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GreatSoft has its head in the cloud

Bruce Morgan, CEO of award-winning cloud-based solutions provider GreatSoft, recently spoke to us. He revealed GreatSoft’s plans for the future and shared his drive for making a mark in the world “without any arrogance”. By Gugu Lourie


Speaking from New York, in the US, he said he was keen on making a mark in the world “without any arrogance”. He has an interesting digital footprint. I immediately made a connection with the sign-off message on his email crafted by Jim Rohn: “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour”

GreatSoft is the first company in Africa to provide fully integrated cloud-based practice management software solutions to accounting practices and firms.

The software is aimed at minimising time needed for administrative tasks in order to maximise the time available for billable services, according to the company’s website.

The software integrates and streamlines operations across multiple offices, currencies and jurisdictions and can be accessed through the public cloud or installed on a client’s private server. Clients that have installed the software on their servers include Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Mazars and Moore Stephens.

Morgan says he didn’t start the company from scratch, but instead bought it from his previous employer – a listed company. He acquired a small division that was distributing software from Australia. In 2000 he divorced himself from the business by building a new product that was rebranded into GreatSoft.

The real game changer for GreatSoft came as a result of an online MBA Morgan started via a Netherlands Business School, he says.

During his studies, he did a lot of reading and research, which helped him understand the business of Facebook and LinkedIn – applications that were both built on the cloud. He saw a need for a cloud-based solution for accounting and auditing firms because most companies were still offering software for the desktop.

Although Morgan didn’t complete the MBA, the lessons he learnt helped him double the size of GreatSoft.

“The shift came when we moved everything to the cloud. It was a major innovation for us – most of our competitors still sit with desktop applications,” he explains.

GreatSoft has grown its footprint in 19 African countries, has an estimated 40 000 daily users and more than 90 clients that use its public cloud solution.

Morgan says this segment is growing as smaller firms, which prefer not to invest in expensive storage technology such as servers, sign up.

Continued Innovation

At the time of the interview, Morgan was on his way back to Johannesburg from Silicon Valley after attending the world-renowned Endeavour Entrepreneur Experience. GreatSoft was chosen as the winner of the First National Bank (FNB) Business Innovation Award and as the recipient of this accolade, Morgan became a member of the Endeavour Entrepreneurs.

By being inducted, Morgan has become part of a worldwide network that provides entrepreneurs with customised services, including business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms. The list of South African Endeavor Entrepreneurs includes Adrian Gore of Discovery, Vinny Lingham – who sold his virtual gift card service, Gyft, for $52m – and Taste Holdings’ Carlo Gonzaga.

Morgan believes GreatSoft was chosen by FNB for its innovation and its potential for growth and job creation.

He explains how the company’s 12 developers get two days a month to work on something that falls outside their normal field: “If they normally develop tax systems, they can develop a mobile app; we try to stimulate creative juices.”

This process has produced solutions that have been beneficial to clients.

GreatSoft’s internship programme, which has been running for 10 years, focuses on creating jobs for young graduates – typically unemployed black graduates with one or two degrees.

Going global

According to Morgan, “The business we built is now in a position to grow, not only locally but on an international level. My goal is to make sure that it happens.”

With the help of a very competent team in South Africa, Morgan is in the process of building global partnerships as far afield as Australia, the UK and even the US. “I am busy tying up an agreement in Australia and should wrap up an agreement in the UK within the next two months,” he reveals.

There seems to be a lot in the pipeline for GreatSoft: “We just bought a document management business and are in the process of buying a payroll business,” says Morgan. This will assist the company in becoming a serious player internationally and not just in Africa. Asked how GreatSoft will remain relevant locally while at the same time seeking to globalise, Morgan reiterates: “The DNA of this company is fostering innovation.”

GreatSofts’s ongoing successful performance typifies the growth of new technology firms in Johannesburg that are keen to shake up the technology industry in South Africa and beyond.

“GreatSoft is at a tipping point to really accelerate our growth and go forward,” concludes Morgan.

