 of 04 / 2020 – Sustainable packaging developments key to achieving a circular economy

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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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Issue 04 of 04 / 2020 – 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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Reading Printed Books is better for your Brain and Health

Issue 03 of 04 / 2020 – Reading Printed Books is better for your Brain and Health

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Few experiences are as enjoyable as opening a book for the first time. Upon turning the first page, you know that you are about to gain knowledge and another perspective on the world. According to science, here are some additional benefits that printed books offer: You absorb more information According to a study that was presented in Italy in 2014, readers of print books take in and remember more of the plot than readers of ebooks do. In an earlier study, print readers also scored higher in areas such as…

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COVID-19 BOOSTS TRUST IN TRADITIONAL MASS MEDIA

Issue 03 of 04 / 2020 – Covid-19 boosts trust in traditional mass media

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The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated very clearly the importance and reliability of traditional mass media while at the same time showing up the flaws and dangers of online social platforms. All over the world and here in South Africa, TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and news magazines have mostly covered the vast unknown of the pandemic with professionalism and care. I say mostly because there are some that chose to go the sensationalist route but suddenly even they are starting to realise that they don’t have to contrive sensationalism because…

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SMETA – BEST PRACTICE AND ETHICAL TECHNIQUES

Issue 03 of 04 / 2020 – SMETA – Best Practice and Ethical Techniques

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The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) is the organisation that conducts the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA), one of the world’s most widely used ethical audit formats. SMETA is an audit methodology that provides a compilation of best practice ethical audit techniques. The audit has been designed to help auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice, covering Sedex’s four pillars. On 13 July 2020, the SMETA four-pillar audit was conducted at Novus Print: Montague Gardens – Web, which focused on Labour Standards, Health…

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