Ghana Economic Forum 2016

Quazar is proud to have played a strategic role in this year’s Ghana Economic Forum 2016, taking place 17-18 August in Accra, Ghana. This year’s theme is “The Ghanaian Owned Economy: Setting the Agenda for Achieving it”. The Forum brings together industry and thought leaders across civil society and business to discuss key issues affecting the Ghanaian economy. The objective is to devise solutions to overcome the challenges facing Ghana’s economy, towards achieving the country’s economic goals. The vision of the GEF is to set the agenda for Ghana’s economic prosperity – providing a platform for the best minds of

Paul Cape: Quazar’s People Person

Paul Cape heads up Quazar’s Human Capital team, leading the way in mentoring and coaching our clients, and is the brains behind our automotive work. Paul’s love of all things fast and noisy started in childhood. Living in Germany, with a father in the air force, he was exposed to speed and German engineering from a young age. After university an ad caught his eye for Porsche salespeople, and he was swayed by the idea of a Porsche company car! The energy to overcome challenges The bug bit – “The industry is addictive”, he says. Having worked with premium brands

Nothing about us, without us

Celebrating Youth Day doesn’t mean much unless we actually start listening to what young people are telling us. I had a chat with Zuko Mhlakaza-Mnukwa, a 24 year old youth leader in Driftsands who has been working for a number of years to create change in his community. With no funding or outside help, Zuko leads a grassroots youth organisation called Driftsands Youth In Action. He has mobilised his peers in creating youth events, celebrating the women of his community and showing young people how to be leaders in their own lives. He’s led the way in combating homophobia and attending

Youth of 2016 – I see you

We honour the sacrifices made by the youth of 1976. The energy and urgency of youth is almost always the impetus that creates great change. Look at our changing world, see who is out there on the front lines, pushing for better – for different.  Today, more than ever, young people are fighting their way out of the neatly labelled boxes the world wants to put them in. They don’t want to be talked at or sold to. They want the chance to be their authentic selves, to have their experiences reflected and valued in the world. To feel heard and understood.

June 13, 2016 No Comments Tracy Engelbrecht News , , , ,

At last! It’s alive!

It’s been a long time coming but our new site is finally ready. 2015 has been a busy – sometimes crazy – year, and our priority has always been our clients. It’s been difficult to find the head space and time to sit down and think of our own needs. The cobbler’s children have no shoes, and all that. But here we are at last! As well as giving us a fresh new look for the new year, it’s been great to look back at some of the work we’ve done recently – a timely reminder of the great work we

December 17, 2015 No Comments Tracy Engelbrecht Brand, News, People, Strategy, Technology , , ,

Artjamming the Quazar way

2015 has been a busy, productive and sometimes crazy year. What better way to recharge the team’s batteries and refresh the creative spark than a session of inspirational Artjamming? We visited the studio at the V&A Waterfront and spent the morning creating a beautiful Quazar-inspired work of art for our office wall. Even those of us who are not particularly arty had a great time letting off some steam and channelling our inner preschooler. Seeing the team out of their comfort zones was a great way to spend a Monday! Kris – Creative Director  

December 8, 2015 No Comments Tracy Engelbrecht News , , ,

Working with the giants of Africa

In Africa we have true visionaries changing the landscape that is Nigeria. A world-class lifestyle destination, Asokoro Island is located among undulating hills in Abuja’s most exclusive district. Combining panoramic views of the area’s lush and biodiverse landscape, with unparalleled residential and recreational facilities, it offers residents and visitors alike a unique perspective on Nigerian living. Asokoro Island is a unique integrated development that will feature its eco-friendly credentials ideal for business, private and diplomatic residence and for work, play and leisure. Even the Giants of Africa agree: Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest man, recently stated that Asokoro Island is “world

October 3, 2015 No Comments Tracy Engelbrecht Brand, News, People, Strategy , , , , , , ,

A wise man once said…

“With enough time and money, you can do anything”. So when we’re asked – can you do X? The answer is always pretty much YES. Barring restrictions imposed by the laws of physics (which we’ve been known to try and bend) – yes, yes we can. The best part of working in tech is that first moment when you’re asked for something new, your eyes glaze over for a sec as you ponder possibilities. This can be disconcerting to others in the room as they worry you’ve had some sort of episode. Actually, the wheels are frantically turning and you’re

October 3, 2015 No Comments Tracy Engelbrecht Technology , , , ,

12 things tech

Coming from a working background unrelated to technology, there are some things I’ve learned – about users and developers – that I didn’t realise I knew until I started writing this. When developing a solution – nobody is as interested in the inner workings of it as you are. I’m sorry, it’s just a fact. Users assume it works – otherwise you wouldn’t give it to them to use, right? But they don’t care how it works. Despite the old saying – “garbage in, garbage out”, sometimes it *is* the system’s fault and not the user. Yup, I said it.

October 3, 2015 No Comments Tracy Engelbrecht Technology , , ,

Asokoro Island – the jewel of Abuja

It has been an amazing journey so far for the team at Asokoro Island. Providing a prestige lifestyle and combined use facility of the highest calibre in the heart of Africa – Abuja – was the vision of the Chairman, Suleiman Yahyah. This vision has come to life with the help of quality designers and architects, culminating in a successful “soft launch”, which produced 47 commitments to phase 1 in one evening. The future is bright! Quazar has had the pleasure of being involved with this project, helping to develop this vision and a set of values for the team

October 3, 2015 No Comments Tracy Engelbrecht News, People , , , , , , ,