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Prayer meetings, marches, protests, movements – Will they make a difference? By Steuart Pennington Over the past week-end +/- 1 400 000 citizens gathered outside Bloemfontein to pray for our beloved country South Africa. “It’s Time” was organised by Angus Buchan (see S.A. Heroes) On Thursday we celebrate Freedom Day, 23 years since our transition to a constitutional...
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A really good South African movie – in every way! by Steuart Pennington I was privileged enough to get a sneak preview of a wholly produced South African movie:- “Beyond the River” It’s basically (how we love to use that word here in SA) about a white guy and a black guy who get together...
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The Promise of our Beloved Country – the very best of times and the very worst of times? by Bobby Godsell   “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the...
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South Africans using the internet to help each other Keeping up with the news can be a depressing task, as each headline seems more gloomy than the next. Social media’s ability to keep us constantly connected to the world only heightens this, and it can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why ‘good news stories’ have...
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Maps tell a 1000 words – how SA compares! By Steuart Pennington There are occasions when we hear (quite often actually) that we in SA are ‘the worst in the world’ and this or that. There are 235 countries in the world, does that mean we come 235th ? or near the bottom of the...
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BUDGET 2017 – What more could have been said? …………A lot! by Steuart Pennington So the Budget Speech 2017 has come and gone. I watched the interview with Ministers Gordhan and Jonas the evening before. The talk was much about ‘you can’t have transformation without growth’ and ‘you can’t have growth without transformation’. All good...
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 Allister Sparks: Become activist citizens in this polyglot village of ours Allister Sparks in May at the graduation ceremony of his granddaughter, Vicky Sparks at Southbank International School in London. Picture: MICHAEL SPARKS I so enjoyed this read. Allister Sparks’ book “The Sword and the Pen” is a must read for anyone interested in journalism...
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HOW SOUTH AFRICA CAME ROARING BACK IN DAVOS, AT “THE TURNING OF THE TIDE” After the complete despair of SONA, the heartfelt emotion of Joost’s Loftus Versfeld Memorial Service and the gloom and doom of the Sunday papers – in 48 hours – I had difficulty dealing with my vacillating, schizophrenic, yo-yoing patriotism. I sat...
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The State of the Nation Address – What will the BIG issues be? by Steuart Pennington After misreading the Brexit vote, and after misreading the Trump election, are we going to misread what will be the ‘unthinkable’ in our own State of the Nation Address (SONA)? Photo: The ANC’s top six leaders Zweli Mkhize, Cyril...
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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'