“Sometimes I hear things when I’m doing interviews on live radio that I have to stop and be like WTF.”

July 18, 2020

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Fabulous evening at the @allangray.co.za Independent Advisor Forum. I discussed the political landscape in SA, what the GNU means for the future of the country, policy alignment, economic growth and public private partnerships.
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Mandy Wiener1 day ago
In his address at the Opening of Parliament last night, President Ramaphosa spoke about scenarios that had been considered for the future of the country. These were called the Indlulamithi Scenarios 2035.

He spoke about the Hadida scenario, the Vulture scenario and the Weaver bird scenario. The scenario symbolised by the sociable weaver birds is described as ‘The Cooperation Nation’.

This is what the President said in his speech:

"This scenario paints a picture where after disruptions and protests there is a coming together of political parties, the state, private sector and civil society in order to jointly identify priorities and leveraging the strength of each.

There is change in the form of governance and reform that leads to the economy growing, with more investment attracted, leading to the reduction of unemployment, inequality and poverty.
By establishing the Government of National Unity, by preparing for a National Dialogue, we have deliberately set ourselves along the path towards a 'cooperation nation'.

We would like all of us as South Africans to behave like ‘weaver birds’. Weavers are among the most gregarious birds in that they build complex structures together and cooperate.
I know we are often cynical about politicians and of course this is the President trying to inspire us and give us the feels with another Thuma Mina moment. But I do feel strongly about active citizenship and responsible corporate citizenship."

This imagery of the sociable weaver birds really resonates. The only way we can stimulate the economy, drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of lives of citizens is if we all work together. It’s crucial that the President has indicated a closer cooperation between the public and private sectors. We have to hold government accountable but we also have to part of the solution.
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Mandy Wiener2 days ago
This is extremely concerning. A targeted hit on yet another individual fighting crime and corruption in SA. This is a major red flag and law enforcement must act swiftly to ensure this does not have a chilling effect.

Last week a City of Joburg forensic investigator was gunned down. Still no breakthrough in the murder of liquidator Cloete Murray. Targetted assassinations are a very real threat to the rule of law.
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Mandy Wiener2 days ago
Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya in studio ahead of the Opening of Parliament tonight - explaining the process of preparing the speech. “This speech comes from an aligned set of priorities of the Government of National Unity and those priorities were confirmed at the cabinet lekgotla at the weekend.”
Mandy Wiener
Mandy Wiener2 days ago
Opening of Parliament. The rain is blessing the seventh administration. But not making our lives easy here at the City Hall.
Mandy Wiener
Mandy Wiener3 days ago
New GNU cabinet ministers have arrived with energy and enthusiasm, putting pressure on incumbent ministers to step up their performance.

President Ramaphosa has an opportunity in his address at the Opening of Parliament tonight to harness the energy demonstrated by this seventh administration.

He has an opportunity to seize the moment in the way he did that night in 2018 when he called on all of us to lend a hand.

My column:

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ABOUT MANDY

Mandy is one of the country’s best known and most credible journalists and authors. She is the current host of the Midday Report on 702 and Cape Talk and is a regular columnist for News24.

She has published numerous best-selling books and is a prominent social media commentator.

For the past two decades Mandy has worked as a multi award-winning reporter specialising in investigative journalism and legal matters.

Covering stories such as the trial of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and the murder of Brett Kebble, she earned a reputation for her work in exposing South Africa’s criminal underworld. These included exposes on Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, Teazers boss Lolly Jackson and other mysterious murders.

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WRITING

Mandy was short-listed in the prestigious ‘Alan Paton Sunday Times Literary Awards’ for her book, ‘Killing Kebble’ which was a local publishing phenomenon, selling in excess of 100 000 copies. It was also chosen as Jenny Crwys-Williams’ ‘Book of the Year’ in 2011.

Her second book, ‘My Second Initiation’, written with former head of the NPA Vusi Pikoli, was also short-listed for the Alan Paton award and was Crwys-William’s non-fiction book of the year in 2013. In 2014, she published ‘Behind The Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story’ with her colleague Barry Bateman.

The book was released internationally and contained new, exclusive information about the trial. Her 2018 book, Ministry of Crime, took a deep dive into organised crime, police corruption and politics. In 2020, Mandy published The Whistleblowers highlighting the stories of several South African whistleblowers and advocating for a change in legislation and culture.

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SPEAKING

Mandy is a regular feature on the speaking circuit. She addresses conferences, corporates and gatherings and also facilitates panels and discussions with a unique perspective on current affairs and how history unfolds in South Africa.

She focuses on ‘Hope Dealers’: the good people who did their jobs, the whistleblowers who felt compelled to speak truth to power, the civil society activists who stepped into the breach and the journalists who dug up the dirt to hold authorities to account.

There are lessons in these stories for corporates and for individuals on what needs to be done to improve governance, to change legislation and to create a speak-up culture in order to root out corruption. Most importantly these stories will inspire the audience not to be apathetic or complacent, but to fight for a better South Africa.

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MEDIA TRAINING

Thanks to her extensive background in media and journalism, Mandy has gained a lifetime of insight into how best to handle interviews and media.

In personalised training sessions, she offers theory and practical training, covering topics such as the SA media landscape, messaging for media, media rights and how to deal with journalists and crisis communications. Sessions also include training on writing for media, including thought leadership and opinion pieces. Click the button below to book Mandy for media training.

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ACCOLADES

Mandy has won a number of National and Regional Vodacom ‘Journalist of the Year’ awards, has been named ‘The CNN African Radio Journalist of the Year’ and has received several commendations in the Webber Wentzel ‘Legal Journalist of the Year’ awards.

In addition, she has received the National Press Club award in the Radio Category and the Social Media category and was awarded the ‘Rising Star – Women in the Media’ award in 2011.

On the writing front, Mandy was short-listed in the prestigious ‘Alan Paton Sunday Times Literary Awards’ for her book, ‘Killing Kebble’ which was a local publishing phenomenon, selling in excess of 100 000 copies. It was also chosen as Jenny Crwys-Williams’ ‘Book of the Year’ in 2011. Mandy’s second book, ‘My Second Initiation’, written with former head of the NPA Vusi Pikoli, was also short-listed for the Alan Paton award and was Crwys-William’s non-fiction book of the year in 2013. Ministry of Crime was long-listed for the Alan Paton.

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Killing Kebble

A gritty, fast-paced chronicle of how one death blew the lid off Johannesburg’s shadowy underworld.

The Whistleblowers

Raw and evocative accounts of South Africa’s whistleblowers, told in their own voices and from their own perspectives.

My Second Initiation

This memoir traces Pikoli’s journey from his graduation to manhood, to his experience in the corridors of government.

Behind The Door

Behind the Door is a compelling narrative that unpacks the true facts of the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp story.

Ministry of Crime

Ministry of Crime examines the nexus between organised crime figures, corrupt police officials and powerful politicians.