There used to be a time when people left school or university, found a job, and worked in that company (or perhaps two, maximum three companies) until it was time for them to retire. We know that times have changed and the job security is no longer guaranteed – and that the youth prefer to job-hop in the interests of better opportunities and better pay.

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KPMG’s annual Global CEO Outlook included a South African viewpoint for the first time this year. The report found that the next three years will be a time of unprecedented change and significance for businesses around the world – including Africa – but growth will be moderate.

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Space is littered with debris. Defunct spacecraft and satellites, abandoned rocket stages, and fragments created from erosion, disintegration, and collisions are spoiling the great reaches of space around Earth.

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In a country like South Africa where infrastructure ranges between first and third world standards, citizens have become used to the dichotomy of having pristine 10 lane highways as well as roads full of potholes. Similarly, every resident of the country’s main cities knows what it’s like to be stuck in gridlock because traffic lights, or “robots” as many call them, don’t work.

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The “green economy” is becoming less of a buzzword and more of a reality, as various non-profit – and for profit – organisations continue to invest in creating sustainable jobs and sustainable industries. The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), for example, has initiated three programmes that are aimed at growing South Africa’s green economy and ensuring its sustainable development.

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The 1940’s were a decade of engineering innovation and advances the like of which the world had not seen until then. From large scale production lines to the atomic bomb, the 1940’s set the stage for much of the modern technology we rely on today.

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Many companies toe the party line as far as Corporate Social Investment (CSI) is concerned, but rarely do they do more than pay money towards worthy causes through faceless and nameless accounting departments. However, the rare few that put their mouth – and brand – where their money is are finding that not only are they making the country, and the world, a better place, their brand really is being bolstered as a result.

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A few years ago, Seemahale Telecoms, through its subsidiary Mint Electronics, launched a local range of smartphones and tablets. Intended to bring affordable smartphones to the masses, the devices are slowly making their way on to the market.

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Africa in general – and South Africa specifically – has bad news coming out of it far more often than good news or uplifting stories. But every so often, the continent and the country shine a light on how amazing people can be when they set their minds to something.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.