2018 felt like the first year where ethical living really went mainstream. Major fashion magazine Elle dedicated their most important issue of the year, the September Issue, to sustainable fashion, and issues from plastic pollution to palm oil have dominated the news headlines.

Last year I made my predictions for the ethical and sustainable trends to watch in 2018, including plastic pollution, the rise of veganism, major growth in ethical fashion and a bigger push against climate change.

After reviewing the data from 2018, it’s clear that significant progress was made in all of these areas, but these issues aren’t going away any time soon.

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2019-01-27T16:52:37+02:00 Jan 27th, 2019|Environments, Ethics|

oBike launches global business partnership programme

2018 – The oBike

Cape Town – oBike, Singapore’s first homegrown smart station-less bike sharing operator, announced that it has hit a major milestone of 10 million trips globally.

To cope with the demand, oBike launched a franchise-like programme known as the Global Business Partnership Programme (GBPP), inviting interested parties to manage its on-ground operations and maintenance works as business partners.

Based on a revenue-share model, GBPP was established with the objective of harnessing the networks and resources of local businesses to better optimise oBike operations through timely deployment as well as redeployment and maintenance of the bikes. In return, these partners enjoy the support of oBike’s technology, backend systems and product support.

Since starting operations a year ago, oBike has grown to a presence in over 60 cities across 20 countries. Through GBPP, oBike hopes to create a more sustainable and scalable business model, while boosting business and employment opportunities in the respective […]

SA can’t get enough of RocoMamas ‘smashburgers’ – and now they’re heading for India and the Middle East

Thank you to Adila Tayob for sharing this article with us.

Phillip de Wet , Business Insider SA – Sep 06, 2018

The Spur restaurant group just barely managed to keep its sales flat in the last year, and predicts trouble to come.
But its RocoMamas chain increased sales by nearly a third, and Spur plans to keep opening an average of at least one new outlet a month.
RocoMamas just landed in Australia, but there are already plans for locations in India, Saudi Arabia, and possibly Cyprus.
The Spur group plans to open its first ever restaurant in India in this financial year, it said on Thursday – a RocoMamas outlet. It also plans to open a RocoMamas in Saudi Arabia, and is “in advanced negotiations” to expand the brand in Cyprus, just months after opening the first restaurant in Australia.

The rapid international rollout is unusual for a group that has been […]

2018-10-22T11:54:20+02:00 Oct 22nd, 2018|2018 Case Study, Environments, Recources|

Fast food deliveries are exploding in South Africa – here are the winners

Thank you to Adila Tayob for sharing this article with us.

James de Villiers , Business Insider SA Aug 01, 2018

Fast food deliveries are exploding in South Africa, with Mr D Food seeing order growth of 210%.
The home-grown delivery service has processed over R500 million worth of orders the past 12 months, and has over 270,000 monthly active users. Uber Eats and Mr D Food collectively account for 90% of South Africa’s third-party fast food delivery market.
South Africa’s fast food delivery services have boomed the past year, with Mr D Food alone reporting growth of 210% in the number of orders.

Mr D Food, owned by multinational Naspers, has also processed over R500 million worth of orders the past 12 months, and has over 270,000 active users.

“Food delivery in South Africa is still under-penetrated and growing rapidly, as is the case in many markets across the globe,” Naspers Ventures CEO […]

2018-10-22T11:52:53+02:00 Oct 22nd, 2018|2018 Case Study, Environments, Recources|

Bleak festive season ahead as petrol price spills over R17/litre

Oct 01 2018  – Sibongile Khumalo

A bleak festive season is on the cards if the current rate of fuel increases continues over the next two months, an economist warned following the announcement of a steep hike effective from midnight on Tuesday.“We might face a dim festive season if the current pace of fuel price increases is sustained in the two months ahead,” said Paul Makube, Senior Agricultural economist at FNB Agri-Business.

The Department of Energy (DoE) announced on Monday that both grades of petrol, 93 and 95 (ULP & LRP), will increase by 99 cents and 100 cents a litre (c/l) respectively.

This brings the overall retail price of 95 ULP for motorists in Gauteng to R17.08 c/l and R16.49 c/l at the Coast.
Makube said the latest increase would “place a further strain on consumers and will hurt consumption growth in a weak economy”.
Fuel prices have been rising sharply since March, on […]

2018-10-22T11:51:16+02:00 Oct 22nd, 2018|2019 Case Study, Environments, Recources, Syllabus Topics|

Tips for SMEs expanding into Africa

In light of Africa Day on the 25 May, more South African small and medium enterprise (SME) owners should be encouraged to look at how they could expand their operations into the rest of the continent.

This is according to Mark Paper, chief operating officer at Business Partners International, who says that Africa has for long been regarded as a region with untapped economic opportunity.

“The African Development Bank reports that the economic growth in Africa is set to accelerate to 4.1% over the course of 2018 and 2019, which can potentially yield benefits for SMEs.”

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2018-06-08T17:15:07+02:00 Jun 8th, 2018|Entrepreneurship, Environments|

Woolworths says goodbye to plastic, but it will take time

Woolworths is shifting away from single-use plastic in its stores, and the retailer hopes customers will join its bid for green environmental credentials. 1

The company announced on World Environment Day (Tuesday) that it would phase out single-use plastic shopping bags by 2020.

The campaign will also see the phasing out of what the company calls “unnecessary single-use plastics” such as straws and cutlery by 2022.

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2018-06-08T16:59:29+02:00 Jun 8th, 2018|Environments, General management and CSR|

7 Small Business Social Media Strategies To Focus On In 2018

A lot is changing when it comes to Small Business Social Media Strategies. What should you be focusing on? 

In this post I break down 7 strategies that will help to move the needle in your business with content and social media – some of them more simple than you think! 

It’s that time of year when I get asked a lot (a lot) about my predictions every year.  I am no futurist (far from it) but I do keep an eye on what’s working, what’s starting to work and what’s new and shiny (but not necessarily a proven strategy yet).

So in this post, I wanted to share my tips for how to approach social media strategies in 2018 to get results.  Some of the tips may seem obvious. But ask yourself, are you doing them? I bet (just a hunch) that you’ll find at least a couple of things in this list […]

2018-05-26T17:07:41+02:00 May 26th, 2018|Environments|

SWOT analysis of Disneyland

Disneyland is a popular group of cartoon and movie based amusements parks owned by the famous entertainment company Walt Disney Pictures. One of the earliest parks of this kind, Disneyland was set up in the year 1955 under the direct supervision of the famous cartoonist Walt Disney.

Headquartered in California, Disneyland is housed over an area of 34 ha and was popularised using Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Disney Land is amongst the world’s most visited theme parks and is a huge hit with kids.

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2018-05-20T17:07:07+02:00 May 20th, 2018|Environments|

SA fast food franchising on the rise

The fast food and quick service restaurant sector in SA contributes 13 percent to GDP.

With a contribution exceeding 29 percent, South Africa’s quick service restaurant (QSR) sector has by far the biggest share in franchising turnover. According to the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA), the franchising market is worth R587 billion, approximately 13.3 percent of the South African Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Andre Beck, Sector Head: Fast Food and Restaurants at FNB Business, says:

“Industry data shows that South Africa has seen more franchises opening fast food and restaurant outlets in spite of the floundering economy. This clearly paints a picture of a sector that is competitive and lucrative, and more importantly, it shows that the franchising has sustained appetite to grow further in the local economy.”

He highlights some trends in this sector:

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2018-05-19T16:42:02+02:00 May 18th, 2018|Environments, Recources, Syllabus Topics|