The year that was and the year that may be . . .

2013 was one of the most difficult professional years I’ve ever had and perhaps the most rewarding personally but no doubt was a year for growing. After the post that started this year I thought it proper to sum up the year that was 2013. It’s funny, my eldest brother, in talking about our business was … Continue reading The year that was and the year that may be . . .

Place of hope, despair, absolute wealth and absolute poverty . . .

Every time I go to India (for context – almost always for business and to Mumbai) I come away with the strangest feeling of inspiration. While it may sound slightly contrived or clichéd it’s completely true. You see our business deals with retailers, of all sizes, in all places. From massive hypers and wholesalers to … Continue reading Place of hope, despair, absolute wealth and absolute poverty . . .

The soul of a country is what gives me hope for South Africa . . .

I wrote a piece a while ago about how when you buy something it should be evaluated based on how it makes you feel rather than any other superficial reason. I had the privilege of heading to Bali as the summer slowly slips away in my part of the world!  Firstly it is simply one of … Continue reading The soul of a country is what gives me hope for South Africa . . .

bi•zarre / bi?zär/ (Adj) Very strange or unusual.

I’ve been using the word BIZARRE a lot lately, I suppose when you live in a place like Shanghai you get to use it a lot (there is some seriously amusing shit that happens here). But, In light of recent events I fear I’m not justified in using it here – in fact the stuff … Continue reading bi•zarre / bi?zär/ (Adj) Very strange or unusual.

The great African problem!

After having dinner with a couple of very intelligent people at the base of the Stellenbosch Mountains, the inevitable happened after a few bottles of wine, a philosophical discussion was sparked. The subject of which was why certain countries succeed and some don’t? First it was decided that we’re probably all destined to fail because … Continue reading The great African problem!

Is this the Proteas team to rid the chokers Tag……

AS you may know by now, STM is not a big Proteas fan! So when we were invited into their locker-room for a chat and a drink we pleasantly DECLINED and sent someone who is a fan! Here is his story! The Protea’s had a locker room function at Kingsmead where Graeme, Jacque and Boucher were on hand to … Continue reading Is this the Proteas team to rid the chokers Tag……

What are the first signs of a nation starting to crumble?

On Saturday afternoon I found myself watching some or other nonsense and intermittently checking Twitter for whatever random updates were available that seemed interesting. I follow Stephen Grootes from 702 and writer or the brilliant Daily Maverick who religiously updates any press conference or interview on twitter and thankfully he reminded me that the Mogoeng … Continue reading What are the first signs of a nation starting to crumble?

Just to show you where STM is hanging out this week . . .

STM has had to hit Mumbai for the week to do some business (all above board we swear) but we thought it would be a good idea to show you! If you are wondering, this is the place the terrorists hit in late 2008 but since then there are blockades for a 100m around the … Continue reading Just to show you where STM is hanging out this week . . .