MANAGEMENT: Brand leadership in the 21st century

Investment

The world of business is shifting its focus to brand leadership and management. A brand delivers a unique meaning to add value and connect a product with its target audience, explains Dr Carla Enslin of Vega School of Brand Leadership.

PROPERTY: Security remains top priority in 2015

House

When you buy property there are many things to consider. Proximity to schools, shopping areas etc. Security remains at the top of most buyers’ checklist.

INSIGHT: Zurich survey reveals top SA SME concerns

smallbusiness

Small businesses highlight high competition and lack of consumer demand as biggest risks. SMEs are a strong driving force for socio-economic development but they need to be given tools to manage these risks.

OPINION: Currency Wars: when zero is too much

currency

In the current economic climate the only way central bank policy makers feel they can avert deflation risks and stimulate growth at the margins, is via a devaluation of the currency relative to other currencies. John hardy explains what is likely to happen across the globe if currency wars continue as is.

INSIGHT: Electronic signatures are now legally binding

email

Electronic signatures can now bind parties to an agreement over email correspondence. The decision was ruled in the case of Spring Forest Trading versus Wilberry (Pty) Ltd (trading as Eco-wash).

VIDEO: Cellphone recycling and e-commerce

Nothando Moleketi

In this episode of Finweek Money Matters we discuss: Cellphone recycling and e-commerce, Trencor optimism and debate on who is likely bear the burden of taxes in the 2015 Budget speech. Finweek: Money Matters is a weekly programme aired every Friday 13:00 CAT on CNBC Africa (DSTV Channel 410). The programme focusses on trends, investment analysis and economic debates.

NEWS: BHP Billiton to release earnings results

Mining Rustenburg

BHP Billiton will release its annual earnings results on February 24. Iron ore, copper, petroleum and coal are expected to make up the bulk of group revenue. The performance of non-core assets, aluminium, manganese and nickel is of interest considering a demerger of these assets is in the works.

NEWS: Trading Africa Summit to tackle challenges

Africa 5

Thomson Reuters will host the Trading Africa Summit in Cape Town South Africa. Challenges up for debate include Africa’s high interest rates, trading across the continent, growth performance and other emerging challenges.

INSIGHT: Public sector governance raises alarms

Parmi Natesan

The proposed changes to the SABC’s Memorandum of Incorporation by minister Faith Muthambi has raised concerns as reported changes do not align with good governance. Parmi Natesan from the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa explains some of the related issues.

INVESTMENT: Black South African investors rising

Growth

Black South Africans hold at least 23% of the Top 100 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. White South Africans hold about 22% of the Top 100 companies while foreign investors hold about 39%.