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Bronwyn Williams, director, FluxTrends
#BizTrends2021: A small idea can change the world

So many young people are disillusioned by white-picket fence utopia sold to them, because in reality most of them are less well off than their parents and grandparents...

Nicci BothaBy Nicci Botha 3 Feb 2021

Dominique Collett, senior investment executive, Rand Merchant Investments and head of AlphaCode
#BizTrends2021: 10 predictions around fintech

This time last year, none of us had any idea of the whole new world that was on its way. One that would include global lockdowns, Zoombombing, covidiots, closed borders and quarantining...

By Dominique Collett 25 Jan 2021

Tasmika Ramlakan, Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking
#BizTrends2021: A challenging year anticipated for SA retailers

The circular relationship between retail sales, consumer spending and employment in SA means retailers are unlikely to be able to 'sell' themselves out of the situation in which they now find themselves...

Tasmika RamlakanBy Tasmika Ramlakan 20 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: 3 big issues demanding legal attention this year
#BizTrends2021: 3 big issues demanding legal attention this year

Three broad themes emerging in South Africa in 2021, which will require extensive input from the legal profession, are: changes to the economy and regulation prompted by Covid-19; moves by government and the private sector to stimulate economic recovery; and a greater focus on corporate responsibility and consumer protection...

By Jonathan Veeran, Nozipho Mngomezulu and Burton Phillips 19 Jan 2021

Andrew Duvenage, MD, NFB Private Wealth Management.
#BizTrends2021: The 4 themes for the new year

The four themes we expect to find traction during 2021 are coronavirus and the vaccines deployed against it; reflation; a global move toward even tighter regulation; and crypto assets, as opposed to only cryptocurrencies...

By Andrew Duvenage, 14 Jan 2021

Bryan Turner, partner, Spear Capital
#BizTrends2021: 4 trends that will have a major impact on private equity in 2021

Amidst the general chaos of 2020, investors were hit hard. With economies around the world all but shutting down in March, activity ground to a halt...

By Bryan Turner 13 Jan 2021

PJ Bishop, vice-president for partners, accountants & alliances, Africa & Middle East at Sage
#BizTrends2021: 3 skills finance professionals cannot go without in 2021 and beyond

The accountancy and audit industries are on the cusp of an automation transformation, guided by the incredible growth of emerging technologies like robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence (AI)...

By PJ Bishop 12 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Acceleration of digital payments
#BizTrends2021: Acceleration of digital payments

2020 blurred conventional lines of e-commerce, with sectors that historically had low digital payment penetration experiencing higher demand, as more people shopped online...

By Jonathan Smit 12 Jan 2021

Maarten Ackermann, chief economist and advisory partner, Citadel
#BizTrends2021: 3 wealth management trends to watch in 2021

The Covid19 pandemic has been one of the greatest disruptors in living memory, causing major upheaval across all facets of our everyday life...

By Maarten Ackerman 11 Jan 2021

Kuhle Mnisi, operator investor, Secha Capital
#BizTrends2021: 4 strategies to rethink investing in SMEs

Last year proved that SMEs are the backbone of the South African economy. Yet, existing debt, lack of cash reserves, outdated financials, and an inability to operate during the national lockdown, forced almost half of South African small businesses to shut down...

By Kuhle Mnisi 11 Jan 2021

Marius Botha, group CEO, aYo Holdings
#BizTrends2021: Microinsurance ready to reach new heights

Africa is one of the most under-insured continents in the world. Over half of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have an insurance penetration rate of less than 1% and the picture isn't much different across the rest of the continent...

By Marius Botha 8 Jan 2021

Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana, head of global markets research, Rand Merchant Bank.
#BizTrends2021: Finding alpha in the age of Covid-19

In the age of the lockdown restrictions, I'm reminded of the quote by Socrates, who said that "the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ...

By Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana 8 Jan 2021

Ian Sibiya, King Price
#BizTrends2021: What's driving short-term insurance in 2021?

Twenty-twenty came in like a wrecking ball. In February, we were still planning our Easter long weekends. Barely a month later, we were in hard lockdown...

By Ian Sibiya 7 Jan 2021

Mike Middle, partner, Innate Motion
#BizTrends2021: Purpose or profit. It's not a choice

For the past 50 years, the primary role of business in society has been to maximise shareholder return, a consequence of Milton Friedman's seminal article in the New York Times in 1970 in which he stated that "any other use of shareholders money was irresponsible"...

