Work smart

Harnessing technology to revolutionise the South African workforce.

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wiGroup: A balancing act

We take a look at CEO Bevan Ducasse’s approach to people and profit in his business, and how he created a winning formula.

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Disruptor: Rowan Leibbrandt

Rowan Leibbrandt’s business, Truman & Orange (T&O) is disrupting the local liquor industry. It’s been four years since inception, and the company is growing around 350% year-on-year. T&O currently employs 35 people, with the goal of having 65 employees by the end of 2019.

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Disruptor: Alex de Bruyn

Alex de Bruyn is the CEO of DoshEx, a South African company pioneering the development of crypto-tokens and digital assets, as well designing and deploying smart contracts and distributed business networks.

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Trends 2019: Digital with a Purpose

By Lee Naik, TransUnion CEO It’s that time of year again, where everyone from major consultancies to futurists try to predict what’s to come in the world of business and technology. As always, I like to throw my hat in the ring by looking at our own data, combined...

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A tech-led future

The Fourth Industrial Revolution isn’t the future – it’s the present – and any company not ready for it is going to struggle to sustain itself into a tech-led future.

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Social entrepreneurship in South Africa

Former public protector Professor Thuli Madonsela reflects on how we can take advantage of social entrepreneurship to address the challenges facing SouthAfrica. When the architects of our democracy drafted the Constitution, I think they had in mind a society similar...

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Lessons in leadership

Lessons in leadership: inspiring company culture breeds great business In business, as in football, one player’s blunder could cost the team a win. Ran Neu-Ner, CEO of The Creative Counsel, unpacks what it takes to lead a team to triumph. As the 25-year-old,...

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Feature in this year’s successful magazine

Top Performing Companies and Public Sector, the research-based annual B2B publication showcases and celebrates remarkable South African success stories in the private and public sector. Earlier this year the publication, announced their esteemed lineup of advocates,...

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Top Performing Companies and Public Sector featured clients

Top Performing Companies and Public Sector, the research-based annual B2B publication, showcases and celebrates remarkable South African success stories in the private and public sector. Earlier this year the publication’s editor announced the formation of an esteemed...

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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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