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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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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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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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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'