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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)

by Steuart Pennington

 

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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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Background

It is often said that if South Africa is to rid itself of the troika of challenges: Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality we need to focus on three priorities: Education, education & education. 

In fact, we have often expressed the view that the real challenge is Unemployment, with Poverty and Inequality hanging onto its coat-tails. 

It is well documented that we have 1,000,000 jobs available in SA which cannot be filled from within, some 400,000 are in government alone.

We also know that some 80% of our schools are considered dysfunctional as places of learning (source: Joint Education Trust) and that while there are improvements in our education system the main problem of incompetent headmasters, unreliable sub-standard teachers, shockingly ill-equipped schools, and a belligerent trade union will continue to be part of the education landscape for some time to come.

Technology has to be the way forward, that’s why I thought this initiative should come to your attention.

Steuart Pennington

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by Steuart Pennington 

National Elections are upon us.

The date has been announced - 7th May.

The State of the Nation address is this Thursday – 13th February.

The City Press headlines (Sunday 9 Feb.) tell us that we have had 2947 ‘social delivery’ protests in the past three months – 32 a day, and 3258 ‘social delivery’ protests in the past 43 months.

This week-end the Independent Electoral Commission opened its doors appealing for citizens of voting age to register.

Julius Malema, leader of our youngest opposition party, the EFF, appeared in court on charges of tax evasion and fraud.

The DA’s attempt to improve its struggle credentials falls in a heap.

The country is in turmoil – or is it?

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by Jody Boshoff 

The aerotropolis concept is now mainstream in aviation planning, and there is little doubt that it has brought substantial economic and social benefits to airport owners as well as local businesses and communities. However, this experience has largely been gained in the airports of Europe and North America. 

The Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis offers a unique opportunity to apply the lessons learnt at these other airports to develop a truly African solution. In September it was announced that an Aurecon-led consortium had won the contract to develop the Ekurhuleni OR Tambo Aerotropolis in Gauteng, South Africa. 

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by Steuart Pennington

Last week we had news of Davos and the numerous dialogues between our large contingent of government and business representatives seeking to entice the investment world to our shores.

Also...last week I presented to a Vryheid farmer’s learning group on our global competitiveness, quite difficult against the backdrop of the poor government response to the drought in the West of the country and the ongoing saga with land restitution and redistribution.

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Volunteerism makes good business sense

Thursday, 16 January 2014

by Mandisa Mbenenge 

There is one day on the South African calendar when suits are exchanged for overalls, ties disappear and everyone knuckles down to do their 67 minutes of voluntary service in celebration of each  year Nelson Mandela was politically active. But companies that are going beyond their 67 minutes are reaping the real rewards of volunteerism.

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32 weeks of great blogs

Wednesday, 04 December 2013

32 Weeks of Great Blogs, 32 weeks of back packing through Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, 32 weeks of free spirited adventure. 

by Steuart Pennington 

Some six months ago Valerie Bowden arrived in Cape Town, skyped me and enquired,

“Hi, I’m here in Cape Town, my intention is to back pack from Cape Town to Cairo on my own, do you have any advice?”

I swallowed hard, I have two daughters of 24 and 27, how would I re-act if they asked me the same question?

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A social experiment gives social context

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

This week, we have reproduced an article written by Leslie Owen, who has worked with Steuart Pennington at producing the book “South Africa @ 20:  For Better or For Worse”, published by SA The Good News, in which he relates a famous social experiment to some of the myths that bedevil the South African narrative.

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by Steuart Pennington with photos by Marianne Schwankhart

“After 7km of cycling you will see the Hantam Community Education Trust on your right.  If you pass a sign to Oorlogspoort, you’ve gone too far,” was the instruction from our www.gkcycle.co.za  tour guide, David Southey, as we set off from Hanglip Farm, near Colesberg on the first leg of our Groot Karoo cycle tour.

We were a group of 13 friends who had gathered for three days of mountain biking through the Karoo. 

As we were to learn, a Karoo cycle promises a number of experiences: mostly flat, good, quiet, gravel roads, spectacular scenery, unimaginable hospitality and extraordinary surprises.  

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Dear www.sagoodnews.co.za reader.

GOOD NEWS! Our new book;

SOUTH AFRICA @ 20: for Better or for Worse?

will be in the shops soon!

Over the next few weeks we will be promoting the content of the book by using some of the articles written by our 42 contributors.

