• Mar. 16 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

Content has been dethroned as King

We’ve all lived in a world where content has ruled for many years, but this is no longer the case. According to Bharat Anard, author of the Content Trap, the companies demonstrating the highest levels of success today, are not those who have the best content but those who understand how their content drives connection.

  • Mar. 1 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

While most of us expect a 5% or no increase in salary this year …

Sunday, February 26 dawned, and no surprise for us South Africans. The Sunday Times headlines exposed yet another corruption debacle at a state-owned enterprise. Collins Letsoalo, acting CEO negotiated, demanded and pressurised officials at PRASA (Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa) to pay him a salary the previous disgraced CEO earned – a cool R3,5 million a year. An increase of 350%! Oh yes, and just in case that was not enough – throw in a personal chauffeur for him as well. 

  • Feb. 13 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

Hey entrepreneur, have you had your crisis of faith … this week?

Beaten down and broken? Come back fighting. Entrepreneur, the gurus are right – plan, prepare for success, do the hard work, take on the problems, including underestimated budgets and the multitude of little and huge failures. It’s never an easy path, but to achieve anything worthwhile, never is.

  • Dec. 13 2016
  • Raashida Khan

Citizens mindful of their city

As I walked through Delta Park yesterday, I saw a gentleman throw a bag of dog poo in the bin on his way out. I thanked him, because this is a rare occurrence. Up until a year or two ago, the parks were dog poo-free. People were conscious and had a conscience. They walked with plastic bags and cleared up after their dogs. Not anymore.

  • Nov. 30 2016
  • Raashida Khan

Is South Africa on the brink of disaster?

I attended a very interesting and inspiring course this past week. The facilitator mentioned more than once that in his opinion, South Africa is on the brink of disaster. The many statistics he mentioned, while not news, were indeed frightening. To know what is happening in society, communities, government, institutions, schools, at universities, in many companies and even homes, perhaps this is a likely conclusion. There are times, when I too shake my head at the reality and wonder if we have gone too far down the path of destruction. Is it possible to turn the tide? 

  

  • Nov. 15 2016
  • Raashida Khan

Love South Africa; love its constitution

Roger Southall, Professor of Sociology at the University of Witwatersrand, in his article, ‘Eight years too late: Mbeki's ANC set a precedent of undermining the constitution*’, suggests that Thabo Mbeki, did our country and himself a great disservice when he accepted the ANC’s directive to be removed as president of the country. 

  • Oct. 25 2016
  • Talitha Hlaka

Cry, the Beloved Country

The title of the Alan Paton novel that was my standard six/grade eight English set work has never been more apt than it is today. 

These past weeks, I, along with many of you, I’m sure, have been invited to join protest action/groups. The Active Citizens’ Movement, Joburg for Justice and Save SA, are ones I’m aware of. How could this have happened? I wonder. Loyal, card-carrying ANC patriots being asked to take a stand against the ANC government; who would have thought that would happen?


  • Oct. 17 2016
  • Talitha Hlaka

Imagine Joburg as a World Class African City

Joburg is often referred to as a “World Class African City”, but have you ever thought of what this means exactly? Off the top of my head I would say an advanced African city, a city with endless possibilities, rich in resources, infrastructure, strong economically and a city that is one with its people. It is a smart city that engages its people and together they build a resilient city.

  • Sep. 19 2016
  • Raashida Khan

Keep it short, writer

 I apologise for the length of the letter. I would have written a shorter letter if I had more time.

Mark Twain/ George Bernard Shaw/ Voltaire/ Blaise Pascal/Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,/Winston Churchill/ Pliny the Younger, Cato/Cicero/Bill Clinton/Benjamin Franklin (These are just some of the authors credited with the saying (in its various formats).

  • Sep. 5 2016
  • Raashida Khan

A little smile goes a long way

I was fortunate enough to travel to very two different and alluring foreign cities, this past week – Paris and Abu Dhabi. On my return to Johannesburg, as I walked through the international arrivals terminal, I was awed by the stunning images of tourist spots of our own really beautiful country. The images were big, impressive and inviting. It was not the first time I have been blown away by the advertising that SA Tourism is responsible for. Another favourite is the television advert targeting the international markets a few years ago

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