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Global Disruptors

I recently paged through the December 2019 copy of the Economist’s The World in 2020 edition, which makes predictions for the year ahead, and while no mention was made of the covid tsumani, it did predict that Trump would not get a second term. Interestingly 2020 was the 200-year anniversary of the ... Read More

Pockets of excellence

Under the circumstances, it is easy to be pessimistic, but South African society has backbone and we should take pride in our many pockets of excellence.My wife and I recently had to renew car licences and went to the traffic department in the Boland town of Bredasdorp, where the ... Read More

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Disruptors

Disruptors present both threats and opportunities and are largely driven by three things; changes in consumer tastes, changes in law and technological innovation. Ostrich feathers were highly fashionable in the early 1900s and a kg of feathers cost as much as a kg of gold but the market crashed overnight with the start of the 1st world war in 1914. Read More

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Less is more

According the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa there is no set rule, but the guideline is that one person ought not to hold more than five posts as non-executive director. Research by Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the UK suggests that the maximum should be no more than four.Casting back to the 1990 edition of Who Owns Whom the following directors held 25 or more directorships at the time.Director name No. Read More