Why have we published this book?

Our narrative is bedevilled with conventional wisdom madness. Rumours, half-truths and sensationalist reporting are so much part of the way we talk. In this new publication, the 10th in our ‘good news’ series, we have selected 25 such topics, such as:

  • “our university standards are dropping”;
  • “it’s not ‘if’ we will end up like Zimbabwe, it’s ‘when’”;
  • “our global competitiveness is terminally in decline”;
  • “SA remains one of the most unequal societies in the world”;
  • “our trade unions are out of control”;
  • “SA will run out of water” 
  • "our productivity is the worst in the world”
  • “our pay gap remains one of the worst in the world”
  •  “ex-pats slag us off at every opportunity”

We have approached 42 prominent South African to write, these include Pali Lehohla (Statistician General), John Robbie (702), Rowan Philp (ex-pat USA), Thulani Nzima (CEO – SA Tourism), Arno van der Merwe (Mercedes Benz SA) and many more.

They tell us the truth, show us the facts, and expose the rumour.

We have provided hundreds of ‘fast facts’, graphs and tables on every topic.

The book is a pleasure to read, and beautifully illustrated.

This week, we have reproduced the article entitled:

True or False? It’s not ‘if ’ South Africa ends up like Zimbabwe — it’s ‘when’

by Ryan Short and Michael Ndlovu, Genesis Analytics

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By Natalia Molebatsi

The first time I experienced performance poetry was in the late 1980s when I saw “the people's poet”, Mzwakhe Mbuli reciting at an anti-apartheid rally. His performance was the highlight amongst many passionate speeches and revolutionary slogans. He delivered a powerful, yet entertaining message that stirred a crowed that longed for the death of apartheid. I fell in love with Mbuli’s words and I wanted to dance inside the depth of his voice. I thought to myself, "When I grow up, I want to be a poet." 

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Dear www.sagoodnews.co.za reader.

GOOD NEWS! We have just sent our book;

SOUTH AFRICA @ 20: for Better or for Worse?

to the printers.

Over the next few weeks we will be promoting the content of the book by using some of the articles written by our 42 contributors.

Why have we published this book?

Our narrative is bedevilled with conventional wisdom madness. Rumours, half-truths and sensationalist reporting are so much part of the way we talk. In this new publication, the 10th in our ‘good news’ series, we have selected 25 such topics, such as:

  • “our university standards are dropping”;
  • “it’s not ‘if’ we will end up like Zimbabwe, it’s ‘when’”;
  • “our global competitiveness is terminally in decline”;
  • “SA remains one of the most unequal societies in the world”;
  • “our trade unions are out of control”;
  • “SA will run out of water” 
  • "our productivity is the worst in the world”
  • “our pay gap remains one of the worst in the world”
  •  “ex-pats slag us off at every opportunity”

We have approached 42 prominent South African to write, these include Pali Lehohla (Statistician General), John Robbie (702), Rowan Philp (ex-pat USA), Thulani Nzima (CEO – SA Tourism), Arno van der Merwe (Mercedes Benz SA) and many more.

They tell us the truth, show us the facts, and expose the rumour.

We have provided hundreds of ‘fast facts’, graphs and tables on every topic.

The book is a pleasure to read, and beautifully illustrated.

This week, we have reproduced an article that discusses corruption written by David Lewis of Corruption Watch:


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Dear www.sagoodnews.co.za reader.

GOOD NEWS! We have just sent our book;

SOUTH AFRICA @ 20: for Better or for Worse?

to the printers.

Over the next few weeks we will be promoting the content of the book by using some of the articles written by our 42 contributors.

Why have we published this book?

Our narrative is bedevilled with conventional wisdom madness. Rumours, half-truths and sensationalist reporting are so much part of the way we talk. In this new publication, the 10th in our ‘good news’ series, we have selected 25 such topics, such as:

  • “our university standards are dropping”;
  • “it’s not ‘if’ we will end up like Zimbabwe, it’s ‘when’”;
  • “our global competitiveness is terminally in decline”;
  • “SA remains one of the most unequal societies in the world”;
  • “our trade unions are out of control”;
  • “SA will run out of water” 
  • "our productivity is the worst in the world”
  • “our pay gap remains one of the worst in the world”
  •  “ex-pats slag us off at every opportunity”

We have approached 42 prominent South African to write, these include Pali Lehohla (Statistician General), John Robbie (702), Rowan Philp (ex-pat USA), Thulani Nzima (CEO – SA Tourism), Arno van der Merwe (Mercedes Benz SA) and many more.

