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June06

South Africa, our collective amnesia will kill us

I once wrote here that poverty and lack of education were the biggest enemies of democracy. In hindsight, that list was incomplete, and I apologise. Another enemy of democracy is amnesia, especially collective amnesia. We are not dealing with a nuclear family of enemies of democracy, but an extended one. Now, state capture is gone,
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April19

What Do Other Africans Think of South Africa, The Country/nation brand?

Soon after the end of apartheid and the dawn of South Africa’s new democracy, thousands of African immigrants began flooding into the country from across the Limpopo to look for new opportunities and a new life. They would not do so during apartheid, of course, because South Africa was a pariah state shunned by much
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July19

Zuma: Mandela’s nightmare

I HAVE to admit that I find it quite impressive that President Jacob Zuma can keep going around the countrywithout batting an eyelid, addressing seemingly gullible people about the virtues of former president Nelson Mandela and the need to emulate the examples he set, the fight against corruption, as well as on other leadership values we
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February24

WATCH: Why SA’s budget matters to the outside world

Cape Town – The Budget Speech is important for local and global investors, brand reputation management adviser Solly Moeng said. “If people are going to invest money in South Africa, they are going to want to know if we manage our public finances properly.” He explained that if the corporate sector – globally and domestically
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May18

Playing ‘cat and mouse’ with ratings agencies

SOMEONE stopped me the other day and asked me what political reputation has to do with finances, and why it is so relevant to discuss South African politics on this platform. I told her it has everything to do with the matter.   It is not only private companies that trade on reputation: individuals and
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