This month is dedicated to commemorating the masses of women who marched in protest against the pass laws of South Africa on 9 August 1956. August also serves as a reminder of the different struggles women of South Africa still have to face. Someone who knows about this, specifically about the abuse that many women go through in their own homes, is Daleen Labuschagne, the CEO of the Khula Development Group. In Encouraging Strength in Women on page 29, Labuschagne speaks about the role of the Khula Development Group, as well as what she wishes she could tell all women who are in an abusive situation.
Women have made great strides in gaining equality, and today we are able to celebrate some incredible women in the business sector who have garnered success. One such woman is Janine Janse van Rensburg, the founder of Poise Brands; turn to A Poised Success on page 43 to read more about the journey of Janse van Rensburg with her company, Poised Brands.
Regarding women in business, it is proven that having a diverse workforce is better for business, as it cultivates an environment with many points of view and opinions, leading to more creativity and broadening the appeal of the business to a wider client base. In Workplace Diversity makes Business Sense on page 63, Kimberley Axon, Head of People Services at Sage Africa and Middle East, goes through the benefits of diversity in a company.
Moving onto finance and investing, this climate South Africans find ourselves in seems to be an unfavourable one. With the downgrades hitting the economy of the country hard, many people are thinking about how to invest in these uncertain times. In Investing in Post-downgrade SA on page 53, Paul Leonard, CFP®, Citadel Regional Head, explains the dos and don’ts of investing in this uncertainty while reiterating that panicking is the worst thing you could do.
If the economy of the country has you down, and you want to turn to comfort food to sooth, then you should read Comfort Eating is Triggered by Nurture on page 69. Studies have shown that the reason some people turn to a giant pizza when distressed has a lot to do with how they were brought up.
If you are looking for vacation ideas for the upcoming holiday season, this edition of PREMIER has some fantastic ones. From the ultimate adventure that is a stay at Leobo Private Game Reserve in Limpopo on page 48 to the unsurpassed beauty that is Barcelona on page 38, the travel features of this edition will have you daydreaming of paintballing from helicopters and the masterpieces of Gaudí.
I hope that you enjoy this edition of PREMIER; safe travels!