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

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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.

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.

BUSINESS: M&A activity on the up in SA – Grant Thornton


Despite business confidence tapering off, a surprising number of South African businesses are still pursuing corporate deals in mergers and acquisitions.

INSIGHT: From Nollywood to New Nollywood


Nigeria produces more than 2000 films per year. The film industry, Nollywood, is currently ranked as the second-largest in the world in terms of output after India’s Bollywood. Research fellow at the University of Glasgow Lizelle Bisschoff shares on Nigeria’s runaway success story. This article originally appeared in The Conversation.

OPINION: Are we heading for a recession?


If the negative economic growth in the second quarter continues for the third quarter of the year, then SA will be in a recession, according to the technical definition. Will SA follow its Brics partners Russia and Brazil? Portfolio manager and investment strategist Maarten Ackerman of Citadel doesn’t think so.

COLUMN: We need more foreign direct investment. Not less.

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A new NBER working paper reveals how FDI encourages domestic innovation, writes Finweek Columnist Johan Fourie.

OPINION: Q & A – Seven key questions on mobile ERP


Viesturs Zalaiskalns of HansaWorld South Africa answers seven questions commonly asked by businesses about mobile ERP.

INSIGHT: Civil construction confidence wanes

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Civil construction in South Africa is contracting, mainly due to limited investment by both government and the private sector. Most civil engineering companies are linked to the mining and manufacturing industry, which have little to show during this period of slowing economic growth.

INSIGHT: What SA can learn about addressing inequality


South Africa is described as one of the most unequal countries in the world with a gini-coefficient of 0.69. Dean of Commerce, Law and Management at Wits University, Imraan Valodia provides three lessons from Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital, to address inequality in South Africa.

INSIGHT: A Fed move could be good for emerging markets

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The Fed’s recent decision not to change the interest rate is not necessarily positive news for emerging markets. T. The under-performance of emerging markets this year has largely been due to the uncertainty about interest rates.