MORE ON BRUCE MORGAN

ON HIS TECH:

I am a smartphone freak – today, my device of choice is a Nokia Windows Lumia, but I also have a Samsung S6 and S5. We’re developing a mobile app for accountants and auditors – most of them are younger, tech savvy and use smart  devices.

ON CREATIVE THINKING:

We don’t have a blame game. I encourage people to rather make mistakes – that way we learn and can develop solutions to specific problems. If someone generates an idea, we don’t stop them; we value innovation.

 ON THE GREATSOFT TEAM’S MUST-READ:

Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.

ON LEADERS WITH IMPACT:

There have been a few, but I love reading stuff about Steve Jobs.

ON CEOs HE ADMIRES:

Adrian Gore has built a phenomenal business in the Discovery organisation. It is not the cheapest service, but a fantastic one that offers additional services to members. It inspired me to do something similar with GreatSoft so we created GreatSoft Assist, an ancillary business that provides similar services to our clients.

More work needed to flush out e-commerce tax dodgers

 

Ujuh Reporter


The Davis Tax Committee (DTC) has missed some critical gaps in the application of VAT in ecommerce which will see continued loss of billions of rands if not tackled.

For example, the area of traders who use complicated means to hide their identities and dodge VAT remains un-tackled.

This is a takeout from the assessment of the DTC’s First Interim Report on VAT undertaken by global consulting firm PwC.

The firm said in a statement more work is required in ecommerce space to ensure that the law keeps pace with technological developments.

Charles de Wet, Head of Indirect Tax at PwC Africa, said while the recommendations made by the DTC in the interim report are welcomed, certain practical issues currently being experienced in the electronic commerce space are not dealt with in the interim report and need further consideration.

For example, said De Wet, the existing legislation seeks to tax those foreign entities who satisfy two of the necessary criteria which generally include making supplies to recipients in South Africa, and receiving payment from a local bank account.

However the the legislation does not impose VAT on those foreign suppliers who are able to circumvent these requirements via some complicated means. Examples include making services available through Virtual Private Network (VPN) services which serve to hide the true identity of a South African recipient, or who receive payment by way of gift cards and other means which cannot be traced back to a South African bank account.

De Wet said “As technology evolves, these issues should be given more attention to ensure that these supplies are also included with the scope. A failure to remain current may see South Africa’s work in taxing electronic services space becomes impeded.”

 

De Wit did commend the DTC saying  “We welcome the recommendations by the DTC on electronic services, and agree that legislation should keep pace with the technological developments in the field”.

Windows 95 turns 20

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The arrival of Microsoft Windows 95 on August 24 1995 brought about a desktop PC boom. With an easier and more intuitive graphical user interface than previous versions it appealed to more than just business, and Bill Gates’ stated aim of one PC per person per desk was set in motion. This was a time of 320Mb hard drives, 8Mb RAM and 15” inch CRT monitors. For most home users, the internet had only just arrived.

Windows 95 introduced the start menu, powered by a button in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. This gives a central point of entry into menus from which to choose commands and applications. The simplicity of this menu enables users to easily find commonly used documents and applications. All subsequent versions of Windows have kept this menu, with the notable exception of Windows 8, a change which prompted an enormous backlash.

We take these intuitive graphic interfaces for granted today, but earlier operating systems such as DOS and CP/M allowed the user to interact using only typed text commands. This all changed in the 1970s, with Ivan Sutherland’s work with Sketchpad and the use of lightpens to control CRT displays, Douglas Engelbart’s development of the computer mouse, and the Xerox PARC research team’s creation of the Windows Icon Menu Pointer graphical interfaces paradigm (WIMP) – the combination of mouse pointer, window and icons that remains standard to this day. By the early 1980s, Apple had developed graphical operating systems for its Lisa (released 1983) and Macintosh (1984) computers, and Microsoft had released Windows (1985).

