Everyone who attended the business breakfast hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, 13 April, ought to be inspired afresh and surely went home with some food for thought.
The lovely new TWK Welverdiend Conference Centre was packed while guests waited for breakfast to be served as well as anticipating to be inspired by the guest speaker. After Jon Hoatson (Tekwani) had welcomed everyone present and thanked all the sponsors (those who sponsored tables and seats as well as the primary sponsors namely Tekwani, TWK Agri Boffins, Excelsior News, ABSA and Thirsti) pastor Sheldon Hallis opened in prayer. Bennie Boshoff then introduced the local Chamber of Commerce to all present relating some of its history and activities. He welcomed distinguished journalist, Alec Hogg and Municipal representatives.
He mentioned that the local Chamber, over and above the extremely difficult times that everyone has to cope with, is faced with additional small town challenges like urbanisation. The Mkhondo Chamber of Commerce is, however, one of the largest in Mpumalanga. It is a non-political organisation that aims at promoting and protecting local businesses and members and they have developed a good relationship with the local government. Bennie left guests asking themselves, “What can I do for this town, instead of what is in it for me?” After breakfast had been served, guest speaker, Alec Hogg (founder, CEO and editor in chief of Moneyweb, as well as founder and publisher of BizNews.com) addressed guests.
He said that it was really a privilege to address the somewhat 230 people present! He mainly spoke about what was going on in the world today, what was going on in South Africa today and explained how his hero, Warren Buffet, became the second richest man in the world. Mr Hogg said that it is important that one should “do what you love and what your passion is about”. That is why he tap dances to his office everyday …
He went on to supply attendees with very interesting facts, discussions on world – and South African affairs and examples of successes in the business world. The business principles he shared revealed great insight. There is no way that one can do justice to his presentation in an article of this nature, but maybe it will suffice to say that it is vital that one should: “Invest in yourself, stick to your circle of competence and remember that talent trumps capital – not the other way round.” He also says that although social media brings its challenges, the truth always surfaces. He believes that we live in an age where talent is exposed and that the world is becoming a far better place, South Africa with it.