Business

Diversity in the Workplace

Unless you are in a homogeneous country like Japan, diversity in the workplace is a real plus. Not only does it make a good impression on visitors, but it reflects a wise and well-thought-out hiring policy. Also, it gives the individuals from various communities an opportunity to relate to one another that they might not otherwise have had. We shouldn’t forget that just a few decades ago, a diverse workplace was virtually non-existent in South Africa. The nickname of…

Agriculture Business Strategy

Technology empowering small-scale farmers

Technology has an important role to play in empowering small-scale farmers to make their businesses more viable. Growing at more than 7 per cent per annum, the Agriculture sector is the soul of world’s economy, contributing 17 percent to South Africa’s GDP. Sixty percent of the world’s unused land is in Africa, and one must acknowledge the difference between South Africa and Africa north of the Limpopo, where smallholder farmers are predominantly responsible for 90% of the production. In…

Agriculture Investments

Our destiny is in our hands

WE ARE THE ARCHITECTS OF OUR OWN FUTURE On the 10th of May 1994, the first democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, had this to say when he delivered his inaugural speech: Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide…

Business Investments Social Responsiblity

Fostering a thriving start-up ecosystem

After my recent participation in the Mentorship Challenge, I have given a lot of thought to the responsibility of leaders and entrepreneurs in our society. We play such a crucial role in fostering a spirit of growth in everything we do, and I owe a great debt of gratitude to those who have helped shape my career through today, so now I would like to give back. This year, I spent some time reflecting on what I could do…

Agriculture Business

Transformative Leadership

Transformative And Visionary Leadership: Necessary Conditions For Prosperity Presidents Acceptance Speech : WRSA I feel honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this organisation in the capacity of President.  I can say without fear of contradiction that this event will go down in the annals of the history of our organisation as a milestone on our journey towards building a country whose foundation and pillars are the respect, dignity, equality and the right of each to…

Business

Mentorship challenge

TRANSCRIPT FROM THE INTERVIEW : MENTORSHIP CHALLENGE AND TEBOGO MOGASHOA Marc: With me in the studio is Tebogo Mogashoa. Tebogo welcome Tebogo: Thank you Marc: So you can best be described as a serial entrepreneur, you grew up in Orlando, you went to Wits 1996 you qualified as an Engineer with a specialty in the telecommunications field, and when you qualified, I think very bravely you decided you are not going to follow the route of everybody out there…

Business

United We Must Stand

In my brief history I have seen massive changes, changes in apartheid legislation, and all South Africans taking part in the framing of a new constitution that granted full citizenship and power sharing to all groups. I have witnessed the reign of an iconic President, Nelson Mandela, as he wove magic during tumultuous times and using a golden thread of diplomacy and understanding to unite South Africa when the world viewed it as torn and broken. Ongoing political and…

Business

Mentoring and its impact on your business

Coaching and mentoring offer substantial benefits for organizations of all sizes, but especially for small businesses.  Mentoring provides employees with a way to connect, learn and grow within the company and co-create their own career paths. Eric Hippeau, CEO of “The Huffington Post” takes it a step further and says that “access to a mentor can make or break a small-business owner’s chances of success.” Ultimately businesses aim through mentoring programs is to increase the mentees’ general ability and…

Agriculture Business

2017 through the review mirror

As the year draws to a close, let us reflect on some of the trends, influences and events that will make themselves felt in 2018 and help to shape it. Poverty 2017 has highlighted the increasing incongruences in wealth and it has been inspiring to see the worldwide awareness of this.  It is encouraging that action is being taken against poverty, which affects nearly half our population. Figures released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) in August 2017 showed…

Agriculture Business

Transformation in the Wildlife and Agricultural Sector

Business consultants predict that 1 out of every 3 companies operating today, will be not be around in 5 years. Fifty years ago that figure was 1 out of every 50. We all find ourselves living in times of exponential and unprecedented change, dealing daily with the disruptions caused by advances in science and technology. For the last 20 years I have been an entrepreneur in the private sector, working across diverse industries from technology, property and finance, and…