Posts with Tag ‘mining’

2014 – South Africa Business, trade and industry

Business, trade and industry: Mining will have another difficult time in South Africa. There needs to be a focus on investing into workers conditions. There is an unhealthy dependence on many of the mines from the extended families of mine workers. Because of the difficulties mines will still go through, many families of mine workers will have to let go of their dependence on the mine workers and find jobs for themselves. Housing improvements will start to happen in 2014 for mineworkers as well as infrastructure around compounds of mine workers. Government will have positive partnerships with mines in helping with this development. The banking industry will have a positive year in 2014. Debt will however have to be addressed amongst the public. People will struggle with their high debt and there will be many that will not be able to pay their debt in 2014. A drive to motivate South Africans to save will get traction. Unions are painting themselves into a corner with the decisions they have made. Because of their unwise past decisions they will lose favour with government and their members. This will lessen the union power considerably. There will be alot of wealing and dealing to try and get power back, but the union model is growing old and is losing its substance. A new modern union will take form and it will be started by the younger generation. This new union will be strong although it will be small in the beginning. It will grow very big in the next ten years. This new union will open the gates for new modern unions to appear in the future. They are going to be totally different from the present unions: their branding, the way they carry themselves, the way they handle negotiations. They will make the old unions look like they are archaic. Education: The education departments will be under scrutiny. There will be pressure to deliver on what was promised and fix the problems of the past years. Improvements in the educational results and statistics will start taking place from the lower grades upwards. Social issues in schools such as teen pregnancy, child abuse, violence and drugs will be in the news in 2014. There is an educational fraternity that has a heart to see the South Africa’s educational standards bettered and even placed on international standards from grade 1 up to post graduate qualifications. 2014 will be the year of ideation and strategic development to give this fraternity the power and capacity to effect the change.

2012 – Agriculture Overlooked

Agriculture is a very humble vocation. It is most often overlooked and it’s importance totally underestimated. In 2012 a start to the understanding of the position of agriculture will be discerned. There will be a reversal of roles. Many people think that mining (for instance) has the ability to unlock economy. Within the African context the establishment of good farming units will unlock the potential ability to mine in certain areas. It is a reordering of things.

First of all there will be the production of food in an area which will draw the people to feed and this will address the ability to mine. It is important that the humble attitude is maintained – working fields humbly and continue pushing through certain barriers with a productive capability.

Cabinet is in a quandary about the state of agriculture in SA versus the land grabbing. They know if they push this to far they are going to leave a hungry nation and that will deplete their ability at the polls to stay in power. This may be a bigger threat to them staying in power than meeting the demands for land transfer. In 2012 a tipping point will come in which they will not overly pursue the demands for land anymore but rather pursue the countries ability to produce food thus ensuring stability. This is probably the issue that concerns them more than any other factor in the country.

Farmers need to go through a period of storage of produce for leaner years and they must stay in the production cycle, not necessarily trying to convert the produce into cash because you and your animals cannot eat money.