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Whereas it might be too soon to celebrate the end of the war, it is still important to acknowledge the success of some battles. In Gauteng, hospitals are under control as Covid cases are reducing. Whilst in Cape Town, they will shortly be dismantling the temporary hospitals that were erected in order to cope with the surge in cases. South Africans are slowly emerging from bunkers in order to rebuild.
The war is not over but are seeing signs that the pandemic will pass.
Before rushing back to life as we knew it, it is worth taking a moment to consider what it is about lockdown that we would like to incorporate into our new lives. Research is indicating that South Africans have finally embraced online trade. We are proud to be one of the sites that you have chosen to place your faith in. We are continuing to strive to do better and we hope that we will do just that.
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I thought that you would find the below article interesting and inspiring.
As always, drive safely and adhere to all the social distancing rules.
Be safe and regards,
Selinah Mtilene, the managing director of Diamond Panel Beaters, took over the running of her husband’s business when it started experiencing difficulties. What started as a towing business turned into a profitable panel-beating enterprise after she realised there was money to be made repairing the vehicles that were towed into her yard. She experienced the Catch-22 many small businesses experience: she did not have the capital to buy the right equipment that was required by both insurance companies and original equipment manufacturers, and being turned down by banks for finance. A rigorous savings plan allowed her to buy the equipment and prove herself both to the community and the industry.
“It’s not easy and succeeding takes time,” she says. “All I can say is to push harder, believe in yourself and do not get distracted or demotivated – one day you will thank yourself for never giving up.”
MiWay’s Halata concludes, “Women must be seen as more than equals. We are strategic partners when it comes to advancing the industry.” Even though she acknowledges that women have to work twice as hard for their voices to be heard, she is quick to caution that women must have the right qualifications and teachable attitude in order to succeed, “Your gender alone is not an automatic passport, you still need to put in the same effort as the opposite gender.”
Diversity is the one thing we have in common and, at MiWay, we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of building an inclusive industry that will enable sustainable growth in South Africa. This has always been an important goal but, as our economy tries to reignite itself, it is now vital that we harness the entrepreneurial flair and smarts that women have to offer.
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- ABR Automotive Business Review: Buzz (www.abrbuzz.co.za)
It has been great for us as South Africans to venture back out to the malls and business parks we were accustomed to frequenting pre the Corona Virus Epidemic.
Sure, it is not the same just yet, but it beats the strict regulations imposed on us during level 5 and even level 4.Unfortunately, for better or for worse, no industry has gone untouched by COVID-19 and we have seen many businesses close and 1000s of jobs lost.
Retail sales this week have seen a global decline of 5.7%, however online purchases continue to grow rapidly and are up by almost 76% year on year (source -RoiRevolution)
Ecomm giants Amazon reported sales of $75.5 billion in the first quarter, up from $59.7 billion the same quarter a year ago.
So, with the ability to visit malls and stores again, why do we still have this rapid online growth?
In my opinion there are a couple of reasons.
Firstly, we are still too afraid. Corona is at its peak in South Africa, as anticipated, and many are still choosing to stay at home and shop from their favourite websites.
Another reason is that the Covid-19 Pandemic has forced many South Africans to shop online for the first time, creating a wave of NEW shoppers who have found that online shopping is, well, pretty damn simple and the ‘way of the future’.
Another big reason (apart from the pure convivence of shopping online,) is the sheer volume of selection and deals out there to choose from. We are spoilt for choice and are regularly enticed into new online stores with many free added benefits, like door to door shipping and discount vouchers for 1st time purchases.
Many big-name brands and businesses have followed suit and have in turn either opened their own online store or made use of some of South Africa’s 3rd party Marketplaces to ensure their piece of the ‘ecomm pie’.
But all said and done, why not shop online? It’s safe, simple, convenient and all the information we need to make an informed purchased can be done at the touch of key or a swipe of the phone.
So, as we wait with bated breath to hear what the President has to say and enjoy the return of our old friends at Eskom, make sure not to be left in the dark and check out this week’s level 3 must haves:
Stay Safe, Stay Connected
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