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Great expectations

War. That’s the fighting talk coming from Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande as he uses the intense media spotlight on the ANC’s National Health Initiative (NHI) to rabble rouse in his role as SACP general secretary. Making capitalism the enemy Speaking at the SACP’s 88th birthday in Virginia, the Free State, he promised to […]

Posted inTech

Regulatory rot

As communications technology becomes more complex and regulatory processes more dense, Icasa is in more of a mess than ever. Walking into the Sandton offices of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) tells you more than you need to know about the regulator. There are dead flowers at reception and the distinct smell […]

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Simply social

Mandy de Waal speaks to The Internet & Social Media Guy, Andy Hadfield about online banking trends. What’s the biggest challenge facing banks in this country and the world over? Simplicity. As the world and the internet become more complex, banks need to make life easier for consumers. They also need to understand social media […]

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Uncommon heroes

What SA needs is new breed of ethical entrepreneurs that will help rebuild our country. It’s a sad day when former struggle stalwarts say the new enemy is greed and corruption. Speaking at a recent memorial service for fallen Umkhonto weSizwe members, Desmond Tutu lambasted the ANC for their conspicuous consumption and spoke out against […]

Posted inBusiness

The psychology of fraud

That fine line that divides good and evil. When I was young, the product of Calvinist schooling, I thought good and bad people where two separate things. That the good guys fought the bad guys at some proverbial high noon in a shoot-out between the just and the wicked. Only later when I understood the […]

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Trust me

Do you have faith in internet content? As search marketing soars, insidious content spammers are overwhelming and choking the net. Only a return to value will restore the balance. I love Seth Godin. Who doesn’t? The best-selling author and Business Week’s “ultimate entrepreneur for the information age” is a smart guy. A genius who tells […]

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The leviathan

Like Jonah in the belly of the whale, you cannot possess power. Rather, it possesses you. Google would do well to understand this. One of the more interesting people I’ve interviewed is a man called Ali Allawi. Based in London, Allawi has the look of a haunted man. The former minister of trade and minister […]

Posted inBusinessTech


One the world’s most revered brands, you’d think Google would employ best practice in setting up a local office. Not so. The search giant’s presence here is marked by a lack of local development, no commitment to equity and a company structure that sees revenues originated in this market shipped offshore. In this opinion: Google […]