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Defending cadre deployment will keep governance of SOEs at risk

As long as government’s cadre deployment policy is defended, governance of South Africa’s state-owned entities (SOEs) will remain vulnerable and at risk. This is a reaction to the testimony of President Cyril Ramaphosa before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, who acknowledged that 'massive system failures' with board appointments paved the way for SOE failures. At the same time, the President defended cadre deployment.

BOOK REVIEW | Uncaptured

When Mosilo Mothepu was appointed CEO of Trillian Financial Advisory, a subsidiary of Gupta-linked Trillian Capital Partners, in March 2016, the prospect of being at the helm of a black-owned financial consultancy was electrifying for a black woman whose twin passions were transformation and empowering women.

Caught between a threatening Zuma and the law

I am perplexed as to why it should matter how the meeting between the ANC’s top 6 and former president Jacob Zuma went. They met him, apparently in an attempt to persuade him to comply with a court ruling and appear before the Zondo Commission of Enquiry. And they updated the country as if we should care.

Assessing a director – a CV is only the tip of...

State capture, defined as 'seeking to influence the formation of laws in order to protect and promote influential private interests', and its resultant Zondo...

BOOK REVIEW | Big Pharma, Dirty Lies, Busy Bees and Eco...

This exciting book covers everything environmental in South Africa that you always wanted to know about. Subjects including pesticides, poaching, petrol, plastics, population, pollination, pollution, pods, politics, pharmaceuticals, people, prophets, power and poop.


In an age of bewilderment, it is difficult to connect with our strange South African history. The events surrounding the ‘Jameson Raid’ of 1895, in which an ebullient Rhodes and his cronies tried to seize the old Transvaal Republic, demonstrate an early attempt at state capture.

Revitalising and creating long term growth in the SA economy

The South African economy, like many emerging and developing economies, has high levels of poverty. As with many such countries, there are three primary objectives to reducing poverty, unemployment and inequity. These three objectives take precedence over almost all other goals.

BOOK REVIEW | When Crisis Strikes

In the past few years, so many scandals have rocked corporate South Africa that crises seem to be the norm rather than the exception. In the glare of the public eye, with cameras, microphones and cellphones in their face, many leaders who excel in organisations suddenly become scared, confused and can even appear shady.

Winding up under the new and old Companies Acts

The recent Supreme Court case of Murray NO and others v African Global Holdings (Pty) Ltd concerned the group of companies known as the Bosasa Group, which has received much scrutiny under the Zondo Commission into State Capture.

Against all odds: feminine leadership

“The world would be a better place if men thought like women.” This is the conclusion of John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio, the authors of The Athena Doctrine, published in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial meltdown – the direct result of testosterone on steroids!


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