For some people the only purpose of a business is to make money for shareholders. For others there might be some underlying social investment - such as creating jobs or providing a better quality of life - but one thing is certain: without profit, no business is sustainable.
By Paddy Hartdegen 11 Sep 2013 08:41
Protestors are generally portrayed as rampaging, unemployed hooligans with nothing better to do than make trouble. But there are other strange stories around this beautiful country of ours - stories that are enough to leave you shaking your head in disbelief.
By Paddy Hartdegen 5 Jul 2013 09:00
Some people seem to think that South Africa is the king of oddities and curiosities, particularly when it comes to the many schemes aimed at fleecing unsuspecting and gullible consumers of their money. But there are oddities all over Africa and there just as many crooks, thieves and scammers in other parts of Africa as there are in South Africa.
By Paddy Hartdegen 4 Jul 2013 12:25
Anyone with half a brain and no mathematical training can follow this simple reasoning: it is cheaper to do a job properly the first time without taking shortcuts than to do it badly, using inferior methods and materials in the hope that it will save money. It should be obvious to everyone that this is never the case. Sadly it isn't.
By Paddy Hartdegen 4 Jul 2013 11:23
Maybe, at 46, he's just read Erica Jong's "Fear of Flying" and decided that what she says is true: So he's changing his life, quitting First National Bank (FNB) and exploring new, more exciting and more rewarding challenges.
By Paddy Hartdegen 23 May 2013 09:55
I would hope that everyone at Eskom - not only its chief executive, Brian Dames - would be using gas rather than electricity to make something tasty for supper. We wouldn't want our chief executives, or anyone else at Eskom, going hungry at night when they have to keep the power feeding into the homes of millions of South Africans.
By Paddy Hartdegen 9 May 2013 13:54
I never know whether it's safe to trust opinions or commentaries from unions in South Africa because I always suspect that there is probably a hidden agenda somewhere.
By Paddy Hartdegen 15 Mar 2013 12:00
There is something completely absurd about the knee-jerk reaction that followed Anglo American Platinum's announcement that it planned to cut 14,000 jobs, put three mines onto a care and maintenance programme and close a fourth mine. The outburst from the workers, the unions and even the Minister of Mines, Susan Shabangu defies all our sensibilities.
By Paddy Hartdegen 21 Jan 2013 09:01
I may have been saying this for years but now another much more august body agrees that black economic empowerment initiatives should be scrapped and South Africa should entrust its development, growth and social change to the people who are best trained to implement them - whether they are black, Indian, coloured or white.
By Paddy Hartdegen 21 Jan 2013 08:51
The more I read about the horrors of the Lonmin sagas at Marikana the more angry I get because of the enormous injustices that have occurred in those mining village over the years.
By Paddy Hartdegen 31 Aug 2012 09:11
Just imagine if I walked into my boss's office at the end of the year, armed with a machete and a shotgun, and demand that he or she triple my salary from R4 000 a month to R12 500 a month. And then get uptight and aggressive because my boss called security, marched me off the premises and refused to have anything to do with me at all until, at least, I had laid down my arms.
By Paddy Hartdegen 23 Aug 2012 12:29
If some person, not a 'friend' or 'someone special', started telling me how to spend my money I'd probably tell them to get stuffed and to use goose down for the stuffing.
By Paddy Hartdegen 16 Apr 2012 11:03
Partying Kings of Leon fans erupted with a roar as red smoke filled the FNB Stadium as members of the rock band walked on stage to begin their first set and started rocking the crowds according to a review published in The Star.
By Paddy Hartdegen 31 Oct 2011 16:42
If an employee is unable to work, is it possible for the employer to dismiss him or her? This is a question that sometimes arises in the workplace and Section Six of the Employment Equity Act specifically prohibits an employer from terminating employment on the grounds of a disability.
By Paddy Hartdegen 28 Oct 2011 12:51
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented his Medium-Term Budget Policy statement to Parliament on Tuesday, 25 October 2011. The implications for the whole of South Africa are extensive and there are many different interpretations that can be placed on the policy and its implementation in the years ahead.
By Paddy Hartdegen 27 Oct 2011 10:51
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has set aside R25-billion that will be spent over the next six years to bolster the manufacturing sector. The announcement was contained in Gordhan's Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement released on Tuesday, 25 October 2011.
By Paddy Hartdegen 26 Oct 2011 13:16