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YOUTH 2018 – What are they up to? I attended the UCT Unilever Institute Youth Report 2018 workshop in Durban last week. The objective of this intensive in-depth research was to “understand what it is like to be a South African youth in 2018” Good question – is it all doom and gloom? The Stats...
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ANY POSITIVE NEWS IN JULY / AUGUST? My apologies, I was away for most of July with no signal, so I will combine the months of July and August to focus on positive developments.  As is to be expected the months of July and August were gloomy and overwhelming: Eskom on the brink; failing municipalities;...
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By Steuart Pennington As the commission of enquiry into State Capture gets underway— headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo — which was established to inquire, investigate and make recommendations into any and all allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector. In March, Zondo announced the members of the commission, which...
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Celebrating our South African roots I was born in a deeply divided South Africa. A country that was clear about the division – whites and non-whites. But if you were Chinese, you were ‘more white than black’ so you were an ‘honorary white’.  By Dawn Denton – The Old days In the ‘old days’ white people could walk...
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GRADUATE RECRUITMENT LOOKS GOOD FOR 2019 Graduate recruitment amongst the leading graduate employers is optimistic for the upcoming year, while securing the highest-calibre candidates remains extremely competitive. Results from an independent survey of leading employers in South Africa shows that these organisations are set to recruit record numbers of graduates in 2018 & 2019. The...
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Why raising $100bn in investment is possible By Busi Mabuza Leaders of the BRICS nations gathered in South Africa last week for the 10th summit of the grouping that accounts for more 17% of global trade, Chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Board, Ms Busi Mabuza reflects on the importance of the event and...
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Patience is key as Ramaphosa works through Zuma destruction By Max du Preez Many South Africans, including many political commentators, seem to yearn for a table-thumping, fiery sword-wielding demagogue as leader, someone who personifies their own anger and frustrations. Cyril Ramaphosa is not that man. Ramaphosa is a calculated, measured politician. He plays the long...
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2018 is the 100th ANNIVERSARY of MADIBA’S BIRTH I thought we should acknowledge it by refreshing our memories on his extraordinary life. I have done this in six bite-size chunks. Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman. Hope you enjoy the read Steuart Pennington MADIBA – A six part review. July 18th is a global celebration...
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Dear South Africa………. Letter from Andrew Daniel I have been in South Africa for 12 weeks nearly now and I’ve been trying to think of a way that I can express how my feelings towards this country are as there are so many things to talk about both positively and negatively so I think a...
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ARE YOU STILL PROUDLY SA, OR FRAYED, EVEN FRAZZLED? by Derek Carstens Our Story Once upon a time there was a country on the southern tip of Africa, where it’s people called themselves Proudly South African. Against all odds they had silenced the nay-sayers and peacefully ushered in democracy for all. Their nuclear arsenal had...
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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'