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Doors, chairs and what lies between

One might say that all the doors we pass through in our lives are ours. They belong to us, just because we passed through them, or we belong to them

How to (kind of) make it as a M&G columnist

There will be rejection in the form of no replies, which will haunt you for days. Keep going.

The pros of Myself (Pty) Ltd

"I’ve been using a company name and have played with the idea of talking to clients about “us here at the office”... but I’ve realised it’s just me. "

Dylan pulls off another put-on

As Picasso said, though he may have had TS Eliot’s words put in his mouth: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.”​

World Cup’s his and hers moment

'The revolution has spilled onto the screen'

You’ve got (sincere) mail

Emails from clients and colleagues by far outnumber those from friends and family

We’ve GoT so many endings

More than a million fans have signed a petition to have the last season of Game of Thrones redone

An evening routine unsullied

By the time Game of Thrones is scheduled to air on Showmax, I’m asleep. That’s just the way I roll and no amount of suspense is going to change it.

Tyresome lower-case tornado

Tony Yengeni’s tweet implied Mashaba should be necklaced. He has been widely criticised for this, and the DA has laid a charge.

Bright lights, dark mutterings

Are we so in thrall to images of wealth that we would just stand there, agog at the spectacle, and not wonder about all this wasted electricity?

‘Praise the Lord, I’m a real fat cat’

Why would a pastor who was not only made rich by God but is also presumably protected by God need guard houses?

Doccies don’t lie. Or do they?

In Leaving Neverland two men make allegations refuted by the family of a dead man unable to defend himself

Pope thinks entrapment isn’t kosher

Pope Francis has caused something of a storm by advocating a change to the Lord’s Prayer

The New Year’s resolutions solution

To be resolute is to be unwavering and they waver (in the form of waivers), taking away our right to demand logic

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Ithala backs its embattled chairperson

Roshan Morar is being investigated in connection with KwaZulu-Natal education department backpack sanitiser tender worth R4-million and a batch of face masks that vanished

Q&A Sessions: ‘My north star is the patient’

Rhulani Nhlaniki is Pfizer’s cluster lead for sub-Saharan Africa. As Pfizer starts phase III of the clinical trial of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, he tells Malaikah Bophela that if it is successful, the company will ensure the vaccine will be available to everyone who needs it

Murder of anti-mining activist emboldens KZN community

Mam’Ntshangase was described as a fierce critic of mining and ambassador for land rights.

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Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

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