Editor’s Letter

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Contents -

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!

Paula Ra­bel­ing

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