DOS – these were not good old days. Krzysztof Burghardt

Imagining a desktop

All these interfaces rely on the central idea of the desktop, a comprehensible metaphor for a computer. We work with information in files and organise them in folders, remove unwanted information to the trash can, and note something of interest with a bookmark.

Metaphors are useful. They enable users to grasp concepts faster, but rely on the metaphor remaining comprehensible to the user and useful for the designer and programmer putting it into effect – without stretching it beyond belief. The advantage is that the pictures used to represent functions (icons) look similar to those in the workplace, and so the metaphor is readily understandable.

Breaking windows

But 20 years after Windows 95, the world has changed. We have smartphones and smart televisions, we use the internet prolifically for practically everything. Touchscreens are now almost more ubiquitous than the classic mouse-driven interface approach, and screen resolution is so high individual pixels can be difficult to see. We still have Windows, but things are changing. Indeed, they need to change.

The desktop metaphor has been the metaphor of choice for so long, and this ubiquity has helped computers find a place within households as a common, familiar tool rather than as specialist, computerised equipment. But is it still appropriate? After all, few of us sit in an office today with paper-strewn desks; books are read on a tablet or phone rather than hard-copies; printing emails is discouraged; most type their own letters and write their own emails; files are electronic not physical; we search the internet for information rather than flick through reference books; and increasingly the categorisation and organisation of data has taken second place to granular search.

Mouse-driven interfaces rely on a single point of input, but we’re increasingly seeing touch-based interfaces that accept swipes, touches and shakes in various combinations. We are moving away from the dictatorship of the mouse pointer. Dual-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom are new emerging metaphors – natural user interfaces (NUI) rather than graphical user interfaces.

What does the next 20 years hold?

It’s hard to tell but one thing that is certain is that interfaces will make use of more human senses to display information and to control the computer. Interfaces will become more transparent, more intuitive and less set around items such as boxes, arrows or icons. Human gestures will be more commonplace. And such interfaces will be incorporated into technology throughout the world, through virtual reality and augmented reality.

These interfaces will be appear and feel more natural. Some suitable devices already exist, such as ShiverPad, that provide shear forces on surfaces that provide a frictional feel to touch devices. Or Geomagic’s Touch X (formerly the Sensible Phantom Desktop) that delivers three-dimensional forces to make 3D objects feel solid.

Airborne haptics are another promising technology that develop tactile interfaces in mid-air. Through ultrasound, users can feel acoustic radiation fields that emanate from devices, without needing to touch any physical surface. Videogame manufacturers have led the way with these interfaces, including the Microsoft Kinect and Hololens that allow users to use body gestures to control the interface, or with their eyes through head-mounted displays.

Once interaction with a computer or device can be commanded using natural gestures, movements of the body or spoken commands, the necessity for the Windows-based metaphor of computer interaction begins to look dated – as old as it is.

 

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SA’s Click n Compare set up shop in Nigeria, Kenya

 

By Gugu Lourie

The company, which is owned by CNC Group (CNC), said on Thursday it was launching new consumer-facing brand, CompareGuru, into both Nigeria and Kenya.


South Africa’s popular online comparison website Click n Compare created some buzz of its own in Nigeria and Kenya on Thursday after the company announced it was expanding into Africa’s biggest economy  and East Africa’s largest economy.

The online comparison website established in 2013  is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking.

Tim Burkly, Business Development at Click n Compare and EIR at Silvertree Capital
Tim Burkly, Business Development at Click n Compare and EIR at Silvertree Capital

The company, which is owned by CNC Group (CNC), said on Thursday it was launching new consumer-facing brand, CompareGuru, into both Nigeria and Kenya.

The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that much harder to zero in on exactly what one is after. CNCs ultimate goal is consequently to help people save time and money with the help of side-by-side comparisons.

The company said with all the lessons learned in the South African market, CNC is confident in taking the leap to Nigeria and Kenya.

Ryan Marx, Co-Founder and CEO of Click n Compare, said: “ CNC’s unique value proposition is the fact that we have positioned ourselves directly between the consumer and provider in a way that is mutually beneficial to both parties. We are well on our way to achieving this aim by building relationships with major key players in the insurance industry.”

