Business owners rate obtaining finance as very difficult according to the latest survey results from Nedbank Small Business Index™ . Myth or fact?
Any manager will tell you that recruiting the right staff is one of their most challenging tasks, more so for small business owners, who cannot afford to hire the wrong person.
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Captain marvellous AB de Villiers for his amazing feat when the Proteas slayed the West Indies on Sunday. He scored 149 runs off just 44 balls, with nine fours and 16 sixes, the most by a local and the joint highest number of sixes overall in an ODI innings. He equalled the world record of India’s Rohit Sharma. Div reached three figures off just 31 deliveries.Not:
Nothing can stand in the way of the king’s wishes – this much is clear in Swaziland, where King Mswati III ordered that schools not reopen yet. He made the order so that schoolboys can instead help weed his sorghum fields. And in return, the pupils will be rewarded with a 2015 calendar, bearing the face of none other than Mswati himself.
Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has brought hope to the nation. He’s won 10 out of 10 games since his appointment and goes into the first Afcon game against Africa’s powerhouse,
Algeria, in high spirits after drawing with former African champs Zambia and Cameroon, before demolishing Mali midweek. We are behind this bunch of winners. Go for it and make us proud.Not:
Talana-Jo Huysamer (23), pictured above, and Chantlé Hoffmann (42) wanted the same parking spot in Cape Town’s Harfield Village. So Huysamer, who is white, allegedly shocked Hoffmann, who is coloured, with a Taser and called her the k-word. This kind of behaviour won’t help white Cape Town shake off the ‘racist’ tag it hates so much.
In his quest to overhaul a dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, Pope Francis delivered a severe dressing-down to his senior churchmen in his Christmas greeting, accusing them of micromanagement, boastfulness, gossip and hypocrisy. This comes in the wake of the pope helping the US and Cuba bring an end to 50 years of public hostility. No wonder the world loves him.Not:
Controversial SABC COO and acting CEO Hlaudi Motsoeneng doesn’t seem to have learnt a thing from the fate of former board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala. Under his leadership, the SABC issued another dumb instruction this week: The visuals of the “Pay back the money” parliamentary fracas will no longer be flighted on TV.
Musician John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, sponsored food trucks in New York so that crowds protesting against the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings by white policemen didn’t have to go hungry. They paid for the trucks on behalf of a Twitter-based activist group, Operation Help or Hush. Nice to know the gorgeous couple are good citizens, too.Not:
‘Harsh’ and ‘abhorrent’ were the toughest words CIA boss John Brennan could find to defend revelations that his agency tortured and brutalised detainees after 9/11. Declassified pages from a massive secret report exposed harrowing details of just how the agency operated – and how the US government knew all about it.
Chad le Clos keeps getting better every time he dives into a swimming pool. On Thursday night, he broke another world record and picked up a second gold medal at the world short-course championships in Qatar. The young swimmer is the kind of sports star who makes us look forward to the next Olympics. After all, he’s our golden boy.Not:
We all have bad days at work, but it seems a little career limiting to complain publicly about how much the job bores us. Gauteng’s community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who earns R1.7 million a year, took to Facebook to bemoan the “boring” legislature this week. We’re sorry your life’s so tough, ma’am.
For the small business sector to not only survive but also thrive, it needs to access in-depth industry trends and insights, which is why Nedbank has created a comprehensive Small Business Index for all.
The support by parties in Parliament this week of the Public Service and Administration’s budget plans should be a clear indication of the importance of this portfolio in creating a better life for all.
They understood us very well that where there are challenges, we have plans to remedy the situation.
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What is the point of publishing the article “Race and Cape Town: Your colour matters at restaurants” (City Press, January 18 2015)? It’s a scurrilous article, not based on facts, but on one person’s perceptions. You haven’t even given those much-maligned restaurants a right of reply.
It is a sign of the times when Parliament discusses employing burly security personnel to keep an eye on rowdy MPs in the National Assembly and eject those who refuse to comply with the rulings of the Speaker.