Dear Steve John, it has been almost two months since I last heard from you. I know you took a well-deserved break a few weeks ago. In these busy times, we all need those. I suppose you’ve also been kept busy writing more “Not for publication” letters of reprimand to nosy journalists because your employer, McKinsey & Co, has been the subject of some rather unflattering headlines over the past few weeks. Nevertheless, I must apologise upfront for imposing on you the further burden of reading this (hopefully) short letter. There are quite a few things that have come to light here at the bottom tip of the Dark Continent since I last heard from you in mid-July. For two weeks now the honourable judge Raymond Zondo (yes, we still have many of the honourable people) has been hearing evidence, trying to get to the bottom of that grand project executed by some greedy officials and their associates — who masqueraded as business people and management advisers while stealing from the people. As ...

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