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Lionel October
#MFGIndaba: New dawn for the economy

Manufacturing is an indispensable sector if South Africa is to achieve its economic growth targets in future...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Driving the industrial effort
#MFGIndaba: Driving the industrial effort

In his keynote address to the Manufacturing Indaba, Department of Trade and Industry director-general, Lionel October, referred to the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2018 and its focus on key themes...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

When it comes to imports, timing is everything
When it comes to imports, timing is everything

Even though demand in South Africa for imported goods (think oil, vehicles, and equipment) are high regardless of price, common sense indicates that when the currency is stronger, it becomes cheaper to do so...

By Dr Greg Cline 18 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: How Shoprite trailblazed trading in Africa
#AfricaMonth: How Shoprite trailblazed trading in Africa

The Shoprite Group has trailblazed trading in Africa in many respects. Since kicking off its expansion into the continent in 1990, the retailer now has its footprints firmly planted in over 460 locations across 14 African countries...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 24 May 2018

Importing that dream car is easier said than done - but possible
Importing that dream car is easier said than done - but possible

One can import just about anything to South Africa, including cars, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy...

By Jeff Osborne 9 May 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A capital of knowledge

How does a nation get ahead in the global economy if its landmass and population size is small? Although I hadn't thought much about it previously, an article in the Times of Malta made me think of my newly adopted homeland rather differently. The answer is to position yourself as a player in the knowledge economy...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 2 Mar 2018

Greg Cline
Balancing strategies critical for importers in 2018

Globally in 2017, unsustainable low rates, bigger vessels, and soft demand dominated the import sector, particularly from a shipping perspective. This has resulted in industry consolidation and a race for dominance...

By Dr Greg Cline 24 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA
#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA

More and more, consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are looking beyond their borders to get the products and services they need...

By Efi Dahan 12 Jan 2018

Five wine trends to watch for in 2018
Five wine trends to watch for in 2018

The South African wine industry is experiencing one of its most exciting phases in history. So, what are some of the emerging trends in 2018?

By Roland Peens 9 Jan 2018

Greg Cline
#BizTrends2018: The changing face of imports

Logistics and imports are undergoing significant changes amidst an increasing awareness on the importance of being cost conscious and needing to find ways to be more efficient...

By Dr Greg Cline 8 Jan 2018

Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms
Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms

A significant drop in yield on an already unprofitable model means the industry will take a serious hit in 2018. The lack of rain during winter has left vines across the Cape without the required water reserves...

By Roland Peens 18 Oct 2017

Nigeria's VoomNow starts exporting local produce
Nigeria's VoomNow starts exporting local produce

Nigerian assisted shopping startup VoomNow has started exporting local produce to the United States (US), making local food stuffs such as catfish, egusi and noodles available...

By Tom Jackson 13 Oct 2017

What will Brexit mean for Sweden?
What will Brexit mean for Sweden?

Many experts have come out and said that the British Exit will lead to poor consequences for the UK, the EU, and Sweden, but just what will be affected and how?...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 29 Aug 2017

#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa
#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa

It's often agreed that the trickiest part of the supply chain is not the sourcing, but getting the product to the consumer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Aug 2017

David Williams
#AfricaMonth: Internal trade barriers show signs of falling

While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017

Jessica Bonin: Master blender of tea, passion and success
Jessica Bonin: Master blender of tea, passion and success

Jessica Bonin carved a career out of her passion for tea and sharing the art of tea-drinking with the world...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 May 2017

New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals
New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals

Leán Muller has recently been appointed as the new head to direct Fairtrade Label in accomplishing the vast goals it has set for 2017...

By Cari Coetzee 24 May 2017

Adam Orlin
Finding the right partner key in navigating imports in drought-hit SA

We spoke to Adam Orlin, head of Investec Import Solutions, to find out more about the impact of the drought on the import and export of agriculture commodities...

By Cari Coetzee 19 Aug 2016

#DesignMonth: It's not about passing trends, but a lasting visual language - Q&A with Trevyn McGowan
#DesignMonth: It's not about passing trends, but a lasting visual language - Q&A with Trevyn McGowan

As founders and directors of Source and Southern Guild, curators of Watershed and Work Shop New Town, and programme directors of Design Network Africa, it suffices to say that Trevyn and Julian McGowan are doing extraordinary things in support of local design...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Feb 2016

Relying on imports to feed the nation
Relying on imports to feed the nation

The ongoing El Niño has resulted in far below-average rainfall and very high temperatures in Southern Africa, adversely affecting agriculture in the region...

By Sindy Peters 4 Feb 2016

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#DesignMonth: Adrian Morris on designing localised experiences

Having executed several projects in Ghana, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Australia, where it will be opening an office in April, Design Partnership foresees "a shift away from the cookie cutter to localised experiences, underpinned by the rise of local individuality, primarily driven by the fact that everything is everywhere today - the world has become non-differentiated, an ubiquitous sameness"...

By Jessica Tennant 3 Feb 2016

Philippa Rodseth on the challenges and opportunities facing local manufacturers
Philippa Rodseth on the challenges and opportunities facing local manufacturers

Here, Rodseth discusses the challenges and opportunities that manufacturers are facing in the Western Cape, and how the Manufacturing Indaba plans to help them address or embrace them...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Oct 2015

The case for intra-trade in Africa, led by Africans
The case for intra-trade in Africa, led by Africans

Wherever your thinking takes you with regard to the African identity, there's one thing that is undeniable - the African continent has enormous potential to become a veritable powerhouse of trade and industry in the global economy...

By Ezra Ndwandwe 7 Oct 2015

Will a Fed lift-off be the final nail in the coffin of the emerging-market dream?
Will a Fed lift-off be the final nail in the coffin of the emerging-market dream?

In short, no. As I've said many times before, emerging markets should be seen as a long-term strategy. This is no less true in light of their current challenges...

By Sarah Boumphrey 16 Sep 2015

[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue
[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue

Africa is certainly the next big thing when it comes to trading partners for the US, and the recent reauthorisation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for another 10 years has just made it even hotter...

By Nicci Botha 11 Jun 2015

Surprising jump in new vehicle exports
Surprising jump in new vehicle exports

The consumer-driven new car market dropped by 3% in March compared to March last year but new vehicle exports shot up by a surprising 38.5% compared to last year...

By Henrie Geyser 2 Apr 2015

Exports boost new vehicle sales
Exports boost new vehicle sales

Domestic new vehicle sales of 52,368 in February were only 584 units more than the same month last year but export sales shot up by 35.6% to 29,760 units...

By Henrie Geyser 3 Mar 2015

Supplying locally with global quality
Supplying locally with global quality

In the UK, the debate raging is about the end of seasonality, with many young people not knowing when the season ends for a particular produce...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Nov 2014

WWF-SASSI serves up sustainable seafood report
WWF-SASSI serves up sustainable seafood report

According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, the per capita consumption of fish per annum has nearly doubled in the last 50 years...

By Sindy Peters 15 Oct 2014

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Why do wine brands think they don't need a positioning/proposition?

All other categories in the liquor sector have a very strong and focused positioning. Why not wines? It seems as if wine estates believe their...

By Rolf Akermann 9 Jul 2014

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