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November22

SA eyes Zimbabwe with a mixture of hope and trepidation

FOR some of us here in South Africa, the temptation has been too strong to resist looking over the fence into Zimbabwe, like kids who have learned that their friends next door have just been given the latest tech toy we also desperately want to have.  We’re like kids who are desperate to see for
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November15

Emulate Mandela – don’t tarnish his legacy

SOMEONE I know, a senior employee in a government owned entity, said this during a recent dinner conversation: “The biggest mistake we made at the dawn of our democracy was to iconise Nelson Mandela by placing him at the centre of everything South African, as if this country would be nothing without him.  “We got
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November09

Amid state capture, SA needs social justice revival

WITH every new book that gets published on South Africa, the depth and reach of organised corruption and the capture of our country’s key institutions by all levels of corrupt state employees gets exposed.  And going by the extent of the rot, especially given that every new piece of information reveals more dots ostensibly leading
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October25

Malusi Gigaba must look history in the face

AMBASSADOR Billy Modise, democratic South Africa’s first black high commissioner to Canada and, later, chief of state protocol during former president Thabo Mbeki’s term, once said this to me: “No matter how close to or friendly you are with the people you lead, you must always wear your tie because to them you are always
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October18

Is it un-African to lead with integrity?

A NUMBER of years ago I accompanied a client to Abuja, Nigeria, for final discussions and the signing of a contract for a project that had been negotiated over several months.  We landed in Lagos and spent a rather eventful evening and night there before taking a domestic flight to Abuja the next morning. The
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