Latest: Press releases

Business unusual: SMEs adapting to junk status landscape

Ratings agencies Standard and Poor's (S&P) and Fitch Ratings have both recently downgraded South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to junk status, which, based on the simple mantra of higher risk equals higher return, means that both existing and new funds borrowed by South Africa will become more expensive. The knock-on effect of this will be that lending and seeking loans will become more costly for both South African consumers a...

Latest: Square pegs

Entrepreneur engineers his freedom from the shackles of an office

Many business owners measure their success by the size of their workforce or square-meterage of their shop floors. None of these yardsticks are important to Francois Mouton, a 59-year-old industrial property developer who runs a multi-million rand business without a single employee, not even a secretary. “I have my laptop, and I have my phone, and they make it possible for me to work anywhere,” says Mouton, who literally means anywhe...