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State must stop spin doctoring and start doctoring


State must stop spin doctoring and start doctoring

The government should stop paying lip service and start listening to ‘patriotic citizens’ who know their oats


Reading director general of government communications Phumla Williams’s defence of SA’s desirability as an “investment destination of choice” reminded me of the rejoinder of Upton Sinclair.

In 1935 this American Pulitzer Prize-winning author and political activist wrote: “It is difficult to get a person to understand something when their salary depends on them not understanding it.”

Williams, the government’s top and best-paid spin doctor, in her column in Business Day (May 16 2022) takes vehement issue with a reader, Oliver Dickson, who dared suggest SA’s investment prospects were suboptimal. Her retort: “His myopic assertion that our country is a poor investment destination rings hollow and fails to appreciate what the government has done over this short democratic period and what it continues to do in taking the country forward.”..

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