Opinion

Lessons from a leader who banned chewing gum

The ‘guided democracy’ lead by the late Lee Kuan Yew had plenty of lessons — both good and bad — that can come in useful for leaders around the world
Nineteenth-century French writer Gustave Flaubert was of the view that “our worth should be measured by our aspirations more than our works”.

He would go down a […]

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Lost and found in Africa’s rising star

Public service corruption on a grand scale, private sector excellence in the same place
It is beyond our darkest imaginings. The act of deranged killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz — who deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps — strikes fear into every airline passenger.

Against this sombre canvas, it probably seems trite to recount the saga […]

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Madonsela: The one person Zuma cannot suspend

Bizarre conspiracy theories about the CIA are cooked up because she is protected from executive action
I once joked with South Africa‘s nightingale-voiced and beautiful operatic diva, Pretty Yende, that her mother chose her Christian name with commendable foresight.

So, with all the shenanigans — from load-shedding to board-shedding and beauticians morphing into diesel providers — what […]

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Politicians cannot indulge in nostalgia as if they’re artists

Politicians cannot indulge in nostalgia as if they’re artists
READERS might be familiar with the rueful answer to the old question, “How do you make a small fortune?” You inherit a big fortune!

This reminder of multigenerational squandering of old family money or talent has many sad examples. In business, the example of Johann Rupert exceeding the […]

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Why we should not host the Commonwealth Games

South Africa’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban will be an expensive event that will be of no material benefit to the country
Nobody likes a wet blanket, or to have rain on their parade. But there was no shortage of negative blowback to Monday’s front page story in The Times. It was […]

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