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Year-end message

December 4, 2023

We continue to be inspired by our work with Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and Business for South Africa (B4SA), organisations at the forefront of driving the interventions needed for South Africa’s future economic success. This has provided Aprio with an opportunity to support the critically important work that is currently underway to correct South Africa’s rocky economic course and ultimately stimulate investment, inclusive growth and employment.

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Africa is not a country

Many of our South African clients have ventured across our borders and expanded into different African countries. As their strategic communications partner we have been at their side to provide expert communications and reputation management counsel and helping them  navigate the complex and rapidly evolving African markets.

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Crisis in Corporate Reputation: The Big Issues of 2023

The year has proven to be a tough one for several well-known global corporations that have faced significant reputation crises. From data breaches to unethical behaviour, affected companies have had to navigate the fallout from these incidents, often facing public backlash and a loss of stakeholder trust

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The Digital Communicators Odyssey: Conquering Technology in 2024

2024 is fast approaching and businesses will embark on a transformative odyssey reminiscent of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s (or heroine’s) journey — a quest filled with challenges, discoveries, and ultimately, triumph. Our communications leader must navigate unknown terrains, draw upon new resources, and tackle unprecedented foes to conquer an unimaginably difficult quest. But the good news is that overcoming this is possible. In fact it may be the stuff of legends.

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The Evolution of Corporate Communication in 2024

Businesses worldwide are making progress toward achieving their digital transformation priorities and will continue to make this a top priority in 2024. This shift encompasses not just the adoption of new back-office or operational technologies; it will also transform the ways in which companies communicate, both internally and externally.

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Grid failure in South Africa: is there a disconnect between the boardroom and the risk office in 2023?

July 10, 2023

Despite multiple South African corporates publicly stating in recent months that they were doing contingency planning for a total electricity grid failure scenario, just a third (33%) of South Africa’s biggest companies have electricity supply concerns as a principal risk on their most recent published risk registers.

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The rapid adoption of social media by the African continent’s leaders

The obvious question is to what extent social media can influence African political and business campaigns and strategies? First let us consider these facts, issued by the GSM Association, which expects unique mobile subscriptions and SIM connections in Africa to rise to 615-million and 1.12-billion respectively, in 2025.

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Embracing AI in the workplace

The AI (r)evolution looks like it’s here to stay. Unless governments are able to hit the pause button soon, we'd better get our heads around the fact that there's a new digital employee in the office.

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Are mining companies still deriving benefit from a JSE listing?

It is well documented that the JSE has been losing listed companies steadily over the last decade or so.

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