These are trying times, but hopefully, once the pandemic has exhausted itself, we will be living in a wiser world. The lockdown presents an opportunity to research new business and new markets to pursue when it lifts. To assist South African businesses in these difficult times, Who Owns Whom is offering a 50% discount on all industry reports purchased during this period. While it is a moving target, recently published industry reports cover the potential impact of the coronavirus on that industry and this will be the case for all newly published reports for the rest of the year. We have already prioritised those reports in our production line where industries may be most vulnerable to measures being taken to flatten the contagion curve. These include: Cargo Handling, Storage and Warehousing in South Africa Freight Forwarders in South Africa Manufacture of Electric Lamps and Lighting Equipment in South Africa Operation of Toll Roads Renting of Construction Equipment with or without Operator in South Africa Real Estate Activities in South Africa Retail trade in Second-hand Goods in Stores The Car Rental Industry Travel & Tourism: Travel Agencies, Tour Operators and Related Services The Textile Industry Stay safe The Who Owns Whom Team
Who Owns Whom (WOW) was established in 1980 when my late father, Robin McGregor, published the first book. While it will continue to be published in a digital format, the 40th edition, to be published next month, will be the last printed one. WOW has re-invented itself a number of times, and while ownership research remains a cornerstone, in the last 15 years we have built a substantial file on industries and companies in those industries with a primary focus on unlisted companies. In 2012 we did our first report outside South Africa – Telecoms in Kenya – and we now cover 70 industries in 46 countries on the continent outside of South Africa and have researched profiles on more than 4,000 companies operating in these countries. The Report Generator feature was introduced in 2016 and our latest offering via WOWEB is access to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) file of all South African registered companies. We are currently in final testing phase of a Dashboard which will run on WOWEB and allow users to customise research to be ‘pushed’ at them. Later in the year we will release Disclosure, a visualisation of linkages between people, companies and shareholders which is designed primarily as a risk and business development tool. The South African Construction Industry was the most viewed report in 2019 moving up from 4th place in 2018. Christo Wiese, the most viewed director in 2018, was only the fourth viewed last year. ABSA was the most viewed company last year after not featuring in the top 10 in 2018 and EOH moved from first in 2018 to second place last year.
Who Owns Whom MD, Andrew McGregor reveals that the South African business community has the edge over their international peers in supporting sustainable development goals, which generate broad-based value, contrary to what some of our politicians may proclaim. Read more on the Africa Report.
Travel to Africa is expected to double by 2030. In the latest opinion piece by Who Owns Whom’s MD, Andrew McGregor looks at how, if South Africa is to grab its share, it needs a more joined-up marketing strategy. Read more on The Africa Report