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What Whites Didn’t Learn from Bantu Education

The death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has exposed how dangerous a single narrative of the past can be. For me, it elucidated the damage and consequence of the…

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Comrades Widows

The shift is tangible. With the Comrades Marathon less than two weeks away, running friends have begun to view everyone with suspicion. For them, the dangers now…

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Remembering My Opa

My grandmother spoke German in secret. She also smoked behind an old fig tree in the garden and then sprayed her “4711” perfume all over herself so…

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Embracing the fear of innovation

History is the story of bad choices, don’t let the business be one of them Decisions. We make them every day, from the moment we wake up…

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Living in a Post Humour Society

Earlier in the week, when the news of President Jacob Zuma’s nuptials broke, I wrote a tongue in cheek column about the forthcoming wedding. I wondered out…

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Twitter Delinquent Disorder (TDD)

Remember when sex addiction was all the rage? Anyone caught with their proverbial pants down supposedly had an addiction that needed a cure. Which was a convenient…

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Ethics: The forgotten superpower

The real superheroes of the working world are those who uphold ethics and honesty Over the past few months, the real impact of fake news has been…

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5 Counter-Intuitive Lessons for Life

Buzzfeed is often credited for launching “The Twenty-Five things that All Successful People do Before Breakfast” lists. Number seven, incidentally, will shock you. Anyone born prior to…

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The Power Pose: Using Body Language To Lead

In 2012, the power pose became a global sensation. A Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy hit a staggering 46 million views and became the second most popular…

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About Atlassian in Africa

I will be speaking at the Atlassian in Africa conference on the 23rd of October! Read about the event in Obsidian’s press release below. ~ H Bookings…

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Unlocking Optimism

South African entrepreneurs have one singular advantage that makes them stand out and succeed – optimism. Game drives. There is a remarkable similarity between the South African…

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The power of perception

There are many superpowers in your arsenal, but one of the most powerful is how people perceive you. When you enter a room. When you sit down….

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Embracing the fear of innovation

History is the story of bad choices, don’t let the business be one of them Decisions. We make them every day, from the moment we wake up…

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Twitter Delinquent Disorder (TDD)

Remember when sex addiction was all the rage? Anyone caught with their proverbial pants down supposedly had an addiction that needed a cure. Which was a convenient…

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Ethics: The forgotten superpower

The real superheroes of the working world are those who uphold ethics and honesty Over the past few months, the real impact of fake news has been…

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Eskom has reduced me to a nervous wreck

The anxiety that I now experience when entering a lift is almost not worth the laziness of not using the stairs, writes Howard Feldman. At 21:00 last night,…

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Are we too afraid to be worried about Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has lived in the periphery of our vision. It is a taunt by those who have left South Africa and believe that we are headed along…

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Clifton’s Great Sheep-Shindig

I am not normally the type to easily take offence. Often, in fact, I am more relieved about not being invited to a function or celebration than…

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Looking in the light for things lost in the dark

One of my favourite stories is attributed to Sigmund Freud. He tells of a man who had lost his pocket watch while walking in the street. It…

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A president for grown-ups

Here is something that is worth thinking about. South African has had five presidents since achieving democracy. Each has been very different, and each has represented our…

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Who looks after the interests of Palestinians?

Israelis have their government to care and to protect them. Gazans have no one. Certainly not Hamas. What makes it worse is that the painting of Israel…

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Gigaba’s pinky gesture and the values we model to our children

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to acknowledge that I have seen the Malusi Gigaba sex video. Well, as much of it as I could…

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Are Strange Factors Driving Coverage of Khashoggi’s Murder?

Not since the death of JFK has the killing of one man received so much attention. The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is awful, but one needs…

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Farrakhan, Anti-Termite

Farrakhan says he is an Anti-Termite

When H&M created a brochure that featured a young black child in a T-shirt that displayed an image of a monkey with the words, “cutest little monkey…

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Woolworths buckled to the outrage police

We need to get a grip. We need to call out vendors and companies when they actually do wrong and not when some sensitive, thin-skinned soul has…

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Death to the author and identity politics

Identity politics is an intellectually lazy game to play. It reduces discussion and contemplation as it focusses on the participants and not the debate, writes Howard Feldman. A…

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Clifton 4th and what it says about our country

Clifton 4th Beach, December 2018 provides us with insight into how South Africa’s political election year is likely to play out. If Clifton is our guide, then it…

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Clifton’s Great Sheep-Shindig

I am not normally the type to easily take offence. Often, in fact, I am more relieved about not being invited to a function or celebration than…

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The Work Life Balance Myth

The Work Life Balance Myth I have bad news. Really bad. You know that work-life balance thing that they keep telling you about? Well,  it’s as rare…

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Celebrating Christmas the way it’s meant to be

I was standing in the queue at Woolworths (Country Road) in Sandton yesterday when I overheard the following conversation: “Kian, stop that or I will call Santa!”…

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A Year That Flashed The Pan

A Year Of Outrage I can never be disappointed in a year that made me a grandfather. Nor can I be upset with a year that allowed…

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Israel – Is the Conflict Just a Big Food Flight?

My Experience at the Jewish Media Summit 2018 It is entirely possible that the entire source of the conflict in Israel could be condensed into being one…

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Black Dolls For Black Babies

I have always been a morning person. Which is why I genuinely hate being called a racist before 7:00am. Especially because I am not one. To be…

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Black Women Can Shift the Status Quo in the Workplace

Some years ago, when I was a young commodity trader, I visited Korea for the first time. It was my first business trip and I was infatuated…

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Ethics: The forgotten superpower

The real superheroes of the working world are those who uphold ethics and honesty Over the past few months, the real impact of fake news has been…

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