Governance of State-owned Enterprises

September 19, 2017
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State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The current state of affairs is increasingly hard to believe, especially given the incredible sums of money being wasted in a country that desperately needs to address rampant poverty. There are however also success stories and it is certain that SOEs have.. read more →

Building bridges between SMEs and Corporates through Enterprise and Supplier Development

July 24, 2017
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SA desperately needs jobs and economic development but with government coming under increasing pressure to reduce its wage bill, and the corporate sector similarly pushing for greater efficiency in a recessionary economy, the only remaining hope for job growth is the SME sector. In order to significantly grow SMEs, we need to provide them with.. 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 →

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 →

Wealth tax pointless if wasteful expenditure continues

February 18, 2017
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The general consensus with respect to Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget is that it is well balanced, professional and the best that could be done under extremely challenging circumstances. Whilst all of this is true, it remains hard not to be somewhat disappointed with the national economic trajectory. With the creation of a new marginal tax.. read more →

Redressing inequality in SA through skills development and entrepreneurship

January 30, 2017
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Inequality emerged as a major theme at the 47th World Economic Forum in Davos, and remains a pressing concern globally and in SA. Research shows that eight individuals own as much as 50% of the global population, and closer to home, three individuals’ net wealth is equivalent to the poorest 50% of South Africans. Approximately.. read more →

Smart Cape Town: using technology to deliver value

November 30, 2016
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Cities are the future, but they will be put under great strain to adapt their infrastructures and services to cope with predicted population growth and increasing urbanisation. Fortunately, in tandem with these trends, technology is evolving, with the introduction of new technology and increases in processing capability and lower unit costs, all playing a role. .. read more →

Local Government Elections 2016: SA needs a peaceful and disciplined election process

August 1, 2016
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Last month, days of looting and violence in Tshwane sent an anxious shiver down the spine of corporate South Africa. The eruption of mass violence and looting following the ANC’s announcement of its mayoral candidate for Tshwane was cause for grave concern as it created the impression of a ruling party at war with itself… read more →

Ratings Downgrade Averted: What Now?

July 7, 2016
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South Africa was spared a sovereign credit ratings downgrade in June by the three major ratings agencies on the basis that we had sound plans in place to get our economy back on track. The sterling efforts by National Treasury, in partnership with large corporate leadership, were sufficient to convince ratings agencies that we understood.. read more →

Poor Transformation Choices Limits Economic Development

June 7, 2016
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Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula’s recent decision to ban Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African Rugby Union (SARU) from hosting and bidding for major sporting events has certainly been a controversial choice. This comes as a consequence of these federations not meeting their own.. read more →