Sandile Zungu is a passionate South African. He speaks about forging a path in the corporate world, and carving a niche for himself as a business leader. He also urges others to boldly strike out for their own success, but never forget the values of compassion, empathy and ubuntu.
Recent research reveals more and more black South Africans are entering the ranks of the middle class, and outspending their historically wealthier white counterparts. This is great news for the economy, spurring demand for consumer goods and construction, and increasing entrepreneurship.
South African consumers – large companies' procurement managers at in particular – are being urged to help stop the bleeding out of jobs inflicted by cheap, subsidised foreign imports, by buying locally manufactured goods. The Buy Back SA campaign was launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday 19 November.
At Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate on 5 November, leaders in business and government - including Kgalema Motlanthe, Colin Coleman, Chichi Maponya and Collins Chabane – addressed delegates on a range of issues affecting country competitiveness. Watch video excerpts of their speeches.
The global financial crisis revealed developing-country economies’ vulnerability to the vicissitudes of the world economy. To make growth more robust, it is essential that South Africa build economically enabling infrastructure at home and northwards into the rest of Africa, it was concluded at the Brand South Africa’s Competitiveness Forum last week.
Former FNB CEO Michael Jordaan believes that obsessing about a product, and getting out of employees’ way, builds strong businesses that reward achievement.
At a Brand South Africa forum to discuss improving South Africa's global competitiveness, delegates from the manufacturing and related services sector said the country should market its pockets of excellence, especially to the rest of Africa.