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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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SECONDARY SCHOOLS in SA – WHAT SHOULD THEIR OFFERING BE? There approximately 7000 Secondary Schools in SA, ranging from the very best to the very worst. As the Joint Education Trust tells us; 5% are ‘World Class’, 15% are functional as places of learning, and 80% are dysfunctional as places of learning. This year my...
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GLOBAL POLITICS – What will CHANGE with TRUMP IN CHARGE of the USA? I recently received a number of mails regarding the dawn of the Trump era. The first appeared on the Dave Weinbaum blog site and the second from John Robb, both are ‘US Political Commentators’ and are somewhat out-spoken. Two major issues arise,...
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So how about dreaming about the SA you want? And then doing something about it? By Alec Hogg It was 53 years ago that Reverend Martin Luther King delivered his stirring “I have a dream…” speech on behalf of the 10% of Americans who were oppressed by their racist fellows.   Martin Luther King Five...
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SA’s World Competitiveness Ranking Improves One Spot by Steuart Pennington Every year three Competitiveness Rankings are produced: The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report on 140 countries published in September The IMD World Competitiveness Report on 61 countries published in May The Economist’s Pocket Book of World Figures on 190 countries published in February. They...
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How Does One Explain South Africa? by Steuart Pennington Next week I have been asked to address 350 ‘senior’ women. Daunting task. “We hope you have some good news!” is their mandate. “Mmmm, not much really” is my first thought. Trying to explain SA in a global context is tricky, so much of what is...
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Ignore the good news at our peril No other country with such a young median age has as much wealth as SA. None. By Mike Schüssler  In an astonishingly interesting article Mike Schüssler points out a number of ‘facts’ that NEVER get reported in our private sector media nor in our increasingly one-eyed public broadcaster....
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The Question of Race. Moves to make ‘hate speech’ a crime? by Steuart Pennington We have recently been given more space to contribute to the debate of what is and what isn’t racism and/or hate speech. Radio talk shows have reduced this highly difficult topic into puerile notions of ‘post-colonisation, de-colonisation, getting to know each...
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SOUTH AFRICA’s IMPROVING GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS – Three pictures tell a 1000 words. by Steuart Pennington Global Competitiveness is an important issue – it is a measure of how the World Economic Forum positions a country in terms of its ‘competitiveness’ as a global investment destination. This year, and every year, the World Economic Forum (WEF)...
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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'