Moments of crisis can provide an opportunity for public-spirited business leaders — corporate statesmen and women — to work with governments in navigating storms and finding solutions to complex social and economic challenges. They are driven by enlightened self-interest, and often go against the grain of a business status quo that is fixated on the bottom line.

SA yearns for a breed of corporate statespeople who not only believe business leaders ought to play an active role in shaping major issues facing their nation but who also conceive the destinies of business and government as inextricably intertwined. That type of leader is rare in SA today...

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