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I ended 2014 seriously pessimistic about SA’s economy for 2015. It felt as though we were going into a serious recession driven by rising interest rates and a weakening Rand. I was scrambling to make sure all hatches were battened down and we were ready to weather the storm. And then oil prices fell 50%. Suddenly… Read more »

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  Keep learning. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Take calculated risks. Some lessons only come with failure. If you’re not failing occasionally, you’re not taking enough risk. The trick is to make sure if you fail you don’t go underwater, ie: go to jail, go bankrupt, die…. Read more »

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Never underestimate how many animals prey on chickens. Goshawks, mongooses (mongeese?), Cape otters, dogs, cats, caracals, snakes, badgers. They’re out there and they’re hungry for chicken protein. Don’t just bring the chickens home and expect them to run amok and survive. Have a coop. With a roof and a floor. The night is long. See… Read more »

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“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” -Oscar Wilde   “Slacker” is the term given for assholes, psychopaths, incompetents, and rotten apples that wriggle their way into a company. The safest way to avoid slackers (and find stars) is to use the following checklist: 1. Is he the type of person that… Read more »