Technology is a wonderful thing when it makes our lives easier, cheaper, more connected with loved ones, or all three: Think Skype, tele-conferencing, free wi-fi.
And then there’s keylogging. When my computer misbehaves, usually on deadline, I call my service provider, download TeamViewer, then sit back and watch a techie take over my machine, the cursor magically whizzing across my screen under his direction – from his office half an hour’s drive away.
I met a consumer hero last week. His name is Simon Mathale, a 29-year-old entrepreneur who lives in Mamelodi.
The youngest of 10 children, he has a mechanical engineering qualification, but these days makes a living by handling red tape – registrations, tax and UIF – for small business owners who would have to shut up shop do the schlep work themselves.
I regularly get e-mails about “over-packaging” from readers who say it gives consumers the impression they’re getting more than they really are, it adds unnecessary cost and it’s not environmentally friendly.
Those giant cereal boxes with relatively small bags of cereal inside them are often cited as examples of annoying over-packaging.