I recently had a week in the UK, and spent much of the time thinking about a South African company. Discovery, which Adrian Gore built from a medical aid administrator into a financial services giant offering everything from insurance to investment, is holding a leadership summit in Johannesburg this week. The event, according to the organisers, aims to “provide a platform for some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers” to share their leadership strategies and insights. It just happened that when I was in the UK, London had what its mayor, Sadiq Khan, called the “biggest protest since the Iraq war”, with about 700,000 people taking to the street to protest against the impending disaster that is Brexit. One couldn’t help think what those Brits would make of David Cameron, the man responsible for that particular mess, preaching leadership qualities to Africans as one of the main speakers at the Discovery event. Barring a deal with the EU in the next month or so, Britain could be on i...

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