Category Archives: World News
The regulatory environment is changing based on a society that is more health conscious, advocating for the preservation of life. Increasing of taxes on products such as tobacco, alcohol and now sugar-sweetened beverages are a result of increased lobbying from non-profit organisations who are pushing governments to penalize consumers to protect themselves from themselves by making it relatively unaffordable to purchase these products. By increasing taxes it is assumed that the consumers will use less of the good based on a higher pricing point. The fewer units that are consumed, the less strain on your body and ultimately the longer you live. Raised taxes also benefits the tax man because, from a human nature standpoint, it takes a lot of willpower to kick a habit, let alone reduce your utility threshold. We live in an increasingly stressful world and the products we are told to consume less and less of, sometimes provide the temporary relief we need to get by. A rather controversial but true state of affairs based on our daily trials and tribulations.
Southern Africans seem to be living a dream within the healthcare system. Realities of the healthcare sector within the region is far from what the region exhibits and perceive to have. This discovery came to play when a local Future Health Index, authorized by Philips, showed that only 33% of healthcare professionals in South Africa believe the overall health of South Africans is positive while 80% of the population grade their current health system to be positively; 46% of the South African population think the health system in the country is unintegrated, while 74% of healthcare professionals feel even more strongly about this. The reason for the difference in response between the population and health professionals is related to access to health care. Health professionals largely disagree that their patients have access to care across all phases of the continuum compared with the 19-country average.
Almost half of all deaths globally are now recorded with a cause, new data from the World Health Organization show, highlighting improvements countries have made on collecting vital statistics and monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Growing news across oil exporting countries have been unpleasant. This Monday, Russia and Saudi Arabia announced that they request a nine month OPEC output cut extension. Following that Kuwait and Oman has joined Russia and Saudi Arabia – the two largest producers among the 24 producers who earlier agreed to cut output in 2018 for an extension.
On numerous occasions I’ve been asked what makes a strong brand. An immediate response is the company’s founders. Without a visionary founding, an organisation is soulless. The essence of the organisation is thus built around the vision and mission of its founders when the organisation is established. It is also important for me to mention that the vision, mission and values must continue to be tested as time moves along. A business’ surrounding environment changes; now even more so than in the past. These changes challenge the organisation to adopt and adapt and at times evolve their mission to align with what the market wants. Before this happens a critical evaluation needs to be carried out by the firm’s stakeholders as to whether a change in strategic direction is warranted. This often takes place where the gap between what an organisation stands for and what the market wants is so wide that without change, the organisation risks gradually losing its client base. Remaining relevant is, thus, one of the factors that an organisation’s leadership must continue to focus on as they grow and progress their brand.