Business Strategy

How to survive a recession and an election, and prosper afterward

Recessions—defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth—can be caused by three things, or by some combination of the three.  First, the cause may be an economic shock, such as a spike in oil prices. Or the trigger may be financial panics, like the one that preceded the Great Recession, or finally, rapid changes in economic expectations. In 2018, South Africa experienced its first technical recession since the global financial crisis. This was at a time when the…

Agriculture Business

SAVING THE RHINO FOR POSTERITY

The Wild Life Ranching South Africa, which I represent is in agreement with the view that the “Rhinos of Africa are in a more precarious position than is generally realized and that an urgent paradigm shift is necessary to reverse their current march to extinction.” The statement that “rhinos will survive and thrive in the wild, where they, the rhinos can provide financially for their own protection, together with the long-term welfare of African parks and all that inhabit…

Business

Entrepreneurs needed, but what do they look like?

     President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his opening address to the nation, emphasized that his government is“determined to build a country that is driven by enterprise and innovation”.  At the same time, the World Bank has urged South Africa to harness its “largely untapped potential for innovation.” One of most important factors to consider, in driving enterprise and innovation forward, is the choice of top-performing entrepreneurs to head projects in agriculture, mining and finance. And yet, how does one choose…

Business

Disruption or Disbandment

In the pursuit of progress, have we abandoned the idea of moral progress? To answer this question, perhaps we need to study the history of technology.  Jill Lepore, Professor of American History at Harvard University, has studied the history of “progress,”  as it was seen by the Founding Fathers and has developed along with American political ideas and institutions. Let’s start with her at the beginning and move chronologically to outline the journey. 18th Century When America was founded…

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Urban Renewal – some inspiring projects

Interesting projects in urban renewal are happening around the world, not least in Johannesburg, whose inner city was declared open for business in August 2018. Johannesburg executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, declared  it open  by putting 71 properties out to private sector tender for development into mixed-income housing, student accommodation and small business rental space. This is all part of the City of Joburg’s inner city revitalisation project, which was approved by the Council in September 2017. In November 2018,…

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Putting the Success into Succession Planning

In order to build the workforce of the future, a holistic approach to recruitment, engagement and retention is needed by companies, as well as by the state and by local governments. This approach should include succession planning. This is an essential process whereby an organization ensures that employees are recruited and their skills developed to fill key roles within the company. It’s very hard to have a successful business without great people running it. Companies that manage succession well…

Business

The body language of leaders

What changes companies is leadership and if a leader wants to shift a company’s thinking they need influence. If you are able to influence the managers and staff driving a process, you can action change. If you want a partnership with a company, that requires influence. If you want to impact society, that requires influence. If you can influence systems, you can influence culture. Influence can change anything. In your professional encounters, major emphasis has to be on what…

Agriculture Business

A Journey of Social Transformation and Prosperity for All

On the occasion of this Biodiversity Economy Innovation Conference when various industry players are called upon to answer the question of how we are responding to the economic challenges facing our country, it is an honour for me to present our pledge of the Wildlife Economy stream of the BioDiversity Lab. We are making a pledge to spare neither strength nor effort to honour the commitment we make here today. Mr. President, we want to position our country to…

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A New Dawn for Wildlife Ranching in South Africa

As President of Wildlife Ranching South Africa, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to address the 2018 Landbou Weekblad Land Summit, whose deliberations and outcomes I believe, will have implications for the future of our country. I feel privileged because together with you, history has bestowed upon us the singular responsibility as a generation to be present and be active participants in the act of creation. We are gathered here today to deliberate in the process of creating…

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A robust case for optimisation. Be an effective change-maker.

Change-maker is a term we are hearing more and more often, and also one that can be experienced tangibly as leaders drive influential organizations and lead movements that create positive change in the lives of others. Being a change-maker is ultimately about being a catalyst leader. A person who wants to make a difference. To leave the world better than you found it. To make your life’s work count. A change-maker is someone who leverages his or her influence…