You’d think, given the cautionary tales of blundering companies felled by egregiously ill-advised attempts to throw their weight around, that people would have learnt by now. There are many examples of how not to manage a crisis, such as Tiger Brands’s staunch refusal to admit that listeria bacteria at its factories could have led to 218 listeriosis deaths.

Yet now we have grocery group Spar blundering its way through a governance crisis with all the dexterity and nuance of Gwede Mantashe at a renewable energy summit...

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