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The positive momentum that Stellenbosch is experiencing as a tourism destination is confirmed with a strong growth of 16,44% of tourists to Stellenbosch in 2015 compared to 2014. This is according to a statement by Stellenbosch 360 as official tourism organisation. December growth of 23,25% “After we took note of the exceptional December numbers of...
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Written by Alec Hogg In 1974, Brazilian economist Edmar Bacha, used a mythical country called Belindia to explain his nation’s challenge. He described Brazil as akin to a merger between a small first world island of prosperity like Belgium with a country possessing a sea of poverty, like India. Bacha, his country’s first Harvard economics...
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By Steuart Pennington In a recent Buzzfeed article “The 20 most beautiful countries in the world”- South Africa came in ahead of USA in second place and New Zealand in third place. Other African countries such as Namiba, Kenya and Tanzania also made it into the top 10, Africa is a special place indeed! What is most...
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Source : Boston Consulting Group As multinational companies scale up their ambitions in Africa, they are coming face-to-face with local companies, many with capabilities better suited to African markets, according to BCG. A battle for leadership is erupting in a variety of industries across Africa, with Africa-focused companies and multinationals vying for market share and...
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Written by Valerie Bowden In 2013, I backpacked across the entire length of Africa by myself using only public transportation. It was a decision made for no particular reason other than a need for adventure and an unquenchable desire to see what the most talked about continent was truly like. It was an awesome seven...
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Written by Valerie Bowden Just over 12 years ago, an Ethiopian woman named Konjit, also known as ‘mama’ to those around her had a dream to share her cooking with the world. Together with her husband and son, they started Mama Fresh which now delivers Ethiopian food to seven countries across three continents. “In the...
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Written by Alec Hogg Enjoyed a couple hours last night with young London-based South Africans. They were eager to get the “back story” about their homeland. The group, all white males, graduated together at UCT a decade back and for the most part see their time in the UK as a way to improve their...
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Alec Hogg via biznews.co.za Visiting Investec’s managing director Bernard Kantor was a tonic in a typically wet London. The resulting interview is being transcribed and will be published on biznews.co.za. There were pearls aplenty from the man who felt he drew the short straw when he moved to London in 1997 to spearhead the global...
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Written by Alec Hogg Heroes walk among us. People of integrity and moral fibre who reject the easier, softer route of acquiescence with evil. Those prepared to isolate themselves because they know going with the flow is wrong. The Catholic Church recently set late Benedict Daswa on the path to becoming South Africa’s first saint.  Daswa, a...
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Written by Simon Barber WITH the appointment of Kingsley Makhubela as its new captain, Brand SA leaves the serried ranks of public institutions whose CEOs are acting. Holding the record for longevity of service at Brand SA — I lasted 12-and-a-half years as US country manager — I continue to take a morbid interest in...
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Steuart as a Speaker

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Steuart has done some 500 talks on South Africa's progress since 1994 and SA's prospects for the future'