Africa Dispatches: Know where to grow

Reductive perceptions of Africa persist, but numbers shatter continental clichés. In the next five years, over half the world’s fastest-growing economies will be African. A Mark Magazine: Africa Dispatches feature by Mandy de Waal (@mandyldewaal).

Finding Cape Town’s Design Voice

Can Cape Town become to Johannesburg what Austin is to Dallas, Barcelona is to Madrid or San Francisco is to LosbAngeles – not as big, not as industrial but certainly more creative, entrepreneurial and tech-centric? Gavin Levinsohn, CEO of Ogilvy Cape Town asks the question, but already it seems rhetorical.

Jozi better than Moscow – survey

Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban are amongst the top 65 business cities in emerging economies according to a new survey by Mastercard. “With the most cities in the Index outside the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China), South Africa’s strong showing may reflect the ongoing opening of Africa to Western products, services and companies,” …

General Motors keep on sinking

Chances for a bail out for the embattled General Motors are fading, according to the New York Times. It seems the bail bill faces ‘unsurmountable’ opposition on the Hill. The White House is also opposed to the bill – warning against throwing taxpayer money at companies that may not be salvageable (for one George Bush …

BROKER — What my broker has made me

An email with entitled Updated Financial Terminology is currently doing the rounds. Some of the redefined terms; VALUE INVESTING — The art of buying low and selling lower. P/E RATIO — The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing. BROKER — What my broker has made me. INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR — Past …

No soothing ads for SA’s banking consumers

The world markets are in turmoil. The JSE plummets, the Rand slides, banks fail in US and Europe. It’s a crisis. Time for marketing departments to go in overdrive and reassure consumers that everything is OK. Your money is save with us. Not in SA.

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