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*In an advert of hair care products Clicks described African womens’ natural black hair as “dry and damaged” and “frizzy and dull”. This type of advertising is insensitive, to say the least. Clicks has withdrawn that advert and has since apologized but one would have assumed that Clicks with its thousands spent on marketing via so called professional agencies would have been more alert about the racial connotations that particular advert would have elicited. Hair has become a political issue across Africa. Chemical relaxers, which straighten hair, have been popular for years. But while the look is seen by some as professional, others call it un-African. The chemical sodium hydroxide is put on the hair to break down its protein causing it to become straight. This can be a painful process that sometimes leaves you with a burnt scalp. Although African hair is versatile, with endless hairstyles to choose from, Africa has been flooded with relaxers to smooth that stubborn kink. But people are starting to turn away from relaxers. Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has touched on some of the restrictions it brings. “Relaxing your hair is like being in prison,” she wrote. “You’re caged in. Your hair rules you.” In our area there are many who support protest action against Clicks stores, yet there are some who believe consumers must be educated to appreciate what God has blessed us with and to be proud of who we are.
*This Coronavirus has literally thrown a spanner in the works, not only in South Africa but globally too. As more and more physical stores are likely to close around the world, and e-commerce soars, it has taken an unresolved pandemic to spur many into action. Business persons have to think “out of the box” to survive with the fittest. ‘Covid has expedited the digital journey for many businesses,’ says Terence Govender, a director at Mazars Advisory. ‘And it has caught a lot of businesses at the beginning of a journey that they should have started five years ago. There will still be a generation of South Africans that favours stores over online shopping,’ says Nedbank economist, Busisiwe Radebe, but she believes this will slowly fade as the spending power of the latest generation makes way for those who will have done most of their shopping online. ‘For this reason, it is imperative for a business to have an online presence – but it is also imperative for it to work, and imperative that it is resilient,’ says Radebe. Transforming an offline business into an online one can be daunting, but the trick is to enlist the help of professionals.
* According to a book launched by the former lawyer of current US President, Donald Trump uttered disparaging sentiments about African leaders in general and Nelson Mandela in particular. Diatribe from a buffoon of a so called President doesn’t sway world wide respect for Madiba but confirms that garbage from the White House spews out the mouth of Trump.
*The Draw for 2023 Rugby World Cup that will be played in France has been postponed to 14 December from 30 November. This is due to the Covid-19 pandemic that delayed scheduled matches.
*Ban on sale of alcohol products and cigarettes saw emergence of criminal networks. Until recently wholesalers drew stock from a handful of suppliers but the lockdown unearthed a plethora of manufacturers and importers. Prices skyrocketed and many black marketers made mega bucks from addicted drinkers and smokers.
*Sheldon van der Linde captured his maiden DTM win for BMW in the rain from 14th place on the grid in Assen, Netherlands. Driving the Shell-sponsored M4 DTM, Van der Linde becomes the South African to win in the German touring car series. He made perfect use of the difficult track conditions and, thanks to a flawless drive and a perfect team strategy. The victory propels him to sixth in the drivers’ standings with 60 points.
*Filters have become a popular way to alter photographs, especially for those keen to keep up with increasingly high beauty standards in the world of social media. A recent survey found a third of girls and young women will not post selfies online without using a filter to change their appearance. Thirty-nine percent of the respondents said they felt upset that they could not look the same in real life as they did online. The survey results mirror the worries of many make-upartists in the hope of seeing “more real skin” on Instagram. Influencers who advertise their products repost filtered content to promote sales. Budding models or even children may grow up thinking they are not good enough because of what they see on social media. Natural beauty needs to be celebrated.