Monthly Archives: August 2011

Art – what drives taste?

THE art-loving engineer does not miss a beat when I ask him what he believes drives taste in art. “Tradition, of course,” he responds curtly. “Think back about 250 000 years to when I believe the first archaic human in … Continue reading

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Exporting etiquette: Knowing me, knowing you

ONE of the first lessons in exporting maintains that successful international dealings call for more than just commercial expertise. Ignorance about a customer or supplier’s culture can lead to misinterpretation, frustration, and sometimes even acute and costly embarrassment. You surely … Continue reading

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SA leads western supply of farmed abalone against hot competition

FOR many of us, abalone (or perlemoen) is a word that haunts newspaper headlines, typically accompanied by the words “poachers”, “illegal”, “ban” and/or “extinction”. Here then, is a headline that may surprise you: South Africa (SA) leads western supply of … Continue reading

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Switch off without disconnecting your career

ARE you one of those individuals who were huddled over the cellphone, furtively yet frequently tending to business during your last holiday? Did you assume the SMS-crouch in the corner of the restaurant or pace beyond the reach of the … Continue reading

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