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Public service for a new era: how to outmanoeuvre shifts in...

After months of managing the COVID-19 crisis, people and businesses are depending on the public sector to guide them through the next several months and possibly years of uncertainty. It’s time to capitalise on what’s been achieved via the new policies and service delivery models that were developed in response to the crisis.

Protecting South Africa’s biodiversity – little steps can be made by...

For the past 50 years, human activities have dramatically reduced biodiversity across the globe. We have, through our actions, extinguished our habitats and reduced populations of plants and wild animals by up to 60% so that today, our natural resources and the species on our planet are under threat – from us.

What does our future look like if leaders refuse to be...

During the years of President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, the country experienced many great governance challenges which played out in the courts and the public domain. The Public Protector at the time  - Ms. Thuli Madonsela - appeared to be winning the battle against corruption, notwithstanding the great odds that she was facing.

BOOK REVIEW | It’s Not a Big Thing In Life

It’s all about your big things in life and your less big things in your life and the energy you assign to each. It’s Not a Big Thing In Life is a book by a 77-year-old Arnie Witkin with Illustrations by Dov Fedler and a foreword by Michael Holding. This book is the same genre as ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ and ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff?’

BOOK REVIEW | The Vulnerable Man

The Vulnerable Man is a raw, heartfelt and highly actionable book, inviting readers to walk alongside the author as his life began to crumble as a 'Highly Sensitive Person'. Anderson was on top of his game as an entrepreneur, but secretly struggling due to taking on others’ problems, supressing his own emotions and doing anything to be the brave face of his family.

Why government should stick to core competencies and let the private...

Although it is famous among middle-class tourists for its exquisite beaches, life in the OR Tambo district municipality in the former Transkei is far from beautiful for its residents. The district is one of the most deprived places in the country. Barely 6% of homes have piped water while less than one in ten households have flush toilets.

Arriving at the Pearly Gates, Bill and Melinda will be leaving...

News that Bill and Melinda Gates are to get divorced after 27 years of marriage, hit me hard. Not because I know them or their children, but because if any couple stood a chance of growing old and miserable together, it was them...

A very respectful disagreement

Milton Friedman is one of my favourite people, but I must say I found his 'A Friedman doctrine - The Social Responsibility of Business Is To Increase It's Profits' a little disappointing. The title is not the problem. It is the points he makes and the logical leaps he takes.

BOOK REVIEW | A Short History of Humanity

Humanity has often found itself on the precipice. We've survived and thrived because we've never stopped moving. In this eye-opening book, Johannes Krause, Chair of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Humanity, offers a new way of understanding our past, present and future.

Waste carries true potential for South Africa

If we really want to encourage the ‘nothing wasted’ mindset, investing in a circular economy model must be taken seriously. Whilst still a relatively new concept, in Africa, this model offers significant opportunities to truly deliver far more inclusive growth for the economy and includes an increase in job opportunities as well as positive environmental practices - all of which is needed for sustainable growth - a dire need for South Africa.


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