htxt.africast – SA firms pivoting during lockdown and COVID-19 outbreak

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We are back for another edition of the africast, and as has been the case for the past few weeks, we’re recording remotely and adhering to the country’s national lockdown.

As always, we start things off with a roundup of the week’s most important and interesting news stories. It of course begins with the two-month long censure of communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams following an ill-advised social media post during lockdown.

We then take a look at the new DualSense controller for the PS5, get clarity on what businesses can expect from the Ruperts’ Sukuma Relief Programme, and end with a new free to use WordPress plugin to make local sites COVID-19 compliant.

The focus for the crux of this week’s africast is how local companies have begun to pivot their services and platforms to better cater to the needs of locals during the lockdown.

It started with Takealot operating to deliver essential goods to consumers, and now other ecommerce sites have followed suit, including Uber Eats and Mr D Food, both of whom are now delivering essential items.

We have also seen the likes of Bottles (an alcohol-only delivery app) and Netflorist diversify they services by adding essential goods delivery to the mix too.

There’s also retailers like Wootware, who have kept their virtual doors open in order to offer South Africans the much needed tech they require to keep working and studying remotely.

Oh and of course we couldn’t use the word pivot without including the GIF below.


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[Image – Photo by Brendan Church on Unsplash]


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