5 things you need to know in SA business today and 4 features in iOS 13 that business users will love
1. Shoprite is scrapping a deal to buy back shares held by its chairman Christo Wiese after shareholder disapproval. Wiese holds deferred shares, which represents a third of shareholder voting rights. Business Day earlier reported that Wiese would have netted R3.5 billion from the deal. Wiese lost almost R50 billion in the Steinhoff meltdown.
2. Standard Bank has released the list of the bank branches it is closing – 104 branches will now be shut, not 91 as it previously said. The bulk of the locations are in Gauteng, including in large malls like Hyde Park, Menlyn and East Rand Mall.
3. ArcelorMittal South Africa received a summons instituting criminal proceedings for three charges relating to transgressions of its atmospheric emissions licence at its Vanderbijlpark operations, Reuters reported. If found guilty, the company could face a fine of up to R15 million.
4. The EFF has filed an appeal against a High Court ruling that ordered it to apologise and pay damages to Trevor Manuel. Its appeal centred on Constitutional rights, such as freedom of expression and professional ethics in the public administration. The High Court last week found that the EFF’s remarks relating to Manuel's involvement in the selection of the SARS commissioner were defamatory and false, and instructed the party to pay him R500 000 in damages.
5. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane took to YouTube yesterday to announce that she would give Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan ten days to respond to her charges. She earlier found him guilty of "improper conduct" over his approval of then-deputy SA Revenue Services Commissioner Ivan Pillay's early retirement and payout. Mkhwebane also listed additional unresolved complaints, saying there would still be "a number of interactions" in future between her office and Gordhan. An investigation of tender irregularity relating to SARS' purchase of IT company Interfront was underway, she said.
4 features in iOS 13 that business users will love
Reported by Julie Bort
Apple's next big update to its iPhone software, iOS 13, is expected in the third quarter. While most of the new features in it are aimed at consumers, the company did unveil several key new updates for business users, too.
We don't have many details on these features. But Apple did provide a summary of them in its detailed list of new iOS 13 features released on Monday in conjunction with the start of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, taking place this week in San Jose in the US.
Here's what we know.
An employee's personal device will be able to separate business apps and data.
This is a feature called "user enrollment," and it's for people who use their own personal phone for work. We don't have details on how this will work, except that it involves having "separate iCloud accounts for your personal and work lives," as Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, described on stage on Monday. We presume it will be an option in Apple's Business Manager, the relatively new service Apple rolled out last year's WWDC, which lets IT department manage fleets of Apple devices and volume-licensed apps.
Apple already introduced ways to separate personal data on a phone owned by the company and controlled by IT when it released Business Manager, so this next step is important.
Worth noting: Google launched Android for Work way back in 2015, which provides similar functions.
Companies can create and manage Apple IDs for business users.
Since Apple relies so heavily on Apple ID logins for signing into devices and downloading apps, it's making this situation work better for businesses. Through Business Manager, an admin can create Apple IDs used by employees that will give them access to business-controlled services like the company's iCloud Drive and iCloud Notes.
Easier device setup for the IT department.
A feature called Automated Device Enrollment lets the admin include custom content and security settings when setting up a device. For businesses that own thousands of Apple devices, this just makes sense. Worth noting, many third-party mobile device management apps already help IT pros with such things.
Face ID and Touch ID to sign on to business apps and websites.
Apple is making it easier for a company's business apps and websites to use its biometric security features, although it's not clear yet if it will be a business version of Apple's cool new "Sign in with Apple" feature - a cool new feature for consumers that lets them sign into apps and websites without handing over their email or using Facebook or Google accounts.
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