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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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Written by Marius Strydom If you consider all the shares trading on a stock exchange (say the Johannesburg Stock Exchange), some will be highly valued. These are usually the shares of companies that are performing strongly and that investors are willing to pay a great deal for. Other shares though, will be undervalued because investors...
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Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, speaks at the 2014 World Economic Forum. Reporters and editors in 15 countries will contribute to “What Works,” her site’s new initiative focused on covering positive news. Ruben Sprich/Reuters/Landov Greek-born author Arianna Huffington created a digital powerhouse in May 2005 on the back of...
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Written by Jonny Steinberg Award-winning journalist Jonny Steinberg on the man who inspired him to write his new book, A Man of Good Hope, as well as return to his home country. I am not a person prone to smugness. When I say that my life is the sanest and gentlest a person in our...
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Written by Steuart Pennington I, like many of my compatriots, sat aghast, as the State of the Nation Address collapsed in a heap. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words below rang hollow. I sat there mesmerised by what I never thought possible in a country so proud of its constitution, its democratic transition and its re-entry onto...
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Written by Steuart Pennington It’s not as though our President has been sitting on his hands since February 2014. Quite a lot has been done Quite a lot hasn’t been done Quite a lot still has to be done The scorecard below tells the story of what was said last year, and what has been...
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Written by Steuart Pennington Personally, I can’t wait for the State of the nation Address on Feb 12th, after all gazing into the future in South Africa is like, as the Afrikaans idiom goes, trying to “gaan haal die bobbejaan agter die berg”. Not an easy task when you havea sense of foreboding, but are...
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Written by Marius Strydom A large portion of SA does not believe this, but in this article, I prove that on balance, most of us South Africans are much better off now than 20 years ago. The situation that the poor find themselves in has dramatically improved on numerous fronts, while the middle class has...
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At www.sagoodnews.co.za we will start off the New Year with a fresh looking website, much more activity in the social media space and a number of stories about what to expect. I thought a good place to start would be this article by Max du Preez.  What he says here is in fact reflective of...
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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'