We are in final month of 2023 and the holiday season is upon us. We find ourselves reflecting on this this past year, which we hope has been as memorable for you, your colleagues, and your loved ones as it has been for us.
The front page of this Business Sense edition features Mohamed Gafoor, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Ithala SOC Limited.
Grant Adlam, publisher of Business Sense was recently in conversation with Gafoor who reflected on his first 100 days in office. See pages 8 and 9, also follow the link to his video interview.
A highlight of the year for KZN Top Business Women was the gala dinner held on the 2 November at the Sky venue Elangeni Maharani Hotel in Durban. This event was an evening to remember. See page 3 and follow the link to watch the event’s proceedings.
The Icebolethu Group were also hosts of an unforgettable 14th Annual Gala Dinner at the Durban ICC. Page 6
Our regular editorial articles – which provide a great deal of insight into business issues – include:
■ Johan van Deventer, LabourNet, who comments on employees’ dismissals based on retirement age. Page 4
■ Marlene Powel, ActionCOACH, gives advice on how to go about shattering the glass ceiling. Page 6
■ Michael Jackson, Cox Yeats Attorneys, provides professional insight into the legalities around water rights and transformation. Page 7
■ Jacquie Bhana, Jacquie Bhana Consulting, is passionate about people development and asks if you ready to take the plunge
and follow your passion? Page 10
■ Prof Theuns Pelser, TWIMS, reflects on a year that has been categorised by excellence in manufacturing education and research. Page 11
■ Sameer Kumandan, SearchWorks, understands and can assist in beating fraud
in every department – a often shocking dilemma faced by businesses. Page 12
■ Lungani Nene, Spot-On Fire Controls, offers advice on fire extinguisher basics. Do you have the correct safety equipment in the event of a fire? Page 12
■ Shadrach Karien, Mi7 National Group writes on elevating workforce health, including the imperative of first aid training and wellness checks in South Africa. Page 13
■ Dr Fareed Amod, Crown Dental Studio, has advice on how to protect your ‘pearly whites’ through the use of mouth guards. Page 14
■ David White, BusinessFit, is passionate about supporting the growth and development of small businesses and has a business development tool for SMES. Page 16
In other articles:
■ Sky Tents offers a tent for every event – which should you select to meet your needs? Page 14
■ The Sappi Khulisa programme has won a Trialogue award for best practice CSI. Page 15
■ Bell Equipment has a new CEO effective 1 January 2024. See
And lastly, the end of the year also brings to the team at Business Sense the opportunity to thank our contributors and express to them, as well as to our readers, season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy.