INSIGHT: Bright future for online retail in SA

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Following the sudden closure of four online shopping portals – SA Camera, Style36, 5 Rooms and Kinderelo – we’re faced with some questions surrounding the future of online retail in South Arica. We look at factors that are actually driving e-commerce in SA as well as promoting development of the industry.

INSIGHT: SA SME industry not for the unprepared

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Running a small or medium enterprise in South Africa despite all the challenges we face, is definitely not for the faint hearted. Gerrie van Biljon from Business Partners Limited assesses macro and micro risks local businesses need to be aware of.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: How to raise a million

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This week Finweek is all about making a million. In our cover story various industry experts gave us tips on raising a million. Here we speak to Seed Engine’s Marc Elias about raising a million in funding for your business.

INSIGHT: Are SA companies lacking a healthy cash culture?

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According to the latest Hackett Working Capital study, there are R297bn in payables, receivables and inventory to be claimed in South Africa. We look at what SA companies need to do in order to stay in line with their global counterparts.

INSIGHT: Is South Africa losing its mojo?

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Not too long ago, foreign executives were desperate to participate in the promising dynamic business platform that South Africa offers. This however, has changed over the past few years. Foreigners are just not that into us anymore.

INSIGHT: Weak rand knocks confidence in economy

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South Africa’s graduate professionals believe that the value of the rand is likely to depreciate even further in 2014; and as a result are showing an increased concern about the local economy, according to a survey conducted by PPS.

Finweek Quiz #16

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In the true spirit of Valentine’s Day, our quiz today has absolutely nothing to do with love or romance. Good luck.

INSIGHT: Western models presents high risk for emerging healthcare systems

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Around the globe, people of developing countries are struggling to adapt to the changing needs and expectations of a new, emerging middle class. Because of this, emerging health economies face long term financial problems if they try replicate hospital-based western models.

INSIGHT: Donor funding diminishing

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One group of organisations that has suffered tremendously due to the unstable economy are those that are dependent on donor funding and sponsorships. Organisations like Feed a Child has had to cut on food, education and medical supplies for people in need. We look at the implications of this.

INSIGHT: A look at the latest measure of world markets

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Finweek journalist Jessica Hubbard investigates the validity and space of adding yet another market index. According to Dr Lyal White from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, there definitely is.