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REPORT | CEOs can thrive through continuous reinvention

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Fifty-two percent of CEOs across Sub-Saharan Africa expect economic growth locally and in their Africa territory (compared to 44% globally) in the next 12 months. At the same time, 50% of these CEOs are feeling more exposed to inflation and macroeconomic volatility (40%).

Living to 100 and beyond – celebrating the 90 centenarian members

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Our Research Intelligence team has released the findings of an inspiring study into the 90 centenarians (people aged 100 years old and older). This remarkable group of 90 individuals stand out among our 2.7 million of our members.

Thematic investing – here’s why critics are wrong

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A difficult period for the performance of some thematic funds has given fuel to the naysayers’ arguments. But we believe thematic investing with an active approach is a powerful tool for investors now and in the years to come. Thematic investing has taken off in recent years. Global thematic assets under management stood at $400 billion as of 1 July 2023, up 11% from the end of last year (according to data from Goldman Sachs).

People management – It’s time for a more empathetic approach

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Globally, there has been a significant uptick in the prevalence of depression and anxiety post the COVID-19 pandemic. In South Africa, it is estimated that one in six people suffer from anxiety, depression, or substance abuse and more than half of the population is possibly dealing with some kind of post-traumatic stress disorder. Another study estimated that a third of people suffer from a mental illness and of that figure, 75% won’t receive any treatment.

BOOK REVIEW | The Age of Decay

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The book explores how declining fertility rates globally will lead to a shrinking workforce, and more importantly, to a reduced number of “essential workers”, which could massively disrupt everyday lives. Essential jobs maintain the structure that upholds society – think of plumbers, truck drivers, healthcare workers and farmworkers – and when these workers are in short supply, society could start to fray.

Bridging the gap between fintech and traveltech

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The integration of finance and technology, known as fintech, has revolutionised traditional banking and payment systems, transforming how we live, work and travel. Similarly, travel technology, or traveltech, has empowered travellers with convenient booking platforms and personalised experiences.

Only a blended healthcare system will enable a viable NHI

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South Africa's healthcare system has experienced significant transformations over the years. One of the most pressing issues is the need for more resources and funding, which has resulted in limited access to healthcare services for South Africans.

Are profit and sustainability mutually exclusive?

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The world’s population is predicted to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050 and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that we will need to produce 60% more food to feed everyone, a huge increase that will undoubtedly take its toll on the planet.

The consequences of Paul Ehrlich

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Paul Ehrlich has spent most of his adult life claiming the world is ending, birth rates are skyrocketing, populations are exploding, famine is around the corner and we’re running out of everything. He’s been largely wrong but refuses to admit it.

BOOK REVIEW | Across the Kala Pani

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In 1909, four women board a ship in Madras to cross the Kala Pani, the ‘black water’, to Natal. On board the ship, the women will form friendships and alliances. They will help each other through trial and trauma, even after they arrive and are separated.

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