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We’re sure Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu means well, but her message that foreign business owners need to share their trade secrets if they want to coexist peacefully with locals smacks of blackmail.

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Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, whose promising record going into the Africa Cup of Nations was shattered over a few days, with the team returning to SA with its tail between its legs. The more things change….

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The Church of England’s first female bishop, Libby Lane, who was appointed on Monday during a ceremony in the UK’s York Cathedral. Pity it had to take the church almost half a millennium to recognise women’s worth.

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Anglo American Chairman’ s Fund chairman Norman Mbazima. The group has been ranked SA’ s biggest corporate social investor with donations of R643m in 2013-14, the 10th time it has topped the local list.

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Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras, who may have won the Greek election but has painted his party into a corner by making promises that are going to be nigh on impossible to keep without causing economic and social chaos.

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European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. Say what you like about quantitative easing, it has worked for the US, and the eurozone is clearly sick and badly in need of some sort of strong medicine.

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Sanral CEO Nazir Alli. Ratings agency Moody’s has changed its outlook from stable to negative due to the lack of a solution to the impasse over the collection of e-tolls in Gauteng. The ball is back in the government’s court.

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Foul-mouthed “celebrity chef” Gordon Ramsay, who has been ruled personally liable for an R11.2m restaurant rental backlog, signed on his behalf by his father-in-law. A slice of karma with your marital strife, sir?

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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona, for opting not to attend the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, and persuading his executive team to do the same. There’s a crisis at home that needs their undivided attention.

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NUM negotiator Ecliff Tantsi. The union cannot have its cake and eat it. If its problem with Northam is management’s alleged flouting of procedures relating to sick leave, how does it justify a wildcat strike?

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One-day cricket captain AB de Villiers, whose 149 off 44 balls was the pick of a bunch of records set by SA during its defeat of the Windies at Wanderers at the weekend. Could 2015 finally be the year of World Cup glory?

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Businesswoman and philanthropist Wendy Appelbaum, for throwing her weight behind efforts to reform the garnishee order system, which is rife with abuse and is harming both individuals and society.

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National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, who is probably right to turn down the EFF’s demand for a special sitting so the president can answer MPs’ questions. But crying “intimidation” is a big stretch.

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Egyptian Justice Minister Mahfouz Saber. Former president and military strongman Hosni Mubarak could soon be released after the courts overturned his only remaining conviction. What was the revolution for?

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Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, whose interference at the SABC has made a bad situation considerably worse and seems likely to result in even more disruption to the board. Will they ever learn?

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Sibanye Gold CE Neal Froneman, who has done the hard yards to position SA’s biggest gold producer to take advantage of the upside of the cycle now that the metal’s rand and dollar prices are out of the doldrums.

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Cape Town mayoral committee member for corporate services, Xanthea Limberg. The city’s Smart Cape initiative will help students and entrepreneurs overcome obstacles imposed by their circumstances.

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Zambia’s first female vice-president, Inonge Mutukwa Wina, who was appointed by newly elected president Edgar Lungu earlier in the week. The country is becoming a new beacon of progressive democracy in the region.

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ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, for suggesting riot police should be on permanent standby to enter the National Assembly and remove disruptive elements. Even if it is legal, force will not address the underlying issue.

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Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, for suggesting that SA’s oil and gas laws be separated from mining legislation to allow amendments to proceed. What a good idea — why didn’t we think of that?

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Architect Peter Rich, who is set to become the first African fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, one of the highest accolades in the profession, for his work in researching and preserving African design.

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Richards Bay Coal Terminal CE Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane. The export facility shipped a record 71.2-million tonnes last year, bringing in valuable foreign exchange. Just wait until coal is declared a “strategic” resource.

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Nelson Mandela’s former assistant, Zelda la Grange, who has apparently bitten off more than she can chew after first writing a book, then entering the political arena with ill-advised tweets. Time to give that phone a rest.

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Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba. His charges didn’t perform badly against Algeria despite losing 3-1, but his refusal to speak English at the prematch press conference was an unnecessary and silly distraction.

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French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira. Rounding up extremists is understandable in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, but arresting people for “glorifying terrorism” undermines freedom of speech.

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Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, for resorting to legal procedural technicalities to try to block a court challenge to his suspension of Hawks head Anwa Dramat. The issue is surely whether there is justification for the move.

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Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, for implementing the youth employment incentive over union objections. More than a quarter of a million people are in jobs as a result of government governing.

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Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg, for calling for a new ANC leadership to eliminate patronage. Now, who might he have been referring to when he said “there is a fly that has fallen in the jam” and must be removed?

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Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, for revising the city’s load-shedding schedule to distribute the inconvenience and economic effects more fairly. More cities and towns should follow suit — we are in for the long haul.

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EFF leader Julius Malema. His methods may not always pass muster, but he is absolutely right to keep the pressure on President Jacob Zuma to fulfil his constitutional duty to answer questions in Parliament.

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SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who reckons he would be earning even more were he working elsewhere, despite his lack of qualifications. And he may just be right — if he was a politician on the take.

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ANC leader in the Cape Town council and Cosatu regional secretary Tony Ehrenreich. The ANC’s behaviour in the council chamber on Wednesday was worse than that of the EFF in Parliament, which they constantly condemn.

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VIP unit driver Joseph Semitjie, who has been sentenced to five years behind bars for reckless driving and fleeing the scene. Blue light accident victim Thomas Ferreira suffered permanent brain damage.

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