SA’s business dexterity on full display during Covid-19

  Continuing review of facets of the operating model to meet the new realities of doing things is necessary to assure business agility 01 OCTOBER 2020 – 18:24 SEELAN GOBALSAMY Picture: 123RF/nightunter Bringing together the best innovation, continuous improvement and considerable intellectual capital has always differentiated leaders in the chemical business. This reality has, however, been brought into clearer — and more urgent — focus as a result of the global pandemic. There are many examples of businesses that have been rewarded for their investments in research and development, both in…

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Proudly SA: Creating employment in SA through re-industrialisation

JOHANNESBURG – Last week we joined Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)/(SAB Breweries) on a trip to the Free State to celebrate and visit one of the companies that has come through its Enterprise and Supplier Development programme and entered its supply chain. Kevali Chemicals, manufacturer of waste-water treatment solutions, sanitation, cleansing and detergent products as well as adhesives, is located in Harrismith. The company’s success comes as a result of a combination of commercial decisions and economic conditions that conspired to put them on a significant growth path, enabling them to…

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The changing face of digital payments

JOHANNESBURG – Around the world there is growing, collective consensus that digital disruptions will continue as old ways of doing business are fast being ditched, and new ways are being adapted across industries. Industries such transport, accommodation, print media, television and dining, have all seen disruptions that were not really expected to take off at such speed two decades ago. Now these industries are playing catch up, with some winning and others struggling to keep their heads above the water. What has been noteworthy is the advent of the democratisation…

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22 On Sloan: Innovative start-ups show sky’s the limit

JOHANNESBURG – According to a 2018 World Bank report, 66 percent of sub-Saharan Africans are unbanked. Financial inclusion remains elusive in Africa and most times access to it for micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMMEs) remain a key challenge for these to scale. In South Africa, where various studies have identified racial-profiling as one of the impediments for the previously disadvantaged, raising funding remains a thorny issue. Last year, we collaborated with the World Bank to do research on SME finance gaps in South Africa and the result deepened our understanding…

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Partnerships in agriculture are more important than ever

CAPE TOWN – Food security, together with adequate nutrition, is a matter of life or death at one end of the market, while good agricultural practices are necessities at the other. Whether it’s food in abundance or eco-friendly food production – partnerships in agriculture are now more important than ever. Agriculture in South Africa has yet to achieve its full potential for a variety of reasons. And this year’s Nampo Cape exhibition comes at an important moment, as the industry has grown significantly since the drought of 2015. Recognising the…

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.OPINION: Developing entrepreneurs for inclusive growth

JOHANNESBURG – Africa has extraordinary prospects, from its wealth of natural resources to the untapped talents of its youthful population, yet it has not lived up to its potential and too many of its people have been left behind despite the accelerated economic growth of the past decade.Partly, that’s because many of Africa’s economies rely too heavily on commodity exports, with little beneficiation taking place before these are loaded on to ships for other countries to convert into finished goods. This means jobs are effectively exported with raw materials. It…

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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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