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South African Airways is in business rescue: what it means, and what next

Epa/Udo Weitz South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken the decision to put South African Airways, the cash-strapped national flag carrier, into voluntary business rescue. Caroline Southey from the Conversation Africa asked Professor Marius Pretorius to explain how the process works. What is a business rescue? It’s what is known in the European Union as […]

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South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do

South Africa's fresh fruit industry is currently the largest exporter of agricultural products. Shutterstock South Africa’s urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity. The country’s fresh fruit industry is currently the […]

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The city of Akure is developing fast. But citizens aren’t having their say

Akure's infrastructure development projects have yet to create space for community participation Shutterstock Akure, the medium-sized capital of Ondo State in Southwest Nigeria, has seen its population increase by more than 54% in 13 years. Akure’s population growth is explained by two factors. Ondo State is a part of the Niger Delta, the oil-producing region […]

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A theory of a tax revolt: Is South Africa on the brink?

Trust in government, not tax rates, determines citizens' attitude to taxation Shutterstock Tax revolts date back to biblical times. Throughout the ages they have exhibited similar symptoms of a decline in taxpayer morale and confidence in a government’s ability to manage public finances for the greater good of its citizens. Recent public outcries in South […]

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Mobile access won’t fix the digital divide. Fixed-line is needed too

Mobile phones aren't the full solution to increase access to broadband services Shutterstock Mobile services have had an important and positive impact on developing countries where they are the main means of connecting to the internet. However, mobile services have capacity constraints. They use limited radio frequency spectrum, which means that mobile data typically has […]

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Financial services need to wake up to fact that treating customers well is good business

Shutterstock South Africa’s regulatory regime for the financial services sector is going through major changes. The question is whether companies can adapt to a principles-based approach. Or will they default back to rules-based compliance during the implementation of the Conduct of Financial Institutions Act? The aim of the new law is to improve financial sector […]

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African multinationals bring home much more than profits

African multinationals diffuse international best practices on corporate governance at home Shutterstock Often when companies take their operations abroad, a practice referred to as internationalisation, the main intention of the owners or managers is to increase corporate earnings. They achieve this by reaching new foreign customers. They may also get closer to sources of raw […]

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Digital training can help supervisors lift PhD output

Online education can help meet the increasing demand for self-paced professional development opportunities for academics. EPA/Jon Hrusa Several African countries have increased the number of new universities and increased enrolments as part of an effort to boost tertiary education and development. More recently, there has been an increased emphasis on doctoral degrees. Some countries have […]