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January17

Davos 2018: Real progress or just another wasteful junket?

IT’s that time of the year again when impressive, colourful PowerPoint presentations replete with embedded country video clips, photographs, plans to stabilise and grow the economy, figures projecting expected GDP growth, etc are all prepared ahead of the annual World Economic Forum gathering in the canton of Graubünden, just outside Davos, Switzerland, to impress the
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January10

Forging a new way to build a better South Africa

IT SEEMS like South Africans will soon need to wake up to the truth that Cyril Ramaphosa and his confusing top six leadership team were elected for two things, and two things only: the first is to prevent the ANC from splitting at any cost, and the second is to ensure that it retains political
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December13

Steinhoff vs state capture: which is the lesser of two evils?

SOUTH Africans seem to be divided roughly into two main camps when it comes to their views on corruption. On the one hand, there are those who are totally angered by Zupta-driven state capture and general corruption in various levels of government and the public sector.  On the other hand, the focus and fascination of
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November22

SA eyes Zimbabwe with a mixture of hope and trepidation

FOR some of us here in South Africa, the temptation has been too strong to resist looking over the fence into Zimbabwe, like kids who have learned that their friends next door have just been given the latest tech toy we also desperately want to have.  We’re like kids who are desperate to see for
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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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