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The Test Of Time

A colleague recently pointed out that First National Bank’s registration number shows that it was registered in 1929 (as Barclays South Africa), just as the world entered the great depression. It weathered that depression, two world wars, several market crashes, apartheid, the Zuma years and covid. Read More

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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