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This is the success story of a giant of a man who, for the past two years, has been buffetted by stinging political forces that have not only affected his health, but also the wellbeing of his family. Yet throughout months of adversity, Pravin Gordhan has not wavered in sticking to and articulating deeply held principles of honour, decency and integrity. He is for many the epitome of success. He is humble about his accomplishments, can be self-deprecating at times but with a backbone of tungsten steel when it comes to speaking out about the ills of society and the travails of the planet. We meet on the sidelines of yet another conference he has been invited to address, where delegates want to hear a combination of hard truth flavoured with optimism. They want a sage to tell them that it’s going to be all right. He’ll do that, but not before telling them that being part of the leading 1% in SA places a huge expectation on them. How they behave, how they treat their staff, how they ne...

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