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Impact of COVID-19 on the Freight and Road Transport

The South African economy was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. GDP declined by 7% in 2020 with a growth forecast of between 3% and 3.6% for 2021. This had...

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Cryptocurrency

In modern times, things move fast. Bitcoin, one of the various cryptocurrencies has taken the market by storm, having reached a market cap of over $1.1 trillion in Cryptocurrencies. How...

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Energy & WaterGreen EnergySouth Africa

Innovation in Energy. From an Obscure Commodity to an Attractive Star Performer?

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MiningSouth Africa

Manufacture of Basic Precious & Non-Ferrous Metals in South Africa

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AquafarmingSouth Africa

Ocean & Coastal fishing and Aquaculture in South Africa

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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...

Global Disruptors

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...

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

My wife and I recently drove through the Overberg in the Western cape and were treated to a view of lush rolling wheat and canola fields merging with the snow-capped...

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The Impact of Covid on Individual Industries

The move to lock down level two brings with it some hope that our economy will gain a fresh momentum to recovery. The WOW industry reports researched since the beginning of lock down have covered the direct impact of the pandemic on various industries. These are some of the observations: Online retail Prior to the corona virus pandemic, online retail sales grew by 20% in 2019, but still accounted for less than 2% of South Africa’s R1-trillion overall retail trade. This compares with ecommerce penetration of 13% to 20% in relatively mature markets in Europe, the US, and China.

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Sectors To Watch Post-Covid

In the light of the president’s commitment to a social compact on July 23rd we have examined the economic strategy documents recently published by Business for SA, the ANC’s Economic Transformation Committee and re-visited the sadly neglected National Development Plan and identified (with some assumptions) the twenty one sectors targeted for growth which are common to these documents.

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Silver Linings

Gareth Anderson, a 24-year-old school friend of one of my sons, studied brand building and management at Vega and started a business in 2018. He describes his frozen fish home delivery business, called Caught Online, as an e-tailing fishmonger. Since lockdown his daily order book matches his previous monthly totals and Gareth is confident the business will continue to grow after lockdown as shopping habits change