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May13

South Africa: A journey towards sustainable recovery

THE successful launch of the Brand Summit South Africa in Cape Town last week opened up much-needed discussions about the evolving country/nation brand image of South Africa since the dawn of our young – and decidedly fragile – democracy in the early 1990s.  Delegates to the summit came from all over South Africa and from as
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May02

Dealing with our wounds

WHILE I admired former President Nelson Mandela for offering to only stay in power for one term, then resign, and for honouring that pledge – a first in Africa, perhaps even in the world – I’m still of the view that his departure from office was premature.  There are reasons for which it was a
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April19

Cyril, show SA you are sincere

MOST of us will agree that there are people who simply never know how to deal with an apology, or the need to apologise.  Let me list three kinds of such people for the sake of this discussion: Those who apologise, ask for forgiveness, promise never to do it again, and then ask that we
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April11

Only strong institutions can help SA recover

A REGULAR reader of this column recently pointed out to me that it preaches to the converted. “Ordinary South Africans,” he told me, “do not read the stuff you write; they don’t know who you are and, probably, don’t even know that you exist.”  He went on to remind me that the people who read
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March27

Without a strong brand, SA will lose its global appeal

The processes under way to understand the reach of the horrors visited upon South Africa by the past 10 years of Jacob Zuma’s leadership – for lack of a better word – will continue for many months, perhaps even several years, before a full report of the damage and the role of each enabler will
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