The winners of the 11th edition of The Radio Awards were announced on today, Friday 30 July 2021, in an online awards ceremony hosted by comedian Loyiso Madinga. A total of 80 winners were celebrated across 30 categories.
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Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa's latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R7,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales - 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week).
Jeff Bezos is stepping down from his role as Amazon CEO, and will transition to the role of executive chair in the third quarter. Andy Jassy, now chief of the company's AWS cloud services unit, will succeed Bezos as CEO.
Jeff Bezos. Credit: Amazon
Bezos, now one of the world's richest men, founded Amazon in his garage in 1994. What began as purely an online bookseller has steadily grown into a digital behemoth and dominating force in e-commerce.
“Amazon is what it is because of invention. We do crazy things together and then make them normal. We pioneered customer reviews, 1-Click, personalised recommendations, Prime’s insanely-fast shipping, Just Walk Out shopping, the Climate Pledge, Kindle, Alexa, marketplace, infrastructure cloud computing, Career Choice, and much more,” said Bezos in a statement.
“If you do it right, a few years after a surprising invention, the new thing has become normal. People yawn. That yawn is the greatest compliment an inventor can receive. When you look at our financial results, what you’re actually seeing are the long-run cumulative results of invention. Right now I see Amazon at its most inventive ever, making it an optimal time for this transition," he added.
Amazon's first gateway page. Credit: Amazon
The news comes as the e-commerce giant also reported blockbuster fourth-quarter results. Net sales rose to $71bn from $50.5bn a year ago, and for the full year rose to $215.9bn from $160.4bn in 2019.
In an email to employees, Bezos said that in his forthcoming role as executive chair, he intends to focus his energies and attention on new products and early initiatives. He's also hoping to devote more time to his other businesses and initiatives.
"As exec chair, I will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives but also have the time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions. I’ve never had more energy, and this isn’t about retiring," Bezos said.
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