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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...

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