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Updated BEE codes are not a business handicap; they’re an opportunity

February 6, 2014

There’s a perception that the new BBBEE standards will make it harder for many companies to remain BEE compliant, but some experts believe the new codes are the key to a sustainable future for the country, and for individual businesses. South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment policies will always spark heated debate. Even before the first government BBBEE Codes of Good …

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‘Sickies’ epidemic a major threat to the economy

November 19, 2013

With a quarter of the South African workforce taking their full allowance of sick leave, economists warn that absenteeism, a major drain on productivity, is a factor in our decline to 53rd out of 148 countries in the Global Competitive Rankings. Mitigation of organisational health risk programmes need to identify the factors behind this rise in absenteeism to reverse the …

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Africa offers massive growth opportunities

September 2, 2013

Along with all businesses in the rapidly developing African market, the financial services industry is changing fast – driven especially by electronic and cell-phone banking. However, success in this sector requires a unique set of ‘personality’ skills, over and above infrastructural and operational capacity. South African banking has seen three big changes in the past year, with new MDs being …

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As the digital advertising space explodes, searching for skills alone is out-dated

August 23, 2013

Digital media and advertising is a fast-growing sector, but the top performers will be those that select staff using criteria that go beyond technical or operational skills The recent acquisition of South African digital advertising specialists Native by global digital agency VML (a wholly owned subsidiary of global communications giant WPP), to form Native VML, emphasises the growing importance of …

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Logistics: the secret to healthy profits in a globalised economy

August 7, 2013

Supply chain management has become a key driver of profit, allowing companies to source from the cheapest global suppliers and deliver to customers anywhere in the world. Expert logistics staff and hard to find –and there is a big difference between good and great. Of all the changes brought about in business by the information revolution, the transformation of supply …

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