Maybe the time has come to slay the sacred cow that is the five-day working week

Maybe the time has come to slay the sacred cow that is the five-day working week 16 April 2022, Daily Maverick 168   WHEN South Africans think of employment, it’s normally framed as an issue of unemployment. It makes sense after all the latest figures are terrifying, but what’s as concerning is the tectonic shifts…

Its not the big things that kill us, its the little unpredictably predictable little things that create the catastrophes

JON FOSTER-PEDLEY WHEN WE STARTED this journey of fighting COVID-19, we were all uncertain. There wasn’t a playbook so we all did what we are wired to do as humans; we managed what we could see, touch – and rationalise – in between getting distracted, going down rabbit holes and sometimes becoming overwhelmed. In the…

Zondo reports: We have the facts, we have the names, we have the analysis – now we need executive action

JON FOSTER-PEDLEY THE SECOND instalment in the three-part Zondo Commission into State Capture report has been released /  https://www.statecapture.org.za/and as we digest the findings of this instalment and speculate on what the final one will contain when it is released at month end, the biggest question in the room is stark: Will any of it…

Having an opinion or an idea doesn’t make you a thinker — thinking is a journey of discovery

Daily Maverick, 16th November 2021 JON FOSTER-PEDLEY WE ARE AWASH in ideas but sadly, very little thought. Just as living in an era of the greatest access to information has rendered us incredibly uninformed, it would appear – anecdotally at least – that our cognitive abilities have suffered exponentially too. Just as everyone has an…

The human chain: Dealing with employees who are anti-vaxxers or vaccine hesitant — you can keep them out of your workplace

Dean Jon Foster Pedley, The Daily Maverick, 9th September 2021. No one in South Africa can be forced to have a vaccine. They have the right to refuse based on religious, constitutional or medical reasons. But businesses also have the right to only allow vaccinated people in the workplace.   Most ethical leaders are guided…

Covid

Daily Maverick, 26th August 2021, Here be dragons: The post-covid world is full of unchartered waters -we have to throw away our old maps

Jon Foster-Pedley WE HAVE spent more than 500 days in lockdown of one level or another. Our lives have been disrupted like none of us has ever imagined. Many of us have been vaccinated, some of us have even contracted COVID 19. But the truth is we will never be free of it.   COVID…

South Africa is at an inflection point – will our crisis response be fight, flight or freeze?

Daily Maverick, 20 July 2021 JON FOSTER-PEDLEY AS SOUTH Africa appeared to teeter on the brink of its much-prophesied descent into failed nation status in the third week of July, many people were starting to ask questions of themselves. Wall-to-wall coverage of civil unrest and widescale looting on top of a third wave of a…