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South African labor under attack from Pres. Jacob Zuma

by Charlene Smith President Jacob Zuma’s assiduous building of the A.N.C. especially in rural areas, and among those who seek a path to wealth through government tenders, has been fascinating. In the past the A.N.C. needed the Congress of South … Continue reading

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Chasms widen as trade unions falter in South Africa

By Charlene Smith • Exchange rate of R11 to $1 used In his first speech as president on May 5, 1994, Nelson Mandela said: “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come… We pledge ourselves to liberate … Continue reading

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Communications 101: Why Should I Care?

by Charlene Smith (c)   For many people the opportunity to give a speech, or write an article, sees common sense flee and pomposity enter.   Instead of writing in a manner that encourages story-telling or that engages, they become … Continue reading

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Workplace bullies crush innovation & cripple growth

By Charlene Smith In her song Respect, Aretha Franklin sings:  I’m about to give you all of my money And all I’m askin’ in return, honey Is to give me my profits The primary stakeholders in your business are your … Continue reading

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Management does not imply leadership; that has to be earned

By Charlene Smith Value is a word that has specific meaning at banks. It refers to financial transactions, audits, statements of account, currency, foreign exchange, but the highest value of all is found in people and how we lead, motivate … Continue reading

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Love is a dying tradition: work is eliminating families

, By Charlene Smith © Love is a dying tradition as marriages and family life disappear according to a rush of new studies. Globally divorce rates have gone up about six fold since 1960.  The Brookings Institute in the United States … Continue reading

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A strong mind needs a healthy body

By Charlene Smith  Now here’s something to think about; 90 percent of serotonin, the primary ingredient of anti-depressants, is naturally created in your gut.  Serotonin is then transformed by your liver into happiness cells that are carried on a parade … Continue reading

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