Imagine delivering a make-or-break presentation to your board, and the boss falls asleep. What kind of boss would fall asleep during a pivotal moment in their leadership when every word you said would have a critical impact on investor confidence and staff and customer morale? If it's happened to you, you'll know there was either something horribly wrong with your content or its delivery, or the boss didn't appreciate the magnitude of the task you had been set. There was nothing wrong with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's stirring call to action to boost the economy this week, other than that he is going to tap you for a lot more tax in an increasingly kleptocratic environment. He received an unprecedented standing ovation on the way in and then again after he'd delivered the medium-term budget policy statement, in which he told a series of painful home truths. President Jacob Zuma was clearly completely shattered. Juggling naked self-interest with the affairs of state must be exha...

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