south africa

The economy of doing good

We should never forget. Residents from around KwaZulu-Natal yesterday paid their respects to former President Nelson Mandela who died in his home in Johannesburg on Wednesday night (05 December 2013).Hundreds of people descended on the iconic Mandela Capture Site outside Howick to pay their tributes and to lay flowers at the memorial. Mandela was [...]

2019-11-05T05:26:32+02:00March 27th, 2019|

SA may be open for business – but will its story sell?

In a recent TV interview, I heard the news anchor note that the bar for reputational tolerance seems to have been lowered in much of the contemporary world. Flag of South Africa , This is a computer generated and 3d rendered image. By implication, it seems, we shouldn't be surprised if standards have [...]

2019-01-23T08:39:48+02:00January 23rd, 2019|

South Africa needs a rebrand

In my speaking engagements in South African companies, I’m often shocked by the realisation that many employees – including middle, senior and executive managers – can either not remember their company’s values, where they exist, or are not sure if they’re integrated into performance management. This may explain the seemingly growing culture of wanton corruption [...]

2018-10-17T18:15:54+02:00October 17th, 2018|

SA, so much is still at stake

President Cyril Ramaphosa reminds me of Myron Rusk, a dear Canadian friend and world traveller who passed away a number of years ago. Myron used to describe the USA as a moving target.  "For every bad thing you pull out to criticise US action around the world," he used to caution, "someone else will pull [...]

2018-08-16T09:39:23+02:00August 16th, 2018|

SA’s critical case of broken telephone

South Africa, like all other countries, sends messages to the rest of the world all the time. Flag of South Africa , This is a computer generated and 3d rendered image. Some of these messages are intended, through all forms of country promotional campaigns, to attract tourists and investors. Others are not intended [...]

2018-07-11T11:05:21+02:00July 11th, 2018|
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