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#Mandela's missed opportunity

President Mandela was correct to focus on reconciliation as the cornerstone of his short presidency.<p>He was incorrect, and missed a great opportunity, …

#Macro-economic #policy and other #budgetary issues

The Treasury seems content to focus on fiscal stimulus to solve the problem of low growth and unemployment. Many economists now accept that the …

(The power of) social media

(The power of) social media for governments, corporates, politicians, etc. is not about its utility as a messenger. It is about engagement, fighting …

Lessons from car guards

Four lessons from observing car guards...<p>Lesson one: car guards always make sure they are noticed by parkers parking their cars. This is not very …

Consistency

The mother of success is #consistency. When you find or learn the tools and methods that work and you apply them consistently, success is likely to …

Known unknowns and unknown unknowns

Every decision or action has a consequence, intended or unintended.<p>Imperfect knowledge is a near certainty, which is why future outcomes can't be …

The curse of mineral riches

Do mineral riches matter at all for economic development? No, otherwise mineral deficient countries like #Singapore would be begging nations.<p>On the …

Legalise sex work

And while at it, legalise marijuana too.<p>The main reason sex work is illegal in South Africa, a country with a progressive, secular constitution that …

Tinkering at the edges...

Leaders flying economy is good. It sends a message of austerity, and that it is no longer business as usual. It is also good PR, especially in an …

Praying for rain...

By all means, let the people pray for rain. Let those who want do the rain dance.<p>But...<p>Leaders should refrain from burying their heads in the sand. …

Smart decisions

Smart decision making is about knowing that you cannot remain still, knowing that the country has to keep moving forward, adapting to changing …

A Critique of the 2017 #MTBPS

<b>Introduction</b><p>The Minister of Finance, the Honourable Malusi Gigaba, delivered his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday, 25 October …

Anachronisms

War is an anachronism. So are those beating war drums from time to time.<p>Nation states are an anachronism. Which is why moves toward greater …

Why do we (South Africans) litter so much?

Why do we litter so much? Everywhere you go there's litter.<p>Each time I follow a vehicle, especially trucks and delivery vehicles, for no apparent …

Mike Nkosi's blog

<b>Introduction</b><p>The Minister of Finance, the Honourable Malusi Gigaba, delivered his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday, 25 October …

Apple Never Wants You to Leave its New Store

Apple’s new flagship store, in the center of San Francisco, will be opening to the public on May 21 — both in the sense of doing business and quite …

How These Startups Are Trying to Make Your Life Greener

Sometimes greener living is as simple as better design.<p>Entrepreneurs who are looking to fight climate change, lower global energy use, and clean the …

Google bans adverts from payday loan companies

Google will stop showing adverts from payday loan companies to protect its users from "deceptive or harmful financial products".<p>From July 13, the …

Barclays offers its own app as an Android Pay alternative

The bank will cater for Android device owners, but it won't use Google's payment platform.<p>When Barclays confirmed it wasn't planning to support Google's Android Pay service when it launches in the UK, it said it would instead focus on the development of its own platform. Turns out that customers …

FBI promises more litigation in its anti-encryption vendetta

Fighting Apple may, according to some, have been the FBI’s worst PR disaster in history, but even its failure to convince Congress of its goals isn’t stopping its war on encryption — with FBI director James Comey telling reporters this week that more litigation can be expected as the feds seek to …

Google is reportedly announcing a standalone Android VR headset next week

Google is moving beyond Cardboard.<p>The company will reportedly be announcing a standalone Android VR headset at next week’s Google I/O event. Entrepreneur and former tech journalist Peter Rojas has tweeted that Google will launch an untethered Android VR headset next week according to his multiple …

Google bans ads from payday lenders

<b>Google has announced plans to ban ads from so-called payday lenders, in a move the company hopes will limit what it calls a "harmful" industry.</b><p>The search giant plans to stop allowing ads for loans due within 60 days or with an interest rate of 36% or higher.<p>Google's director of product policy David …

Instagram just got a new, colorful logo

Instagram and its suite of apps have gotten an icon refresh. Instead of the brown Polaroid-esque square we’ve all come to know, the Instagram logo is now bright, colorful, and embraces the flat design trend.<p>The same look applies to its Hyperlapse, Boomerang, and Layout apps as well, tying all four …

Hyperloop undergoes successful test of high-speed propulsion system

Hyperloop, the supersonic transport system proposed by tech billionaire Elon Musk, has taken a tentative step towards reality with the first public test of a prototype propulsion system.<p>One of the companies vying to make the idea a reality, Hyperloop One, which changed its name from Hyperloop …

Most Japanese Say No Hiroshima Apology From Obama Is Necessary, a Poll Finds

The majority of Japanese citizens do not expect an apology from President Barack Obama for the Hiroshima bombing when he visits the site where the …

Malaysia: New debris ‘almost certainly’ from Flight 370

Two new pieces of debris found in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius are “almost certainly” from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia’s transport minister said Thursday.<p>The plane disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing …

Google may be building an awesome travel app called Trips

From Maps to Flight Search, Google is pretty much an essential part of modern travel. Now it seems the company may be working on an app that pull its various travel tools together.<p>Dutch publication Android World reports that users in Google’s Local Guides program are testing a new app simply called …

Uber trials penalty fees for late passengers

Be ready before ordering a car, advises Uber, as company introduces late fee trials in four US cities including New York and Dallas<p>Uber is tired of your lateness. In an effort to deter riders from ordering cars while still drying their hair, finishing an email or munching a slice of toast, the …