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Written by Marius Strydom If you could vote for any new cabinet, who would you choose? Our country is full of talented individuals who I think can do a better job at cabinet level than the incumbents. Considering the election risk posed by loadshedding as well as the expected rise of the opposition, maybe it...
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Written by Steuart Pennington July 18 is a global celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and the legacy he left for mankind. We are urged to take 67 minutes ‘time-out’ to do something to commemorate his life and make a small difference. Some argue we have ‘lost the plot’ – that Mandela’s life deserves much more...
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Written by Steuart Pennington I had the good fortune to attend, and speak at, the Nedgroup Investments Treasurer’s Conference during the course of last week. I learnt two things: Being a Treasurer in this rapidly changing, turbulent world, is a mightily complicated job. The banking, investment, and money market worlds are complex and are in...
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Written by Marius Strydom Many commentators, including myself have explored the problems facing our country over recent months. Loadshedding, corruption, attacks on the judiciary, aweak economy and unemployment come to mind. However, it is not all doom and gloom and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s spend some time looking for...
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Looking at the 1.5% GDP growth story in context These are terrible things, with the economy only growing by 1.5% last year and possibly not much more this year. But is it the full story? Is there possibly another story behind these many stories that one needs to understand, too, so that this 1.5% growth...
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A classic half-full, half-empty glass story For the worry warts, these are exciting times in which fear sells. Surprising in a way, because I often get the impression many of us are beyond scare stories, thank you. With nowhere to run, what are scare stories going to help you? This isn’t an invitation to let...
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The arrest of FIFA officials in the past week has brought discussions on corruption to the fore again. For South Africans who are very concerned with the corruption in our country, this offers an opportunity to look at corruption in a global context. The fact of the matter is that corruption has been prevalent throughout...
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Written by Steuart Pennington In this the third part of the three part series on SA’s Global Rankings I cover three new topics: People, Crime and Environment.   Guess what? SA is NOT amongst the heaviest ZOL rooking, booze drinking or crime committing nations when compared to the world’s 190 ‘measured’ countries.”  Background: Every year...
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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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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'