Brett Petzer

Brett Petzer

Architectural graduate, French-English translator, fiction writer, illustrator.

South African youth, BPO and t

South African youth, BPO and the looming skills mismatch

Business process outsourcing has been embraced by successive provincial and national governments in South Africa as a potent weapon against unemployment, particularly among the youth. BPO jobs tend to have low barriers to entry, with most requiring only a matric certificate. However, as the contact centre industry continues to mature and intensify, positions at these centres increasingly demand higher-level skills and experience.

Saffas in Uniform: Luke Flemin

Saffas in Uniform: Luke Flemington | RAF Pilot

Luke Flemington, who was rejected by the South African Air Force only to fly for the Royal Air Force, won the UK’s highest military award in flying for leading low-level rescue missions into Libya; conducted under fire in his Hercules aircraft.

Agang SA will flounder unless

Agang SA will flounder unless it finds a name for its ideology

As Business Day analyst Gareth van Onselen has pointed out, political parties do not deserve our votes until they have nailed their ideological colours to the wall. Between now and 2014, Agang SA wastes every day that it fails to articulate and defend an ideological position that is more than an all-you-can-eat buffet of everyone else’s ideas.

SA Power 100 – 2013: Eric Abra
South Africans Abroad

SA Power 100 – 2013: Eric Abraham

Film, television and theatre producer Eric Abraham is best known for producing the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Kolya (Best Foreign Language Film 1996) but this champion of South African culture also supports Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre and has nurtured many important South African productions to the London stage.

1953: In search of a ‘Freedom

1953: In search of a ‘Freedom Charter’ for the Struggle

Nelson Mandela’s Living Legacy | With the involvement of the South African Indian Congress, the Coloured People’s Congress, the South African Congress of Trade Unions and the Congress of Democrats, the ANC planned a Congress of the People, calling on all South Africans to send in proposals for a post-apartheid era.

Saffas in Uniform: Sammy Starf

Saffas in Uniform: Sammy Starfish | Starfish Mascot

Sammy is the face of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, which aims to bring life, hope and opportunity to children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa by identifying the very best community based organisations and partnering with them to ensure the highest quality care

Saffas in Uniform: Babalwa Gxe

Saffas in Uniform: Babalwa Gxenya | Radiographer

Babalwa combines a flourishing career in the UK with a personal long-term project of spreading awareness of cancer in South Africa, where it is often sidelined by the magnitude of the HIV/Aids-TB pandemic. However, cancer kills, and Babalwa is determined to use her training as a therapeutic radiographer to educate women in particular about cancer affecting them.