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Mooi River’s well paid Councillors fiddle while the town slowly dies

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Mooi River is home to a man who reminds me what politics is supposed to be about – selfless leaders fearlessly serving the people. Ken Denysschen is the sole DA representative on the Mpofana City Council. He provides insight into how dysfunctional some small municipalities like his have become. Brace yourself.

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Power of social media – Oosthuizen’s online endorsement boosts Sawagat

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Greetings from La Guardia Airport, New York. I’m waiting for the flight to Omaha where the Berkshire Hathaway AGM is to be held tomorrow. While checking emails, picked up this note from Dr Thomas Oosthuizen. You may recall his recent blog on a start-up KNZ restaurant. His note warmed my heart. Yours too?

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Jes Edgson revisits Valley of the Dolls, 21st Century style

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Once again Jes Edgson takes us to a place where polite company won’t, asking why it’s OK to be drugged up as long as the “pusher” wears a white coat. And why society encourages us, herself included, to take the softer, pharmaceutical route rather than facing up to challenges of life.

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Starting a business – sometimes helps to think less, do more

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The late, great Bill Lynch (World Entrepreneur of the Year 2006) liked advising prospective business owners to follow Nike and Just Do It. This superb blog by Dr Thomas Oosthuizen reaches a similar conclusion. Intellectual, direct and so very smart, Oosthuizen is SA’s branding Tzar. After reading this you’ll agree with me that he also knows a bit about starting businesses.

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Sean Act II

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Act Two – Play it again Sam or

 dare I follow my heart this time?

IT entrepreneur Sean O’Connell and I have corresponded over the years. As Sean prepares for the future a year after selling his business to JSE hot stock EOH, I asked him to share his throughts as he reflects on lessons learnt and the way ahead. His response is inspirational, a masterclass for any would-be entrepreneur.

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Jes Edgson: The thing about my generation

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Most of us over 40 are bemused by the obsession of young folk with their mobiles. We had it drilled into us it’s very rude not paying attention in company, even if you’re bored stiff. The 140 character generation thumb away the tiny keyboards anywhere and everywhere. Brilliant young writer Jes Edgson offers an insider’s view……

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Brain Pilates

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Tracey Swanepoel’s THINKspiration:

How about some Pilates for the brain?

Some South Africans are doing amazing things to help their fellows look at the world differently. Tracey Swanepoel, a member of the tight team at To The Point, is among them. A US college and MBA graduate, in this contribution she taps into her own experiences and muses about ways of using the often neglected right side of our brains.

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Jes goes horsey

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Jessica Edgson horses around with some burger-inspired moral outrage

I received some good feedback from Jessica Edgson’s first piece. Here’s another contribution from this talented young writer. She has a bit of fun with recent reports that Burger King’s patties contain horsemeat.

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Getting a great job

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A young graduate’s guide to the real world (by someone who says she still has no clue)

Some of the best days come when you’ve supported and encouraging emerging talent. It’s going to be a big part of my future. Kicking off with today’s guest columnist Jessica Edgson, a talented young writer from whom we’re sure to hear a lot more. Read her advice to fellow graduates on how to get a great job and make up your own mind. 

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Disruptors Cell C, 8ta make the fall of Vodacom, MTN shares inevitable

I’m a fan of independently-minded First Avenue, investment managers who revealed why the unsecured lending bubble is unsustainable. Now they’ve exposed smoke and mirrors inflating the MTN and Vodacom bottom line. Here’s the executive summary of Nadim Mohamed’s report with a link to the full version. – AH Executive summary of SA Mobile Telecoms – … Read more