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Written by Steuart Pennington 2015: SA’s Global Rankings – The Economist’s research reveals some positive (and negative) home truths. # 2: Infrastructure, Health and Technology In this the second part of the three part series on SA’s Global Rankings I cover three new topics: infrastructure, health and technology. Background: Every year the Economist ‘Pocket World...
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Written 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 per capita consumption of marijuana to which countries imprison the most people.  And every year the measures are changed – somewhat!  It makes for interesting...
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Written by Steuart Pennington While the DA was holding its National Convention to elect new leadership I was travelling in the Western Cape. Whether you are asking for directions at de Hoop or checking out the penguins at the Boulders, or just simply driving on the roads you have an overriding sense of a well-...
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Written by Marius Strydom The main measure of a country’s economic performance is the growth in its gross domestic product (GDP) from year to year in real terms (after allowing for inflation). This is often held up as the primary measure of success of a country, although it is important to look at issues such as...
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Written by Valerie Bowden After the spate of xenophobic attacks, the warnings to South Africans in ‘foreign’ African countries and the general anxiety expressed about travel in Africa I thought this newsletter written by Valerie Bowden who travelled from Cape Town to Cairo, on her own, using only public transport – to be appropriate –...
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Written by Steuart Pennington So why the xenophobic attacks? Some thoughts by Steuart Pennington As South Africans we are all battling with this, the second wave, of widespread xenophobia in our country. The first serious wave was in 2008, and there have been the odd, but less serious incidents since then. It’s almost as if...
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When he died, Cecil John Rhodes left some of his enormous wealth to found a prestigious scholarship. Part of his sprawling estate was given over to the establishment of the University of Cape Town and another part to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a less controversial but more beautiful legacy. Image source: Gareth Cliff Blog  ...
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On 13th Jan 2015 I returned from a 10 day trip to India. The very next day I began a whirlwind tour of South Africa which has been both amazing and inspiring. I have meandered through Meyerton, paused in Piet Retief, kuiered in Klerksdorp, dived into Durbanville, been busy in Bellville, blazed through Bloemfontein, marvelled...
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Written by Steuart Pennington SA’s media freedom is ranked 39th out of 171 countries, just behind the UK (34th) and ahead of the USA (49th). Ten years ago we ranked 24th What’s happened? Every year Reporters without Borders rank approximately 170 countries on Media Freedom. They group countries into five bands of freedom. They measure...
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Written by Ann Bernstein SA IS slipping into deep trouble. From the state of the nation address and the budget, it is clear there will be no attempt to change course. In almost all respects it will be business as usual.   SA faces the most severe energy supply crisis in its history. We are...
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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'