Saying Thank You

Team South Africa in the US has launched the Siyabonga Business Awards to recognise Global South Africans and American companies and NGO for their contributions to the growth of the South African economy. This year’s GSA awardees were Soula Proxenos and Albert Maartens.

Accidentally (but Blessedly) Global

“We have achieved some great things in our miracle nation, but there is much more to be done,” says Soula Proxenos, co-winner of the 2014 Siyabonga Global South African Award. “For all of us who have had privilege and opportunity, we need to give back.”

Sales Pitch

What to believe? And ad that baldly states that South Africa is a great place to invest? Or the hundreds of US companies that are already doing business there? Here’s an ad I’d love to run.

Not So Glum

South Africans are markedly happier about the state of their country than they were 12 years ago, according the Pew Research Centre’s latest global attitudes survey. They also also more upbeat about their economic prospects.

Impatient with the Status Quo

At the start of what it is calling “the fifth administration”, South Africa’s ruling ANC has heard the wake up calls it has been getting from markets, rating agencies and, when the May election results are parsed in detail, the voters.