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Is South Africa ready for smart cities?
Is South Africa ready for smart cities?

The concept of the 'smart city' is growing in popularity as more and more connected technologies emerge. The term has many definitions...

By Paul Divall 29 Jul 2015 11:09

Chichi Maponya
From the Freedom Charter to the National Development Plan

South Africa last week commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, which is widely regarded as a seminal document in South Africa's quest to transform our society into a model of equality...

By Chichi Maponya 1 Jul 2015 14:31

The real issue behind youth unemployment in SA
The real issue behind youth unemployment in SA

Earlier this year, Business Day put the spotlight on the gravity of South Africa's unemployment problem. It's worse than it seems...

By Antoinette Pombo 9 Jun 2015 14:55

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Turning the tide on marine debris

The second African Marine Debris Summit, addressing marine pollution along African coastlines, took place in Cape Town last week, hosting delegates from across the continent...

By Sindy Peters 9 Jun 2015 13:19

Schools can help in transformation of SA from "rainboo" to rainbow nation
Schools can help in transformation of SA from "rainboo" to rainbow nation

Nelson Mandela stated during the Rivonia Trial, 1964 that, "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 5 Jun 2015 09:30

Ajen Sita, CEO of EY Africa
Keeping Africa's star on the rise

The continent is at a crossroads, and if the current "Africa Rising" narrative is to sustain itself, critical choices have to be made in order to continue its economic growth, according to the EY Africa Attractiveness Survey...

By Nicci Botha 4 Jun 2015 08:10

Implications of an SA nuclear build
Implications of an SA nuclear build

Nuclear energy has always been the proverbial bogeyman when it comes to power supply. Mention the subject and Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima are immediately thrown into the mix as worst case scenarios...

By Nicci Botha 25 May 2015 08:07

Bonnie Ramaila
Political parties are big brands

The other day I had a rude awakening around brands and corporate identity. I wore a red beret, no, it did not have Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) or African National Congress (ANC) logo on it - it was just plain...

By Bonnie Ramaila 22 May 2015 08:46

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[Food for Thought] There are plenty of fish in the sea. Or are there?

The scary fact is that 80% of species are currently overexploited or fished out, but fish remains the most sought-after commodity in recent years. So how do we manage this resource to keep it sustainable?

By Nicci Botha 22 May 2015 07:48

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The predictability of government communicators

Let's face it: Ranting and raving, however injured one might feel, tends to switch people off. All the more so if you hold a position in government...

By Janine Lazarus 15 May 2015 13:07

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[African Utility Week] The evolution of the utility

The focus of the third and final keynote session at the African Utility Week was on bridging the gap between the lack of Africa's utility infrastructure and the fully-integrated smart cities of the future for the continent to live up to its projected rate of economic growth...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2015 06:14

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[African Utility Week] Delivering energy solutions for African economies

The golden thread stitching together the keynote presentations on the second day of African Utility Week was undoubtedly the need to tap into Africa's vastly underutilised renewable energy resources to support the potential for economic growth and social upliftment...

By Nicci Botha 14 May 2015 09:41

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[African Utility Week] Eskom hopes to keep the lights on this winter

Eskom hopes to maintain its unbroken record over the years of not having to implement loadshedding during the winter months...

By Nicci Botha 13 May 2015 08:18

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[African Utility Week] Africa is open for business...

Africa has the potential of becoming the energy powerhouse of the future and thereby going a long way to alleviating the poverty on the continent...

By Nicci Botha 13 May 2015 08:05

Mmusi Maimane - Master of communication
Mmusi Maimane - Master of communication

When in early 2011 Mmusi Maimane emerged on the South African political landscape as the DA's mayoral candidate, most people's reaction was Mmu who?...

By Marion Scher 12 May 2015 13:44

SAA's unfair competitive advantage
SAA's unfair competitive advantage

The plot between Comair and SAA thickens as Comair takes the legal battle against the government's bailouts of SAA to court...

By Tralone Khoza 7 May 2015 09:40

Time for brutal interrogation of South Africa's history...
Time for brutal interrogation of South Africa's history...

The recent turbulence in South Africa, borne of the #RhodesMustFall campaign, has brought into sharp focus the fact that development of a single version of the South African brand truth is still a work in progress...

By Manusha Pillai 14 Apr 2015 07:35

Miller Matola
Expressing our democratic freedom

South Africa enters its 21st year of democracy in the year that we also commemorate 60 years since the formation of the Freedom Charter in Kliptown on 26 June 1955...

By Miller Matola 7 Apr 2015 10:32

Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors
Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors

A recent exposé published in a South African daily newspaper and featured on the front page as "School Toilets of Shame", revealed the horrific truth about sanitation in Gauteng schools - in most cases there isn't any...

By Peter Cowan 2 Apr 2015 10:40

Practical finance plan may put land reform on track
Practical finance plan may put land reform on track

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and the Banking Association South Africa's (Banking Association) model to finance land reform is currently in the spotlight...

By Derick van der Walt 1 Apr 2015 12:35

Tax benefits of public-private partnerships
Tax benefits of public-private partnerships

It is becoming commonplace for government to enter into arrangements with a private party where the government provides land for the construction or improvements to buildings by the private party without parting with ownership of the land...

By Graeme Palmer 13 Mar 2015 07:39

Judgment determines state liability, wrongfulness and the duty of care
Judgment determines state liability, wrongfulness and the duty of care

In an environment where much is made of accountability and transparency, a recent judgment has clarified the approach of the court in actions against the state based on improper commercial dealings...

By Rishal Bipraj 13 Mar 2015 07:30

Richard Firth
Is SA ready to be a knowledge economy?

While government initiatives set to improve the country's science and technology output are laudable, the question must be asked: is SA ready to transition to a knowledge-based economy?

By Richard Firth 12 Mar 2015 13:18

How the energy crisis impacts on food security in SA
How the energy crisis impacts on food security in SA

In 2008, scores of South Africans responded in angry disbelief to calls to switch off their lights for an hour in WWF's annual Earth Hour campaign...

By Tatjana von Bormann 11 Mar 2015 07:00

SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS
SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS

The basic principle of VAT is that a vendor must account to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for output tax on taxable supplies made after deducting any input tax incurred by him...

By Graeme Palmer 9 Mar 2015 10:10

Lionel Moyal
Mobile apps help government connect with citizens, enhance service delivery

Smart cities are fast becoming a reality across the globe, driven by the interconnectedness of devices that communicate and provide information that leads to intelligent automation, decision and actions...

By Lionel Moyal 3 Mar 2015 08:52

Anton Harber
One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015 06:14

How sustainable is SAA's Project Solaris?
How sustainable is SAA's Project Solaris?

South African Airways (SAA) currently imports 100% of its fossil-based jet fuel. That said, the national carrier is currently on a mission to become the most sustainable airline in the world by 2022...

By Sindy Peters 25 Feb 2015 13:00

Chris Moerdyk
Brands, cats and the ANC all have nine lives

I was asked to comment by a few business newspapers last week about the impact on the Ocean Basket restaurant brand following a complaint that it sold some dishes using freshwater fish...

By Chris Moerdyk 19 Feb 2015 06:51

Maths not SA's innovation holy grail
Maths not SA's innovation holy grail

Mathematics' contribution to the country's innovation process has been overrated as it is only a part of the process...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 9 Feb 2015 10:35

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