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Now is the time of monsters
Now is the time of monsters
Water cannons and stun grenades were used outside of the World Economic Forum Africa (WEFAfrica) meeting in Cape Town this week against womxn...
The shame of being a South African in the rest of Africa
The shame of being a South African in the rest of Africa
My first major story as a foreign correspondent was Egypt’s Arab Spring. I arrived in Tahrir Square in Cairo early on 2 February 2011, which is...
Shoprite spazas serve eKasi
Shoprite spazas serve eKasi
On the main road in Zonkizizwe township in Katlehong on the East Rand stands an unmissable container spaza shop embellished in yellow and red. The...
Rise and stall of Southern Africa’s most remarkable supermarket chain
Rise and stall of Southern Africa’s most remarkable supermarket chain
Choppies began life as a struggling general dealer in Botswana and now consists of about 250 stores in eight countries. But this rag-to-riches...
SA’s grocery giants stomp on small, independent stores in non-urban areas
SA’s grocery giants stomp on small, independent stores in non-urban areas
The Competition Commission has found that small and independent retailers are struggling to adapt to a changing competitive environment because of...
Wiese denies self-service accusations
Wiese denies self-service accusations
We all have heard of too big to fail, but what about too complex to understand?
Skint citizens shun market darlings
Skint citizens shun market darlings
Consumers put the brakes on festive season spending, hurting JSE-listed heavyweights such as Mr Price, Woolworths and Massmart, whose results...
Slice of life: Of durags and a rapping boost
Slice of life: Of durags and a rapping boost
The other day my business venture caught the attention of one of South Africa’s prominent up-and-coming rappers: Shane Eagle. I had seen him at...
Festive spending continues to boom amid tough economic climate
Festive spending continues to boom amid tough economic climate
The end-of-year season is associated with holidays, socialising with friends and entertaining family. It is also the month when the most pourable...
The complex insecurity of hunger in South Africa
The complex insecurity of hunger in South Africa
The Statistics South Africa report on Early Childhood Development in South Africa found that a third of children in Gauteng and Free State were...
Fuel, utilities gobble up spare cash
Fuel, utilities gobble up spare cash
Unless you’re a billionaire, chances are that times are feeling really tough.
VAT not all bad news
VAT not all bad news
The bad news, as we all know, is that value added tax (VAT) has gone up by a percentage point to 15% but the good news is that in today’s tough...

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