General management and CSR

General management and CSR

South Africa’s expected growth to 2020

South Africa’s economy is forecast to tick up to 1.1% in 2018 from 0.8% in 2017, according to new data published by the World Bank.

“The recovery is expected to solidify, as improving business sentiment supports a modest rise in investment. However, policy uncertainty is likely to remain and could slow needed structural reforms,” the bank said in its annual global economic outlook for 2018.

South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2% in the third quarter of 2017, following an increase of 2.8% in the second quarter, StatsSA said in early December.

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2019-01-27T17:05:54+02:00 Jan 27th, 2019|General management and CSR|

The Top 10 Innovation Challenges for 2020

The global innovation community, at least that chunk represented by professional innovation managers, begins its annual get together today in Hamburg, Germany. One of the first presentations that passed my desk (courtesy of Chris Skinner in my LinkedIn network) was Tim Jones‘  Top 10 Innovation Challenges for 2020. Tim runs Future Agenda (as I write the link to Tim’s site seems to have been hijacked – so here is his company link). So what are the top 10 innovation challenges? Naturally I disagree with Tim’s choices so let’s open a debate about a few of them.

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Robot managers: the future of work or a step too far?

First they took the factory jobs; next, robots are expected to replace mortgage brokers, paralegals, and accountants. It has always been assumed, however, that jobs requiring human interaction would remain safe.

Not so, according to one Canadian company, which has automated many management and administrative processes to such an extent that it does not have a human resources department.

Klick, a digital agency of 700 people, achieved this with an internal operating system that tracks things like billable hours, workflow and employee attendance, as well as managing recruitment and training.

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2018-08-03T06:32:16+02:00 Aug 3rd, 2018|General management and CSR|

New data-only mobile offering to Rain on Vodacom/MTN/Cell C parade

Light bulbs weren’t invented by candlestick makers. Nor were cars created by those who built horse buggies. So we shouldn’t be surprised that those behind South Africa’s new telecoms disruptor come from outside the cell phone industry.

Launched yesterday in major urban areas, SA’s new data-only mobile network Rain is the brainchild of high profile former bankers Paul Harris and Michael Jordaan. In January they were joined by Willem Roos, founder and CEO of Outsurance.

With these financial heavyweights involved, the rumour mill suggested Rain was a disguise for a new digital bank. Yesterday’s launch of the fast (4G), well priced (5c per MB) and consumer friendly (never expires) mobile data offering shows it was no ruse. Instead of the banking sector, it’s Vodacom, MTN and Cell C that have a […]

2018-06-08T17:01:15+02:00 Jun 8th, 2018|General management and CSR|

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|

How much it costs to open the 10 most popular fast food franchises in South Africa

Despite a weak economy and tough trading conditions, the franchising sector has continued to perform well – especially in the fast-food sector.

“Over the past few decades, business format franchising has become the most successful business model the world has ever known,” said Tony Da Fonseca, chairman of the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA).

“Seeing that in this fast-moving world of ours, change is seen as the only constant, it is appropriate to ask whether franchising can maintain its momentum. My answer is a resounding yes.”

Survey results released by FASA in 2017 showed that the sector’s performance remains on an upward trend.

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2018-05-20T17:16:27+02:00 May 20th, 2018|Entrepreneurship, Finance, General management and CSR|

14 Leadership Trends That Will Shape Organizations In 2018

There’s no “right” way to be a leader. Everyone who steps into a management or executive role has a different style of motivating and guiding people, and effective leadership means finding the way that works best for both you and your team.

Good leaders also know when it’s time to adjust their approach, and are able to adapt to the ever-changing demands of the workforce. We asked 14 members of Forbes Coaches Council to share their insights on the biggest and most influential leadership and management trends of 2018.

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2018-05-20T17:05:37+02:00 May 20th, 2018|General management and CSR|

Factors that impact recycling successes in South Africa

Recycling plays a big role in the South African economy and offers work opportunities to thousands of South Africans.

The Glass Recycling Company recently looked at seven key factors that impact and may continue affecting recycling successes in South Africa in 2018, Sandton Chronicle reports.

“Currently South Africa does not have mandatory punitive legislation in place which makes separation of recyclables at the source (where the recyclable material, which includes glass, paper, metal and certain plastics is separated from the waste stream) in homes, offices, restaurants and bars compulsory. Mandatory separation at the source will ensure greater recycling success in years to come,” said Shabeer Jhetam, executive director at The Glass Recycling Company.

outlined the following factors that will impact recycling in 2018:

Entrepreneurship in Waste

In many developing countries like ours, an informal ‘collector market’ has evolved; this informal market has also grown in Brazil and India amongst other nations. Recyclables are collected by […]

2018-05-18T17:47:13+02:00 May 18th, 2018|General management and CSR|

9 Companies with Great Environmental Initiatives

More companies are shifting priorities by using business intelligence to not only save on costs but to also become environmentally aware. Business intelligence’s ability to keep track of performance, as well as alert decision makers on behavioural changes, make it a complementary approach as demonstrated by the desire by many companies to become more eco-friendly. Even then, there is need for a clear roadmap that will tie in business intelligence with green initiatives.

The continued depletion of natural resources has led corporations that have large energy requirements to become more environmentally aware than ever. This is because not only do green initiatives save on costs, reuse resources and meet compliance requirements, but they also help to create brand recognition among customers.

Companies that are seen as being environmentally sensitive tend to create a vision of care. This provides the benefit of perceptions and practicality with the broader effects going beyond the organisation. […]

How important is Corporate Social Responsibility in South Africa?

July 17, 2013  Jonckie

How important is Corporate Social Responsibility, Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility

Almost four in ten (37%) employees rate corporate social responsibility as ‘very important’ when it comes to their employer; three in ten (29%) say the same regarding purchasing decisions.



























Global majority strongly agree that companies should pay more attention to the environment (61%), and contribute more to society (52%)
Bryanston – Almost four in ten (37%) employees in 24 countries indicate it is ‘very important’ for their own employers to be ‘responsible to society and the environment’ The emphasis on its importance rises to 80% when it is combined with those employees who believe it is somewhat important (37% very / 43% somewhat) that their employer is responsible. Three in ten (29%) report ‘a high degree of social responsibility’ is very important when forming a purchase decision while about half […]

2018-05-05T10:43:18+02:00 May 5th, 2018|General management and CSR, Recources, Syllabus Topics|