We are already in the month of May and the days are getting cooler and shorter. Very soon, we will have reached the winter solstice on 21 June and almost half a year would have passed. Now is a good time to reflect on your goals, your achievements, as well as what action you need to take in the months to come! Many of our articles in this edition reflect this call to action.
Featured on the front page is Phumelela Msomi CEO of Natal Razor & Wire, who speaks of his career and the factors that have contributed to his business success on page 3.
Attracting the right clients is crucial for the growth and sustainability of any company. Monique Labat provides advice on how to build business to business partnerships. Page 4.
Also on page 4, Johan van Deventer explains that businesses need to work around the impact of load shedding, to maximise productivity while preserving jobs and protecting workers’ rights.
Marlene Powell says that to make 202Free count business owners are going to have to love a challenge, take charge and care for change to happen in their lives. Page 5.
If assistance is required to grow your company, Aurik works with established business owners and their teams to accelerate revenue growth and build value. Page 8.
The manufacturing industry is likely to experience significant disruptions in the coming years. TWIMS has invested in a Future Manufacturing Management Sandbox at its campus in Kloof Page 9.
On page 10, Kenako Marketing explores the power of storytelling to create an emotional connection between brands and consumers.
In addition, says Ndumiso Sikhakhane, driving traffic and sales through digital platforms is effective for businesses. Page 10
Jacquie Bhana says that students starting their university careers provide a great opportunity for organisations to reflect on their young talent pools. Page 11.
Importantly, Cathie Lewis, Wendy Mahoney and David White have realised that there is a need to help business leaders better understand sustainability as a global quandary. Page 16
In Other Articles
Kim Edwards provides insights into the cost of compliance with FICA against the gains made by charging interest. Page 5.
Durban Direct is pleased to welcome the resumption of air services between Lusaka, Zambia and Durban. Page 6.
Nomfundo Mcoyi, founder and CEO of Icebolethu Group was recognised for her contribution to the fields of entrepreneurship and business. Page 8.
The 2023 Innovate Durban Pitching Den brought together some of the most innovative startups from the KwaZulu-Natal region. Page 12.
Brightening a smile can boost your confidence and make a real difference to your appearance. Page 14.
Lastly but Importantly
A highlight of the annual KwaZulu-Natal business calendar is the KZN Standard Bank Top Business Awards. Visit page 7 for more information on the 2023 categories and entry process.