We welcome you to the pages of this edition of Business Sense and thank all our contributors for their valued inputs.
We are very proud to recognise some of the phenomenal women in KwaZulu-Natal who participated in the grand finale of the Standard Bank KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Women 2021 initiative, which took place at a hybrid event on 18 November at the Coastlands uMhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre. (Pages 7-10)
One of these women, Nomfundo Mcoyi, the founder and CEO of the Icebolethu Group, is featured on the front cover of this edition. The multi-skilled entrepreneur and passionate community builder who is based in KwaZulu-Natal has had many successes over the past twelve years. (Read more on page 3).
Another of these women, Fée Halsted, the founder of Ardmore and creative director of Ardmore Ceramics Studio, was awarded the South African Presidential Award ‘The Order of Ikhamanga’. (Page 10).
We congratulate the Durban Chapter of the South Africa Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom (SA Chamber UK) on its launch and participation in the KwaZulu-Natal Business Chamber Council (KBCC), which will be to mutual benefit. (Page 2).
Some of the other articles include:
• Marlene Powell who provides some tips that will help you create a solid work-life balance. (Page 5)
• Implementing a strategy of Business to Business (B2B) linkages to secure new markets, new suppliers or new clients is critical says Monique Labat who offers her advice on creating these linkages. (Page 5)
• The BBBEE verification process can be made simple by using the preparation steps suggested by Almeri du Toit from LabourNet. (Page 6)
• David White, CEO of DRG Outsourcing reflects on the importance of ‘Living in harmony and fulfilment on our planet’. (Page 16)
The year 2021 is drawing quickly to a close and the continued presence of Covid-19 ensures that there is much about this year (and the previous one) that we may want to leave behind. The coming year offers opportunities (and challenges) for continued new ways of ‘being’ in the work place and at home.
Current trends show that many business models have changed and will continue to do so as we navigate the new normal, which will include Covid-19. How we respond to these changes is critical, as we need to make provision for them in any planning strategies, so that we can achieve our goals for 2022.
The team at Business Sense wish you a happy holiday season and a new year filled with joy, health, and prosperity.