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Secret party funding breeds corruption

Senzile (not her real name) was recently fired from a government department after spending several months on paid suspension.  As a key official in the finance department, she had refused to be party to the approval of a tender that, in her view, flouted the principles of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). Had she [...]

2019-11-05T05:36:07+02:00October 3rd, 2018|

South Africa, our collective amnesia will kill us

I once wrote here that poverty and lack of education were the biggest enemies of democracy. Flag of South Africa , This is a computer generated and 3d rendered image. In hindsight, that list was incomplete, and I apologise. Another enemy of democracy is amnesia, especially collective amnesia. We are not dealing with [...]

2019-11-05T05:36:16+02:00June 6th, 2018|

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 [...]

2019-11-05T05:36:27+02:00April 19th, 2018|

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 [...]

2019-11-05T05:36:55+02:00February 24th, 2017|

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 [...]

2019-11-05T05:37:06+02:00May 18th, 2016|