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COVER: SA Products that rock the globe

South Africa is known for sunshine, vuvuzelas, safaris and Madiba. A small country, in global terms, at the tip of the vast African continent that lures millions of tourists every year. That is not all that the nation known for the first heart transplant and turning coal into fuel is regarded for. Finweek takes a look at a number of these concepts and products that are standing SA in good stead overseas.

Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari departs after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street in London, England, May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall - RTX1E7E7

INSIGHT: Nigeria – 
Africa’s next great hope

Nigeria has displaced South Africa as the continent’s economic powerhouse and in April Muhammadu Buhari was swept into power by an electorate fed up with graft and corruption. Despite its infamous 419 scams and Boko Haram terrorism, scores of South African companies see this as the African growth story of the next decade.


NEWS: VW- Defeated by it’s own defeat device

VW has admitted to fitting its diesel vehicles with a “defeat device” to cheat emissions standards in the US. Finweek journalist Glenda Williams investigates the repercussions for the German carmaker.


MONEY: Shiller’s secret weapon says: Beware!

Nobel Prize laureate and one of the world’s top economists, Professor Robert Shiller of Yale University warns that the New York Stock Exchange may be on the brink of a bear market. His past predictions have been accurately fulfilled. His secret weapon, the Cyclically Adjusted Price-Earnings ratio indicates that investors should take caution.


PROPERTY: Commercial broker not obliged to conduct due diligence

A commercial property broker is under no contractual obligation to undertake a due diligence analysis on behalf of a purchaser. The seller is responsible to conduct due diligence and the purchaser is expected to take up any discrepancies directly with the seller.

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MANAGEMENT: 4-steps to keep your staff happy and healthy

Your employees are the product of your brand. It is important to create a working environment in which people are happy and fulfilled. Staff retention is not only about remuneration, it includes the holistic development of employees.


MONEY: Consumers cautious on spending

Reports released by the National Credit Regulator indicate that consumers have been cautious about their spending in the second quarter of the year. One of the trends observed indicate that there has been a marginal uptick in mortgages credit extension.


NEWS: Crime stats on the rise in an under-insured SA

In response to the latest crime statistics, recently released by the South African Police Services, South Africa’s largest short-term insurer, Santam, has said collaboration and partnerships between the Police and a host of business stakeholders is crucial in the fight against crime.


INSIGHT: Is SA the most unequal society in the world?

It is often said that South Africa is the most unequal society in the world. Conversation Africa’s Business and Economy Editor Andile Makholwa put a few questions to Haroon Bhorat, Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. This article originally appeared in The Conversation.