The Daily Insider: Troublesome Omicron variant entered Botswana from outside
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The Daily Insider: Troublesome Omicron variant entered Botswana from outside

It was always rather strange to me that the Omicron variant originated in Botswana as assumed by the world’s knee-jerking politicians and their friends in the media. BizNews community member Barine Steynberg yesterday sent me the answer via LinkedIn. Consider this: there are just 2.3m citizens of the landlocked country. That’s 0.03% of the global…

The Daily Insider: A timely reminder from Marcus Aurelius in times of crisis
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The Daily Insider: A timely reminder from Marcus Aurelius in times of crisis

So, a new strain of Covid has thrown us back into the tumult of uncertainty. Bureaucrats in the UK, US and dozens of other countries have isolated South Africa because the Omicron variant was first identified here. The Rand immediately lost 50c against the Dollar. Wall Street fell sharply on Friday night. Times like these…

The Daily Insider: Shell is about to unleash havoc along the Wild Coast
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The Daily Insider: Shell is about to unleash havoc along the Wild Coast

I was moved by my old pal Peter Bruce’s column in the Sunday Times last weekend where he urged us to boycott Shell. He explained that the Anglo-Dutch multinational is about to unleash havoc along the Wild Coast through the way it will be exploring for oil and gas. Peter grew up in the area, so…

The Daily Insider: Let’s pray SA’s political parties will show true leadership
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The Daily Insider: Let’s pray SA’s political parties will show true leadership

Every so often, life reminds us of our mortality. A car accident. A family member’s passing. Memories of tragedies whose wounds seem healed but never will. Such events urge us to reflect. To rebalance. To observe whether we’re really living our very best life. I’ve never forgotten a leadership guru’s presentation years ago where he explained…

The Daily Insider: BizNews Wine Club celebrates Andrew Gunn’s Iona
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The Daily Insider: BizNews Wine Club celebrates Andrew Gunn’s Iona

At BizNews, we love partnerships. Like the one with SA’s wine queen Carrie Adams, whose passion for the subject reminds me of my colleague Clive Eksteen’s for Liverpool FC. Carrie writes a weekly newsletter for wine lovers – it’s free, subscribe here. Yesterday the BizNews Wine Club celebrated news that our very first partner, Andrew Gunn’s…

The Daily Insider: Investors will be reflecting carefully on Enoch’s debut budget
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The Daily Insider: Investors will be reflecting carefully on Enoch’s debut budget

Foreigners with South African investments will be reflecting carefully on yesterday’s debut budget by new finance minister Enoch Godongwana. I’ve a feeling they’re going to like what he said. Not because he provided fireworks. Rather, it’s because he didn’t. For investors, boring beats excitement every time. Especially if “boring” comes from a rational space, one…

The Daily Insider: Today marks 30 years since SA’s return to global family of nations
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The Daily Insider: Today marks 30 years since SA’s return to global family of nations

Exactly 30 years ago today, South Africa ended its 21-year isolation from international sport. For raw emotion, SA cricket’s One Day International against India on 10th November 1991 is right up there with rugby’s 1995 World Cup Final. It was concrete confirmation that the long isolated island of insanity was returning to the global family…

The Daily Insider: Spirit of adventure is deeply embedded in our national DNA
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The Daily Insider: Spirit of adventure is deeply embedded in our national DNA

Ever since self-promoters discovered the leverage of being published, our world has been flooded with a flood of appallingly written, poorly produced and unreadably dull books. As a “beneficiary” of the promotional funnel, after a quick scan many volumes received for review are rapidly dispatched to the trash can. But occasionally there’s a diamond in the muck.…

The Daily Insider: A huge achievement for a Saffer who came home. Take a bow Louise.
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The Daily Insider: A huge achievement for a Saffer who came home. Take a bow Louise.

In yesterday’s newsletter featuring Benjamin Zander’s Rule #6, I omitted the reason for being at Thornybush in the first place. An email from my pal from Nottingham Road, Steuart Pennington of SA – The Good News served as a good reminder. The bush adventure was arranged by Dr Louise van Rhyn, recently returned from abroad, to…