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Africa’s choice: sink or swim

The founders of AfricaPositive believe that, for moral and survival reasons, Africa faces two mutually exclusive scenarios: According to Ted Sceales, the low ground scenario is leading the continent down a steep, slippery cause-and-effect spiral of growing...

Surviving the Sixth Extinction

Does being ‘AfricaPositive’ mean wearing rose-tinted glasses? Quite the reverse: It means facing up to reality and believing we can turn problems into opportunities – even if they are gigantic! That is why world leaders as dynamic and diverse as Nelson Mandela, Kofi Anan, Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, Richard Leakey and the Dalai Lama support the Gondwana Alive Society.

Cycle from Jozi to Cape Town for the Sunflower Fund Tour of Light

Each year thousands of South Africans, mostly children and teenagers, are diagnosed with blood disorders such as leukaemia, marrow failure and aplasia.  For most, their only chance of survival is a bone marrow / stem cell transplant.  Sometimes it’s possible for a...

You can buy someone a home for R1 650

“Land reform” should focus on the 7 to 10 million council-owned township houses in urban areas where the vast majority of South Africans reside and not on 40,000 farms. Initiated in 2010 in Ngwathe (Parys), Free State, the FMF’s land reform project serves to...

Former Barclays head Bob Diamond sees his future in African banking

From the Financial Times: After a long and largely successful career in banking, Bob Diamond, former head of Barclays, could probably have his pick of markets and institutions at which to stage his comeback – whether in investment banking, hedge funds or at one of...

Africa Positive – what we stand for

Frustrated by the exclusion of blacks from the economic mainstream, indeed even from its tributaries, publisher Ted Sceales initiated a movement back in the 1970s to foster inclusivity in the collective mind of South African business. That vision, unpopular and...

Mandela made South Africa reach for greatness

The news of Nelson Mandela’s passing has touched the world. Once in a generation, a man appears who embodies greatness. Someone who, despite every reason to hate, chooses the path of love and reconciliation. Here was a man who landslided the ANC into power in 1994...

Malawi is best performing African stock market in 2013

Malawi’s stock exchange is the best performing in Africa so far this year, with a 71% US dollar-adjusted return, according to Investinginafrica.net.  It is a tiny exchange, with weekly trade of just $400,000, which means small buying pressure can distort the...

Why some countries grow faster than others

If South Africa truly seeks to achieve growth of 5% or more a year, should we be listening to advice from the likes of Germany, the UK and Sweden, or perhaps listen to the likes of Nigeria and Ghana, which are among the fastest growing countries in the world? I suggest...
recent from Domed Housing
Domed Housing South Africans are well acquainted with “rondavels” for accommodation but no measurable effort has gone into bringing them into line with modern construction practice, up until now that is. An ex South African now living in England, Jay Emery, has been working at developing a modern day version of this...
recent from Energy Calling young designers
Calling young designers Entries have opened for the Eskom eta Awards, which includes a category for Young Designers: school kids with bright minds and bright ideas. Here are a few past winners… South Africa is a country full of talent. This is particularly true of the youth of the country – a fact which seems to...
recent from Environment For a few dollars more …
For a few dollars more … Paseka Lesolang can save billions of litres of water for South Africa. Paseka has invented a flushless organic enhancement for standard toilets that can save 140 litres of water per day for an average four person household. It also removes the need for users to touch a flush handle, reducing the potential...
recent from Technology FNB app scoops top awards
FNB app scoops top awards At this week’s MTN App of the year awards the FNB Banking App won in the following categories: Best iOS (Apple) App, Best BlackBerry App, Best Android App and the best Overall App. According to FNB CEO Michael Jordaan “We are really proud of this achievement, and our in house development team, FNB...