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The Unbearable Lightness of Sweden

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Many of us have questioned the sanity of our decision to ‘stay put’ in SA after the advent of our new democracy, for good reason…… it hasn’t, in many respects, turned out the way we thought it would 20 years ago. 

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Is Good News Propaganda?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

There are three sources of opinion; fact, rumour and prejudice. The truth can only be found in the first. There are three elements to a story; accuracy, context and balance. Truthful stories contain all three. There are three requirements for understanding; trust, honesty and respect. Without them opinion and truth count for little. (Steuart Pennington 2013) 

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PART 6. STATESMAN

In this, the final article on the life of our former President Nelson Mandela I deal with his five years as the Head of State. No doubt Madiba was faced with enormously difficult task:

a nervous white community and an expectant black community

the negotiation of a new constitution

the management of a government of national unity

the establishment of a new parliament 

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PART 5. Four years of negotiating our future – some highs, some lows – but never maleficense.

In this the 5th Part of our six part series on the life of Madiba we focus on the difficulty of the negotiation dynamic; his relationship with President F.W de Klerk; the precariousness of the process; and the determination to achieve the end goal. 

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PART 4. 27 years in Prison – and the will to forgive and to reconcile

In this the 4th Part of our six part series on the life of Madiba we focus on his time in prison. In a way a lot happened during those 27 years, particularly for South Africa. The 60’s and 70’s were boom years, we recording the second highest economic growth rate globally after Japan.

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PART 3. LEADERSHIP ROLES and ARREST.

The third has to do with his transformation from a ‘rural boy’ on a journey to discover life in Johannesburg, as a security guard on the mines, to a political activist and a leader.

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PART 2.

In this section we deal with the events that forged Madiba becoming a “Comrade” and ultimately becoming President of the ANC.

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PART 1.

I thought it appropriate to run a series of six newsletters on Madiba’s life, consistent with the themes of the Mandela Exhibition which now has a global audience.

The first has to do with his early life in the Transkei and the factors that formed his character.

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As part of the Mandela day celebrations on July 18 I thought it appropriate to run a series of six newsletters on Madiba’s life, consistent with the themes of the Mandela Exhibition which now has a global audience.

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I was invited by Nkosinathi Msiza, Senior Communications Manager at NEDBANK to spend a couple of days at the National Arts Festival.  The festival has certainly come a long way over the past 40 years!  Now reputed to be one of the largest festivals of its type “in the world”.  (How we love to use these words – usually to describe the “bad” in South Africa!). 

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Suiker Bossie Ek Wil Jou H

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

The story of a five- day mountain bike trip through the Karoo featuring a series of extraordinary discoveries.

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This article was published in the Business Day on 23 June. It is an outstanding read for those who subscribe to www.sagoodnews.co.za. It was written by Mark Barnes.

 I THINK President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address was good. I may be the only person in South Africa who thinks so, but the evidence will support that view.  

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by Steuart Pennington

South Africa is a difficult country to understand, mostly because we differ so wildly on what the facts are.  This is an issue because it impacts the way we talk, think and act. 

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Tina Turner Labour Relations

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Some introductory comments by Steuart Pennington:

The strike in the platinum sector is the longest in SA history. 

In 1995 our Labour Relations Act was amended by lawyers Cheadle, Thompson and le Roux in a worker friendly way with calamitous results for employers, economic growth and investor confidence. 

No allowance in these amendments was made for employer interests or risk. 

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by Steuart Pennington

Our 5th National and Provincial Elections have come and gone. Some commentators think little has changed. 

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Personally I have always found Ronnie Kasrils too hypocritical in his approach to the ‘struggle’, somewhat sensationalist, and often politically expedient. I nevertheless acknowledge, and was somewhat surprised by, his stand on the conduct of the leadership of the ANC and their practice of closing ranks when the turgid smell of corruption, graft and cronyism becomes too much to bear, and impossible to defend, by those who believe in integrity and in principle. 

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MAY 7th: Our next BIG election

Thursday, 24 April 2014
We are on the eve of our 5th democratic election. Probably, more than ever before, there is great uncertainty as to how the 30 or so parties that register will fare. No doubt, the minnows will continue to squabble over a miniscule vote. 
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People, Crime, Environment

by Steuart Pennington

Every year the Economist ‘Pocket World in Figures’ brings out a varied set of global rankings covering 190 countries.  These range from fastest-growing economies to highest divorce rates to which countries imprison the most people.  And every year the measures are changed – somewhat!  It makes for interesting reading!

