Grant Pattison’s template for fixing a business

Edcon CEO Grant Pattison says the basic formula to turn a business around has always been the same

How Grant Pattison saved Edcon

Edcon, SA’s largest clothing company, on which more than 100,000 people rely, faced extinction last year. But thanks to a series of savvy interventions by CEO ...

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How municipalities are destroying SA business

In the crumbling Mpumalanga town of Standerton, chicken producer Astral Foods can’t get the water it needs to operate. In the Free State and Eastern Cape, ...

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The rainmaker: Is Michael Jordaan SA’s Steve Jobs?

A successful banker turned venture capitalist, Michael Jordaan is the new breed of SA entrepreneur. Two of his ventures, Bank Zero and Rain, attest to this ...

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Michael Jordaan takes MXit lessons to Rain

While MXit was popular in the feature phone market, it failed to recognise the transition to smartphones

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Tencent: how Naspers galloped away with a winner

Investors have called Naspers a ‘one-trick pony’ referring to the one spectacular investment in Tencent, and nothing since that has even come close

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Who is Naspers’s first foreign CEO?

Van Dijk, based in the Netherlands, is the first foreigner to head Naspers – a blue-blood SA firm that began life as De Nasionale Pers Beperkt in 1915

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Bob van Dijk’s search for value in the Naspers ‘rump’

Bob van Dijk inherited an enviable problem when he took over at Naspers: the success of Chinese firm Tencent meant everything else Naspers did was ignored. ...

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SA CEOs: paid for perfection but delivering mediocrity

It seems our top executives all too often are being paid for perfection while delivering mediocrity at best

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Can zama zamas be brought into the formal sector?

According to research by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, SA is losing R14bn a year to illegal gold mining

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Gold mining in SA is dead. What now?

The SA gold mining industry is on its deathbed, even though SA still has the world’s largest gold deposits. What happens to the abandoned mines? Is there a gap ...

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Bobby Godsell’s thoughts on mining in SA

Godsell says the move to state custodianship of mineral resources in 2004 was necessary

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Is SA Inc investable?

Has the dire past decade made SA Inc uninvestable? For foreigners, it’s a hard sell, especially since $100 invested in the JSE five years ago would now be ...

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SA’s renewable energy programme a winner with investors

There have been pockets of clear investment success in SA – like its highly regarded renewable energy independent power producer programme

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Snotklap for DA

The DA's promised surge in Gauteng failed to materialise. Instead, the ANC hung onto the country's economic heartland by the most razor-thin of margins. What ...

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Bets for the new cabinet

ANC prepares to put together a crack team to co-ordinate economic planning