Thin slices of dev during business, economic uncertainty

Ruben Onsu

Describe the typical software development cycle. How does Chillisoft’s approach differ?

I’m going to preface this by saying there are thousands of different variations out there, but the most common approach today is the agile approach. If you look at the most agile companies, they work in two-week sprints. This means you can only have 24 chances to release in a year, and for us, that is absolutely horrifying. How can you only have 24 chances to go live? That means we only have 24 opportunities to correct where you’re going wrong! Only 24 opportunities to pivot, that’s just terrifying.

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As SAA’s business rescue comes to an end, there’s still no word on when it will actually fly again

Ruben Onsu

South African Airways (SAA) is expected to finalise its business rescue proceedings by 31 March 2021.

In a notice sent to shareholders on Thursday (18 March), the airline’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) said they will file a notice of substantial implementation with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), resulting in the termination of the business rescue process as soon as it finalises a number of outstanding issues.

The BRPs said that they are making ‘every effort’ to finalise these outstanding items by the end of March 2021.

The group confirmed that the airline was still looking for equity partners

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FS Black Business Chamber pleased with government’s bid to revive small businesses – SABC News

Ruben Onsu

The Free State Black Business Chamber says it is pleased that the government has prioritised key interventions towards the revival of small businesses in the province.

Treasury in the Free State has established the Provincial COVID-19 Relief Task Team to assist small businesses, which are mostly in the townships and rural areas. The team is made up of economic cluster departments, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and Chambers of Commerce.

Through the intervention, formal and informal businesses in the Free State, have been given a lifeline of more than R70 million. Part of the plan includes investing more

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A year later, South Africa’s R200 billion Covid-19 loan plan looks like it has failed

Ruben Onsu

The Banking Association of South Africa (BASA) says that as of 27 February 2021, R18.01 billion in loans had been approved by banks and taken up by small businesses under the Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme.

In the preceding two weeks, participating banks received only 258 applications for loans, of which only 61 were approved, the association said.

Announced by president Cyril Ramaphosa in April 2020 alongside other measures, the scheme aimed to encourage banks to lend more money, on more favourable terms, to businesses whose operations had been affected by the pandemic.

Initially, the National Treasury provided a guarantee of

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5 important things happening in South Africa today

Ruben Onsu

Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:


Coronavirus: Global Covid-19 infections have hit 121.8 million confirmed, with the death toll reaching 2.69 million. In South Africa, there have been 1,531 new cases, taking the total reported to 1,532,497. Deaths have reached 51,634 (a daily increase of 74), while recoveries have climbed to 1,459,056, leaving the country with a balance of 21,807 active cases. The total number of vaccines administered is 168,413.


  • Ballooning costs: New research from the CSIR revealed that Eskom produced less electricity in 2020 than it did in 2010, but the cost to
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How To Put A Business System Together

Ruben Onsu

Founder of Successwise, business coach and bestselling author of “The 1-Page Marketing Plan.”

As a business owner, you’re probably all too familiar with the challenge of having too little time. This can be a massive roadblock when you’re trying to scale your company. You find yourself working longer hours without really increasing your income, leading you to question if you’re still on track to achieve your goals of freedom, wealth and independence.

The answer? Establish business systems for better productivity. 

What is a business system?

A business system is a documented procedure that outlines how to do something

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