Diversity and the JSE
The JSE's exec comprises more than 50% women, and likewise in its workforce. Because the stock exchange used to be pale and male, there was a deliberate strategy, not with the goal of women, but of diversity. Along the way, though, more and more women saw the JSE as a place where they were welcome, and more and more women liked the idea of working there.
In the workplace, women can create an environment that allows women to flourish without asking too much. The advice to sleep enough and to take time for kids' sports games and concerts is relevant to all women. According to Nicky, senior women can create the right atmosphere where junior staff would be able to ask for some flexibility that will allow them time for family commitments.
Bonolo Thobejane, Pebetse Mabona, Carol Kritzinger and Siphiwe De Frend
Strong support for South Africa
Sentiment appears low in many places across the globe, not just South Africa. “I think we create our own destiny. If we spend our lives saying it is all gloom and doom, this will happen. There are areas of excellence in South Africa and we need to give them our support. Let’s not make the mistake that the whole system is rotten. We have to give people a chance to succeed.”
Nicky believes that there are many genuinely working together for a better country. What you read on the front page of the newspaper is not the whole truth. And although a downgrade to junk status might be a wake-up call, it is not a good thing - a country can take at least five years to regain investment grade status.
Be honest with your clients
But the economic climate is tough and market volatility looks set to stay for a while yet. “Tighten your seatbelts for a while; it’s an uncertain world, there is volatility and low growth.”
Natina Thumana, Birte Scheider and Sunel Veldtman
Article by Patricia Holburn, freelance writer and editor