INSIGHT: Eyes on MTN’s Nigerian operations

Global connectivity

Market analyst, Shaun Murison takes a look at MTN ahead of the announcement of their financial results on 4 March 2015. The focus will be on the company’s Nigerian operations.

INSIGHT: South Africa could face food shortage

Farming

South Africa could face a food shortage in next decade as ageing farmers near retirement. Additionally to dealing with electricity shortages, arable land conditions, the loss of and limited skills in the industry calls for action.

INSIGHT: Time bomb- unsecured lending and employment

DebtCreditCard

The results of the Levy Africa Network micro-lending and employment survey were released on Thursday, 26 February 2015. Founder, Sarah Levy explains the pressures on the over-indebted workforce caused by unsecured micro-lending.

INSIGHT: E-commerce changing traditional business

e-commerce

New age, e-commerce consumers are challenging traditional business models, especially in Africa. Brands need to adapt their business models and strategies in order to remain relevant to consumers.

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.

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.

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).

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%.

PROPERTY: Foreign owned land – legal comment

Namibia The land with many possibilities

During his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma confirmed that foreign land ownership will be limited in South Africa. Johan Jacobs comments on the legal implications.