The kidnapping of business people for ransom seems to be on the rise in South Africa and is driven by highly organised professional syndicates as well as inexperienced copycats, says anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee. Abramjee was participating in a panel discussion about these crimes hosted by the National Press Club in Pretoria on Thursday. He said surviving victims and their families generally don’t want to talk about their experiences out of fear for their safety.
George Peters, owner of the 26-year-old Ice for Africa doubts whether his business will survive the next few weeks after his power supply was cut following a billing dispute with the City of Joburg. Ice for Africa produces ice on a site spanning seven plots in Delarey, Roodepoort, which is in the jurisdiction of the City of Joburg.
Ian Moir, the straight-talking Scotsman at the helm of Woolworths, was unusually bearish about the retailer’s outlook at its annual results presentation in August last year. Woolworths, which earned the title of “SA’s retail darling” for staying resilient during uncertain times, is in the eye of a storm. “It’s going to be tough. We are under no illusions about that… margins [a key metric for measuring profitability in the retail industry] will tread down over the medium term,” Moir told analysts.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".