As Africa continues its recovery from the 2014 commodity price slump, concerns are emerging that unsustainable debt poses the next great risk to the continent. According to Brookings, the median debt-to-GDP ratio in Africa has increased dramatically in recent years, jumping from 34 percent in 2013 to over 53 percent in 2017. Debt levels now exceed 50 percent in 25 of the region’s 45 countries, compared to just 11 in 2013. Adetunji Omotola and Bryan Hattingh share their experiences about operating their businesses in Africa, and some of the challenges they have identified.

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Recognising and overcoming the common pitfalls associated with growth is essential if your business is to continue to grow and thrive. Crucially, you need to ensure that the steps you take today don’t themselves create additional problems for the future. Effective leadership will help you make the most of the opportunities, creating sustainable growth for the future.

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Are we free as business people or citizens… or are we captured by Capitalism? Most African countries were colonised by pushing business interests, thus they are still captured to date.

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For years, the terms “business model” and “marketing strategy” were cut-and-dried subjects. Both company and customer knew what to expect, and the process from touchpoint to sale could drag on for ages. In this linear approach to marketing, companies expected a lengthy time to reach a sale, all but leaving their business to chance, in the hands of a customer who may or may not have all the information they need to make a purchase. Learn how digital marketing has evolved over time and the new ways of marketing for your business.

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According to the latest Women in Business report, only 28% of senior management roles in South Africa are held by women. Furthermore, the report indicates that almost 31% of SA companies have no women at all in senior management positions. Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala talk about women in leadership and they are joined by Nthabiseng Phoshoko, Lebo Ramokhoa, Mathabo Tebello Mathebule, Nelisiwe Masango, and Zi Hatting.

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Companies who successfully implement a customer experience strategy achieve higher customer satisfaction rates, reduced customer churn, and increased revenues. For Women’s Month, the female entrepreneurs we have in studio have excelled in their businesses to satisfy their customers in their service offering.

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There is no denying that women are faced with challenges in the workplace. These include sexual harassment, access to opportunities, the ‘mom’ effect, pay gaps, investing gaps, and more.

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Unemployment remains stubbornly high in South Africa and is one of the greatest socio-economic problems currently facing the country’s youth. Henri Bam is the co-founder of Sxuirrel – a peer-to-peer marketplace that brings together hosts and guests from within a community, to create local, unique and flexible storage solutions.

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Entrepreneurs and innovators fuel economic growth. We rely on them to create new jobs, implement pioneering ideas and attract global investment. Entrepreneurial opportunities of all types exist in every part of the world, and while opportunities may be diverse in different economic contexts, there are ambitious entrepreneurs everywhere with the aspirations to pursue them.

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Entrepreneurs are meticulous about their marketing strategy, they will not compromise on the product or service quality, and will leave no stone unturned to make sure the team meets its target. Their saving acumen and investment insights, however, may be a different story altogether. Ironically, saving and investing money is as important for an entrepreneur as their commitment to deliver value to customers. Statistics show that 50% of enterprises fail within the first year, and 95% fail within the first five years.

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