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Down Memory Lane with Thabo Owen Mokwena

“While we had fun outside the class we also enjoyed the academic part of the school. There were fine and exceptional brains that graced the classrooms of Reitumetse. This school was a pioneering academy unleashing beautiful minds.” This is my two cents worth contribution towards the pleasant memories of Reitumetse High School. Inevitably it will […]

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Social Capital is the Cornerstone of Development

South Africa seriously needs social capital as the cornerstone of our developmental state. The benefits of social capital are long term if not lifetime; they are most relevant and needed now in South Africa, and more importantly they are interlinked with development. Social capital is anchored around trust and is crucial for various reasons.  Among […]

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Winds of Change Blowing for Better or Worse?

RECENT months have been filled with signs that are worrying and confusing. Possible mine closures and disinvestment by some mining companies, the violent and deadly saga at the Marikana mine, the downgrading of South Africa’s sovereign rating and the subsequent downgrading of the banks, the strikes in the Western Cape farm sector, and the government’s […]

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Is Apartheid Really Over?

Trevor Manuel’s injunction to stop blaming our country’s woes on apartheid certainly is a refreshing voice from a government that seems blind to the capacity issues emanating from its own incompetence. I have watched too many well run government departments hollowed out by inappropriate appointees lobbying for position and status rather than rolling up their […]

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Conspicuous Omen of the Encroaching Long Dark Hours

The Owl of Minerva, it is said to take flight with the falling of dusk. The recent developments in the electricity industry in particular Eskom, serves as conspicuous omen of the encroaching long dark hours, obliging us to re-examine our long term policy. The recent eight percent tariff increase decision by NERSA, the expected delayed […]

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CESA to assist with SIP7

Thabo Mokwena, SIP7 Coordinator and Guest speaker at the CESA Gauteng Presidential function, made an impassioned plea for CESA members to work together with PRASA to assist with the lack of capacity at Municipal level. He stated that CESA needs to work closely with PRASA and support the 12 identified municipalities to roll out projects. […]

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