INSIGHT: Growth opportunities for SMEs in Africa

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The World Bank predicts economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa will slow in 2015, but the region has vast opportunities for progressive African entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of.

INSIGHT: The future of finance is not in number crunching

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A company’s competitive advantage comes from business innovation, not necessarily finance, says Dave van der Merwe of Deloitte.

MANAGEMENT: The right HR solution for business

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Mid-size and large enterprises should invest in powerful, simple and flexible HR solution for their business. Employees are at the heart of any business and they should be managed well to bring out their best work, says Anton van Heerden of Sage HR & Payroll.

OPINION: Africa slowing to weakest pace in over 20 years

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Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world but this may change. Maarten Ackerman of Citadel comments on the African economy.

INSIGHT: SA banking sector still has value to offer

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South Africa’s banking sector has survived the global financial crisis. SA banks have stable and experienced management teams, offer good earnings and deliver good yields, according to Neelash Hansjee, Banking Sector Analyst for Old Mutual Equities.

MANAGEMENT: Internal audit to be aligned with transformation

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Internal audit functions that are aligned with the strategic direction of businesses to enable transformation are most highly valued by stakeholders. This is according to PwC’s State of the Internal Audit Profession report.

INVESTMENT: SA private equity funds perform well

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South African private equity returns outshine major listed-equity indices, this is according to the findings of the fourth quarter 2014 RisCura-SAVCA South African Private Equity Performance report.

INSIGHT: Cost of living impacts domestic tourism

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The rising cost of living is negatively impacting domestic tourism. Negative adjustments in disposable income limits the possibility of travelling, says Wiza Nyondo of FNB Business.

BUSINESS: Make ethics part of organisational DNA

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An upcoming ethics conference hosted by Ethics Institute of South Africa will give organisations a chance to learn how to integrate good ethical practices.

INSIGHT: Three tips on how to grow in emerging markets

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The emerging market consumer has been one of the most significant economic trends over the past decade. Businesses need to adapt their market strategies to target these consumers better.