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  • Africa Beckons
    Date: 2018-10-18

    South African-based companies have just under 5500 subsidiaries on the rest of the African continent, according to the Who Owns Whom (WOW) ownership file of 32 000 African companies. These are traditionally weighted towards SADC countries, but the last ten years has seen a surge of expansion into East and West Africa....

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  • Land Restitution
    Date: 2018-06-29

    The ANC’s land summit decision to expropriate land without compensation has raised concerns for a negative impact on property valuation and a consequent risk to the banking sector but it should be viewed in context. Land restitution in South Africa is an imperative if we are to live in a just society. When South African soldiers returned from the second world war the white soldiers were given farms and the black soldiers bicycles. The forced removals of black people from areas such as District Six and Sophiatown shredded the social fabric of those communities and is one of apartheid’s greatest crimes....

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  • Identifying Black Industrialists
    Date: 2018-05-10

    The most recent feature added to WOWEB identifies which of the 17,000 profiled companies on our file meet the criteria to be termed a Black Industrialist (BI)....

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  • WOW 2017 Highlights in Numbers
    Date: 2018-03-19

    Despite a challenging economic environment, Who Owns Whom had a successful 2017. - 21 local and international corporations became new Who Owns Whom clients. - WOWEB introduced more than 30 new features based on customer requests. ...

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  • Black ownership of private companies
    Date: 2017-12-06

    While the subject of black ownership of the JSE has been addressed in research conducted by the JSE, NEF, National Treasury and the Financial Sector Charter Council, no research, to our knowledge, has been undertaken on black ownership of private companies. In an effort to address this issue, WOW economist, Jeremy Dobbin, mined the 8,800+ BEE certificates on private companies gathered by WOW researchers for the WOWEB platform over the last five years....

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  • Implications of the Financial Intelligence Centre Guidance Note 7 published on October 2nd 2017
    Date: 2017-10-04

    In the fight against money laundering and terrorist funding, the intention of the FIC’s recently released Guidance Note 7 is to support accountable institutions and supervisory bodies in the implementation of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (Act No. 38 of 2001) (the FIC Act)....

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  • Namibian stock exchange dwarfs Nigeria's
    Date: 2017-08-10

    We have recently included the market capitalisation of the 19 African stock exchanges under the Exchanges menu and it is interesting that while the Nigerian economy is 37 times larger than Namibia’s the Windhoek exchange has twice the market cap of that of Lagos. The country menu will shortly include African country peer analysis under the ‘Africa Inc’ brand. The Moroccan numbers are interesting coming in third in exchange market cap and fifth on GDP as its economy is largely agricultural based although government industrial policies have attracted Peugeot/Citroen and Renault to invest in manufacturing plants there. ...

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  • WOWEB launches Watchlist facility
    Date: 2017-07-05

    The long-awaited Watchlist funtionality is now live on WOWEB. Detailed instructions to create your own Watchlist can be accessed by clicking on ACCOUNT INFO at the top left hand corner of the WOWEB site and scrolling to the bottom of that screen. All users can create a portfolio of companies and/or sectors for which they will receive an alert by email every time information is updated under TakeOver Talk (Corporate Actions), Notifiable Changes (Company Edits), Company Updates (full annual profile update) and Company Reports (Statutory reports issued by listed companies, SOEs and State agencies). You can also keep up to date with the size and scope of the Who Owns Whom database via in the Stats tab found under LATEST. Currently profiles for 16,443 South African, African and international companies are available in the WOWEB database and information for over 280 industries across Africa. Enjoy working your way through the database and creating your personalised Watchlist. I look forward to your feedback....

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  • Who Owns Whom moves into new JHB offices
    Date: 2017-06-06

    We moved from Rosebank to Bryanston last Friday, 2 June and are now settled in our new offices. The address is on the website. Although our email is up and running, the landlines are not yet operational so please contact the PE office on 041 394 0600 if you have any queries. We are in the final stages of testing a new personalised Watchlist facility for clients which will be available on WOWEB towards the end of the month. I shall inform you when it is ready for use. In the meantime, 13 reports have been uploaded since my previous communication. ...

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  • South Africa's emerging conglomerates
    Date: 2017-03-30

    The unbundling of the conglomerates in the 1990s was probably the biggest restructuring of the South African economy since the discovery of diamonds but it passed without much fanfare....

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  • Who Owns Whom Public Site Went Live
    Date: 2017-02-07

    The new Who Owns Whom public site went live at our address on Monday. Subscribers will continue to access the WOWEB product site by clicking on WOWEB CLIENT LOGIN in the top right corner of the screen....

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  • The Year That Was...
    Date: 2016-12-14

    2016 presented one of the most difficult trading environments of my career. When I expressed this to the non–executive directors at the final WOW board meeting for the year, there were mutterings of agreement. ...

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  • WOWEB introduces a BEE peer analysis and a company transparency rating
    Date: 2016-11-03

    An additional folder labelled ‘BEE’ has been added to the Companies’ file. Here you will find the selected company’s current and historical BEE certificates as well as a BEE peer analysis. The analysis is presented as an infographic comparing each of the company’s five BEE scorecard component scores against those of its peers....

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  • Health sector continues to grapple with a crippling shortage of skilled staff
    Date: 2016-08-17

    The healthcare sector is confronted by numerous challenges, including what is termed the Quadruple Burden of Disease: infectious diseases, notably HIV and Tuberculosis; maternal and child mortality; non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension; and violence, injuries and trauma....

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  • Switch over to WOWEB and further new features
    Date: 2016-07-21

    As from Monday 1 August 2016, Who Owns Whom clients will automatically be redirected to the new subscriber platform, WOWEB....

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  • Entrepreneurs leverage cleanliness
    Date: 2016-05-16

    The soap and cleaning product manufacturing industry has created a number of innovative entrepreneurial start-ups such as Durban- based Elegant Line Chemicals founded by Nelly Shezi in 2007 which manufactures cleaning products and polishes for the domestic, industrial and automotive markets....

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  • The dry cleaning and laundry industry presents franchise opportunities for SMMEs
    Date: 2016-04-30

    Although off-premise laundries have come under pressure as a result of a cyclical shift to on-premise laundry operations especially in the healthcare industry, the laundry sector still benefits significantly from ad-hoc outsourcing of laundry functions by government agencies. A number of franchise opportunities such as Laundry Dynamics, Pressed in Time, Eazi Laundromatic and Fresh Laundry have arisen....

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