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August16

SA, so much is still at stake

President Cyril Ramaphosa reminds me of Myron Rusk, a dear Canadian friend and world traveller who passed away a number of years ago. Myron used to describe the USA as a moving target.  “For every bad thing you pull out to criticise US action around the world,” he used to caution, “someone else will pull
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August01

Slow down – elections ahead

The first half of 2018 has gone by very fast, filled with a mixture of Ramaphoria, trepidation, doubt and relief following Zuma’s departure.  There were other emotions, too, that left many South Africans either optimistic about the future or, increasingly it seems, worried that they might have accepted a rosy ‘new dawn’ proposal without reading
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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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July18

Will SA always need Mandela?

By the time you read this piece, one of the few world leaders to still make a lot of sense when he opens his mouth, former US president Barack Obama, would have addressed a crowd of some 14 000 people – including our own president, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.   I would
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July11

SA’s critical case of broken telephone

South Africa, like all other countries, sends messages to the rest of the world all the time. Some of these messages are intended, through all forms of country promotional campaigns, to attract tourists and investors. Others are not intended to be sent out there. But they find their way out there, nonetheless, thanks to social
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