To facilitate the move to Nigeria, CNC acquired Insured.ng (Insured), Nigeria’s leading insurance affiliate.

“Leveraging Insured’s market traction and provider partnerships, CompareGuru has hit the ground running in Nigeria,” said CNC.

The expansion is headed up by Tim Burkly, who joined the company from Rocket Internet.

“I am both honored and excited to work alongside Ryan, Manuel and the CNC Group as we continue to build our brand into Africa’s leading financial marketplace,” said Burkly.

CNC is fully funded by Silvertree Capital (STC), a venture builder that incubates and invests into tech-related businesses targeting African consumers. The Silvertree portfolio includes businesses in e-commerce retail, financial services and sales, online marketing, travel, and web and mobile development. Manuel Koser, Co-Founder of STC is certain that in just under two years a footprint has been set across Africa and CNC is close to dominating the lead-gen space entirely.

 

 

MTN teams up with Microsoft on cloud

By Staff Writer


MTN Business has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to provide a pan-African cloud platform that offers customers a true hybrid cloud solution serviced from MTN’s data centres.

The platform is powered by Microsoft’s technology and is built on MTN’s Global MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) network which has 23 points of presence across the globe. This will ensure an enhanced customer experience due to lower latency and better response times.

In line with the characteristics of cloud, MTN’s customers will be provided with a self-service management portal, powered by Microsoft Azure Pack, with a consistent look and feel as Microsoft Azure, one of the best public cloud offerings. The platform runs off enterprise-grade infrastructure, providing clients with flexibility and increasing their agility.

Says Alpheus Mangale, Chief Enterprise Officer for MTN Business SA: “We have undertaken a strategic journey that has prepared us to become a formidable and a key player in the ICT space. We have developed tailored and bespoke solutions that cater to the requirements of our corporates, SMEs, multinationals and public sector customers across our footprint in Africa and the Middle East.

The partnership with Microsoft is a testament of our commitment to be the preferred partner of choice for all our enterprise customers across all sectors of the economy.

This offering will provide corporates and the public sector with a platform to build and run mission critical applications for their end users, as well as develop and host new applications for their own customers. In addition, customers can use the platform as a disaster recovery site to comply with their own business continuity requirements.

Microsoft South Africa MD, Zoaib Hoosen, says: “Microsoft is pleased to have worked with MTN on these solutions that will provide MTN’s customers with additional choice when it comes to their cloud journey. We value partnerships like these, as they play a big part in Microsoft being the only vendor positioned as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, and Cloud Storage Services for the second consecutive year.”

The decision to launch MTN Business Cloud platform follows the unveiling of Africa’s first Pan African Internet of Things (IoT) platform, which lays the foundations for the introduction of a global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sim card which is expected to give customers the same rate for M2M activity across MTN’s footprint in Africa.

MTN will offer Azure ExpressRoute at the end of the third quarter of 2015. This will leverage MTN’s Global MPLS network, enabling the company to offer a more reliable, secure and faster connection to the Microsoft Azure data centres through a private connection as opposed to going over the public Internet.

Diversification benefits Adapt IT

By Gugu Lourie

Adapt IT’s share price rose more than 1, 960 % in the past five years.


Adapt IT has been a hugely successful software and computer services stock listed on the JSE and it continues to make money in the highly competitive technology market.

Those who invested in Adapt IT three years ago are now benefiting from the rising share price.

The software and computer services firm on Monday posted a 35% rise in headline earnings per share – SA’s true profit gauge – to 46, 57 cents per share in the year to end-June 2015.

The company has seen organic growth rise to 18% and acquisitive growth increasing 24% to turnover, pushing total turnover up by 42% to R575m.

The company has managed to deliver positive growth in a challenging market that has seen the voluntary delisting of a bigger rival Gijima, which was struggling and trying to resuscitate its growth through a turnaround strategy.

