Business Strategy

How the Jab Against COVID-19 Can Help Bolster Our Economy

As South Africans, we are sports mad. However, now, more than ever, when we watch televised contests between the world’s most elite athletes, we watch with envy as we see packed stadiums in Europe, The United States of America, parts of Australia and New Zealand. As various vaccines are being rolled out against COVID-19 and many nations across the world have embarked on impressive and ambitious vaccination campaigns, most of these nations are returning to a semblance of normalcy,…

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Addressing the Educational Crisis in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Obstacles In March 2016 President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the opening of the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) summit, said, “We need a skills revolution in our country that will fundamentally change our society in many ways…No country can achieve economic growth without paying attention to the skills development of its people.” He went on to say, “Education and skills development are the most effective means we have at our disposal to end poverty and reduce inequality.” President Ramaphosa…

Business Strategy

Herd Mentality – The Good from The Bad

Ever wondered why your brain wants you to follow the crowd? Studies have proven that we have a natural desire to be part of the ‘in crowd’ and this can lead us to make decisions that could be damaging. When the herd mentality sets in, it means that people can be influenced by the “herd” to act in ways that are mainly emotional, rather than rational. In 2014, the University of Exeter led a research team who showed that individuals have evolved in such a way that they can…

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Developing Our Inner-Cities to Accommodate More, Will Benefit our Economy

Major South African cities are often characterised by their vastness, occupying large amounts of land space while being less densely populated than international cities of comparable importance. Johannesburg, as but one example, is South Africa’s largest city, the hub of South Africa’s economic activity, has an estimated population of 5.9 million people as of 2021, has a population density of about 2 900 people per square kilometre (7 400 per square mile) and the population is spread over a…

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We are in a Dark Tunnel, But there is Light at the End!

The COVID-19 pandemic is the single largest global calamity to have impacted all human beings, across the world, this century. At this moment, 165 million people have been infected with the virus, leading to nearly 3.5 million deaths across the world. South Africa has been severely impacted by the pandemic within the year that the respiratory virus has reached our shores. Locally, 1.62 million people have been reported as infected and we have lost nearly 56 000 lives to the…

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Places of Work Need to Work Once More

The fourth industrial revolution has melded the work-, educational-, living- and play premises into one. With increased internet speeds, the ability to use mobile, portable devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, anyone can work, learn or entertain themselves anywhere, at any time. These technologies have allowed us to make bounds and leaps in terms of work efficiencies. Increased connectivity, in increasing work efficacy has however, particularly within little more than a year since the global breakout of…

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A new heart for Jozi

The development of large-scale urban regeneration projects is at an all-time high across Europe and the US as well as here, at home, in South Africa. This accelerated process of urbanization is impossible to ignore, especially in Johannesburg – the heart of our country. The Jewel City precinct, which covers six city blocks, was once home to Joburg’s diamond trade and was owned by JSE-listed Redefine Properties. Exponential urban growth in the early 1990s led to numerous large monofunctional…

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Stoicism – Ancient Greek Wisdom for Today

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy that was founded by Zeno of Citium, in Athens, in the early 3rd century BCE. It is an ancient tool for remaining calm in adversity. Some mistakenly think that it is the ancient equivalent of “keeping a stiff upper lip”, but Stoicism is actually a deep philosophical framework, useful in providing ethical tools for both everyday life and times of difficulty. Stoics welcomed hard times. They saw their life as training for…

Business Strategy

Trends for 2021

Most people are happy to say goodbye to 2020, but what does 2021 have in store? The pandemic is a wake-up call, telling us that we’re not as in control as we thought. We don’t know what’s going to happen in January, much less in the rest of 2021, but we do see certain themes coming strongly to the fore. Inequality and the Disappearing Middle Class One of the themes that is going to be a focus in 2021…

Agriculture Strategy

The Core Principles Critical to Success in the Wildlife Industry

In the wildlife industry there many factors we must consider if we want to be successful. Running a wildlife farm takes a certain kind of expertise, but there are also factors critical to success that are external to the day-to-day running of the farm. In the world beyond the farm there are certain foundational principles which, I believe, everyone from individual farmers to the industry at large (and government), should be made aware of. These are necessary in order…