The Rainbow KingdomApril 18, 2019
Malema’s magicApril 18, 2019
Many may be hustling in these tough economic times
any may be hustling in these tough economic times, but every day across KZN business owners and employees are doing their best to service customers and keep their enterprises afloat.
State Capture commissions are gruelling but critical. So how do corruption fatigued South Africans survive and try and harness hope? I had the good fortune to listen to Bobby Godsell addressing a small gathering in Durban recently. He lamented the theft of public money and the woes afflicting power utility Eskom.
Load shedding and gloomy stories of greed and dishonesty are completely at odds with the vision espoused by the National Planning Commission which projected annual growth rates of 5,4%. Godsell urged South Africans not to be myopic.
Our own struggles must be seen against the backdrop of global developments, notably advances in artificial intelligence and the implications for jobs.
Greg Ardé is a journalist based in Durban, South Africa. He has written three books and currently edits a magazine.
In the course of his 30-year career Greg has been involved with a number of media, including newspapers, radio and television. He is the former bureau chief of the Sunday Times in Durban and editor of a monthly magazine which appeared in that newspaper.
He was previously deputy editor of the Sunday Tribune, property editor of the same publication and business editor of The Mercury.
He was political reporter on the Daily News and worked for the South African Press Association in the run-up to South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. In that time he covered political violence extensively. Greg has a national diploma in journalism from the erstwhile Technikon Natal.
As part of this, he served a year’s internship at the Daily Dispatch in East London and later ran the Dispatch's Umtata bureau, close to the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. He is deeply committed to issues of justice, accountability and development and wrote a weekly column for 15 years.
Greg has a keen interest in the evolution of cities and in 2013 and 2014, contributed to the Resilient Cities series, an initiative sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Greg’s passion for politics, cities and development nurtured a curiosity in business and entrepreneurs and he has run three publications in that vein.
In the course of his career, Greg has also facilitated a number of roundtable talks aimed at improving education, economic development and job creation in Durban, the city he calls home.