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Recent events in South Africa regarding the cost of energy have highlighted the absolute necessity for energy conservation. Seen against a history of cheap power for the last 50 years, the recent changes have impacted strongly on many companies. I have previously written articles on this topic, as far back as 2006, long before the …

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The control function of management is to ensure that the performance of the company approximates the estimates and budgets as closely as possible. Management control can be seen as a way to safeguard the safety of investor funds. It can also be seen as a continuous system of monitoring performance of assets, irrespective of what …

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Leaders have responsibilities to the shareholders to ensure that the skills and knowledge which the company pays for, and expects in return the deliverables previously agreed to at the time of the contract inception, are used to further and promote the interests of the company. Companies must also take into account the inherently temporal nature …

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Future managers will be managers in a rapidly changing environment. Technological and social change has become faster than ever before in the history of business, traditional means of communication have disappeared in a matter of a short space of years, things such as the fax machine, the typewriter and the teletype have all gone the …

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With the recent Eskom announcements and the uncertainty surrounding them, many businesses in the plastics industry are weighing up their options with regard to ballooning energy costs. If we are to believe Eskom, then the reality is that in a few months if nothing is done by many smaller companies, energy costs will drive them …

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