HILARY JOFFE: Blunt and brutal or nice and nuanced?
The debate about how to talk to a government that listens but does not act is very much alive
How should business talk to the government? Or more specifically, how best should it talk if it wants to prompt the changes needed to make SA a better place?
It’s an old debate within organised business, one that has taken on new life over the past couple of Covid-19 years. It’s been on stage front and centre over the past couple of months since Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman first made his “failed state” comments in March. And it reached a new level of theatre this week when mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe struck back against (unnamed) strong and powerful mining executives who he said “insulted” the state...