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Integr8 Group CEO - Lance Fanaroff - Goes the Distance for Clients

This week Africa Business Communities brings you this interview with Lance Fanaroff, joint CEO at the Integr8 Group to talk about…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on June 5, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Leveraging Social Entrepreneurs to Do Business in Africa

Africa has a significant contingent of social entrepreneurs making social impact. This same group is also a significant asset for business. Social entrepreneurs understand Africa, and this is something businesses need to enter African markets successfully points out Nassir Katuramu, Program Manager for Venture…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on April 10, 2012 at 12:40pm — No Comments

S.Africa's Shoprite to raise $1 bln for expansion

South African supermarket chain Shoprite Holdings said it will raise up to $1 billion by issuing new shares and convertible bonds to strenghten its balance sheet and help fund potential acquisitions.



Shoprite, which has been ramping up operations in African countries beyond its home market, said in a statement it plans to issue up to 27.2 million new shares, equal to about 5 percent of its current shares.



The grocer said it would also issue 4.5 billion rand of convertible…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on March 22, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Adult education the key to SA’s jobs dilemma

The Department of Higher Education’s green paper on Post School Education and Training recognises that the education and training system cannot create jobs on its own.

THE increasing focus on SA’s unemployment dilemma runs the risk of muddying the waters. There are too many proposals doing the rounds. What we really need to achieve is a sustainable solution is to identify a…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on March 20, 2012 at 9:29am — No Comments

Social networking – a digital mutual admiration forum where real debate is dumbed down

By Des Latham, Johannesburg Area, South Africa - Online Editor, BDFM at AVUSA

Is social networking not just a group of digital silos where mutual admiration societies loaf together mentally?   Do you follow people you hate?  Do you allow yourself to see or even accept that other argument?  Particularly the ideological purists and religious zealots,  and social fundamentalists?  Do you go to AbortionR Us if you’re a…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on March 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Run of the mill qualifications mean very little, if anything – MIE

Institutions, in many cases foreign, that offer instant academic qualifications ‘at the touch of a button’ are on the increase and these ‘qualifications’ have little or no practical value in the marketplace. Experts within the credentials verification market say consumers should treat these so-called ‘degree or qualification mills’ with the utmost caution.



Ina van der Merwe, CEO, Managed Integrity Evaluation (Pty) Ltd. (MIE), says the online medium lends itself to learning because…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on March 20, 2012 at 8:59am — No Comments

The AU as a Project in 'Human Endeavour and Continental Cooperation'

It will be three years this October since Ghana joined the AU/NEPAD-sponsored Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), and 2013 will be exactly a decade since CAADP – but one probably would not know it.

I even wonder whether people know there is a dedicated website detailing almost…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on March 13, 2012 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Reframing Global Risk in Favor of Business and Investment in Africa

We are living in a world that is changing very quickly. The breakdown of socialism and planned economies in Eastern Europe has dramatically transformed the economic landscape of the world and led into the process of globalization. The former systems of two superpowers, the United…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on January 23, 2012 at 10:09am — No Comments

Shaping Value to Enter Emerging Markets Like Africa

In Redefining Business in the New Africa, I shared about leveraging trust networks to do business in Africa, offering a straight-forward framework. But, I also noted that trust is not enough. Leveraging any network in global business needs to incorporate value and trust, hence, the name “trust-value”…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on January 23, 2012 at 9:29am — No Comments

New dawn calls for bold leadership.

Columnist.

Prof Piet Naudé.

What are the core trends that will intensify in this year, 2012, the start of the second decade of the 21st century?



Despite significant advances, we stand at only the…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on January 3, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

An Emerging Shift in Leveraging Natural Resources in Africa

Columnist.

Lauri Elliott in South Africa.

With the growing global population and consumption by that population of food, water, and other resources, money will flow to the regions that have those resources and Africa happens to be the prime…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on November 9, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Ettienne Myburgh - CastleHill Group - custom made insurance solutions for employee groups and companies in Africa.

This week Africa Business Communities meet with Ettienne Myburgh, CEO of  CastleHill Group, on companies investing in their employees in South Africa.



Kindly tell us about…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on November 8, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Employment and growth

Columnist.

Mike Schussler.

Economist, South Africa | Research.

SA's main economic problem is that we don't have jobs.…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on October 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Africa beckons - but don't forget about home

Columnist.

Ray Faure, Deputy Managing Editor Business LIVE .

With up to 90% of Africa's population still having no access to banking service, the time for colonising the continent's banking sector has probably never been more ripeWith up to 90% of Africa's…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on October 27, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Courage to change

Columnist.

Jonathan Jansen in Johannesburg, South Africa.

What got me onto this line of thinking was a fascinating pair of books that I just finished reading, one by social psychologist Claude Steele titled Whistling Vivaldi. He…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on October 26, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Key Sectors in Southern Africa in 2011

By Nwakego Linda Eyisi in Nigeria.

The fastest growing sectors in Southern Africa (SADC) are mining, information communications technology (ICT), services, construction, and agriculture. Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, and Zambia are major global producers of copper, gold, platinum, and diamonds.  

Apart from South Africa, mining sectors in this region are not mature and so they have comparative…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on September 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Liz Hart - Siyenza Management - Exploring the exciting current dynamic of the China-Africa relation

This week Africa Business Communities meet with Liz Hart, Managing Director of Siyenza Management and organiser of the…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on September 22, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Feature: Managing Intellectual Property in Global Business

Whether you are starting a company or developing a product, domestically or abroad, you always need to make sure that your ideas are well protected.  All business relationships involve a certain amount of risk, but by taking the proper steps you can assure yourself that if something should go awry, your intellectual property will be safe.  

According to William Northcote, business attorney from Toronto, “Intellectual property is a collection of legal rights that protect the creative…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on September 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

AngloGold Ashanti announces board appointment

AngloGold Ashanti is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Nozipho Patricia January-Bardill as an independent non-executive Director with effect from 1 October 2011.



Ms January-Bardill (BA Education and MA Applied Linguistics), is a former South African Ambassador to Switzerland, a former Deputy Director General, Human Capital Management and Head of the Foreign Service Institute in the then Department of Foreign Affairs (now DIRCO). She was a…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on September 13, 2011 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Information poverty; A few things to point out

A Knowledge society creates, shares and uses knowledge for the prosperity and wellbeing of its people.  The question arises how relevant the Internet really is to rural Africa where many people do not even have access to the most basic social services, such as water, health care and education.

A simple, affordable telephone service may be more important for most rural farmers than connection to a global information superhighway. The Internet requires at least a basic level of computer…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi-Quantus on August 24, 2011 at 12:52pm — No Comments

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