OPINION: Buy local, people who make those R50 T-shirts work in poor conditions

OPINION / 21 AUGUST 2019, 8:30PM / ERICA LOUW   JOHANNESBURG – It’s Women’s Month and I am wearing pants for the first time in years. Not just any pair of pants, a tight-fitting, high-rise linen pair that accentuate every single part of my thick, cellulite rich, frumpy, wobbly, size 24 bottom.You see, I look funny in pants because they just don’t “fit well” on people of my build. For the longest time I have been a supporter of loose-fitting T-shirt material dresses with leggings because they hide my rolls,…

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OPINION: Putting more home-grown products on retailer shelves

OHANNESBURG – Last week, together with the Consumer Goods Council of SA, the Manufacturing Circle and the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), we convened a retailer consultative workshop to look at ways in which our major stores can increase the levels of locally grown, produced and manufactured goods on their shelves.Chatham House rules preclude me from divulging too much, and the session was really an exploratory discussion on how to move forward, but it was very informative and we saw that the commitment to increasing levels of localisation –…

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OPINION: Is SA really open for business?

SELLO MASHAO RASETHABA On Friday, the Competition Commission issued a statement that it had recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of Murray & Robert (M&R) by German firm Aton be prohibited.It is reported that there are more than 300 German companies operating in South Africa, which employ more than 60 000 people. In his budget vote speech, Minister of Trade and Industry and Economic Development Ebrahim Patel stated that one of the issues he was focusing on this year and beyond was to improve the levels of…

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OPINION: Industry leaders trying to find value in frontier markets

  JOHANNESBURG – Established South African industry leaders are struggling with the well-known challenges of doing business in Africa. From Nigeria to Uganda, the regulatory challenges faced by telecoms company MTN resemble a cruel game of whack-a-mole: As soon as you fix one, another appears. Africa’s leading retailer, Shoprite, reported its largest earnings decline in more than a decade, citing currency devaluation in Angola as the cause. In the financial services sector, Liberty Holdings is looking to sell down loss-making African operations in asset management and health. Newer entrants with…

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Is one of these five gaps blocking your organisation’s high-performance culture?

By Pam Lewis, DB & Associates     A myriad of empirical evidence and case studies clearly indicates that developing and sustaining high performance in an organisation is a learnt competence, and that it can be done successfully. However, there is also evidence to indicate that many organisations either completely fail in their efforts to sustain high-performance behaviours and practices, or they learn hard lessons from initial failed attempts before getting it right. The belief that ‘hard’ performance measures are enough to drive high performance pervades many organisations. The focus…

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3 ways financially savvy women can unlock economic growth

OPINION Sifiso Skenjana It’s been an eventful few weeks, particularly if one looks through the lens of recognising the world’s women, and the role they continue to play in global sociopolitical outcomes. The Sudanese woman dubbed Kandaka – ‘Nubian Queen’ – became a resistance symbol as protests intensified, calling for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to step down after ruling for almost 30 years since leading a coup d’etat in June 1989. On April 2 this year, the continent commemorated the life of another resistance icon, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. And in…

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OPINION: Brazilian chicken producers are running scared

JOHANNESBURG – Brazil must be really worried that higher duties are about to halt the flood of chicken imports that are harming the South African chicken industry, its workers and surrounding communities.In the last few days, three Brazilian officials have similarly worded comments in different South African publications. They attack the application by the SA Poultry Association (Sapa) for higher tariffs on Brazilian chicken and deny that Brazil dumps its product in South Africa. Brazilian producers accuse the local industry of lies, slander and disinformation. They profess nothing but love…

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OPINION: Now is the time to stand together and get African youth to work

JOHANNESBURG – Let’s start with Nigeria, where the youth population is more than 35 million, with many unemployed and struggling just for a daily meal. Then there’s Rwanda, which is marking the 25th anniversary of its genocide and has done a great job rebuilding the country and reducing its unemployment rate to 15percent. Next up South Africa, where injustices of the apartheid era and lack of skills have left the majority of its youth destitute, with little hope evidenced by the protests seen during the past few weeks. Unemployment remains…

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UNCERTAINTY IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY, BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAINS

While South Africa’s power crisis is reportedly costing the country up to R80 billion a month, it is not load shedding itself that is currently the biggest threat to the economy. According to Dr Robert Besseling, executive director of risk consultancy EXX Africa, the main business and supply chain disruption in South Africa today is uncertainty – around the power blackouts, as well as industrial action and key pieces of legislation. “When will load shedding end? The real disruption is not actually switching off the power, but the nebulous information…

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Transformation and job creation in agriculture- OPINION

OPINION / 2 APRIL 2019, 09:00AM / EUSTACE MASHIMBYE JOHANNESBURG – Land reform is one of the political hot potatoes of our time and remains one of the more contentious policy issues. However, for the existing 250 000 or so emerging farmers, access to land has not been their most pressing problem, nor will providing more small-scale black farmers with land be the silver bullet that will increase much needed transformation in the agricultural sector. It is still fair to say that most of the large-scale commercial farmers in both crop and livestock farming are…

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