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Best Business Reads for the Beach

Best Business Reads for the Beach

The team at whichfranchise have compiled a business book list for those lucky enough to escape the rat race for a few weeks. Relax, unwind but keep those brain cells happy with the following reading selection:

The local choices

Local reading choices





1. Black Like You by Herman Mashabalack Like you by Herman Mashaba

Herman Mashaba is the founder of iconic South African haircare brand Black Like Me. His autobiography is a story of survival and determination in adversity as much as it is a love story between Herman and Connie, his wife of 30 years. With instinctive marketing savvy and a never-say-no attitude, Herman built a remarkable business and became one of South Africa’s wealthiest and best-known entrepreneurs. This book is for those who need similar inspiration to get going with their entrepreneurial dreams.


2. What If There Were No Whites in South Africa by Ferial HaffajeeWhat if there were not whites in SA by by Ferial Haffajee

Never one to skirt controversy, seasoned journalist and City Press Editor Ferial Haffajee contemplates the often uncomfortable discussions of race and privilege. She speaks of a cappuccino workplace; mixed to a good brown at the bottom, a layer of thick white froth and sprinkles of chocolate at the top. She puts forward the idea that the impetus for transformation has slowed and provides ideas on how to get transformation moving again. While not always the easiest subject, Haffajee’s wit and easy writing style make this a reflective and worthwhile book.


3. Lessons From The Boot of A Car by Reg LascarisLessons From The Boot of A Car by Reg Lascaris

Reg Lascaris, one of South Africa’s most celebrated marketers, literally started out from the boot of an old car. Reg relates his business journey, including iconiccampaigns for Nando’s and the first election campaign for the ANC. But the book is not just for advertising buffs; his sense of humour and valid business lessons make this a great read for anyone who dreams of building an empire.


4. Eric Parker’s Roadmap to Business Success by Eric Parker and Kurt Illetschko Eric Parker’s Roadmap to Business Success by Eric Parker and Kurt Illetschko

This book provides the most comprehensive guide to building a small business. From starting your business, understanding every aspect of business from finance, HR to marketing – this book makes a great read for any South African entrepreneur and a good gift for under the Christmas tree.

Some global greats

Global reading choices







Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

1. Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

This tome is a biography penned by technology writer Ashlee Vance who follows Elon’s life from his difficult South African childhood to his involvement in start-ups like SpaceX, the electric-car company Tesla and solar power installation company Solar City. The book explores what motivates Elon and how he drives himself and his team to accomplish extraordinary feats.


2. Outliers by Malcolm GladwellOutliers by Malccolm Gladwell

This is not a new book but it’s a great read and highly motivational for those looking to achieve big things in 2016. Malcolm, who is a well-known author and columnist, unpacks why some people succeed and some fail. He proposes that success is a combination of luck, opportunities and talent with a large chunk of hard work put in. It’s compelling reading, which is why this book has hovered around the top of the New York Times bestseller list for years.

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