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By Esther Bootsma, translated by Adriaan Verheul (Atlas Contact Publishers, Amsterdam) I have a love-hate relationship with the United Nations. Don’t get me wrong — I sincerely believe that our planet is better off with the UN than without, but it is a frustrating, slow-moving, hyper-bureaucratic organisation with an overabundance of dead weight in what...
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COMMENT Recently Jacinda Ardern declared a climate emergency, sending a signal to the world that leaders need to be on a “war footing” to tackle global challenges.  Similarly, she steered her country effectively through the Covid-19 crisis.  The final common pathway for tackling inter-linked global challenges is leadership. Power, politics and policy have long been...
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In 1983, the novelist Chinua Achebe published a short treatise called The Trouble With Nigeria. With characteristic acuity, his very first paragraph answers the question posed in the title.  “The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character. There is nothing wrong with...
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Gender shouldn’t be a factor in whether or not a person can be a great leader — a person’s leadership abilities should depend on their individual strengths and personality traits. But women aren’t encouraged to take on leadership roles as often as their male counterparts, contributing to an imbalance of who’s in power. As women...
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COMMENT Leadership is paramount to develop and foster an inclusive culture for any organisation and broader society. Some important aspects are the character of the leader, their level of self- and social awareness, social skills and their personal beliefs and values, which affect their willingness and ability to create and fully embody true inclusion. Leading...
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The recent exposé of massive misappropriation of the Covid-19 funds allocated for relief was a disturbing revelation to the nation. It was disturbing primarily because of the overwhelming effects that the pandemic has already had on South Africans: lives have been lost, businesses have been closed and many have been left without livelihoods. Finance Minister...
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