On 14 August 2015 the market also saw the disappearance of technology firm Business Connexion (BCX) after it was bought for R2.7bn by Telkom and delisted from the exchange.

Adapt IT Knowledge Centre
Adapt IT CEO, Sbu Shabalala interacts with Rusthof Secondary School students at the opening of the Adapt IT Knowledge Centre

But the Durban-based software firm, which has seen its market value rise to more than R1.3bn up from just R900m in November 2014, is still keen on buying more firms to ensure that its profitable diversification creates more value.

CEO of Adapt IT Sibusiso Shabala told TechFinancials.co.za that the company would continue with the same strategy.

He said Adapt IT “will continue to do similar things that we’ve been doing, focusing on markets where we are differentiated and also to continue to seek earnings-enhancing acquisitions that we can buy”.

Shabalala also believes the tech firm will continue to deliver good growth organically even though markets are not as buoyant as they use to be.

The company recently bought a New Zealand-based software firm Student Management Software Solutions Limited (SMSS) to bulk-up its profitable education software portfolio.

Adapt IT believes SMSS would bring a host of new business opportunities.

“They have an interesting piece of software, which manages campuses that are below university sizes,” explains Shabalala.
“What the acquisition does is to give us software that looks at the next tier of education. What we are going to do is to localise the software to the regions where we operate.”

Adapt IT’s organic growth was boosted by strong demand in the higher education sector, a space in which the IT firm has provided specialised software services for 29 years.

Its education unit offers a turnkey enterprise resource planning product, ITS integrator, and services to higher education sector globally.

In the year to end-June 2015, Adapt IT delivered good earnings and the education unit saw operating profit rose to R27m from R15m in the previous year.

Adapt IT is likely to benefit from providing SMSS education software in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

“SMSS is already suitable for the Australasian market and we will adapt it … excuse the pun … to the South African and adaptcom700x500African market to go to next tier of education below universities,” said Shabalala.

Shabalala is keen to make more acquisitions through the issue of new shares when it finds a company it is interested in.

The company’s strategy focuses on organic growth. It aims to consolidate the sector focus on education, manufacturing, financial services and energy. Adapt IT also wants to extend its footprint in Africa, where it is on the lookout for acquisitions.

The strategy has been given a nod by the market after Adapt IT delivered a 43% operating compound growth per annum over five years.

It also paid its 13th dividend to its shareholders. The investors will receive a dividend payment of 10, 90 cents per share by September, which represents a four times dividend cover ratio and a 32% increase on the previous year’s dividend.

As a result, the company’s share price rose more than 1, 960 % in the past five years.

The stock continues to be a solid share in a tough technology market. It has gained 24.7% in the past 30 days.

Kids getting addicted to technology

 

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Are toddlers really becoming addicted to technology? There’s certainly a lot of media hype to suggest that they are. And there’s no question the footage of small children breaking down when their tablet is taken away is unsettling:

A montage of technology-induced tantrums.

Footage such as this is often aimed at showing the evils of technology and the myriad ways digital devices engender bad behaviour among children.

Viewers are often put in a position where they naturally try to apportion blame for such behaviour. In this case, the apparent targets are the technology and even the parents.

Scare tactics

As an expert in children, technology and learning, I question the purpose and proper interpretation of content such as this, regardless of whether it’s presented on prime time TV, headlining a newspaper or a new addition to a parenting blog.

In recent years society has been inundated with scare tactics around children’s increasing use of technology. To date, media articles have blamed technology for various ills in society such as obesity, insomnia, violence, aggression and language development issues.

Unfortunately, these scare tactics often succeed because they cause a sense of guilt among adults and perpetuate a sense of loss of control.

But this type of thinking doesn’t make sense. It suggests that by removing technology from their lives, children will be fitter rather than overweight, and mental health problems such as aggression and depression will diminish. Children’s health and happiness are essential goals, but magic wand thinking is not going to get us there.

