RATINGS agencies have given SA six months to get its house in order, and concerned citizens may feel that there is little they can do to spur the economic growth needed to avoid a downgrade.Given the country’s volatility — especially service delivery protests and pre-election violence — business leaders may retreat into simply ticking the boxes on black economic empowerment, corporate social investment and the triple bottom line; lapse into survival mode; and act out of pure self-interest. Self-interest is fine, says one of SA’s foremost business thinkers, Absa and Barclays Africa chairwoman Wendy Lucas-Bull, as long as it is the informed kind that embraces collaboration, cultural intelligence, and crowding — the phenomenon association with online fundraising."If we don’t get growth in SA, we won’t flourish. To grow, we need healthy communities," Lucas-Bull told a recent QualityLife Business Unusual breakfast forum.But with a trend of the government promising to deliver and failing,...

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