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March27

The economy of doing good

We should never forget. There was a time, in the mid-to-late 1990s, when, thanks to visionary leadership that knew there should never be room for a ‘winner takes all’ mentality, South Africa transformed from a pariah state to one that was the envy of the world and the promise of Africa. Subscribe to Fin24’s newsletter
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January23

SA may be open for business – but will its story sell?

In a recent TV interview, I heard the news anchor note that the bar for reputational tolerance seems to have been lowered in much of the contemporary world. By implication, it seems, we shouldn’t be surprised if standards have dropped in SA, because this appears to be the case even in major democracies whose systems
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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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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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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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