"South Africa is easy to sell." At a send-off on Thursday for the high-powered Team South Africa set to jet off for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, President Jacob Zuma urged them to take every opportunity to promote South Africa to the world.
Profound political, economic, social and technological forces are transforming our world, according to the World Economic Forum. The trick is in how the world responds - a topic the forum will address at its annual Davos gathering in late January. And South Africa will be there.
"It will be an exciting meeting," World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab said of the organisation's 2014 Davos gathering, at a news conference on Wednesday. "It will be different from last year's, because it will not be overshadowed by one single crisis." Schwab characterised the context of the 2014 meeting by three things: cautious optimism, diminished expectations, and many known unknowns.
Taking the helm at South African Breweries in 1999, Graham Mackay grew the company's stock value by 1 000% in 14 years. Now SAB Miller is the largest beer producer in China and South America.
South African businessman Sean Roelofsz's Trashcankidz is a 'philanthrocapitalist' approach to helping the country's one million street children receive care and aid. Twenty percent of sales from the disarming dolls, representing street kids across the globe, go to community-based charities across the country.
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.
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.