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Jacques Wewood
Mommy will change your life
Nice one Daniel :)
Posted on 1 Aug 2015 14:12
Solly MOENG
Solly MOENG
A sub-Saharan branding journey
Great piece, Graham! I totally agree that Africa is a patchwork - a real tapestry - of languages and cultures and should be appreciated as such. It's interesting that you do not say much about the difficulties that can come about as a result of refusing to pay bribes in some countries. While bribes are by no means unique to doing business in Africa, they can be quite a huddle for any values-driven (oxymoron?) business.
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 17:28
denver daylan
Lucrative timber farming opportunity
I am afraid that some of these company even engage is unauthorized logging to profit their business.. I wish they should be like someone else that matters and care most the environment despite they works on similar business type. Like the site http://caldwells.com/, which in fact sells reusable door, old stocks, refurbished or even used home building materials such as doors, windows etc.
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 07:21
denver daylan
Maintenance responsibilities regarding a "rented" sectional title property
I much prefer buying home building and furniture products from garage store or from liquidated furniture shop, like the recent one I got at exterior doors store in CA http://caldwells.com/exterior-doors and start building my own home and property that buying one or rent.
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 07:06
denver daylan
Spring Valley Housing Project to provide affordable housing to workers
This must be the first issue they need to focus and work on, there are many stores that they can start building home with, like the http://caldwells.com/, that offers cheap yet reliable products for home building and renovations.
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 04:26
denver daylan
Average urban household income at R14 000
Not bad, in fact this estimated average household monthly incomes is much sufficient compare to other state in Africa and much in many countries in the world. This income can even provides enough necessities to the family of almost 10 members. This conduct still give high value of currency despite of state issues, economic and health and educations issues. This report is already outdated, though this can be higher maybe as of today if they also conduct similar survey. However, still matters the housing program that causes every African to involved in many illegal activity, poverty, unemployed, live alongside the street and even migrate to some places if not in other country, which I think the government still need to focus on up to these days. Housing, can be more simple and not a big issue, if they really wanted to help people. Using used materials like doors, windows and some home building materials need not to be expensive, which I think there is always the resources they can get when they want to. I may suggest if in case that they get materials from company that deals with salvaging houses or perhaps those in garage or used products stores like what we have here in the US, which we always rely on http://caldwells.com/, for all our home repair and building needs,
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 03:37
MarsMan
Designing in the Mother Tongue
Now imagine how many awards you can win if all your designers are promoted with such gusto.
Posted on 30 Jul 2015 15:24
Kwezikazi Mabija
South African retailers are missing massive profit opportunities
Happy customers are loyal customers, hence building and maintaining long term relations is essential. Good communication in internal relations produce better confident results.
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 21:23
Kwezikazi Mabija
[CEM Africa Summit] Social customer engagement as a social business enabler
I wouldn't agree more that digital technology has tremendously exploited a volumous customer base through Internet and wireless networks. Mobility has became a medium which has shift "the market place to market space," creating unlimited relationship possibility of marketing and customer. however considering the contradictions of types of various markets eg the captive manufactures whose strategy is ristricted as a risk management policy. Global village is trending and business needs to be trending with the trending in order to trend. Never the less if there is monitoring, controlling and maintainance is crucial for a successful objective. #socialbusinesstrends
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 20:41
Tshepo Sebooa
Tshepo Sebooa
[CEM Africa Summit] Social customer engagement as a social business enabler
Wow, great article indeed, the power of social media is really something else. Many young people do not understand how powerful this medium actually is, as the video suggests that online content can travel anywhere in the world. The one most important thing that most people do not understand is; sooner or later your personal online profile will become a requirement to landing that job one has always dreamed about.

Great article Leigh :)
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 14:57
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Ludmila Mihailova
Ludmila Mihailova
Married in Mauritius
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Posted on 29 Jul 2015 10:10
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Ludmila Mihailova
Married in Mauritius
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Posted on 29 Jul 2015 10:09
Anonymous
The rural problem
Erik, As much as I admire your optimism I have to tell you that, like most other South Africans, I have a rather more simplified version of what you call "the rural problem" and "one man one vote" making those areas just as important as anywhere else.

You talk about the "SA Economy" as if it's a totally separate entity (it's what a lot of academics do in order to confuse everyone else). What you mean (in its simplest form) is that the government can only spend what the country's TAX PAYERS hand over.

So when you say "the biggest problem for the SA economy is that (it)...had to cater for 5 million more people" what you really mean is that the ordinary TAX PAYER has to cater for them - nobody else can.
And therein lies the problem (which you have identified quite clearly) where the ANC can "control" the rural areas (via one man one vote) whilst the major contributors to the economy live in the metropolitan areas - where, I would guess, the ANC ain't quite as popular.

You mentioned elsewhere that 11 million homes had been supplied with electricity and I agree that's remarkable. But it's also transparent because it's brought Eskom to its knees and is crippling the country financially - and any cynic can see that, OF COURSE, any party in power will risk bankruptcy if it can retain power (by inter alia supplying electricity to its strongest support base - the rural areas).
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 09:29
Chris Brewer
Chris Brewer
The rural problem
Erik, As much as I admire your optimism I have to tell you that, like most other South Africans, I have a rather more simplified version of what you call "the rural problem" and "one man one vote" making those areas just as important as anywhere else.

You talk about the "SA Economy" as if it's a totally separate entity (it's what a lot of academics do in order to confuse everyone else). What you mean (in its simplest form) is that the government can only spend what the country's TAX PAYERS hand over.

So when you say "the biggest problem for the SA economy is that (it)...had to cater for 5 million more people" what you really mean is that the ordinary TAX PAYER has to cater for them - nobody else can.
And therein lies the problem (which you have identified quite clearly) where the ANC can "control" the rural areas (via one man one vote) whilst the major contributors to the economy live in the metropolitan areas - where, I would guess, the ANC ain't quite as popular.

You mentioned elsewhere that 11 million homes had been supplied with electricity and I agree that's remarkable. But it's also transparent because it's brought Eskom to its knees and is crippling the country financially - and any cynic can see that, OF COURSE, any party in power will risk bankruptcy if it can retain power (by inter alia supplying electricity to its strongest support base - the rural areas).
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 09:29
Makhosana Clement Malinga
Makhosana Clement Malinga
MetropolitanRepublic bolsters its creative force
MetropolitanRepublic, you seem to find words hidden somewhere in the depth of the brains and spin them around to confront one with the realities which seems to be dreams in the thought state. I share your visions although I'm not sure you manage to get into depths of ones mind or brains and finally proudly display words right in front of them.
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 09:12
Ron Bloomingkemper Jr.
Ron Bloomingkemper Jr.
Avoid "one-night stand" marketing campaigns
Good article Chantel. It's great to know others are talking about this attitude that is killing consumer/business relationships world wide. I define One-Night-Stand Marketing as: Quick return with minimal investment and attachment. Most of the businesses and sales professionals I work with are always looking for the latest tips and tactics to winning new customers, yet fail to see it's a root (heart) issue that keeps 25% of their customers a year saying good-bye. The same statistics for the US divorce rate are exactly the same for customers leaving you business. It's obvious we don't know how to have long-term relationships both in bed and the boardroom.
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 06:50
Kwezikazi Mabija
[CEM Africa Summit] Employee satisfaction = customer satisfaction
I have been the best in customer service for six years, and the most important aspect that I advise to be considered in the field is humbleness, smile, proffesionalism, putting yourself in customers shoes, product/organization knowledge and going the extra mile for the customers satisfaction. That is how I managed happy customer satisfaction because it is equivalent to their expectation.
Posted on 28 Jul 2015 21:14
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