Elon Musk: The man you don’t bet against

An entrepreneurial visionary, and dubbed ‘tech titan’ of the world, Elon Musk has gone where most would not dare to tread. His innovative, revolutionary and often-unorthodox ideas – the steps of one man – resulted in some giant leaps for mankind. Early days Born to a...

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South Africa’s remarkable potential

Opinion piece by Adrian Gore Evolutionary biology teaches us that we evolved on the savannahs over millions of years, in conditions that were extremely challenging. Life expectancy was approximately 30 years; and infant mortality was high with one-in-three babies...

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This is what happens in one business day in SA

By Trevor Gosling, CEO: Lulalend So, what happens in a typical business day in South Africa? What are some of the main business activities that play out in the time it takes to process and approve a business loan application? Here are some of the amazing...

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The do-or-die priorities for SME survival

By Trevor Gosling, CEO: Lulalend With 70–80% of SMEs failing within the first five years, and only 1% growing to employ more than 10 people, South African SMEs are struggling to realise their own growth potential and become active drivers of job creation. With slow...

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Ecommerce, spaces & sustainability

A look at how the rise of ecommerce is shaping the property sector and how sustainable our consumption really is. When online shopping first appeared in the world of retail, it was hard to believe that it would become what it is today. The initial scepticism of online...

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SA’s most wanted profession: Engineering

Skilled traders and engineers remain the most difficult positions for companies to fill in South Africa. But why the scarcity in skills? It was a bittersweet moment when the results from Statistics South Africa’s Quarterly Labour Force survey were published. It showed...

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The world at his feet: An interview with Seabelo Senate

Blitzbok flyer, Seabelo Senatla, has taken the rugby world by storm. At only 24 years of age, he has won the World Seven’s Player of the Year and become South Africa’s all-time leading try scorer in the seven-man format. Now, South Africa’s latest rugby sensation has...

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Interview: Felix Ratheb, CEO of Sea Harvest

Fishing giant Sea Harvest – a household brand in South Africa – was recently listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) after showing significant growth over the past two years through organic growth and well-timed acquisitions. We interview CEO Felix Ratheb...

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South Africa is giving the world a run for its money

Despite the headlines, foreign and local investors should not lose sight of the fact that South Africa remains a highly attractive and sound investment option. But which sectors offer the best opportunity for international stakeholders? A growing nation of...

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As good as gold: Q&A with golden boy, Wayde van Niekerk

Aside from fictional characters like Flash Gordon or Superman (even that’s open to debate!), there are very few who can outrun or even match the speed of South Africa’s biggest athletic sensation of the decade, Wayde van Niekerk. If you’ve been living in a monastery...

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Meet Kagiso Rabada, Cricket South Africa’s rising star

Fast, young and naturally athletic, Cricket South Africa’s latest sensation Kagiso Rabada is one of the most gifted young bowlers in world cricket and his star is only going to continue to rise. Kagiso Rabada is probably the most exciting fast bowler on the planet and...

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We interview Norman Mbazima, deputy chairman of Anglo American

In the heart of Anglo’s operation – the proverbial jewel in the crown – Anglo American’s deputy chairman Norman Mbazima traces a historic timeline that reaches back to the company’s inception in 1917 up until now – the year in which the global mining giant celebrates...

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South African cities: Where our future lies

In the globalised 21st century, cities are places of cultural diversity, energy and idea-generation. Large urban hubs are where business deals are born, economies tick and life is vibrant 24/7. Jane Jacobs introduced the notion of social capital in her book titled The...

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Let us build a nation of entrepreneurs

By Lindiwe Zulu – Minister of Small Business Development The key responsibility of the Department of Small Business Development is to enhance support to small businesses, informal businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on programmes that advance...

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Is Bitcoin the future of international finance?

In 2008, a paper called Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System began to float around the internet. Shortly afterwards, Bitcoin became a software program on the laptops of the nerdy and inquisitive. Libertarian economists have long railed against the existence...

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Quick-fire Q&A with Jannie Mouton

What are your 6 tips for aspiring business people – what are your secrets to success? Focus on opportunities instead of lying awake worrying about threats Surround yourself with the best people and give them a share in the company so you work together Honest,...

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The power of price

South African manufacturers and retailers face headwinds from every direction. In addition to rising fuel and electricity input costs and changing customer behaviour, an influx of international competition and escalating bad debt levels have placed further pressure on...

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Coaching Circles

Research shows that Coaching Circles are regarded as one of the best ways to develop people and build strong, resilient organisations. Coaching Circles is a modality that involve groups of managers working together to coach and dialogue in a supportive environment as...

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An overview of South African cities and provinces

Metros A metropolitan municipality provides all the functions of local government for a city or conurbation. Out of the 287 municipalities in South Africa, eight are metros. Metros are growing twice as fast as other cities and towns and also have higher (+/- 40%)...

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The importance of SMMEs on the South African economy

According to the 2015 World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects, six of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, the Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Cote d’Ivoire. Whilst South Africa offers a business-friendly...

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Six habits of successful general managers

Creating a successful company is no easy task, and it can be just as difficult to sustain your success once achieved. The success of several top performing companies relies heavily on their leaders. Business owners are like fingerprints – no two are exactly alike –...

