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April18

The impunity in the veins of South African politics

So, Ace Magashule gets away with it again, at least for now. But we shouldn’t hold our breath because this seems like it will be a very long “for now” that, if ever nipped in the bud, it will not be stopped by anyone in the leadership of the governing African National Congress or its member base. 
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April14

SA needs stronger institutions – then corrupt leaders won’t be a problem

SA needs a holistic approach to rebuilding its economy; not a piecemeal one – and the rebuilding cannot rely on the shoulders of one man or woman alone; it should be systemic. Or to put it another way, If SA had more powerful institutions, it wouldn’t need to put so much stock in individual people to keep its
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April03

We’ve been touched on our money

A few years ago, after addressing the corporate communications team of a Sandton-based big company on ‘corporate reputation management’, their boss, a lady, offered to take me to lunch so that we could continue our discussions about possible future consultation for her team.  As soon as we had sat down and our drinks were brought
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March30

KPMG did so much wrong. Now, it’s doing right

It is refreshing to see a recent article by the hugely respected Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, now Executive Chairman of KPMG SA, frankly and openly acknowledging the effects of the reputation-damaging conduct by rogue auditors in the name of KPMG SA in recent years.  I like the fact that Nkuhlu was not simply ‘hastily generic’ in
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March25

South Africa’s 2019 election: The change many fear

  I received a long text message from a friend, who is also a strategic sector professional and head of a highly specialised entity in South Africa, over the weekend, lamenting the state of things in the country. He went on to correctly list many of the things that have gone wrong – things that
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