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Cleaning the diamond: De Beers' fifth C

De Beers, the world's largest diamond mining and trading company, has been criticised for trading diamonds from the conflict areas in Africa, and thus indirectly supporting the rebel groups in their wars against the legitimate governments, since the 1

Clean Clothes Drycleaners: King Solomon has to go

When Stanley set up a dry cleaning service, besides himself, no other employee had a degree. Most of the staff had limited education and exposure to management. As the business grew, he saw the need to form a management team made up of university or p

Chief Timothy Adeola Odutola and Nigeria's manufacturing sector

Chief Timothy Adeola Odutola was an important contributor to Nigeria's manufacturing sector, creating a multimillion-dollar conglomerate including three factories, a retail franchise, a cattle ranch, a 5,000-acre plantation, a sawmill, and an exportin

Celtel International BV: June 2004

Depicts the options facing Mohammed Ibrahim, founder and chairman of Celtel International, the largest pan African wireless telecommunications provider, as he tries to position his company for further growth. Should the firm, which has reached $1 bill

Capitec Bank: low-cost banking for Joe average

By December 2006, Capitec Bank, South Africa's newest listed retail bank, had come a long way from its origins as a microlending organisation in 2001. Over time it had started introducing other banking services to its entry-level clients, so that by 2

BRUCE CLARKE AT RAND MERCHANT BANK

In August 2002 Matthew Thompson, head of the structured finance division at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) faced an unusual dilemma. One of the top performers in his unit, Bruce Clarke, appeared to pose a significant threat to the team spirit of his divisio

BROKEN HILL PROPRIETARY (BHP) COMPANY LIMITED: TURNAROUND STRATEGY

This case describes a very recent turnaround. It discusses the symptoms and causes of decline and takes the students through the different stages of a turnaround. The case provides a backdrop to the resources industry and shows how sensitive the indus

BRAZIL: WILL IT ALWAYS BE 'THE COUNTRY OF THE FUTURE?'

This case is a revised edition and replacement for 'Brazil: Will it Always be the 'Country of the Future'?' (399-041-1). This case is in the series on regime change, and serves as a basis for class discussion on the problems of exit from import-substi

Botswana: a diamond in the rough

n the years since independence, tiny, landlocked Botswana has gone from being one of the world's poorest nations to becoming a stable, prosperous state, blessed with the highest sustained growth rate in the world. This case highlights the role that fo

Bootstrapping BIZWIZ

Andrew Abdo has developed a an innovative board game that enables students to learn about and practice the intricacies of double entry accounting and business decision in a fun, competitive way. The game has been very well received among university st

BLACK LIKE ME: CREATING A LEGACY PART E

By 2007, the South African business environment had changed significantly. After 1994, democratisation had led to an abundance of business opportunities in South Africa, which foreign firms were keen to exploit. This only served to increase the compet

BLACK LIKE ME: CREATING A LEGACY PART D: THE LEGACY

This is the fourth of a four-case series (803-058-1 to 803-061-1). In 1985, twenty-five year old Herman Mashaba and two colleagues decided to enter the ethnic hair-care market in a politically turbulent South Africa with an evocative name for their pr

BLACK LIKE ME: CREATING A LEGACY PART C: THE CLASH OF CULTURES

This is the third of a four-case series (803-058-1 to 803-061-1). In 1985, twenty-five year old Herman Mashaba and two colleagues decided to enter the ethnic hair-care market in a politically turbulent South Africa with an evocative name for their pro

BLACK LIKE ME: CREATING A LEGACY PART B: STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE

This is the second of a four-case series (803-058-1 to 803-061-1). In 1985, twenty-five year old Herman Mashaba and two colleagues decided to enter the ethnic hair-care market in a politically turbulent South Africa with an evocative name for their pr

BLACK LIKE ME: CREATING A LEGACY PART A: THE SOURCE OF AFRICAN BEAUTY

This is the first of a four-case series (803-058-1 to 803-061-1). In 1985, twenty-five year old Herman Mashaba and two colleagues decided to enter the ethnic hair-care market in a politically turbulent South Africa with an evocative name for their pro

BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

The objective of this note is to define black economic empowerment (BEE) and understand its context in South Africa. The reasons for black economic empowerment and the enabling legislation are discussed. The note also addresses the impact of black eco

Biz Commodoties Limited

In August 2005, Charles Muraguri and Henry Mwaniki, the Proprietors of Biz Commodities, located in Nairobi's Lavington area, in Kenya, were preparing to ship their first container of coffee to the United States of America. Although they had been in bu

BHP BILLITON: THE AUSTRALIAN MINING COMPANY'S GROWTH STRATEGIES

In 2001, BHP, an Australian 'natural resources company' and Billiton, a British mining company, merged to form the world's largest mining company - the BHP Billiton Group. Since its inception, the group has been focusing on global expansions, leveragi

BELL DEWAR AND HALL: A CASE OF BALANCE

To the outside world, Sarah Visagie was a partner at the law firm Bell Dewar & Hall (BDH). But those inside the firm knew that she was a junior partner and not an equity partner. This was largely because she felt unable to commit herself to earning th

BARRY BERMAN: ASSESSING THE PLATES OPPORTUNITY

It was the middle of 1994. By then, 23-year-old Barry Berman had been trading in Cape Town number plates with short and unusual numbers for three or four months. The business was growing fast. But so was the canned fruit business that he had started w

Barloworld: action learning in Argentinia, Brazil and Chile: the ABC programme

The case deals with the CEO Tony Phillips, trying to achieve several objectives through a fact finding country analysis using an action learning programme. For Phillips the programme not only gives his executives exposure to the ABC countries (Argenti

Barclays Bank in Africa: moving on from colonial roots

A cathartic moment had been reached for the Africa operation of Barclays PLC when Barclays Africa Chief Executive Officer, Dominic Bruynseels, presented two options to his team in January 2003. The bank?s performance on the continent had been declinin

Ayolola Motors Ltd: the challenge of growth

Ayo Babalola is the owner-manager of a mechanic workshop. The business has grown from very humble beginnings. It is now unable to serve all its customers. Staff retention is almost 100% in an industry known for very high turnover of staff. Ayo is cons

Avis Rent-A-Car, South Africa

On 23 June 2005, Keith Rankin, Managing Director of Avis Rent-A-Car Southern Africa, was preparing a proposal for the 30 June board of directors meeting. His concern was how to meet demand during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, given the severe space

Associated Bus Company: ABC Transport 1993-2002

This is the first of a two-case series (805-044-1 and 805-045-1). Frank Nneji, having himself experienced the hardships of travelling by road and the poor quality of private road transport, decided to start ABC Transport. His vision was ?to provide ro

 

 

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