Africa is certainly not for sissies – Financial Mail

Consumer goods group Tiger Brands’ expansion into the rest of Africa has very much been a case of a “cat on a hot tin roof”. Its experiences in Nigeria and now Kenya have exposed some bad or rather rushed decisions by CEO Peter Matlare and his executives. This has pushed the group into a quandary. […]

Fat margins are a luxury – Financial Mail Investors Monthly

Tiger Brands has not only come under pressure from its offshore operations, its South African business has also been up against a wall in the past couple of years. Since the days of the recession, consumer spending has yet to fully recover, which means growth in the consumer goods industry largely remains subdued. Ongoing job […]

Successful diversification in the sugar industry – Finweek

The sugar producing business is cyclical by nature, as illustrated by the impact of a drought on the recent results from Tongaat Hulett and Illovo Sugar, the giants of the local industry.¬†Both companies have worked hard in recent years to diversify their businesses, including into downstream operations such as ethanol and furfural production, electricity co-generation […]

Hospitals nervous ahead of probe – Citizen

Netcare, Life Healthcare (LHC) and Mediclinic are expected to take some heat when the delayed hearings of the Competition Commissions’ inquiry into the private health care market start. The three listed hospital groups dominate the private hospital market and, although none has a market share of more than 35%, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi contends each […]

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