🔒 Alec Hogg: Time for perspective in South Africa

Bobby Godsell
Alec Hogg’s research notes for the interview with Bobby Godsell, founder of Valenture Institute.

Around 20 years ago, then CEO of the world’s biggest gold miner honoured me by republishing our interview in the company’s annual report. Those pages were duly framed and for years hung proudly on a prominent wall at our office. For me, and hopefully those who stopped to read it, Bobby Godsell’s words served as a reminder to always keep perspective.

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Apart from the regular work-related interaction, our lives have intersected many times over the years – one of his daughters did a short internship at our business; another was my youngest’s High School “bestie”; and I served alongside his formidable wife Gillian on the Parktown Girls Governing Body. So I’ve observed the 68 year old Godsell from various angles. Continuously awed of his composure and ability to retain balance no matter how trying the circumstances.

Given the seemingly endless storm of bad news about our country and its prospects, we’re all badly in need of some Bobby Godsell wisdom. I got ladles of it yesterday when he graced our studio for an interview for my long-form biographical podcast. It will be published on Monday. Please have a listen. At least twice.

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There is much to savour in those recorded 45 minutes. Like a great book, this is an episodes which will be worth revisiting. Often. I certain shall, especially when dark clouds seem to be overbearing. Nothing is only one-dimensional. There is no one-way bet. Godsell’s calm is the perfect antidote to those why try convince us otherwise.

For your attention today…


*Tim Modise’s webinar yesterday provided diverse views on the way ahead for the SA economy. Our colleague was at his very best as was one of the guests, Phumlani Majozi, whose insights will resonate with any rational mind. Here’s the link to the recording:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-BpOBAUlfU&t=20s


* Jackie Cameron’s Finance Friday on 30 October features Dawn Ridler, an independent financial advisor, and etfSA.co.za founder Mike Brown. Here’s the link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6646694434270030861

* In Monday’s Rational Radio webinar my guest is new Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler. Register here and we’ll remind you appropriately: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6730147365502274830

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