Border-Kei Chamber of Business members, ranging from agriculturalists to automotive parts manufacturers, were given the opportunity to showcase their products atthe Business Connect conference.(Image: Shamin Chibba) South African business guru Clem Suntersaid that entrepreneurs are the way of thefuture for the South African economy.(Image: Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Andrew Binning Inkanyezi Events +27 41 363 0310 or +27 82 372 9247 RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town to be entrepreneurial hub • Eastern Cape entrepreneurs in spotlight • Online ad help for small business • SA to host 2012 business congressShamin ChibbaIf the number of small businesses in South Africa increases, the country’s economy will be saved in the future. This is according to business pundit Clem Sunter, speaking to more than 100 entrepreneurs at the Eastern Cape’s Business Connect conference in November.The Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB) hosted the conference which was held at the East London International Convention Centre between 16 and 18 November.Established 135 years ago, the BKCOB aims to promote business within the Border-Kei region. It currently supports 125 member companies that range from agriculturalists to automotive parts manufacturers.Its vision is to lobby for its members; represent them and provide them with opportunities; and provide general services such as hosting networking conferences, golf days and awards ceremonies.The conference is in its sixth year and caters for business-to-business and business-to-government undertakings.South Africa still in the premier divisionSunter took a macro view of the national economy and spoke about the effects of scenario planning, a strategy that uses game theory and allows companies to make flexible long-term plans.He compared the global economy to a football league and said that South Africa still belongs in the premier division, amongst the world’s leading economies.However, the country has a 40% chance of staying in the same league and if it does not improve or maintain its standard, it may soon be relegated and join the rest of the African continent.There are three challenges that Sunter said could send South Africa to the lower tier – South Africans have to make sure there is consistent leadership; that nationalisation of companies does not take place; and that land grabbing is prohibited.He went on to say that a culture of entrepreneurship needs to be fostered in South Africa and that the increase in the number of entrepreneurs and small businesses will help keep the country in the premier division.Sunter echoed a statement made by businessman Martin Feinstein at the Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week earlier in November – that the government should not focus exclusively on creating 5-million jobs but should instead change their strategy to help start up one-million businesses, which would in turn create jobs.Media to play a role in businessOn the second day of the conference, chief editor of regional newspaper Daily Dispatch, Brendan Boyle, addressed the role the media would play in business in the future.He said that businesses and media should collaborate to promote the Border-Kei region.According to BKCOB executive director Les Holbrook, his organisation wanted to pass on the message to Boyle that business needs to be acknowledged more by the media.“When we spoke to members [of BKCOB] many of them think that the Daily Dispatch does not care about us,” said Holbrook.Holbrook stated that the relationship between business and the media has to improve in order for business to gain more exposure and reach out to communities.Boyle also touched on the impact the internet has had on both business and media. He believed that the web is taking precedence over print and that by 2030, print would become obsolete.Future plansHolbrook said that BKCOB’s primary focus for 2012 is the role business plays in environmental issues such as climate change, global warming and energy production.A BKCOB sub-committee, the Energy Forum, is looking to collaborate with the public sector in creating eco-sustainable business practices.The Energy Forum was established as a lobbying group that addresses the generation, conversion and use of energy from traditional sources such as coal, nuclear and gas, and alternative sources such as bio-fuels and solar power in the region.The forum has drawn up an environmental charter that emphasises the need to cut down on waste, boost electricity saving by switching off lights and curb carbon emissions by taking fewer flights.Holbrook said that technology will also be a key focus for BKCOB in 2012.
The police here on Tuesday lodged an FIR against former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand after a student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her.Her father had filed a complaint with the police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by his lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him.Shahjahanpur Superintendent of Police S. Chanappa said he has been booked under IPC Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation) based on the father’s complaint.In a video clip posted by the woman online, she said she was under threat from a leader of the sant community, without naming Chinmayanand or specifying the kind of harassment she allegedly faced.But the woman’s father on Tuesday alleged that she has gone missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram.Her father alleged that Chinmayanand and “some others” sexually abused her and other girls.Chinmayanand has been a three-time Lok Sabha MP and was a Minister of State in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. In 2011, he was accused of rape by an inmate of his ashram.When contacted, his lawyer Om Singh claimed that the leader was being blackmailed and had received a WhatsApp message demanding ₹5 crore.He said an FIR was lodged over this on August 25.The SP said that the video and the message demanding money from the former Minister will be probed by senior officers, and action will be taken against those guilty.
A sum of ₹170 crore was provided to 3.41 lakh ineligible persons under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, the Odisha government has found.The money was transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries under the scheme that was conceived and implemented before the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State.Although one member of a family was eligible for getting benefits under the scheme, the government found that three lakh people belonged to families with multiple beneficiaries. Besides, fake beneficiaries under the scheme included 20,000 government employees and pensioners, 12,000 big farmers and 9,000 minor boys and girls.The government had started the process of verification in the first week of August to exclude ineligible beneficiaries and include the deserving families.Refund planGiving details of the verification exercise, Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo told journalists on Tuesday that big farmers who had been paid assistance would be encouraged to refund the money.As for the three lakh ineligible beneficiaries, Mr. Sahoo said the assistance released to them would be adjusted in the subsequent instalments that would be extended to their families under the scheme. The government employees and pensioners who had received assistance will be asked to refund the amount or else the amount will be deducted from their salary/pension, said Mr. Sahoo.The Minister further said that any genuine beneficiary who feels that he or she has been wrongly excluded can apply online through the website kalia.co.in with complete documents and steps for inclusion will be taken after verification of the papers.
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