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Facebook At Work will reportedly arrive at offices next month

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Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its “At Work” enterprise communications network within the next few weeks.

The platform — which matches Facebook’s design and offers a News Feed-style timeline for the workplace (entitled “Work Feed”), alongside Groups, and Messenger features — will be available on a per user monthly payment scheme. This marks a change from Facebook’s earlier plans to offer the basic At Work platform for free and charge a premium based on additional features, The Information reports.

According to Facebook At Work director Julien Codorniou, the company decided to change the payment model based on its confidence that the platform “would get employees engaged.” Codorniou did not disclose how much the monthly subscription would cost.

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From a user perspective, Facebook At Work allows you to create a separate work profile and connect with fellow employees from your company, regardless of their location. Users can join groups to collaborate on projects, track important updates from colleagues in the “Work Feed,” and create and join events.

In November, Facebook introduced a chat client — much like Messenger — to the platform. “Work Chat” allows users to connect privately with their co-workers by sending messages, participating in group chats, sharing links, photos and videos, and making voice calls. The chat client, which is also available as a mobile app, brings the platform closer to team-based messaging services such as Slack. Facebook is also reportedly working on introducing integration with other productivity platforms upon launch, notes TechCrunch.

Facebook began testing its “At Work” platform in early 2015, snapping up a number of global partners along the way, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Norway’s DNB Bank, and India’s Yes Bank, among others. The company will be hoping that its wider roll-out will finally put to bed the notion that Facebook is unsuitable for work, and merely serves as a distraction in the office space.

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President Ramaphosa to Sign South African Competition Amendment Bill Into Law

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will sign into law today the Competition Amendment Bill, which will strengthen regulations against anti-competitive behaviour in industrial markets.



The bill, which was approved by the National Assembly in October 2018 and endorsed by the National Council of Provinces in December 2018, is a step in the right direction for SMEs, economic inclusion and it opens up the economy to fresh investment and innovation.

It also provides a clear mandate to the competition authorities to address economic concentration in a balanced manner and to promote economic transformation, the Presidency said on Monday.

Additionally, the amended legislation seeks to combat concentration and economic exclusion as core challenges that contribute to slower and less dynamic growth, lower employment and greater inequalities, as well as socio-political conflict.

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The Presidency said this will enable a more effective approach to concentration, with a focus on improving outcomes for small and black-owned business, and strengthen the institutions involved in managing competition policy and law.

The signing ceremony will take place this afternoon at the Tuynhuys Chambers in Parliament. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, who campaigned fiercely for the bill’s codification, will join the ceremony along with a group of stakeholders.

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Manufacturing Output Growth Slows Again in South Africa

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The preliminary data from Statistics South Africa has showed the rate at which South Africa manufacturing output slowed twice again within the month of December.




Negative contributions came from petroleum, chemicals, rubber and plastic products, iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery industries to make outputs edged up a non-adjusted 0.1% year-on-year in December following a 1.3% increase in November and a 3.0% gain in October

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As against a drastic output growth in the prior month; 0.7% following a 0.4% rise in November

Meanwhile motor vehicles, parts and other transport equipment, food and beverages, glass and non-metallic mineral products made the biggest positive contributions in December.

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