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October17

South Africa needs a rebrand

In my speaking engagements in South African companies, I’m often shocked by the realisation that many employees – including middle, senior and executive managers – can either not remember their company’s values, where they exist, or are not sure if they’re integrated into performance management. This may explain the seemingly growing culture of wanton corruption
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September26

Investor confidence begins at home

President Cyril Ramaphosa is like a moving target for many South Africans. Those who remain wary of the ANC – with reason, of course – but who would like to reach out and hold his hand, hug him, take a morning jog with him, and assure him that they appreciate the good actions he’s taken
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September11

Will Cyril Ramaphosa hand South Africa back to us?

Niël Barnard, apartheid’s last spy boss, wrote in his interesting book Secret Revolution – Memoirs of a Spy Boss that seismic political change was coming.  He describes the above words as more or less what he said to the then State President PW Botha in May 1998 after the latter asked him to head-up a small government team
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August08

SA politics: Same thing over and over, expecting different results

The ANC has been in power so long that it is becoming hard for many to imagine South Africa being governed differently or by any other political formation.  Many of the challenges we have faced since the dawn of our democracy persist despite, arguably, an accumulation of billions of rands being thrown at them over
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July25

Why SA needs a reputation reset

Delegates at the 2018 Stellenbosch Business Tourism Indaba came from all over the country and from as far afield as Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and Denmark.   While the main theme of the Indaba was “business tourism”, which has the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) basket of sub-sectors at its core, business tourism is
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