TikTok’s rise as the fastest-growing social media platform is showing no signs of slowing down as the short-form video platform continues to surpass Instagram and Facebook for downloads on the Google Play Store and the App Store. Since March it has won the download battle, with a whopping 72.8 million downloads in May and a respectable 44.6 million in August.
In South Africa, small to medium sized businesses are acknowledged as being instrumental in driving the country’s market economy and employment rates. With unemployment figures reaching 27.7 per cent last year and the economy forecasted to grow just under two per cent, the SME sector is viewed as their growth vehicle.
Women’s Equality Day on the 26th August and Businesswomen’s Day on the 22nd September are days dedicated to working towards a gender-equal world, recognising injustices, celebrating successes by women, and raising awareness of biases that existed historically and presently.
The global pandemic has not just affected health, it has hit the global economy, causing trouble for countries across the world—including the UK, which has entered its second recession in only 12 years.
In times gone by, the UK was seen globally as one of the major players in the automotive industry. Jaguar, Mini and Land Rover were rolling out cars for fun. But, then came the ‘super-brands, with acquisitions and mergers becoming a regular occurrence. Germany and Japan began to slowly cement their respective positions as the largest car manufacturing countries in the world. That said though, if it came down to a battle of the nations, who would win?
There's no denying that we are all living in a throwaway society – and it’s time we threw it in the bin, for good. Influenced by consumerism and wanting the newest electronics and more clothes, we don’t even wait for things to break or become worn down before buying more. Back during the Great Depression, the strategy to help the economy get back on its feet was by making products not built to last, so people would buy, and spend, more. Unfortunately, it’s led to an unhealthy climate and plastic pollution across the world — all you have to do is look around to see the effect this is having on our planet. In the tech industry, chemicals used to produce products are making landfills toxic and risking the lives of workers.