A Legal Alien – A South African in New York (sorry Sting!)

One of the privileges of being Alec Hogg’s ‘hand langer’ is that I get to go to amazing places, learn lots and meet wonderful people. When Alec first went solo, Ian wrote to us to congratulate him on his blog and invite us to dinner whenever we were next in New York. As it happened, … Read more

Legacy of Marikana: investors should hope for the best, but plan for the worst

Will there be another Marikana? A year after violent clashes in the mining sector brought into sharp relief the socio-economic challenges that continue to bedevil South Africa, Gideon du Plessis, General Secretary of trade union Solidarity, reflects on what went wrong. He lists at least 20 reasons behind the conflict and warns that the problems … Read more

China’s Economic Rebalancing and What it means for Africa – A Case of Asian to African Geese?

One of the most important developments of the last twenty years has been the emergence of China as a major player on the world stage. As China invested in infrastructure and developing its primary and light industrial manufacturing sectors, it developed an almost insatiable hunger for resources. This hunger, together with the uncomfortable fact of … Read more

Financial planning 101: Insurance and money tips for young professionals

Your first pay cheques feel like a lot of money, until you start spending them. Rent, clothes for work, money for transport, cash for the fun stuff – it doesn’t take long before you start wondering where it all went. Then along comes the financial services army, suggesting many more ways to use your earnings. Unit … Read more

The big blue bubble and other practical advice from a top business coach

Coach and strategic thinker Dale Williams blogs about all manner of matters related to business and to life, using examples from his work and experiences. This week, he considers how difficult it can be to start (or worse, restart) a project, the value of an outsider perspective when it comes to strategic planning for companies, … Read more

Danger lurks on the JSE: heed the Skyscraper Index tracking fear and greed

We all dream of being able to time the market right – to get in when it’s heating up, and get out while the going’s still good. But so far, no one has a foolproof method for determining just where we are in the market cycle. In this article, investment analyst Asief Mohamed considers some … Read more

Small better than Big as speed becomes essence for business success

Dion Chang has the rare ability to read trends as they are developing, and then give an accurate forecast of what’s next. Prompt, hassle-free deliveries will set you apart from competitors as online shopping gains traction, says the Flux Trends founder, in his latest piece published on BizNewz. Transport issues are also set to become … Read more