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November07

But can you be ruthless, Mr President?

There has been an avalanche of positive hype emanating from several gatherings addressed by President Ramaphosa in recent weeks: the investment summit, the jobs summit, the Discovery Leadership Summit, several walks in communities across the country to address issues of crime, women and children’s rights, as well as the influential company he keeps in the
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October24

Brands in shining armour

When respected personalities are brought in to clean up following political and corporate scandals, we must ask: are their personal brands enough to inspire trust?    President Cyril Ramaphosa Former President Jacob Zuma called on (now) President Cyril Ramaphosa to join him as running mate for a second term in office, in 2014, amid growing
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October11

What are you trying to tell us, Mr President?

My journey to understand the man who is busy completing Jacob Zuma’s unfinished presidential term continues. This while he leads the party to whom they both belong, to what promises to be another watershed general election in 2019.  Several months after he managed to urge Zuma to step aside so that he could launch a
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September12

The silent taxodus

Something in me wants to reach out and give a hug to our well-meaning and indefatigable Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, each time I hear him repeat to an audience of the converted that there is a looming possibility of government failing yet again to reach its tax revenue collection targets at the end of the
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September11

Will Cyril Ramaphosa hand South Africa back to us?

Niël Barnard, apartheid’s last spy boss, wrote in his interesting book Secret Revolution – Memoirs of a Spy Boss that seismic political change was coming.  He describes the above words as more or less what he said to the then State President PW Botha in May 1998 after the latter asked him to head-up a small government team
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