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An innovation hub

Enabling innovation across the business landscape is critical to sustainable businesses. Creating a culture of innovation Innovation is the idea to market cycle. It involves creativity, inventiveness and implementation roles that very seldom resides in one individual....

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Investing: some pointers

Investing will always carry a risk, no matter how good or bad the market is perceived to be. Markets do however, tend to move in cycles, hence it is important to invest in a well-balanced portfolio over a long period of time, where the chances of losing money are...

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Of Capitec, Curro and ice cream

Excerpts from an interview with Jannie Mouton – founder of PSG  |  By Fiona Wakelin  “South Africa is a great country and we need to work together” 2016 marks the 21st anniversary of PSG - and the 70th birthday of its non-executive chairman who, together with trusted...

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Clearing up a data leak

Had a significant data breach? Here’s how to get to grips with the problem quickly to avoid customer panic and reputation meltdown.

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Are under-25s really less productive?

By Rachel Savage Minister Matthew Hancock has drawn ire for saying under-25s won't get the National Living Wage as they're less productive - but is that true? In Matthew Hancock’s world, when you turn 25 you suddenly transform from an unproductive slacker to a super...

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These are the most valuable brands in the world

Apple is not only the priciest fruit in the basket; it’s got the most expensive sticker too. The tech giant has once again been named the most valuable brand in the world, with its worth put at a staggering US$170-billion.

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Good reasons to preserve your home equity

With interest rates on an upward trend, homeowners are once more being encouraged by all and sundry to use the equity they have in their homes to pay off or reduce higher-interest rate debt such as car finance, credit card balances and personal loans. Which would be fine if the economy was robust and home prices were rising fast. As it is, however, the economy is fragile and the rate of home price growth has been slowing down for several months, so a much more conservative approach is indicated.

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Woolworths scoops National Business of the Year Award

Pitched as the Oscars of South African Business, over 100 local and multinational businesses vied for pole position at the 12th National Business Awards which recognise outstanding performance in business, industry and government. Retail giant Woolworths has fended...

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Losing data is not good for business

Recent research conducted by Alto Africa has indicated that companies that do not backup data are putting the organisation at huge risk, writes Oliver Potgieter, Director of Alto Africa. What happens when your computer crashes and five years’ worth of records go with...

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No business is too small for a proper budget

Many business owners mistakenly think their operation is too small for a formal budgeting process. The budget (of sorts) that many business owners keep inside their heads is often more like a basic recipe, and is usually inadequate to deal with the constant change that every business is subject to.

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New dawn after five years of economic gloom

For business owners who have been operating in survival mode over the past five harrowing years of economic gloom, the signs of a turnaround may not be all that apparent, but according to Nazeem Martin, MD of Business Partners Limited, the evidence is compelling. The...

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POPI makes effective document destruction practices law

With the Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) officially signed into law by President Jacob Zuma and published in the Government Gazette, South African businesses must now ensure that steps are taken to implement effective information destruction practices,...

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Balancing population growth and energy demand

According to the National Development Plan (NDP), South Africa’s population is predicted to rise to as much as 68 million people by 2030. This places a growing demand on public services and infrastructure, and will put the country under increasing pressure to provide utilities to a growing population, according to Arthur Chien, CEO of Talesun Energy.

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Opportunities in Jordan for South African investors

A fact-finding mission by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to scan the Jordanian business environment and conduct market analysis has revealed that the Middle Eastern country is teeming with a range of investment opportunities.

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Barclays Africa keen to rebound

On the continent, South Africa remains Barclays Africa’s biggest market. Maria Ramos, Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Africa Group (BAG), says the bank’s primary focus is the corporate and retail banking sectors.

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MOTORING ON

The automotive industry is one of South Africa’s most important sectors. It incorporates the manufacture, distribution, servicing and maintenance of motor vehicles, playing a vital role in South Africa’s economy.

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FINANCE SECTOR OVERVIEW

FDI flows to Africa grew 5.1 percent to $23,1b in the first half of 2012 after three consecutive years of decline, according to the UN’s Conference on Trade Development report.

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In the loop with Coaching Circles

New research shows that Coaching Circles are emerging as the natural successor to action learning as the best way to develop people and build strong, resilient organisations. By Janine Everson and Craig O’Flaherty.

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The rise of responsible tourism in SA

The rise of responsible tourism in SA It was recently announced that the earth’s population will reach 7 billion by 2012. That adds up to a lot of people, each needing to survive and function in their community, each consuming and leaving behind harmful footsteps on a...

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SMME development support in South Africa

SMME development support in South Africa “The private sector has a role to play in supporting SMME development,” says Mr Sisa Ntshona, enterprise development head, Absa. “Let’s create one million entrepreneurs by 2020. If we do that – and each entrepreneur employs...

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More speed, less energy

More speed, less energy Today’s logistics is probably the most constantly evolving trend in business that exists. Advances in the electronic industry, technology, transport, corporate and government policies, infrastructure and even social development affect how the...

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Eight technologies to increase profitability and productivity

Eight technologies to increase profitability and productivity Keeping track of the latest technology can be overwhelming, but businesses concerned about increasing profitability and productivity ignore them at their peril. Here are eight key trends that you don’t want...

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Top Performing 13th edition

Reputation is the cornerstone of Top Performing organisations For 13th Edition features please contact Judy Twaambo Chileshe – 086 000 9590...

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