Video: The Jobs speech

Video: Steve Jobs on living every day like it’s your last, joining the dots and more 

Spent an amazing afternoon yesterday. Together with 1 600 others at the Sandton Convention Centre, was treated to three hours of Robin Sharma. He referred a lot to the late Steve Jobs. Which reminded me of one of the greatest speeches of the modern era. Here’s the video.

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State of the Nation summary

Summary of SA President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Speech, delivered on Valentine’s Day 2013 (14 Feb).  

State of the Nation 2013:


• The Zuma Administration has embraced the National Planning Commission’s National Development Plan for South Africa. The ANC intends following this 20 year roadmap as its way to achieve required GDP growth of 5% plus to eliminate poverty, inequality and unemployment.
• A target of 11m new jobs by 2030 has been set. To achieve this the economy will need to treble in size. The business sector has identified obstacles that need to be removed. Further discussions will be held with business, labour and civic society to work together to address this challenge.

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SOTN and an interview with savvy young South Africans

I gave up my French lessons last week. It wasn’t easy. Neither the French nor the decision. But after two and a half weeks of intense focus, sanity finally prevailed around 3am one morning. What pray tell, my subconscious posed, will you do after the six week course ends? You won’t be able to speak like a Parisian, nor even avoid the sub-titles on the French movies. It’s a beautiful language. But needs a whole lot more than a six week investment to get even become proficient. So, I figured out in those early hours, spending four mornings a week plus hours on homework is an indulgence. Even for a forced gardener.

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Touch of class from Discovery – and it’s not just the cappuccinos

cappuccinoWent to a post-Davos breakfast at Discovery’s Head Office yesterday. Love engaging with Adrian Gore, one of my favourite CEOs, so jumped at the invitation despite being very much in “gardening leave” space. Over the years my respect for Adrian’s entrepreneurial vision has grown – and any opportunity to hear him talk about his passion for creative disruption is grabbed. Outside of that, he’s a tonic on a broader stage, too. Apart from the sharp, disciplined mind, Adrian’s enthusiasm about South Africa is infectious.

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Cyril’s CNN interview


The unabridged interview with Cyril Ramaphosa by CNN’s top journalist

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour didn’t shine when she took on South African politics’ enfant terrible Julius Malema. Back fishing in the same waters, she did rather better in this interview with the re-politicised Cyril Ramaphosa, now ANC Deputy President (and SA’s President-in-waiting five years hence). Here’s the video that was flighted on TV – and another with parts that didn’t make the global audience.  Transcript under the video.

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Flip and Edwin

Farewell Flip Meyer

Flip and Edwin


In October 2009, we buried my dear friend Flip Meyer (pictured with glasses). He was one life’s great characters, a widely respected and admired financial journalist and a man with a huge, generous heart that touched everyone he met. His wife Koekie honoured me by asking me to give a eulogy at Flip’s funeral. I return to it from time to time as a reminder of mankind’s mortality, that we are all heading for the same destination so it is best to live every day like it’s your last – and of lessons Flip taught me in both life and death.

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Afro-optimism growing?

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Looking ahead to Davos 2013 and an update on Klaus Schwab’s pragmatic Afro-Optimism

Next month, I’ll be attending my tenth World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. It’s a significant investment, especially as the restraint precludes me from writing or broadcasting about the event. But the gathering is like a university And I can’t wait to hear whether optimism about Africa is growing.

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