There is no doubt that South Africa has enjoyed a center stage over the past few decades; from having been damned by the world for its previous apartheid policies and then followed with praise and admiration post 1994, when our country demonstrated its first free and fair democratic elections.
In a competitive market, businesses are struggling to find a competitive edge and a unique selling position for their products and services, whilst at the same time trying to deal with a web of complex laws, and increasing pressure to ensure that the company is compliant with sound governance practices.
“When asking companies what they actually
do on a practical level when one of their employees or their employee’s loved ones get diagnosed with a dread disease like cancer, I was surprised to find that most often they can’t answer and have no idea of how many survivors they have amongst their employees”, says Karin Metz, Volunteer Chairperson of CANSA Corporate Relay For Life and Executive Director BNI.
Waste not, want not” or so the adage goes. Yet, year after year people carry on regardless of the negative consequences their careless and wasteful behaviour has on natural resources.
All too often, the dream of setting up a company and establishing a business is rushed into by zealous individuals, eager to make a quick profit.
In some organisations, lip service is given to the fact that employees are their biggest and most important asset.
When you first hear your colleagues discussing the need to draft or revisit a company policy, you may be inclined to think this is a menial task meant to keep someone busy.
Back in 1624, John Donne coined the phrase that “no man is an island, entire of itself.”
Is it not ironic how some people can take things for granted and simply believe that the current presence of natural resources, such as water for example, is in itself a guarantee of a future supply?
The new Companies Act 2008, has been looming over the heads of South African businesses for a number of years, and whilst this has caused much frustration and criticism regarding its delayed implementation; one thing is certain - the Act will bring about lots of change and even further criticism once it is implemented.