Malusi Gigaba wore a nice suit and pretended to be a finance minister again this week. Some analysts told us before the budget that we were about to see VAT go up by 2-4%, that income taxes would be raised again…

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Desmond Tutu warned us. Mosioua Lekota warned us. Many other canaries in the coal mine warned us. Thabo Mbeki tried to save us by firing him as Deputy President. Eight years ago I even wrote a very public letter to President Zuma. It ended with this line…

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2017 is almost over, and for many of us it was a tough, complex year filled with political shenanigans, financial pressure and disconcerting surprises. It’s always very hard to figure out whether the year was a good one or not – because – depending on your criteria, it might have been exciting for the exact reason someone else found it daunting…

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Every week I get at least three or four emails from people who want to be radio DJs. They usually want to do it because it sounds like a cool way to earn money and someone once told them they had a nice voice…

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How time flies! It’s been seven years since I wrote my infamous Letter to Government, on the 12th October, 2010. That letter, which almost got me fired from 5FM, pops up on social media every few months and people think it’s just been written!

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I’m bored with reality TV, I don’t watch soap operas and I don’t like sport, so where do people like me go to learn things, to hear informed opinion and to participate in meaningful conversations – about politics, religion, relationships, history, life and science? The truth is that there’s plenty – and it’s all on the Internet…

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A few years ago I had an “Aha!” moment when someone asked me if I’d like to be powerful or influential. Power is the overt and direct ability to control, like creating laws, directing an army or establishing authority. Influence is much more subtle. It is the ability to persuade, manifest and effect change. While the former comes with outward displays of might and agency, the latter is understated, and in point of fact, just as effective…

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Another exciting week in South Africa, right? I know what you’re thinking and you’re wrong. We’re not the most messed up country on earth. Sure, we’re up there with the basket-cases, but we’re nowhere near as bad as Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan or even Kenya (and who thought Kenya would go backwards?). I’m not trying to compare us with the obviously bad only – Trump’s America is hardly serene and secure…

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Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Of all the senses, this makes the auditory one special…

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Someone once said to me sarcastically that “anyone and their dog could start a podcast”. I thought that was a good observation, even if it came from an idiot. Just about everyone, including big brands, are doing their own podcasts now – and instead of making fun of them, I would suggest you jump on the bandwagon. Hell, even Alanis Morissette started her own podcast a few weeks ago…

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