[Sindy Peters, Group Head: Content] Durban's city centre has never been my favourite place; I always find my senses being thoroughly assaulted. Don't get me wrong, I grew up in Durban and still feel very precious about my home town, and I'll defend it to the summit of Tafelberg because I have always seen its potential - in my mind all it's ever needed is a fresh coat of paint.
KZN MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu sees that same potential, calling for the recently held Tourism Indaba to make Durban its home. And why not, really? In its 34 years, the conference has more often than not been held successfully in Durban. read more
[Sindy Peters, Group Head: Content] SAA has found itself in a spot of bother yet again. Anyone surprised? This time round it's had to borrow R1,5 billion just to keep the airline operating. read more
[Sindy Peters, Group Head: Content] British band The Kooks were cookin' in Cape Town and Joburg last weekend, all part of the latest #5GumExperience - a brand activation that had fans fighting servere cases of FOMO in their efforts to win tickets. Ruth Cooper travelled to the secret location in Cape Town, a film studio warehouse in Salt River, for a Flippin' Kooky night.
While being in a band like The Kooks must seem like all play and no work, there's always some ground work to be covered to make sure your IP rights are covered. read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] So you thought it was beef you were eating? Well, yes and perhaps no... It seems - and if you haven't been made painfully aware of this issue over the past weeks then you are not on this planet - that some tried-and-trusted supermarket chains have been stocking incorrectly labelled meat products. read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] In a bid to counter rhino poaching for their horns, the horns are being given non-lethal toxic infusions so that consumers overseas will risk becoming seriously ill. There are many people in this country who probably wish that the infusions were lethal, so that the trade dries up altogether.
Meanwhile, our president is a bit miffed over what he terms newspapers' 'selective' reporting. read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] The fifth BRICS Summit ended recently and was marked by Jacob Zuma's call for the organisation to create a new funding model in Africa. He wants regional projects to be favoured for finance. read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] Via the Department of Communications, the communications minister Dina Pule has come out firing on all barrels and has taken on the Sunday Times over what the department claims is a smear campaign against her. The final straw was apparently the newspaper's call on Sunday to Zuma to fire Pule.
On a happy note, and this is not an April Fool's joke so there's not need to check the calendar, Bizcommunity.com has instituted a price freeze on most of our rates for 2013!
Also on a happy, more melodious note (pardon the pun), the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards has announced this year's nominees.
Ford is doing its bit for the environment, and to combat water shortages, has cut its global water use by 62% since 2000. read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] If there is one thing that is common in SA today, it is a shortage of skills, so it's good news to see that Denel and the SAAF have agreed to retain 139 skilled jobs. So at least sense has prevailed in this instance.
How was that last braai you had? You enjoyed the steaks? Do I hear you say 'nay'? Well, if you found out your tasty steak was actually the last nag in the Bod Raker Handicap at Kenilworth last Saturday, you might not be able to get a payday out of it... read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] Of course, the big news over the past few days has been Pravin Gordhan's budget speech, which has been dissected and analysed, as usual. Not least of these analyses is that by Nedbank Private Wealth, which provided its observations on the 2013-14 Budget Speech.
Gordhan's budget, as usual, was somewhat of a balancing act, but what taxpayers everywhere would like to see is action, not just words, on corruption, mismanagement and waste. read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] According to an article by Amanda Visser, fewer than half of government departments are able to provide "credible and quality information" in their financial reports. Quoting auditor-general Terence Nombembe, it seems state finances are regressing.
It's bad enough when we hear of our tax monies being wasted through the need (call that greed) of individuals within government deciding to spend millions on parties, luxury cars, first-class travel and so on, but it's almost worse when even the auditor-general has an issue with the departments and municipalities' accounting standards, and we then don't know where money is going or how it is being spent or wasted.
Do you want to know what the best programs to protect passwords are? Subhash Chandra has some suggestions for you.
On the aquaculture front, the environmental impact guideline for aquaculture has been published for public comment. read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] Our basic education system might be, what many people reckon, somewhat of a shipwreck, but there are centres of excellence of which we can be very proud. In this case it is UCT's Graduate School of Business that is one of them - it has held its ground in two global MBA ratings.
There's always someone, isn't there... read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] No business can survive by selling its products for less than it costs to produce those same products. Hence, Agri SA reckons that the just-announced minimum wages for farmworkers will drive farmers to make tough decisions. read more
[Rod Baker: Content Director] We're all aware of the unemployment problem in this country, but other than thousands and thousands of words, the issue has not seen any great change, but now a warning has been sounded... Evan Pickworth, addressing an economic conference last week pointed out a stark warning on the potential threat we face in the form of rebellion by a jobless youth, desperate and frustrated.
We need to sit up and take notice - and then actually do what is needed to defuse what could be a very explosive situation.
On the mobile front, Mark Schefermann looks at the future of the mobile voice.
So why were they closed in the first place? After years of calls from various quarters to re-open the teacher training colleges, which the government closed soon after taking power, the Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande has now announced that teacher training colleges are to re-open. read more