Are companies not supposed to be microcosms of societies where they operate? If yes (and I hope it is an emphatic one), why are they (companies) left behind the social media growth curve that is driven by the same communities they are part of? Better still, are company executives not part of professional social networks such as LinkedIn? If yes (and in my experience, a good number of the executives are, judging by the growth of communities such as National CEO Network), why do they not think it is just as important for the companies they run to embrace social networks?Read More
I am paying a tribute to a friend and ex-colleague, David Gay, who was murdered last night in Bedfordview, Gauteng, ZA. I am deeply distressed by this. David was a person with a beautiful heart, a father who loved his 2 young kids and who wanted to see them grow and become the best they can be. What’s more, David loved this country and believed in its future despite all the challenges and the negative sentiment brought about by rampaging crime.Read More
Some South African-based organisations are of the view that web-based social networks such as Facebook do not add value to their core business, and thus discourage employees from using company time and resources for accessing such sites. I am interested to know what happens in your company. Please give me feedback as per 2 questions below.Read More
A note to my president, Mr JZ, on how digital communication can contribute towards improvement of public service delivery
Mr President. I am addressing this article to you in my capacity both as a South African citizen who is passionate about his country and an entrepreneur who would like to propose a digital communication solution that will positively contribute to improvements in public service delivery.Read More
Macufe 2009 climaxed with a roaring success this past weekend. This arts and culture event, which traditionally happens in October of each year in the heart of Free State, is seeing exponential growth since its humble beginnings 8 years ago. This year, different attendance numbers are being bandied around, from 100 000 to over 140 000 people. Despite lack of agreement on the actual attendance numbers, it was clear that the city of Bloemfontein was bursting at its seams. Certainly, the city’s travel and tourism and retail sectors were doing brisk business as revelers defied recession and travelled from as far afield as the Eastern Cape.
Now, let’s take a temperature check on Macufe 2009. Take part in this quick poll and see how others voted.Read More
While preparing material for my guest presentation to MBA’s of Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in May this year, I discovered to my surprise that KFC does not have a South African website! On visiting the brand’s global website I found its content to be irrelevant for the South African market. What adds to the intrigue are facts that clearly indicate that this brand has a strong local presence and Internet savvy consumers.Read More