Published 31 May 2020 by Dr Iqbal Survé

As we take the next steps on this journey into the future together, it might be helpful to look back at where we have come from and what it is we in South Africa hoped to achieve, says Dr Iqbal Survé. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town – As we move back into the mainstream again with the further easing of our living and working restrictions, it would be easy just to forget the past two months or so and move on. Please don’t.

It will be tempting to get back on the saddle and ride along just as you did before and as the weeks tick by and you get used to your freedom again. Please don’t.

Please do … continue to reach out a helping hand to those in need – there will be more than ever before.

Please do take the hand offered to you, pride is humble pie in the face of starvation.

Please do…remember the feelings (good and bad) that you have experienced over this time, and please do consider others’ emotions as we enter the next phase of our Covid-19-dictated lives.

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Published 23 May 2020 by Dr Iqbal Survé

The euphoria and optimism for a bright new future for South Africa were enshrined in its first democratically elected president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, says the writer. File picture: Leon Lestrade/African News Agency Archvies

If we increase our spending of our emotional desire for balance, can we proportionately increase our income of peace and equality to form a more just society post-Covid-19?

In 1994, South Africa stepped out of the darkness of segregation and suppression and into an age of light, hope and potential. The euphoria and optimism for a bright new future was enshrined in the nation’s new leader, one Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who became the country’s first democratically elected president.

This was the identity we created together as a nation and one we presented to the world. On the face of it, as a people, we had overcome our darkest past to unite and move forward to a place where we were all, equal regardless of race, colour or gender. South Africa was globally acknowledged as a leader of human rights, as a progressive society and even as setting a course for the rest of the world to follow, along a path of optimism where anything could be accomplished.

We also began forging a new pan-African identity – with Africans working together for the benefit of Africa and Africans. Such promise.

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Published 19 May 2020 by Adri Senekal de Wet

Magda Wierzycka stunned the asset management community by applying one of the most underhand of marketing tricks in the book: Spin and Smear. Photo: David Ritchie African News Agency (ANA)

CAPE TOWN – I first became aware of the existence of Magda Wierzycka when her company, Sygnia, listed on the JSE late in 2015. With the financial markets in dire straits and commodities at an all-time low in early 2016, the Sygnia share price at variance to what was happening on the market seemed otherworldly and something to laud.  Although experiencing a small dip, it went on a run to reach R22 in April 2016. The market was suitably impressed and amazed.

As a result of this excellent performance, we became acutely aware of the woman at the helm of this organisation, Magda Wierzycka, a beacon of light in an otherwise, grey world. Not only did her stellar results grab our attention, her articles for the Daily Maverick were also great reading – mostly at that time, attacking the Zuma regime and drawing parallels with her experience in Poland. She is an excellent writer and, I will openly admit, I eagerly read all of her articles.

Then Magda stunned the asset management community by applying one of the most underhand of marketing tricks in the book: Spin and Smear. Stain the reputation of your opponents to portray yourself as the knight in shining armour and create a positive brand for your product. Emotionally exploit the public and use your media exposure to shape a particular narrative for your own gain. Being a hitherto pillar of moral standing, it becomes relatively easy to sway opinion and cast shadows.  No proof is needed as someone of stature could hardly be dishonest, could they?

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