VIEWPOINT: Thinkers and doers

There are two types of people in the world – thinkers and doers. Which one are you?” Thinkers are open to new ideas and concepts and are constantly thinking outside the box trying to improve or change the way things are done. On the other hand, to be blunt, they don’t always have balls. Fear…

LIFESTYLE: Motoring: NISSAN ALMERA

Nissan has reincarnated the Almera, which was a popular vehicle amongst many consumers, especially the rental car companies. The new Almera, although bigger, does not look oversized from the outside. On the contrary, the inside feels spacious and airy thanks to the large windows, while the boot will swallow whatever you throw at it with…

VIEWPOINT: Smart bosses smarter teams

I once heard a line of leadership advice that seemed so counter-intuitive in theory, and yet produced such brilliant results in practice, that I never forgot it. I was told: “Always be smart enough to hire people brighter than yourself.” At first, I was a little taken aback. In the dog-eat-dog world of corporate business,…

VIEWPOINT: Investment in children

It is estimated to cost between R2 million and R4,5 million to raise and educate a middle-class child in South Africa, depending on private school and tertiary education (never mind postgraduate and professional qualifications). In the US, CNN estimated the cost at $241 000 to the age of 18, excluding college. Furthermore, the UK Guardian…

Special Report – Accounting education A new way forward?

“South Africa has a pressing need for more graduates of good quality, to take forward all forms of social and economic development” – Council for Higher Education (CHE)1. Within South Africa’s developing economy, accounting education at universities faces several challenges, including underprepared students, curriculum overload, and the need to apply a principle-based teaching model in…