Beyond Profit: The True Currency of Ethical Business

In the expansive realm of modern commerce, ethics often finds itself relegated to the sidelines, viewed as a luxury rather than a necessity. It is a notion encapsulated in phrases like “ethics are for those that can afford it” or “ethics…

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A Wholesome Threesome: Ethics, Competence, and Loyalty

Trust in the South African government is low, or so it seems when one lends your ear to social and mainline media. Recently, the 2024 edition of the Edelman Trust Barometer was unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos. According to…

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Private Sector Collective Action

The recent remarks by the Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshaveni, asserting that the private sector has no interest in developing the country and is actively involved in trying to collapse the government, were met with strong…

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The Springboks: A Beacon of Teamwork, Trust, and Cooperation

As the final whistle sounded in the Rugby World Cup final, South Africa’s victory over New Zealand sent shockwaves throughout the world of sports. For many, this was more than just another championship; it was an affirmation of the…

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An open letter to Mteto Nyathi: We are betting on you

You have been thrown into the deep end as the Chair of the Eskom Board. In your 2019 autobiography, Betting on a Darkie (sub-title Lifting the Corporate Game), you made it clear that you became an engineer because you like to fix things…

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Blowing the whistle, Brandon-style – if you can, you will

Despite all the good humans do, humanity is in trouble. We just have to watch the news to realise that needless suffering seems unavoidable, from violent protests and mob justice to murder, pandemic levels of corruption, and extreme levels…

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It Takes Courage…

Life in South Africa is becoming increasingly volatile, and it requires courage to maintain a positive outlook in Mzansi. It takes courage to keep one’s head above water and survive in this ever-dynamic country, where there's never a dull…

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Ethics positioning elevated to a strategic imperative

Elevating the institutionalisation of ethics to a strategic imperative, necessitates a concerted and integrated approach. It requires all stakeholders to be aware of their responsibilities and to ensure the ethical utilisation of…

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Rules and Ethics: a complicated relationship

The introduction of rules will lead to more ethical and responsible behaviour. Correct? Maybe we should think again about what rules can do, what they cannot do, and if rules are always good. There was a recent incident at Stellenbosch…

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Municipal Audit Outcomes: A consistent call for ethical leadership in municipalities

Opinion Piece Although they followed very different methodologies, the Auditor-General (AG) report on Municipal Audit Outcomes comes to very similar conclusions as the Local Government Ethical Leadership Initiative (LGELI) about the root…

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Organisational risks: why should ethics feature prominently?

The majority of organisations in the modern era understand the importance of risk management and hence make some effort to manage it. The obvious dimensions of organisational risk are financial, legal, operational, information technology,…

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Moral regeneration needed to rebuild ethical leadership

A man promised his children he would buy them new toys at the end of the month because he knew he would be receiving his performance bonus when payday arrives. He received his bonus on a Friday, but decided to celebrate with his friends…

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