They tell us the truth, show us the facts, and expose the rumour.

We have provided hundreds of ‘fast facts’, graphs and tables on every topic.

The book is a pleasure to read, and beautifully illustrated.

Please see below one of the articles which forms part of the chapter on:

True or False? Our Gini  co-efficient, the measure of inequality, remains one of the worst in the world.

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By Steuart Pennington

SAWIP (South Africa-Washington International Programme) is an amazing initiative, their mission is to inspire, develop and support a diverse new generation of emerging South African leaders with varying university disciplines...

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After a dramatic decline in Malaria deaths in Africa, scientists plan for final eradication: How to win the endgame against an ancient foe?

With widespread use of insecticide-treated nets, indoor spraying and potent malaria medications credited with dramatically reducing malaria deaths in Africa, experts at a major malaria conference discussed the potential to use this progress as a springboard for achieving eradication of a disease that still kills some 660,000 people each year—most of them young African children.

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Africa Goes Digital

Thursday, 03 October 2013

by Kirsty Chadwick

I recently read an article discussing Africa’s digital revolution and debating whether or not textbooks could become obsolete in our schooling system in the near future. The article had me thinking at great length about whether tablet learning is a viable option in South Africa and it prompted me to do some research on the matter.

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by Steuart Pennington 

It’s official, South Africa has now been overtaken by Mauritius in the Global Competitiveness report. Mauritius is now ranked 45th up from 54th last year. We are ranked 53rd, down from 52nd last year. Mauritius is positioning itself as the Hong Kong of Africa. Rwanda is positioning itself as the Singapore of Africa. Nigeria is positioning itself as the investment destination of choice, maybe the China of Africa. And Ghana is working hard at improving its attractiveness.

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SA on the cusp of a major tourism boom

Thursday, 19 September 2013

South Africa is on the cusp of a major tourism boom, but it will only materialise if local tourism businesses can resist the temptation to put up their prices as the number of tourists continues to climb.

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by Steuart Pennington 

This year, South Africa’s Global Competitiveness ranking out of 148 countries slipped from 52nd to 53rd.  In the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013 our ranking dropped three positions, 50th to 53rd.

This year we have (again) seen improvements and slippages in respect of the WEF’s 12 pillars: 

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Weekly Blog

What's Gone Wrong?

Author: Steuart Pennington
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

article thumbnail One of the most insightful articles ever to have appeared in this newspaper was written by Steven Friedman ‘Debate liberalism to serve Slabbert’s memory’ (June 17 2010) as a tribute to van Zyl’s contribution to our body politic. Friedman essentially set about describing two different ‘strains’ of liberalism that are alive and well in SA. The first he referred to a ‘possessive individualism communicated in a sneer designed to show superiority, it does...
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Travel Blog

32 weeks of great blogs

Author: Steuart Pennington
Sunday, 24 November 2013

article thumbnail 32 Weeks of Great Blogs, 32 weeks of back packing through Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, 32 weeks of free spirited adventure.  Some six months ago Valerie Bowden arrived in Cape Town, skyped me and enquired, “Hi, I’m here in Cape Town, my intention is to back pack from Cape Town to Cairo on my own, do you have any advice?”
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Stories of Help

A new toy can help

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Imagine giving a toy to every under privileged child on the continent. Not just any old thing, but a brand new toy of their choice. This is the dream of Danie van Loggerenberg, founder of Toys for Africa.
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article thumbnail   A brilliant example of how to convert a potentially explosive situation into a magic moment by being human and humble.
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Steuart as a Speaker

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SA's Daily Fast Fact

With the recent AACSB accreditation, the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business is now one of just 59 out of 13,670 business schools worldwide to be triple-crowned – schools that are accredited by the three largest and most influential business school accreditation associations namely AMBA (the Association of MBAs), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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 Remarkable South Africans

Every two weeks we will be telling the story of a remarkable South African. SA GOOD NEWS is doing this in collaboration with Line Hadsbjerg, of www.remarkableworld.org.

Patrick Chamusso


article thumbnail I am a grassroots person. I am here to help the poorest of the poor people.
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Corruption Watch

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

Jobs Portal

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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