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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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October11

What are you trying to tell us, Mr President?

My journey to understand the man who is busy completing Jacob Zuma’s unfinished presidential term continues. This while he leads the party to whom they both belong, to what promises to be another watershed general election in 2019.  Several months after he managed to urge Zuma to step aside so that he could launch a
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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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September19

Elections: Holding out for a hero

It was recently announced that DA leader Mmusi Maimane was considering standing for the premiership of the Western Cape – a decision that has since been revoked.  At the time, this relatively low-hanging provincial fruit did appear to be rather a strange goal. It begged the questions: Why would he do it? For his party or
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September12

The silent taxodus

Something in me wants to reach out and give a hug to our well-meaning and indefatigable Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, each time I hear him repeat to an audience of the converted that there is a looming possibility of government failing yet again to reach its tax revenue collection targets at the end of the
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