Starbucks founder Howard Schultz recently presented a stirring commencement speach at Arizona State University. Raised in poverty and driven by a higher purpose to create his massive multinational which now employs 300 000 people, Schultz told the story of his South African Ubuntu discovery, encouraging the graduates of the US’s biggest university to apply its lesson in their own lives.
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The latest major health survey from Stats SA reveals that only 23% of South African toddlers are fed a diet considered to be adequate in terms of child nutrition. The implications are frightening. As a new book by agricultural economist Dr Tracy Ledger makes clear, at the heart of the country’s hunger crisis is the government’s failure to rein in the rampant profiteering of big food retailers.
SA’s poultry producers have had their feathers plucked from the cheap bone-in chicken imports from the US and Europe, and the sustained drought across the country. But a new factor is leading to bleeding sales in SA’s big chicken business – the recently minted brine regulations.
Those with a sweet tooth will have noticed that, alongside the coffee culture boom, the world of cakes and croissants has become big business. In March, the French brand, Paul Bakery, opened in Melrose Arch, throwing down the gauntlet to local incumbents, and here lies an interesting tale!
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