INSIGHT: Why public holidays are bad for business

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All the public holidays around this time in South Africa has some serious financial implications for businesses and in turn, the economy. The effect of one public holiday can cost the country around R1bn. We look at other ways in which public holidays are negatively affecting South African business.

INSIGHT: Transformation, Government and the private sector

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This year we celebrate the 20th year of democracy in South Africa. We can look back and assess our transformation and growth as a nation with pride. A lot has changed in the public and private sectors since 1994, we take a look at objectives and aspirations for South Africa according to the NDP’s objectives.

INSIGHT: The executive merry-go-round

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Recent moves in South Africa’s C-Suites prove that an “inner circle” of tried, tested and trusted managers – that show quality leadership and achieved noteworthy business results – are first choice when it comes to replacing exiting CEOs or non-executive directors on boards. We look at what is referred to as the merry-go-round.

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.

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.

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.