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By Justin Foxton A revolution of thought Several moons ago, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus discovered something rather disappointing to the 16th Century ego. Up until that point it was believed that the Earth not the Sun, was the centre of the universe. Mr Copernicus disagreed. He asserted that the Earth was one of several planets revolving...
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Dear President Ramaphosa, I hope this letter finds you well, as you help SA navigate COVID-19 and the unintended social impact of the policies you and your colleagues designed to contain the virus. We appreciate your efforts and the goodwill underpinning them. In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic The Little Prince, the prince narrates the story...
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This month the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its 2020 Energy Transition Index (ETI): from crisis to rebound that flagged the risks posed by the Covid-19 crisis on the energy system transition of countries to a clean and sustainable energy future. The Index benchmarked 115 countries on their current energy system performance and their readiness for transition...
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By Justin Foxton Canaries into coal mines? Satirist, cynic and all-round party-pooper writer Ben Trovato had this to say about re-opening schools: “I like the idea of sending kids back to school. It reminds me of the time when they would send canaries into coal mines.” His point is brutal, and I am sure that...
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Covid-19: Are we asking the right questions about…Poverty reduction? By Ann Bernstein. Executive Director. Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) The bottom line is that unless South Africa emerges from the Covid-19 emergency with a real plan to accelerate growth dramatically and sustainably, it may come to be seen as the nail in the coffin...
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By Alec Hogg President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Wednesday disappointed many. Social media was soon flooded with comments about how he wasted an hour saying nothing, harking back to the bumbling rambles of his unlamented predecessor. One memorable wag even lamented that at least with Zuma, we got a giggle. I’m on another page. For me, two...
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By: Thomas Maree The true spirit of Ubuntu emerges when times get tough, and it’s amazing to see how many people have come together to support those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to stay positive in these challenging times and recognize the good work being done to uplift those who are struggling....
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By Justin Foxton By this time, we are moving into phase 2 of isolation. Phase 1 was all about denial; tearing around the place exercising, homeworking, cooking, feeding, cleaning, meditating, Zooming/Skyping/Teaming, giving, writing, responding, watching, listening, reading. On and on we did. The mood is shifting A couple of weeks in, and the mood is...
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In Response to the Prof. Jonathan Janssen article the DoE writes: THE 2020 SCHOOL YEAR IS NOT LOST YET, THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION HAS A COMPREHENSIVE RECOVERY PLAN.  By Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education There is currently much information and policy advice relating to schooling and the COVID- 19 pandemic...
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Let’s face facts, the 2020 school year is lost. So what to do?   By Jonathan Jansen in Times Live 9 April  https://select.timeslive.co.za/ideas/2020-04-09-lets-face-facts-the-2020-school-year-is-lost-so-what-to-do/     Covid-19 hasn’t caused the schooling crisis, it has just exposed how huge the inequalities in SA education are I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the school year...
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Steuart as a Speaker

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Steuart has done some 500 talks on South Africa's progress since 1994 and SA's prospects for the future'