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Infrastructure, Health and Technology

by Steuart Pennington

Every year the Economist ‘Pocket World in Figures’ brings out a varied set of global rankings covering 190 countries.  These range from fastest-growing economies to highest divorce rates to which countries imprison the most people.  And every year the measures are changed – somewhat!  It makes for interesting reading!

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Geography, Population, Economy 

There are three sources of opinion; fact, rumour and prejudice. The truth can only be found in the first. There are three elements to a story; accuracy, context and balance. Truthful stories contain all three. There are three requirements for understanding; trust, honesty and respect. Without them opinion and truth count for little.(Steuart Pennington 2013)

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by Steuart Pennington

A London gathering

“The African Diaspora contributes $60 billion per annum back to Africa – to put that into context IMF donor money is about $6 billion per annum and total Chinese Foreign Direct Investment is about $10 billion per annum,” said Eric Guichard from Guinea – CEO of Homestrings on “How to do well and do good in Africa”.  

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On carnivals and gardens

Monday, 10 March 2014

I came across this blog recently by Susan Hayden written on January 30 in - www.discopantsblog.com. There were 77 comments, I included a few, they make of interesting reading – Steuart Pennington.

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A little help can go a LOOOONG way

Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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How to triple your matric pass rate in one year and sustain it: A lesson from Manyangana

In 2011, just 32% of learners at Manyangana High School in Utah, Mpumalanga passed Grade 12. In 2012, the pass rate had nearly tripled to 91% and a year later, it’s up to 99%. School principal, Elvis Siwela credits Columba Leadership and sponsors Buffelshoek Trust for showing the educators and learners that the magic lies within Manyangana.

by Rob Taylor

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The State of the Nation Address:

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Very few of the important issues were mentioned, and none of the important questions were asked.

by Steuart Pennington

Our President is a past master when it comes to charm, deflection and keeping what’s important out of the lime light. 

There is no better example of this than in his recent SoNA and in particular the manner in which he managed to seduce the Opposition into engaging in hostile invective and puerile point scoring. 

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Weekly Blog

Living spaciously in a spacious land

Author: Justin Foxton
Monday, 21 July 2014

article thumbnail The ‘Eureka’ moments of life - those moments when the clouds part and the sunshine streams through; those moments when we ‘get it’; perhaps even catch a glimpse of the eternal– are infrequent but always extraordinary. In these moments it feels like something falls into place deep within us; like we are found; like life suddenly has new clarity. Sound like I am smoking a little wacky as I write this? Would that it were that simple.
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Travel Blog

Simon Ellis - Chapter 4, China

Author: Simon Ellis
Thursday, 31 July 2014

article thumbnail by Simon Ellis A young South African taking a year off abroad.
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Stories of Help

Showing Love Can Help - Heartbeat

Thursday, 19 June 2014

When Heartbeat was founded, it was estimated that by 2015 almost 6 million children would have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The overwhelming challenge of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children has placed a grave burden on communities. Heartbeat is dedicated to ease the burden on these children and provide them with material and emotional support.
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TED Talks - Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world


We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. See highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.
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Steuart as a Speaker

article thumbnailSteuart has done some 500 talks on South Africa's progress since 1994 and SA's prospects for the future' Click here to watch a 5 min action video.

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SA's Daily Fast Fact

South Africa is the only country, other than the UK, to have hosted the Rugby, Cricket and Soccer World Cups.

Over the next 36 weeks we at www.sagoodnews.co.za will be telling the stories of "Amazing South Africans" who are driven by commitment and powered by purpose, and who very often swim against the tide in their pursuit of making a difference. They are driven by significance not success, their contribution is often unacknowledged and unheralded but invariably impacts those in greatest need.

#5 Oasis Association - 'Creating jobs for intellectually disabled people'


article thumbnail With more than 60 years of activity, Oasis Association is considered a model of non-profit organization in South-Africa. Their mission is to help people with intellectual disability to realize their potential. Five types of social-enterprises have been launched to create jobs for these people, in different fields: waste management, contract units, bakery, book shops, and tea garden. With a budget of over 12 million rand each year, Oasis Association is one of the main social actors of Cape...
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Report corruption when you come across it. Our global ranking on public trust of politicians is 88/142, diversion of public funds 81/142; irregular payments and bribes 48/142; favoritism in decisions of government officials 114/142; wastefulness of government spending 69/142. Do your bit, report corruption at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or sms 45142 and join thousands of South Africans who are going to rid this country of the corruption scourge

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As many of our readers, both local and international, are interested in what the job market has to offer, we have introduced a jobs portal in conjunction with  vjobs.co.za. It is our hope that this portal will meaningfully contribute to the challenges facing entrepreneurs, corporates and job seekers.

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