A former SAA board member who departed when former chairman Cheryl Carolus threw in the towel, once told me that of all those he served with, now chair Dudu Myeni was comfortably the weakest. When the chair of the Jacob Zuma Foundation was appointed to SAA’s board in 2009 (the year Zuma became SA president) the annual report listed a bachelor’s degree in administration among her qualifications. It was removed the following year after Myeni admitted she was “studying toward it”. She does, however, have a diploma in secondary school teaching. How that qualifies her to run an airline, happily chopping away the little managerial expertise still left there, is something only Pretoria knows. As Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman writes in his masterpiece Thinking, Fast and Slow: “True experts know the limits of their knowledge. There are many pseudo-experts who have no idea that they do not know what they are doing….(their) subjective confidence is too high and often uninformative.” Ponder on that as you read Myeni’s breathtaking perspectives in this rare interview she granted to News24. – Alec Hogg
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Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.