The other obvious target of blame when watching the above footage are the parents themselves, and their seeming lack of ability to control their children’s use of technology.

But, as any parent knows, young children can have tantrums over many things. At this age they’re often not psychologically equipped to delay gratification, so we shouldn’t be surprised at their response to technology. In addition, just because they can’t delay gratification now doesn’t mean they won’t develop the capacity later in life.

Embracing technology

Blaming parents for indulging their children is easy, yet many parents correctly recognise that technology is an essential part of modern life. Many professions now require the use of multiple devices over the course of a working day.

In addition, much of our social lives have migrated online, requiring us to make use of technology to stay in touch with our friends and colleagues. Even government support agencies require individuals go online to make a claim or submit an enquiry.

Forbidding children to use electronic devices hampers their ability to engage with the modern world. Research shows that technology offers many educational benefits for children.

These include encouraging them to work with more complex ideas from an earlier age, promoting skills in collaboration and problem solving, accelerating learning in the first year of school, helping children with learning challenges and enhancing mathematics learning. School curricula around the word rely on technology for this very reason.

Children can get a lot out of technology if they engage with it in a positive way. henry…/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Balance is key

For many parents, it seems we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. We have to weigh the risk of our children growing addicted to their devices against living a technology-free lifestyle and falling behind at school or with their peer groups.

My advice is to shift attention away from the blame game and instead consider our children’s world as it truly is, to focus on facts and reality.

Technology has changed our lives, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Children’s love for digital technology is obvious, and mirrors the devotion many adults have for their devices. Try to restrict an adult’s access to their mobile or tablet and see how they react!

Balance is the key. We must understand how technology can be properly managed so that the main activities in the home are not family members isolated in their own technological cocoon.

To encourage positive interactions, parents should provide an opportunity for a wide variety of tech-based experiences that support children’s learning but also develop realistic and consistent messaging about screen time.

Parents also need to model controlled uses of technology themselves. A parent who consistently tells a child to get off their device when they themselves are always on one will not go unnoticed by the child. Balance is important, and in our tech-based society, it’s important for children and adults alike to maintain a healthy balance of activities in their life.

McDonald’s fights conspiracy theories

 

Ujuh Reporter

An advert spotted online titled; Know Our Food, plus the visible PR campaign in the news media reveals that McDonald’s is on a serious mission to deflect negative perceptions about the quality of its products.


Fast Food giant McDonald’s seems to be feeling the pressure from a growing movement of people who are having a go at the quality of its food. The global giant is running a counter campaign titled Know Our Food.

The situation denotes the power possessed by the Ordinary Joe who is armed with web connectivity. And there is a remarkable rise of the healthy food movement which is said to affecting the bottom line of fast food traders. McDonald’s has indeed come under pressure recently with earnings collapsing by 13% in 2014. There is a new CEO in place, Steve Easterbrook, who is promising revival.

Alongside other junk food servers, the American firm has come under attack from all sorts of angles. These attacks vary from scientifically credible condemnation of the negative health effects of McDonald’s food to the most ludicrous conspiracy theories. Examples include the viralised claim that a consumer was served a rat by Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). The claim had done serious damage before KFC deployed considerable resources to debunk the myth spread by one man. The 25 years old Californian, Devorise Dixon, launched the attack via Facebook.

An advert spotted online titled; Know Our Food, plus the visible PR campaign in the news media reveals that McDonald’s is on a serious mission to deflect negative perceptions about the quality of its products.

 

A click through the McDonald’s advert yields a page titled www.knowourfood.co.za/za/know-our-food.html/1282. The page is intelligently titled in missing the McDonald’s name and thus portraying an element of independence and objectivity.

The page content is styled in Q&A form and addresses a number of theories which have gone viral. These include the theory of the pink slime which is said to be used to produce some of McDonald’s food.

The page is introduced via the following extract: “We’ve heard just about every rumour out there and so have you. So, we’re taking you behind the scenes to see exactly where your McDonald’s comes from and how it’s made.”

