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Why in Tight Budget Times, Funding for Economic Development Is More Important Than Ever

Why in Tight Budget Times, Funding for Economic Development Is More Important Than Ever In South Africa, national and provincial Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) and Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) starts their financial years from April 1 and isn’t not April fool’s joke! For municipalities, their financial year begins on the 1st of July each year. After the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by the President of the Republic in February, comes the budget speech by the Finance Minister. Provinces then hosts their State Of the Province

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: economy|0 Comments

2019 Budget: An Election Budget That Will Still Manage to Keep Rating Agencies Happy and Business Optimistic

2019 Budget: An Election Budget That Will Still Manage to Keep Rating Agencies Happy and Business Optimistic This 2019 Budget analysis does three things. First, it highlights announcements in the 2019 Budget, which relate to economic and business development. Secondly, it provides a critique of the budget content. Thirdly, it outlines ways in which I think economic growth should progress post-budget and post the 2019 General Election. The 2019 Budget was a highly politicised and a Thuma-Mina (Send Me) affair, coming just 76 days before a General

By | March 2nd, 2019|Categories: economy|0 Comments

Entrepreneurs Love To Network, But Are They Really Good At It?

Entrepreneurs Love To Network, But Are They Really Good At It? We are all guilty of huddling in the same groups, talking to the same people at meetings and conferences. It is nice to catch up with old friends, but meeting new people opens new doors of opportunity. To survive as a business owner, and entrepreneur, you must create personal and professional networks. These networks serve several major functions. First, they provide a source of emotional support. Your ability to attract projects depends to a great

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: economy|0 Comments

This Year’s Outlook: How Will the Economy Perform in 2019?

This Year’s Outlook: How Will the Economy Perform in 2019? January is my busiest month of the year as an economic growth strategist. Ordinary people, partners, friends and clients want to know what the economy will be like in the year ahead. For businesses, economic forecasts are important for production, sales and hiring plans. Government officials want to know what the economy will mean for their tax revenues and public expenditures. And, of course, the relative strength or weakness of the economy is one of the

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: economy|0 Comments