South Africa Business Events Catalogue now available

For anyone who does conferencing work in Southern Africa, the Business Events Africa catalogue is an invaluable resource, listing providers of conferencing facilities, speakers and related services. It’s just been published and will be available in printed format. But the

I have seen the future – and it only costs $35

A few weeks ago I was doing a workshop with a telecoms company. We were looking at some of their thoughts around global expansion, especially into developing markets and across Africa. Then they showed me something that is going to

Africa's new number one economy

Six of the world’s top ten fastest growing economies over the past decade are in sub Saharan Africa. The country of my birth and my heart, South Africa, is not one of them. This is a travesty, and a direct

Africa’s new number one economy

Six of the world’s top ten fastest growing economies over the past decade are in sub Saharan Africa. The country of my birth and my heart, South Africa, is not one of them. This is a travesty, and a direct
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Out of Africa: An open letter to all in Africa

‘I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills’… Recently I had the opportunity to visit the home of Karen Blixen, the author of, ‘Out of Africa’ – an autobiographical book penned in 1937 that was

The madness of ‘EMEA’

I am sitting at a conference waiting for my turn to speak. Right now, there is a financial review of the year – by a fairly engaging CFO, as it happens. But one set of charts has reiterated something I

A new skyline for Johannesburg

Late last year, a Chinese property company spent a significant amount of money to buy the remaining AECI property in Modderfontein, a massive industrial area east of Sandton and Johannesburg. It’s in the area between Marlboro (a Gautrain station) and

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

As we get the new year rolling, my eye caught an HBR article that reviewed some of the fresh management thinking from 2013 that really made an impact around the world (and in the Harvard Business Revie, of course). There
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African Leadership for Africa’s Future in a Globalised World

For Africa to be successful it needs to find models, methods and approaches that are uniquely suited to the continent and its needs.  As one of the world’s best travelled speakers and researchers (he visited 26 countries just last year),

BrainBoosters making a difference to the next generation

Here at TomorrowToday, we’re very proud of one of our ex-colleagues, Lynda Smith. Lynda is a serial entrepreneur who left TomorrowToday a number of years to start The Refirement Network, an organisation focused on providing services and support to Baby

Ease of Doing Business Rankings

It’s not easy being a South African businessperson these days. The President opens his mouth and the currency crashes. The Unions are threatening more strikes and marches. And it doesn’t look as if the current administration has an appetite for

Africa: the last frontier of growth and development

As the BRICS summit is currently underway in Durban, where the leading emerging market players of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (representing sub-Saharan Africa) discuss their strategic agenda for the next five years, it might be a good
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What Impact Will Mobile Marketing And On-Line Shopping Have On Stores?

At TomorrowToday whatever we talk about is done so within the context of how the world is changing. There has been much written about this within the TomorrowToday stable.  About how technology, institutional change, demographic change, the economy and social

In Conference: Thoughts on the future (and how to become a futurist)

Late last year, I was interviewed by Michael Jackson (“the other MJ”) for his radio show on Mix FM in Johannesburg. It has a half hour interview on future trends that included some reflections on the future of Africa (it’s

Still the very best thing we could do: End extreme poverty in a generation

For the last few years, I have been involved with The Global Poverty Project, a charity with the goal of seeing the end to extreme poverty within a generation. They support the work of other charities, of advocacy groups and
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The Best Contribution You Can Make: If Not You, Then Who?

As I write this article, it’s the Christmas season, but it doesn’t feel very jolly.  We live in a world filled with uncertainties, and 2013 is vague and potentially scary for many of us.  Can the US stop itself falling

The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

The Kids Aren't Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

Can Mobile and Social Strategy Create an Infrastructure for Africa Development

Over the past year or so I have been working with a number of companies looking to expand their business into Africa. This is probably one of the most exciting areas of business growth because of the uniques challenges and
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When you strike Generation Y, you strike a rock

On the 9th August 1956 South African women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in order to protest against the Pass Laws (legislation that required Black African people to carry an identity book which gave them permission to live

Two different approaches to Africa from the two big world powers

You cannot generalise about Africa. It’s a big place, and you can find anything and everything you’re looking for (and a lot you’re not) there. But themes are emerging, nevertheless. And it seems as if China and America are choosing

Targetting the (ageing) Boomers: South Africa as a retirement destination

My good friend and colleague, Lynda Smith, sent me an article recently that got me thinking about how companies and countries need to have strategy for the ageing Baby Boomers. Lynda runs an excellent consulting firm, The Refirement Network, that
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The Changing Face of Business

I recently had the good fortune of being invited to the city of Durban, in KwaZulu Natal, to tour around what is probably one of  the biggest and most well organized informal markets in the world. Warwick Junction lies in

Heading in the right direction, fast: Some excellent South African wage data

The outstanding team at “South Africa: The Good News” recently highlighted some really encouraging wage data from the latest Adcorp Employment Index (released on 13 February 2012). Three important personal income trends have emerged in South Africa: After-inflation incomes have

The challenges and opportunities facing South Africa in 2012

Trevor Manuel was moved our of the Treasury some time ago and has spent much of his time in a new entity called the National Planning Commission (NPC) of South Africa. The NPC is tasked with identifying and responding to
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That Which We Need to Know About Life and Work We Can Learn From Sport

From the United Nations to Schools to Non-Government Organizations sport has been recognized as an extraordinary way for people to learn to become better people. Not only is sport a physical and mental activity, but it is an emotional one
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How Population Distribution Will Influence Our World In To The Future

It took 250 000 years for the world’s population to reach it’s first billion. It took roughly another century to reach it’s second billion and then just 32 years to reach 3 billion. It took just 12 years to leap
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What difference does one man (or woman) make?

Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Hitler, Stalin, Queen Elizabeth I, Alexander the Great, Plato, Sophocles, Aristotle, Shaka Zulu, Napoleon III, Robert Mugabe, Saddam Hussein,

Linkedin in South Africa has grown by 83%

Over the past few months I havebeen looking extensively at the topic of Social Reinvention. This is the process of reinventing our business to incorporate social media and social technology. I have come to believe that this is imperative for business

Why ignore Africa when looking at emerging market telecoms?

Euromonitor International, a research company recently released a study into Internet access and usage in emerging markets from 2011 to 2020. They focused their attentions on 25 countries, which include only one sub-Saharan African country: South Africa. (See the image

Africa in the world: Corruption is not just a developing world issue

At the moment, I am engaged in some significant research that will hopefully turn into a book and presentation sometime mid 2012. I am looking at the potential of sub Saharan Africa in the next two decades, and identifying the

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa’s oil

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa's oil

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these

Recruitment Trend Shifts in South Africa

The recruitment industry in South Africa looks like it is on the rise for the first time in two and a half years. Human Resources South Africa reported “employment grew by 5.6% during March.” As business slowly starts to find

The next big things: The top boom countries and cities of the next few decades

Citi Bank recently released a report on the global economy and their projections of growth potential. I was interested in their thoughts on the which regions of the world would experience the fastest – and most sustained – growth over

Short Study: Generation Y in South Africa

Over the last month Mike Saunders and a few associates ran a small study on Generation Y in South Africa. We interviewed 144 students with an average age of 18 years old. The gender split was 60% female and 40%
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FaceBook’s fastest growing continent is Africa

MemeBurn is one of my regular ‘watering holes’ for information I find interesting. They featured a post today detailing Africa’s rise on FaceBook (Africa is the fastest growing Facebook continent)   Last year I posted ‘FaceBook’s new Mobile Site’ which
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FaceBook's fastest growing continent is Africa

MemeBurn is one of my regular ‘watering holes’ for information I find interesting. They featured a post today detailing Africa’s rise on FaceBook (Africa is the fastest growing Facebook continent)   Last year I posted ‘FaceBook’s new Mobile Site’ which
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South African bosses are richest – and most generous – in the world

Three recent surveys all combined in my inbox last week, and their confluence draws an interesting picture of the richest South African business people. The heading of this blog is slightly misleading. South African bosses are not the richest in

South African Linkedin Research Report

Linkedin is a great network to take part in. It aids business relationship building, employee recruitment, and idea sharing. I have found that being a part of this network has opened up opportunities to profile myself in a professional manner

Clever way to see how big Africa is – towards ending immappacy

Kai Krause is fighting ‘rampant Immappacy’ by creating inventive maps like this one of Africa. If you’re like me, then you haven’t a clue what ‘Immappacy’ means? Google, as you might expect, has plenty of links (265 to be exact), but

Africa votes more, but struggles to grow democracy

Thabo Mbeki proudly announced at the start of his presidency of South Africa that this century would be “Africa’s century”. That may or may not be true (and China and India would have something to say about it, too), but

How South Africa’s economy could be even better

The Economist, 22 July 2010 edition highlighted a recent report by the OECD on South Africa. This is the first time the OECD has ever produced such a report, and their findings come as no surprise to any thinking person
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The most important development opportunity of the next two decades

One of my personal passions is trying to work out how to help developing countries, especially in my home continent of Africa, can help their people out of debilitating poverty. I believe it is possible. It is certainly desirable at

McKinsey report on Africa – and it's good news!

Global consulting company, McKinsey, have just released a report entitled, “Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies” (June 2010). It was part of a larger “package” of reports on Africa (click here to view them all).

McKinsey report on Africa – and it’s good news!

Global consulting company, McKinsey, have just released a report entitled, “Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies” (June 2010). It was part of a larger “package” of reports on Africa (click here to view them all).

What’s driving Africa’s growth?

The McKinsey Quarterly has just published a fantastic report highlighting what is driving Africa’s growth. There are a number of perceptions about Africa’s economic growth and investment potential which are blown wide open. Interestingly they note that the rate of

Free WiFi for everyone in Africa (one man’s dream becoming a reality)

A recent Fast Company article caught my eye. It was entitled: Kayak.com Cofounder Paul English Plans to Blanket Africa in Free Wireless Internet. This sounds amazing and is worth following. Fast Company give further details: Paul English, the cofounder of

The 2nd and 3rd billion consumers

There are roughly one billion consumers in the world. That’s one billion people who have some money left over at the end of the month for discretionary spending. They can afford (or have access to finance for) motor vehicles and

M-Pesa. Here she comes…

In November 2009 I suggested you should watch M-Pesa, Vodacom and Nedbank. I was right (according to 702). I guess it could be said it was fairly obvious? With all the cross-over in board members, owners, and the move of

Africa’s Gift to Silicon Valley: How to Track a Crisis

A report under this title appeared in the New York Times on 12 March 2010. It’s a great example of a few things, but especially of the power of social media, and the fact that innovation (and competition) can come