1. Budget 2017/18 – ‘The Great Pretenders?

    November 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the death of rock star Freddie Mercury, ‘the Great Pretender.’ Back then the stigma of an AIDS death was such that not enough was made of the horror that is the slow and painful death from AIDS (even if you have all the money in the world!).


  2. Budget Warmup Cocktail

    It’s that time of year when everyone is speculating on what will happen on the National 2017/18 National Budget Speech.


  3. #PravinGordhan: Cry Havoc! And let slip the dogs of war!

    I don’t associate with riffraff and I only drink on weekends (or so the saying goes).


  4. #FeesMustFall and the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2016

    At first glance it appears that there is little comfort for the #FeesMustFall cohort in the medium term budget policy statement ‘MTBPS’. And I fear that the protesting students’ reaction will be ‘too little too late.’


  5. #PravinGordhan: My questions

    Few pundits would have predicted the out of the money scenario that a policeman would suddenly deliver a summons to Pravin Gordhan’s home just two weeks before the most important Medium Term Budget Policy Statement South Africa has ever faced.


  6. #feesmustfall: The Hurricane Matthew solution

    Events of the last week have shown that the #feesmustfall is not going to go away.


  7. #feesmustfall: Is the R600 000 exemption threshold fair?

    Thank you for all the constructive feedback on my previous article.


  8. Business schools can be a force for change

    While completing an MBA in 1990 at Durham University in England, several momentous events occurred, including the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.


  9. Municipalities fail quality of life test

    Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative, has developed and advanced the Social Progress Index as a measure of how well countries perform, not solely in terms of GDP per capita, but also in social and environmental indicators.


  10. Brexit: Did anyone consider anything beyond Ego?

    I am one of those nerds who follows breaking news on Sky TV and twitter while I work. Another bad habit.


  11. Dreaming. It’s the right thing to do!

    I subscribe to the view that dreaming makes life bearable. So I take the dogs out regularly so they can walk while I dream about the future.


  12. Never underestimate power of putting in the hard yards

    Pinned to the wall in my office are two quotes: “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking,” by Voltaire; and “So think and think, and think and think, and think and think some more. Think until your body aches and till your mind is sore. For thinking never killed a man, it only made him grow. The constant search for betterment to strive and find and know,” by South African motivational speaker and poet Vince Higgins.


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