Tag Archives: Leadership

The battle of African female startups: For every $1 invested in women, $25 goes to men (News24)

Africa’s female entrepreneurs, like their US and European counterparts, are underrepresented when it comes to raising funds. Their startup journeys are also often a lot more arduous, say investors like Polo Leteka, co-founder of Alitheia IDF, the continent’s largest gender-led fund. The issues are “probably more pronounced here because we have more underlying problems”, said Leteka, pointing to her own experience with tapping […]
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Leadership as we move from pandemic to endemic (Moneyweb)

Abdullah Verachia, senior faculty and strategist at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), notes that there have been five major shifts over the last few years: Geopolitical shifts: There has been a strong and pervasive shift in terms of how countries are looking at positioning themselves. Verachia says there has also been an increase in […]
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This investor wants to invest R290m into 20 SA businesses. But they must be ‘revolutionary’(BI)

SA does not take startups seriously Though Akindele wants to do deals across the globe – as long as they benefit Africa – he is keen to invest in South African ventures. Platform Capital set up offices in Johannesburg nine months ago and aims to invest $20m in 20 South African businesses a year. The […]
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There is nothing small about the impact small businesses have on our economy.(bizcommunity)

Small businesses and start-ups provide more than just jobs for community members. They also can improve innovation and productivity on a local level and use other businesses in the community such as accounting and IT, while larger businesses develop their own infrastructure. With more support, small businesses have the potential to breathe new life into […]
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New GIBS whitepaper: Catalysts that influence leaders’ value system development towards a prosocial value orientation by Charlene Bailey and Caren Scheepers

Unfortunately, in South Africa, poor leadership and unethical leadership behavior is at a high (van Zyl, 2014). Former President, Thabo Mbeki, was quoted in the press as saying, “Where you have this problem of a leadership that is self-centered, perpetuating itself in power, accumulating all the wealth and so on, then it’s not a policy issue, […]
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Number of women business owners in South Africa on the rise (EN)

Despite the gender gap and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, women in South Africa are making progress as entrepreneurs, indicating a strong will and determination to survive, according to transaction services multinational Mastercard’s Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE). The MIWE highlights the vast socioeconomic contributions of women entrepreneurs across the world, provides insight on […]
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Decolonising oil and gas could create an era of prosperity for SA (Moneyweb)

South Africa can join the natural resources supercycle and create millions of jobs within a decade, but it needs the right regulatory and fiscal regimes. As oil prices head towards $100 a barrel (bbl), this will be reflected in higher prices for refined petroleum products such as petrol, diesel, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and paraffin. […]
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New GIBS whitepaper: Telkom South Africa: Business model innovation in a changing industry by Prof Albert Wocke and Prof Morris Mthombeni

This case is suitable for graduate- and postgraduate-level courses that discuss strategy, leadership, and business turnaround. The case can also be taught in courses that cover topics on general management, decision-making, or industry analysis, with a particular focus on the information and telecommunications industry. The case will help students understand how business models develop and […]
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Government announces R15 billion Covid business ‘bounce-back’ scheme

A Budget Review document accompanying the speech reveals that government will, over the next three years, spend R721 billion to promote faster and sustained inclusive economic growth to address unemployment, poverty and inequality plaguing the country. In the 2022 Budget Review, Treasury said over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), expenditure would in this regard increase at an average […]
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Key trends and opportunities in the South African Construction Industry to 2025: Rebound forecast for 2022 (BW)

The construction industry in South Africa is expected to rebound in 2022, and expand by 9.1% in real terms. The industry will then stabilize at an annual average growth of 3.1% between 2023-2025, although output will not return pre-pandemic levels during the entire forecast period. The industry’s growth over the forecast period will, however, be […]
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