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Sunday, February 18, 2018

BusinessBrief February/March 2018 edition is now available!

Read our exclusive cover story entitled EMPOWERING WOMEN | WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY? by Deon Oberholzer, CEO of Gestalt Growth Strategies as well a host of other topical management articles written by professionals, consultants and academics in the February/March 2018 edition of BusinessBrief.

Critical issues from final Construction Sector Code

The final Construction Sector Code was finally gazetted on December 2017. In a review of the final document against the draft, most of it was left unchanged, but there are a few earthquakes set to shake some well-constructed BEE strategies to their foundations.

Inflation rises slightly in December

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) reported on 24 January that consumer price inflation increased from 4.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) in November 2017 to 4.7% y-o-y in December. This resulted in full-year inflation declining to 5.3% last year from a mean of 6.4% in 2016. The latest inflation number is the ninth consecutive monthly reading falling within the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) target range (3%-6%).

HSRC study finds corruption hurts local R&D and innovation

As South Africa grapples with growing the economy and sustainable socio-economic development, it is often said that innovation is the silver bullet to help the country achieve its developmental goals.

Davos 2018?

What’s it all about and what does it mean for the South African investor? It’s that time of year again where more than 2,500 of the world’s top leaders including heads of state, central bankers and representatives from most of the world’s top companies converge on the little town of Davos in Switzerland to share ideas, promote agendas and generally just network.

2018 Risk barometer released

The Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 report has been released - Business interruption and cyber incidents dominate risk landscape for companies of all sizes and sectors. Download this, the seventh Allianz Risk Barometer, which is published annually by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).

Lower rates on the cards in January?

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is meeting on 17 and 18 January to deliberate interest rates. The central bank’s monetary policy stance aims to keep inflation in the target range of 3%-6% annually, thereby protecting the value of the currency and the purchasing power of South African consumers.

Build resilience for the unexpected!

If nothing else, 2017 provided proof positive that the unexpected does happen. South Africa’s political and economic crisis entered a new phase with the GuptaLeaks revelations, Kenya had to rerun its elections and the seemingly indomitable Robert Mugabe was forced from office in disgrace.

Radical economic transformation done right is economic inclusion

As more South African politicians and policymakers call for “radical economic transformation” (RET) and others are suggesting “smoke and mirrors”, RET is not possible without a radical change in the way South African businesses see transformation as a whole.

Corruption and state capture research findings

Ask Afrika (South Africa’s largest independent research company) and Infusion Knowledge Hub were commissioned by the Centre for Communication and Reputation Management at the University of Pretoria, to explore the views of ordinary citizens around corruption and state capture.
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