KwaZulu-Natal’s businesspeople are very resilient and even in the face of numerous challenges are committed to keep going forward as the articles in this edition well illustrate.
The KZN Top Business leader featured on the front page is Mzi Tyhokolo who describes himself as a typical South African. Mzi has had a long journey within the gas industry, which resulted in his appointment as Group CEO of SLG in 2020, a company that he believes has much potential for growth (page 3).
Many people in KwaZulu-Natal continue to be negatively impacted by the unrest and looting which took place in July, which is well commented on in Ebrahim’s Patel’s article (see below). In response to the need to grow our economy, the South African Chamber of Commerce (United Kingdom) will launch its KZN Chapter in September (Page 4).
Marlene Powell encourages businesses owners to ‘pick a lane and stick to it’. Richards Bay Minerals has shown its commitment to the province and the community within in operates and is restarting operations (Page 5).
Johan van Deventer provides advice on the difficult subject of staff retrenchments while another difficult subject is lease agreements (Page 6).
August is Women’s month, and we are delighted to launch Standard Bank KZN Top Business Women 2021 in a special feature in this edition of KZN Business Sense. Please see pages 7 -10 where we introduce some of these inspiring women. On the front of the special feature is Fatima Moolla, centre manager at SmartXchange Port Shepstone. Fatima is one of the South Coast’s leading businesswomen who developed her astute business etiquette and hard work from a very young age. Her dynamic leadership has produced amazing results at the Port Shepstone incubator (Page 10).
We salute Clarissa Johnston and Laura Strugnell who have recently returned from the Toyoko Olympic games where they competed in the artistic swimming event (Page 11). Also on page 11, Dr Ahmed Shaikh comments on higher education and the need to ensure that curricula are relevant in the current world.
From the health front, Dr Fareed Amod of Crown Dental Studio advises on the removal of wisdom teeth and VR Wend have found a solution to help people combat the mental health crisis (Page 13).
FreeMe Wildlife is a trauma and rehabilitation facility located in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands requiring support (Page 14).
On the back page David White provides some insight into the Professional Employer Organisation industry.
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