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Making a real impact

This edition of Business Sense falls at the end of Women’s Month in South Africa. National Women’s Day on the 9 August commemorates the day in 1956 when Rahima Moosa, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and Sophie Williams de Bruyn led thousands of women in the march to the Union Buildings to protest against apartheid pass laws. Each year we continue to celebrate the achievements of women from all walks of life as well as assess the success and failures in gender equality.

As such we look forward to the KZN Top Business Women 2023 powered by DRG, BusinessFit and Mangwanani African Spa, which kicked off this month. The theme ‘Celebrate the Extraordinary’ gives recognition to all the participating women who have set strong examples and make a real impact in the workplace and in society.

Many other organisations and companies such as the Zululand Chamber of Commerce, Icebolethu Group and Sappi have also recognised the month through different initiatives, which are featured.

This edition also includes the Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards 2023 supplement. We are delighted to feature Shadrach Karien, CEO of Mi7 National Group on the front page. The Mi7 National Group were the winners of the KZN Top Business Brand Award.

And in the vein of recognition, the book entitled, ‘The Unsung Heroes’, which pays tribute to over 40 people, who have made an invaluable contribution to society but have flown under the radar was recently launched.

Other articles from our editorial partners, which are aimed at building productive and compliant workplaces, include:

· Does my company need to be B-BBEE compliant?

· Fuelling vibrancy in an economy

· Every business needs a roadmap to success

· Business has a role in supporting mental health

· Wheels in motion to upskill leadership

· Do you know your customer?

· Protecting your company assets

BRICS has been top of mind in August and eThekwini hosted a trade and investment seminar for foreign delegates to promote economic collaboration and attract foreign investment to South Africa. Significantly, breaking ground was the R1.9-billion Giba Business Estate, which is the largest light industrial and logistics development (and investment) within Durban’s Outer West in more than three years.

Further to South Africa’s economic recovery, SMEs hold the key, explains David White. In order to do so they need effective encouragement and opportunity from larger organisations and support and guidance from business mentoring companies.

As said Oprah Winfrey, “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are. You get in life only what you have the courage to ask for.”


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