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THE EDITOR’S DESK O n 14th April 2011 South Africa attended their first BRICS summit having been


granted membership of the grouping in December 2010. One year on from their first summit we take a look at what membership of BRICS means for South Africa and look at some examples of how it is impacting business both here and overseas. It is a grouping that represents over 40% of the global population. Why is BRICS so important and what does it mean to you? Our government believes, and I quote, that


“the fast-growing emerging economies of BRICS have a vital role in addressing the global economic crisis, thus equaling their status with traditional powers. As part of BRICS, the international community can work together to strengthen cooperation for common development and the grouping calls for further international financial regulatory oversight and reform, strengthening policy coordination and financial regulation and supervision cooperation, and promoting the sound development of global financial markets and banking systems.” As part of this common development our


With thanks to the writers in this issue:


Ivan Fynn, Gaylin Jee, Amanda Dormehl, Stephen Oehley, Bill Price, Prof Vikas Verma, Carol Butcher, Cathy Marston, Itha Taljaard, David Clutterbuck, Richard Straub, Sarah Mendell and Jane Wessels


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government believes in the importance that the BRICS member countries are major export markets for each other, which the figures certainly support: internal trade among the BRICS countries registered an average annual growth rate of 28% from 2001 to 2010, with the total volume reaching $230 billion in 2010. We interviewed DTI Minister Dr Rob Davies to hear his views first hand. Also in this issue we look at the work that the


ACCA is doing in South Africa to help develop those who want to work in the accountancy industry. We also feature a very inspiring interview with Nadine Kater, Head of ACCA SA, and her views on the importance of education. Elsewhere in this issue we hear from SHL with


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their new Leadership Index, something which will allow us as business leaders to compare each year how we rank alongside our international colleagues. We also learn about the Lifestyle MBA that MyHealth-CODE.com has developed with Bluprints, an engaging new programme to ensure that your staff achieve their optimum performance and a work-life balance. We continue our close associations with the ASTD with a word from President Robin Probart about the 10th


anniversary of the network here


in SA, and feature articles from two more of the speakers from the recent annual conference. Our pages are filled with details of different


events and courses; which is information that we have consciously decided to bring to you to equip and develop you in your role as a manager. On pages 26 and 27 we feature a new workshop from regular contributors Dorian Haarhoff and Graham Williams which is taking place in June. We would also like to thank them for the 16 page supplement included inside this month’s magazine. I recently mentioned my Six Sigma background


so I am happy to announce the GreenBelt training course that SSA will be running here in Johannesburg this month. It is not too late to book your place. This is a great way to find out what Six Sigma is all about and how it can help your organisation. In closing my notes, we look forward to our June issue, celebrating Youth Month here in SA. You can look forward to some informative and inspiring success stories. We are delighted also to be supporting Sarah Brummitt with a one day workshop especially designed for graduates to help equip you for business life with vital network and presentation skills. You can read more on page 18.


Please be inspired, and informed. Regards,


Alan


Alan de Sousa Caires Publishing Editor


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