1. The biggest risk a company faces is that it will fail. Sometime the failure is terminal and the corpse has to be wheeled off into insolvency.


  2. Part 2: Is South Africa globally competitive? Comparison with BRIC and Korean Republic

    Last week I wrote about South Africa’s Global Competitiveness (Global Competitiveness Report comparing the world’s top 139 countries) and the fact that our Achilles Heel is our poor performance in the areas of infrastructure, health and primary education, labour market efficiency and technological readiness.


  3. Tough times ahead for South African taxpayers

    There was little reaction in the media when Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan presented the National Budget 2011/12 to parliament on 23 February 2011. There should have been a lot more, as the warning signs are there that tougher times are ahead for the taxpayer.


  4. The balance in life

    Just over 20 years ago, I wrote a book with two prominent environmentalists – Brian Huntley and Roy Siegfried – about the future environmental possibilities for South Africa. The model we used in the book was that human wellbeing had to be a balance between economic development, quality of life and environmental health.


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