By Mike Middleton 7 Jan 2021

Why spending will be the most important thing to watch in 2021
Why spending will be the most important thing to watch in 2021

Here are a few tips that will help businesses properly track and control their spending in the new year...

Issued by SAP Concur 6 Jan 2021

Henry van Deventer, chief specialist in advice model design at Liberty
#BizTrends2021: Shifting towards a digital - but still human - approach

Relationships change all the time and the one between financial advisor (FA) and client is about to undergo a big shift due to regulatory issues, as well as more ordinary social trends after the Covid pandemic...

By Henry van Deventer 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: 'Wealth tax' unlikely to be government policy in near future as pressure on tax base mounts
#BizTrends2021: 'Wealth tax' unlikely to be government policy in near future as pressure on tax base mounts

Looking back at 2020, the most significant development on the tax front must certainly have been government's tax relief measures aimed at helping businesses mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Albertus MaraisBy Albertus Marais 6 Jan 2021

Gareth Quinn, chief technology officer, FMI
#BizTrends2021: How life insurers can transform the customer experience in 2021

If Covid-19 has shown us anything, it underlined the fact that the future of life insurance belongs to the insurers who go out of their way to make their customers' lives simpler and easier by delivering exceptional experiences...

By Gareth Quinn 6 Jan 2021

5 reasons why AI is the future of finance
5 reasons why AI is the future of finance

The role of the chief financial officer (CFO) has expanded beyond the traditional gatekeeper to financial resources, chief accounting officer and head recordkeeper...

By Gerhard Hartman 18 Dec 2020

Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!
Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!

Congratulations to the SME companies who have won full-page BizListing entries in Bizcommunity's business directory...

Issued by 26 Oct 2020

#PulpNonFiction: The margin is in the mess
#PulpNonFiction: The margin is in the mess

Bronwyn Williams tells us that Philip K. Dick's science fiction classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? got her thinking about how much of our own economies are propped up by "ridiculous" status symbols and the conspicuous consumption of intrinsically worthless, but socially essential goods and services...

Bronwyn WilliamsBy Bronwyn Williams 28 Sep 2020

#BizTrends2021 - write them, own them, make them possible
#BizTrends2021 - write them, own them, make them possible

There's never been a better time to rewrite the future or a better time to come on board to sponsor BizTrends...

Issued by 14 Sep 2020

Sustainability: The tectonic shift transforming investing
Sustainability: The tectonic shift transforming investing

The past year has seen a marked shift in society's attitudes toward sustainability...

By Brian Deese 4 Aug 2020

#PulpNonFiction: Stranger than (science) fiction, how to get a head start on the future
#PulpNonFiction: Stranger than (science) fiction, how to get a head start on the future

In an age where fake news is a stranger to truth, and truth stranger than fiction, Bronwyn Williams provides insights as to why books and their authors are vital to understanding trends...

Bronwyn WilliamsBy Bronwyn Williams 3 Aug 2020

#BizTrends2020: Imagine the impossible
#BizTrends2020: Imagine the impossible

In order to stay in business, one needs to stay abreast with technology and remain up to date with the latest innovations...

Odette van der HaarBy Odette van der Haar 24 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Disrupting legacy African payments - going digital
#BizTrends2020: Disrupting legacy African payments - going digital

A country's payments system is probably not the first thing we think of when we think about the challenge of economic development. But payments are key to the bottom-up economic growth urgently needed...

Murray GardinerBy Murray Gardiner 17 Jan 2020

Siyamthanda Williams, business development manager, King Price Insurance.
#BizTrends2020: Women the winners as insurance gets personal

This time 100 years ago, the world was on the brink of The Roaring Twenties. It was a time of dramatic social and political change, of unprecedented personal freedom of choice, of unfettered consumerism. So as we enter 2020, not much has changed, then...

By Siyamthanda Williams 17 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

Geoffrey WhiteBy Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

Daniel Goldberg, CEO of Bridgement
#BizTrends2020: Innovations in fintech

Fintech is changing customers' experience and expectations by promoting a more client-centric and interactive approach to financial and banking services...

By Daniel Goldberg 13 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: What will happen in the crypto space?

Cryptocurrency is still something of an enigma for many investors, but will it become more mainstream as an asset class in 2020?

By Marius Reitz 10 Jan 2020

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