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CGF Articles & Editorials

B-BBEE: ALL ORGANISATIONS ARE AFFECTED BY BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND THE CODES (2015-10-27)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen and reviewed by Dr. Robin Woolley (Director: Transcend Capital)

With the release of the new Broad-Based Black Economic Codes (‘B-BBEE’) -- which became effective on 01 May 2015 -- there is no doubt that the previous Codes of Good Practice (‘the Codes’), which were launched in 2013, did not have the desired effect.

POSITIVE COPING BEHAVIOUR REINFORCES EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY (2015-10-06)

Article by Dr Dicky Els and Terrance M. Booysen

In a globalised economy excesses and imbalances in one part of the world inevitably affects the economies of another, and this is typically played out between developed and developing countries.  With the accelerated pace of global development, expectedly there is a knock-on implication to increased business risk through aggressive competition and more pressure on increasing profit margins.

B-BBEE: COULD THE NEW CODES BE A ‘STALEMATE’? (2015-09-30)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen and reviewed by Dr. Robin Woolley (Director: Transcend Capital)

Since the introduction of the Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003 in South Africa, there has been a lot of debate regarding its relevance and impact on business and civil society.

LOAD SHEDDING WOES PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR CRIMINALS (2015-09-01)

Take steps to protect your loved ones and assets

As load shedding across the country wreaks havoc in homes, businesses and in the traffic, criminals have not missed the opportunity to capitalise on the compromised security. Countless homes have reportedly been robbed since the introduction of Eskom’s load shedding and there is every expectation that the trend will pick up as load shedding is expected to continue for at least the next two years in South Africa.

COBIT® 5: A DISCUSSION THE BOARD MUST NOT AVOID (2015-08-28)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Kenneth Chikwanha (President: ISACA South African Chapter)

There’s a saying that goes along the lines that “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.  Rather ironically, this axiom was first coined by a French journalist -- Alphonse Karr -- in 1839 and it is as true then as it is today.

PACKING MORE VALUE INTO CGF’S NEW PRODUCT OFFERING (2015-08-25)

Article by CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd

As more companies are becoming exposed to the manner in which their leadership determine their business strategy and engage business transactions, so more questions are also being raised about the company’s corporate governance practices.  Unlike years gone by when companies were not bound as much by various legislation and similar mechanisms to report to the public on their company dealings, today there are far greater reporting requirements and greater numbers of interested parties wanting details concerning companies and their daily operations.

CGF'S GOVERNANCE TRAINING VOTED TOPS (2015-08-12)

Article by CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd

In an independent South African Corporate Governance Climate Survey (‘the Survey’) conducted by De Facto in April 2015, CGF Research Institute (‘CGF’) was ranked by one-hundred and forty business leaders as the leading organisation in the provision of corporate governance training.  Sixty nine percent (69%) of the respondents recognised CGF as experts in corporate governance training in South Africa, no doubt as a result of CGF’s well-known delivery of high value and affordable training.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS: KEEPING WOMEN’S HEALTH TOP OF MIND (2015-08-07)

Employee wellness and disease management issues and their effects on the workforce have become not only a national issue for most employers, but a global priority too. The continued increase in preventable chronic non-occupational (and non-communicable) diseases has expanded to become a growing corporate concern.

POWER CRISIS: CATCH 22 (2015-08-07)

Criminals target generators and solar panels for resale on the black market

As South Africa’s power crisis deepens, businesses and households are opting to beat power cuts by acquiring back-up and renewable energy solutions – from generators that cost around R6k and upwards, through to sophisticated solar photovoltaic (PV) and inverter solutions which start from around R100k.  But as with any industry that sees sudden and significant demand, criminals have not missed the opportunity to cash in by selling stolen property to consumers looking to save a quick buck.

DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF OPPORTUNISTIC CRIME (2015-08-01)

Hardly a day goes by in South Africa that someone does not become a victim of opportunistic crime.  Social media channels such as YouTube are awash with video clips of incidents captured by onlookers, such as this smash and grab incident which took place on Witkoppen Road in Fourways during peak hour traffic.  It begs the question of how we can protect ourselves from falling victim to the spate of opportunistic crime that seems to be an everyday event in South Africa.