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Jan 30 2012

The world according to Koos

Published by under Top Stories

Here’s a nice read. It’s fresh from Davos. And it features Koos Bekker, the boss of Naspers.

http://www.moneyweb.co.za/mw/view/mw/en/page295053?oid=560713&sn=2009+Detail

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Jan 30 2012

Ringier to buy Zattoo?

Published by under Europe,Top Stories

I recently wrote (here) Naspers should be looking to buy Swiss-based Zattoo.com, since it’s such a nice web TV solution. Zattoo could be a winner for Naspers in Africa, I thought, where it could be set up to dovetail (compliment) Naspers’ subscription TV service (which is going to come under increasing pressure from mobile TV, on a continent sold on mobile (and where smartphones and tablets are gaining ground fast). [Read on]

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Jan 13 2012

Now everyone can play bank to the poor!

Published by under South Africa,Top Stories

We’ve all heard the uplifting stories of down-and-out, poor people getting small chances and turning them into magical escapes from poverty for themselves and their families. I’ve often wished I could give a down-and-out, poor guy the lifeline out of his misery. But, then I would quickly shake myself out of my dream, because I thought it was just that – a dream I’m not able to act upon.  [Read on]

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Jan 13 2012

You can take a man out of Africa, but you can’t…

Published by under Opinion,South Africa,Top Stories

I’m back from a sunny holiday in my birth country South Africa and wondering what I’m doing in the grey world of Europe. This morning I stumbled on a piece about the Karoo I wrote a few years ago and I liked it so much, I thought I should point readers to it. Here it is.

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Jan 12 2012

Some have it, others not

Published by under Opinion,Top Stories

I’ve written (complained) before about the lack of entrepreneurial spirit among young South Africans, specifically when it comes to the internet.

At the time, some readers might have thought I was just being “old, negative and pessimistic”. But now, you all…read this and tell me honestly that South African students could do the same (when they are not playing rugby or chasing girls).

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