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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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November03

Solly Moeng: South Africa, a captured country

IF I didn’t know better, I would have rushed to accuse organisers of various Black Monday pickets against farm murders across the country of colluding with President Jacob Zuma and his spin doctors.    The mess we’re in How else would anyone expect me to take it when news coverage of their country-wide pickets easily
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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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October04

Why KPMG should fall

A PART of me would like to muster the necessary ubuntu to sympathise with people who argue that KPMG should not be allowed to fall as a result of bad conduct by, ostensibly, only a few senior consultants.  Accordingly, it would not be fair to make the claimed 95% of the KPMG employees, who apparently
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