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A more realistic state of Ramaphoria anticipated

Ben Bierman | MD | Business Partners | mail me |This time last year, following the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa was on the cusp of...

Mining Charter III threatens livelihood of alluvial diamond mining industry

Mining Charter III (MCIII) heaps more pain on South Africa’s alluvial diamond producers who already face enormous cost burdens and high risks. This previously productive and successful small or junior diamond mining industry consists of just 180 remaining entrepreneurial mining operators employing around 5,000 people at an annual salary bill of R550 million.

Why integrity?

Integrity costs nothing, but when you lose it, you lose everything. Integrity is key to everything we do. It is pivotal to business. We need to impart integrity to the youth, act with integrity in relationships, show integrity in parenting and, in fact, in everything we do.

Business insolvencies to increase by +2% in 2019

Business insolvencies is expected to increase by +2% in South Africa in 2019 (after +3% in 2018). This is the first outright deteriorations since 2009 and the global financial crisis.

The plight of the poor should be our focus, not inequality

According to Oxfam, a new billionaire was created every two days in 2018. What an incredible, remarkable phenomenon. Never have people created so much wealth for themselves through businesses and trading.

Davos to start against growing resistance to globalisation

It’s that time of year again where more than 3,000 of the world’s top leaders including heads of state, central bankers and representatives from many of the world’s top companies converge on the little town of Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF).

Right to compensation central to protecting human rights

Government’s push to water down the constitutional protection for property rights in South Africa by amending the Constitution should shock everyone of whatever race or socio-economic background. Every South African who owns property will be in jeopardy if the vital check of compensation is repealed.

Good news for consumers as lower inflation forecasts reduce risks of...

With a unanimous decision, members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) voted on 17 January to keep interest rates unchanged, in line with analyst expectations. This follows an interest rate hike of 25 basis points (bps) in November 2018, which brought the repo and prime lending rates to 6.75% and 10.25%, respectively.

Social engineering of the most disastrous kind

The Council of Higher Education (CHE) has established itself as South Africa’s primary protector of the Holy Grail of Higher Education Qualifications - at the cost of the dignity of our working citizens.

Afro-socialists are the cause of black poverty

“Black man, you are on your own.” – S Biko. What did Biko mean when he said this? Did he mean that putting people with a black skin colour in power would automatically solve all our problems?
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