Here follows some of the Q&A extracts from the page:

Q: Is it true that your potato supplier provides genetically modified potatoes?

A: The potatoes farmed for our products are not genetically modified. McCain Foods is our global french fry supplier and since 1999 McCain has had a policy of not using genetically modified potatoes in any of their products, including those used to make the McDonald’s fries.

Q: Are McDonald’s Fries made from powder?

A: Well, the answer is simple: not at all.  At McDonald’s SA, we guarantee that all of our fries are only made from real, locally sourced potatoes of the very highest quality. The potatoes farmed for our products are in no way genetically modified, and we make sure that all the potatoes we use to make our fries meet local regulations.

Q: Is McDonald’s South Africa Halaal?

A: Yes. We do not use any pork products in our South African restaurants. At McDonald’s South Africa, all our meats are 100% Halaal certified, and are sourced only from internationally accredited and trusted suppliers. All the suppliers and ingredients used in McDonald’s products are certified by the Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust (MJCHT) and are fully halaal. In addition, McDonald’s ensures that its products are received and distributed from halaal certified central distribution centres that are also certified by the MJCHT.

Q: How can you serve ungraded meat? You said that the ground beef is made of different cuts so it cannot be graded? Isn’t that illegal?

A: You can rest assured that McDonald’s hamburger patties contain only 100% pure beef and we only work with experienced and reputable suppliers, who adhere to our high quality assurance and food safety standards. Our beef patty is made from a mixture of cuts from different grades of meat typical of any other patty process. In fact, McDonald’s food safety and quality standards are among the highest in the industry and have been used by government agencies as models for their own regulations.

Q: Does McDonald’s use pink slime in their products?

A: “Pink Slime” has not been used in our chicken sandwiches or any McDonald’s products.

Q: Why don’t you have Halaal or Kosher meat available?

A: At McDonald’s South Africa, all our meat is 100% Halaal certified, and are sourced only from Halaal certified suppliers. All our suppliers and ingredients used in our McDonald’s menu are certified by the Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust (MJCHT) and are fully Halaal. In addition, McDonald’s distribution centres are also certified by the MJCHT. We, unfortunately, do not meet Kosher requirements.

Q: Are the burgers really made out of 100% beef?

A: Our burgers are made with 100% pure ground beef!  We use meat cut from the shoulder, chuck, brisket, rib eye, loin and round. We don’t use any fillers or additives, just a dash of salt and pepper.

Q: Are cow eyes included in the 100% beef claim?

A: The parts of the cow that we use are from the shoulder, chuck, brisket, rib eye, loin and round. Eyes are not allowed for consumption within the food chain. Ground beef must contain only fresh, boneless beef with no other ingredients or additives.

SA registered its 1m .co.za domain name

 

By Staff Writer


Today (19 August 2015) at 09h57, South Africa registered its one millionth .co.za domain name. The registration of www.vulindlela-hpt.co.za with the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) comes 20 years after there were just 450 registered .co.za domains by the end of 1995.

The Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for South Africa is .za, while .co.za is the second-level country code domain available for general use by South African and non-South African persons and entities.

“This is a landmark day for the local web. It clearly demonstrates that the South African ICT sector in general, and the domain name sector in particular, are on a firm upwards trajectory,” said ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela. “ZACR has now joined a small group of registry operators worldwide who administer a six figure domain space. Even by international standards, the one million mark is a fantastic and sought after milestone. The ZACR now joins the likes of .UK (United Kingdom), .AU (Australia) and .BR (Brazil), to name but a few, which boast name spaces over the million mark.”

The ZACR operates co.za, web.za, org.za, net.za and the cTLDs (city Top Level Domains) of .capetown (‘dotCapeTown’), .joburg (‘dotJoburg’) and .durban (‘dotDurban).

Please see https://www.registry.net.za/domain_stats.php?gen=1&contentid=104 for the latest .za registration statistics, as well as a breakdown of the numbers according to co.za, web.za, org.za, net.za and the cTLDs.