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Editing Allowed

A blast from the past. Late in 2016, I was a guest on Business Day TV show Editing Allowed. It’s a open, fast-paced show on the economy, and it was really fun to exchange ideas with some  editors and journalists. In this clip, we discuss unemployment, barriers to entry into the economy and other topics. With hindsight, these look like tame times in the political economy…

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Entrepreneurship in tough times

My conversation with Gunther Deutsch about how smaller businesses, which are often more vulnerable to economic turmoil, can navigate these difficult times.

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The state of the economy

I chat to CNBC Africa a day after the axing of former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Catch it here

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Student activism: 1976 to parking issues to Rhodes Must Fall

A few months ago, I spoke to Ronald Lamola and Dr Thabi Leoka, about student activism. It was a wide-ranging discussion about politics on South African campuses over the ages. Lamola and Leoka represent different brands of activism. Thabi was part of a non-racial, non-political and ‘rainbow-ist’ take-over of the Wits SRC in the 1990s. Lamola argues that there is no student politics outside politics.  They bring the perspective of what some have begun to consider a (largely) silent generation of the 1990s and early 2000’s. What drove student’s political passions back then and how do they feel about the current campus transformation agenda?

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Thina Sobabili a must-watch movie

I was having breakfast at Fournos when guys sitting at the table next to mine asked to chat to me for a moment. As it turns out, they were not random shellingtons but the brains, money and talent behind Thina Sobabili. Over the weekend, I caught the movie. It is beautiful and moving – a thoughtful take on the themes of abandonment and abuse but also a brother’s helpless love for a sister ensnared by the temptations of the world. A must-watch movie set in Alexandra with Sandton in the background. It’s also quite impressive that the movie was self-financed.

According to Thato Dhladla of the Monarchy Group: “The film was independently funded by our company The Monarchy Group…no backing from any state agency etc, over a 4 year period. It was shot in 7 days set in Alexandra and has gone to win awards at the Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles during Black History month and the Jozi Film Festival.” The movie open on Friday July 31st at Ster-Kinekor and Nu-Metro cinemas.

Thato also informs me that the film has been selected to screen in festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin, New York, Kigali and Barbados.


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