In times of deep social and economic distress it is tempting to only focus on the negative aspects of our environment. Over the past six months the SA public has been bombarded with news of negative economic growth, rampant crime, untenable unemployment figures and has been exposed to governance failure on an unthinkable level. But in the midst of this awfulness millions of positive contributions are also being made to our economy every day presenting a huge opportunity to those who are willing to take notice. The IQbusiness business contribution index to be released this month is the first report of its type in SA to measure and track the contribution of the private sector to the economy and society across a wide range of categories. The results are remarkable, highlighting that it is business, not government, that is collectively the single most important contributor to economic growth and prosperity in SA. To the more cynical among us this may not come as a surprise, but the valu...

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