Hilary Joffe Columnist

It could have been a headline in SA: "CEOs are speaking out on social and political issues in sometimes startling ways, recasting the role business plays in the national debate." It was, however, the headline on a recent New York Times article about a chorus of CEOs that has risen up to condemn hate speech and espouse tolerance and inclusion after Nazi-saluting white supremacists rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Donald Trump dithered in his response. The politics here may be different, but SA’s CEOs have been speaking out ever more assertively over the past year or two, most recently on Wednesday, when Business Leadership SA (BLSA) held a launch in Alexandra township for its Business Believes in SA campaign.As it was the heart of JSE results season, many CEOs of SA’s largest listed companies were busy with results presentations or investor road shows. But JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King was there, as was Discovery executive chairman Adrian Gore and BLSA’s new CEO, Bonang...

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