Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum took place at Gallagher Estate today, with one clear message – it’s time to take action to make the country more competitive. The forum was an invitation to help shape the nation’s future, delegates heard.
No longer satisfied with mass-produced brands, beer drinkers are looking for an interesting alternative. Welcome to the craft beer industry. As more people yearn for a more peaceful pace of life, microbrewing and slow food are becoming more popular.
Two years ago, a couple found some wood at the side of the road and built a table. They had no woodworking experience, but their friends loved it. Today, Eco Furniture Design has been named fastest growing small business incubatee at the National Technology Awards.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan outlined a job growth-oriented mid-term Budget this week, highlighting the 275 000 new jobs created this year to July, and a public works programme that's created 970 000 work opportunities.
• SA is 'Country of the Future'
Global foreign direct investment may be falling, but South Africa is consistently the most attractive African destination. This makes it fDi Magazine's African Country of the Future. It was also named for best economic potential and best business friendliness.
• Team SA to call for investment
More than half of Africa's internet traffic is driven by South African business, but the country still lags in internet penetration. However, with growing mobile connectivity, it will soon catch up with the rest of the continent, making Africa an internet powerhouse.
• Entrepreneur builds internet empire