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by Steuart Pennington

Bad news tends to be an ‘event’. Good news very often is to be found in a ‘trend’.  The obvious example is crime – the bad news ‘event’ is today’s shooting of a young child, the good news ‘trend’ is the 50% reduction in crime since 1994. 

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South Africa is a broken place.  There is aggression and intolerance about, the government is inept, corrupt, too many things don’t work: our children’s future is bleak. Is that more or less your view of our country today? Well, let me tell you of my experience in the past week:

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Big Data Intelligence and Automation Will Quickly and Efficiently Connect South African Businesses With Relevant and Compatible Customers, Partners and Funding Sources.

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The Question of Race

Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Is the “race question” in South Africa just a black/white thing?  When someone is accused of “playing the race card” are they contrasting blacks and whites only?  Is someone who is accused of being “racist” always white? Is race a social construct or is it a side-effect of the fact that humanity is still evolving?   Is it, as Steven Friedman suggests, our ticking time bomb?

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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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Weekly Blog

A Poem, a Tribute to SA Good News

Author: Anthony Fox
Wednesday, 27 August 2014

No coat of arms but a heavy burden on his shoulders. He carried the hopes and dreams of a great multitude.
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Travel Blog

Lessons learnt in Vietnam

Author: Simon Ellis
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

article thumbnail I think we can all take a leaf out of the Vietnamese book of smiles. Never have I come across a race so inviting and so friendly despite the hardships they have had to overcome.
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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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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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