Leadership Spotlight – Lance September, Partner in Charge KPMG Western Cape

June 29, 2017
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Tell us about your company and your role? KPMG is a global professional services firm, of which KPMG SA is a member. I serve as the Partner in Charge for the Western Cape region and my primary responsibility is to grow our share of the professional services market through our Audit, Advisory and Tax Offerings… read more →

Message from the CEO

June 29, 2017
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The first half of 2017 has been somewhat challenging and it is easy to be overwhelmed by the negative news stories confronting us on a daily basis. It may therefore come as a surprise to many people to learn that credible institutions such as the World Bank and World Economic Forum (WEF) continue to rate.. read more →

Pity the Youth, for they shall inherit the National debt

June 16, 2017
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Erstwhile British Prime Minister and writer, Benjamin Disraeli, perhaps said it best with: “the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity”. This is particularly pertinent in South Africa with approximately 67% of our population below 35 years of age. Youthful populations are generally considered a national asset, as it implies the potential for.. read more →

Tackling Youth Unemployment

June 5, 2017
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Stats SA’s recently released Q1:2017 Quarterly Labour Force Survey indicates a 14 year high of 27.7% unemployment, and youth statistics are even more alarming with 58% of our population below 35 years of age being unemployed. Given that 67% of our population are below 35, we need to start addressing employment opportunities through collaborative programmes.. read more →

The Future of Higher Education in SA

May 15, 2017
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Higher education is important for growing South Africa’s economic capability, but the sector is facing serious challenges, especially in relation to declining budgets. The state subsidy has declined in real terms while students are demanding more access to education. To understand the extent of the funding crisis, we hosted a CEO engagement with Sizwe Nxasana,.. read more →

HR Professionals Forum: How Leaders Build Powerful Cultures to Drive Growth

May 12, 2017
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Culture is the ‘way we do things in an organisation’ and can drive growth. Leaders understand this. The stumbling block for most leaders is how to use culture to grow their organisation. This was the key takeout presented at our HR Professionals Forum on how leaders build powerful cultures for growth. The forum discussion was.. read more →

City of Cape Town Restructure and Strategic Direction

May 9, 2017
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The City of Cape Town recently restructured following the adoption of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP)  with Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) as one of the key strategies to reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, modernise government, improve service delivery and become more customer-centric. To understand the impact of this new strategic direction, we hosted.. read more →

Economically illiterate leading SA to destruction

April 17, 2017
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In one fell swoop Jacob Zuma has destroyed 14 months of collaborative effort to avoid a sovereign ratings downgrade, demonstrated that a celebrated liberation movement is now no more than a corrupt collective of self-serving criminals, and has once again brought the SA economy to its knees. The latest cabinet reshuffle was a clear indication.. read more →

Open Data: what government data is available?

March 17, 2017
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In an increasingly connected world, data has become the new oil. We are producing vast volumes of data, but greater insights come from mining linked data sets. For business, the question is what additional insights can be gained about customers, market and economic conditions, by having access to government data. What government sets are currently.. read more →

Unlocking SME Growth with Adrian Gore

March 16, 2017
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At our recent CEO Engagement, Unlocking SME Growth with Founder and CEO of Discovery Group, Adrian Gore, it was emphasised that the solution to SA’s economic woes and unemployment crisis is greater entrepreneurial activity. SMEs have the potential to create the jobs and prosperity South Africa desperately requires and we need to start creating an environment where.. read more →