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March 28, 2017

Bernard Wolfsdorf: South Africans are Running Out of Time

Rowan Philp

America’s top immigrations attorney makes headlines as time runs out for wealthy South Africans who seek new lives and opportunities in the US....
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February 14, 2017


Rowan Philp

Adding to a slew of other positive indicators ranging from SME confidence and Rand strength to new rainfall and the governance shake-up from the August municipal elections, veteran observers of the World Economic Forum report that “Team South Africa” had one of its best-ever showings at the iconic Davos event last month....
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February 14, 2017

The State of the Nation Address - What will the BIG issues be

Steuart Pennington

After misreading the Brexit vote, and after misreading the Trump election, are we going to misread what will be the ‘unthinkable’ in our own State of the Nation Address (SONA)?...
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May 2, 2016

South African Business and Civic Leaders at Home and Abroad Rally Around New, Inclusive Growth Agenda to Pull Country Back from the Precipice and on a Way Back to Economic Vitality

Rowan Philp

Now calling for support from the overseas business diaspora, the CDE calls for urban-driven growth based on the inexperienced labor force South Africa actually has – not the skilled workforce it would like to have....
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March 22, 2016


Hendrik Pretorius, Managing Partner at Lipson & Pretorius LLP

In this post we provide a survey of some of the most common non-immigrant visa options that we see used by our clients including non-U.S. entrepreneurs and organizations looking to enter the U.S. market....
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December 7, 2015

Africa's Private Sector Needs to Drive Response to Tourism Decline Over Destination Safety Fears

Rowan Philp

South Africa is Africa's Most Competitive Travel Market with a Global Ranking of 48, but many other Country Destinations have Growth Potential with Better Regional Cooperation and Unified Messaging...
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November 6, 2015

Searching for Einsteins: Africa at Cutting Edge of Scientific, Tech Advancement

Rowan Philp

In this piece written previously by Rowan Philp, Editorial Director for SABLE, for AFKInsider, one of Africa's leading minds - Professor Neil Turok - sets out the campaign to unearth "African Einsteins" to unleash the continent's innovative potential....
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November 6, 2015

Africa at the Cutting Edge: How African Innovators are Quietly Changing America

Rowan Philp

In this first installment for a regular column, ROWAN PHILP – U.S. correspondent for South Africa’s Sunday Times, and Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT/Harvard – invites readers to enjoy a welcome culture shock: the discovery that Africans are, in fact, at the leading edge of U.S. high-tech innovation....
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October 20, 2015

How a Joburg Brewery Grew to Become a $100B Global Prize

Rowan Philp

A focus on local brands, beer innovation, and consumer needs in the fastest-growing markets has positioned SABMiller for its $104 billion offer from Anheuser Busch Inbev – which will retain the stock listing on the JSE....
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February 13, 2014

How South African Expats Have Risen to the Top of Key American Sectors

Rowan Philp

In this article first commissioned by the Mail & Guardian, SABLE editor Rowan Philp found that, per capita, South Africans may well represent America’s most successful immigrant group. ...
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December 18, 2013

A SENIOR policeman sagged, weeping, into my arms...

Rowan Philp

Visibly surprised by his own tears, Sipho Mkhwanazi - a Principal Inspector for the KwaZulu-Natal Traffic Police – gasped “my God he’s really gone; he gave us everything we have.” In the most personal eulogy delivered at yesterday’s historic state funeral, Kathrada – Mandela’s oldest friend – had told 4500 dignitaries from  about three dozen countries of his final meeting with Madiba in hospital......
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February 15, 2013

SABLE'S Entrepreneur of the Week: Nicholas Haralambous

David Kitley

Nicholas Haralambous, a serial and mobile entrepreneur, has turned his creative focus to men's socks, founding NicSocks, an online retailer of bespoke men's socks. SABLE was fortunate to get time in his diary to discuss his view on how South African's should overcome their fear of starting their own business, e-commerce as a platform to unlock opportunities...
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February 7, 2013

SABLE's Entreprenuer of the Week: Devin De Vries

David Kitley

SABLE's David Kitley spoke with Devin de Vries about his navigation of the South Africa start-up topography in his four years at the helm of an innovative transport solution that hopes to optimize urban travel management and commuter travel planning. De Vries shares his thoughts on bootstrapping, mentorship and venture capital...
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January 22, 2013

President Obama & Mark's Emergency at the Inauguration

Mark C. Thompson

As expected, we arrived at the White House for a breakfast with Obama & 12 Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. While seated at a conference table in the West Wing, I had a personal emergency. Too much coffee. I was about to burst, but there was no way now to sneak out, so I finally got up as if I had better things to do and dashed down the hall...
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