MAGAZINE // 2014 Titans - Building Nations


The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is a South African government institution accountable to the minister of transport. SAMSA was established on 1 April 1998 in terms of the South African Maritime Safety Authority Act 5 of 1998 and is governed by a board made up of the chief executive officer (CEO) and six non-executive members, including the chair and deputy chair, as appointed by the minister. The organisation’s objectives are to be a leader and champion in respect of South Africa’s maritime interests, to be the custodian and steward of maritime policy, to be a vigorous promoter of the maritime sector, and to give full effect to its obligations for the benefit of all stakeholders.


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The South African Airways (SAA) brand is a strong one, not only domestically, regionally but intercontinentally. The airline has a track record for being on time every time; a success it carries with pride as it soars to greater heights  into the future, says Monwabisi Kalawe, the Chief Executive Officer of SAA. “I recently had a conversation with a man who has worked for reputable and big airline companies. He described SAA in glowing terms and, to me, this said the SAA brand is associated with all that is positive about the country. We need to leverage and capitalise on this in addition to the impeccable safety record that has become synonymous with SAA,” shares Kalawe. 


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Vasi Govinder comes from a family of hard-working entrepreneurs who value education highly. It is no surprise, then, that she started working in the debt-collection office of a law firm while completing her law degree. Today, she is the Director of TSLS Holdings, an organisation that she has grown organically to encompass three subsidiary companies active in debt collection, water filtration and telecommunications. Vasi explains her strategy for growth through diversification, and how the principles of respect and kindness underpin her business philosophy.


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CASE IN POINT // Mabatho Events

With its main centre of operations located in the Centurion area of the capital city, Pretoria, Mabatho Events and Promotions’ scope reaches far and wide. An events and promotions company that offers a total package in this respect, Mabatho Events and Promotions services the following areas of South Africa: the Pretoria areas of Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, Mabopane, Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and Centurion; Midrand; the Johannesburg central business district; Soweto; the East and West Rand; North West; Vaal; Mpumalanga; and Limpopo..


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GOING GREEN // Africa as a Global Dumping Ground

While African leaders are demanding tougher laws to end the influx of electronic waste amid renewed concerns over toxic components, horror stories continue to find their way into the press, as the continent stills seems to be regarded as the Western world’s dumping ground.


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SKILLS TRANSFER // New Life in Manufactoring

IDC has recently recorded increasing interest in 3D printing-related topics and opportunities from the media and manufacturing audience across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA). Back in the 1980s, 3D printing started as a production alternative for the creation of prototypes in various manufacturing facilities. Today, 3D printing technology is still used primarily for prototyping and distributed manufacturing, but we are seeing valuable new applications in construction, architecture, industrial design, the automotive industry, aerospace, engineering, the military, medical industries, fashion, footwear, jewelry, art, education, food, and many other fields. And in light of such promising developments, IDC expects worldwide shipments of 3D printers to rocket from just 22,542 units in 2012 to a remarkable 283,435 units in 2017.


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SKILLS TRANSFER // The Benefit of Men as Mentors

According to an article in Forbes Magazine, a survey of 4 000 MBA graduates of top schools in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States of America, highlighted an incredible achievement gap. Both sexes were equally likely to have an active mentor relationship, yet, in their first jobs post-MBA, mentored men had starting salaries of USD9 260 more than those of mentored women. Moreover, the men were promoted more frequently and with greater salary increases, receiving raises of 21% per promotion, compared with just 2% for women. This was true even when years of experience, industry and region were considered.


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SKILLS TRANSFER // World Population Trends

With the world’s population estimated currently at 7 billion, projected to reach 8.9 billion by 2050 and expected to reach a peak of 9.22 billion by 2075, massive pressure and opportunities will develop for numerous business sectors and industries.


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SKILLS TRANSFER // Traversing the African Continent

It is common knowledge the world over that Africa, once termed the Dark Continent of the world, has, in a matter of decades, risen to become the world’s playground for investors and businesses that want to realise real growth and profits. Yet, at the same time, many travellers, and business people in particular, still believe, wrongly, that Africa is one vast forest that is awash with apes and that barbaric and savage ways are still the order of the day. But, having been in Africa all of my life, the situation on the ground is not nearly as bad as the continent’s detractors would have the rest of the world believe. Nonetheless, there are hot spots on the continent and in African countries and one would do well to take heed of a few tips on how to traverse the continent safely and, hopefully, successfully.


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