Bet­ter to talk-talk than shoot-shoot

Gath­er­ings like Davos’ are nec­es­sary in an in­ter­con­nected world, but Africa isn’t get­ting much air­play, writes Koos Bekker

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year. One hopes that the mu­tual ex­changes that were ev­i­dent at Davos con­tinue when all ar­rive home to the forces of do­mes­tic pol­i­tics. And that those things that were promised would be done, will be done.

You may well ask if a cir­cus like Davos is worth the bucks and the time. I think it is. With all its faults and foibles, it re­mains a place where gov­ern­ments, busi­ness­peo­ple and academics can dis­cuss our com­mon in­ter­ests.

It’s bet­ter to talk-talk than to shoot-shoot. Later this year, I want to at­tend some­thing sim­i­lar in China. And, as I asked Leo: “Comin’ along, bra?” He said … But let me de­tain you no longer.

Bekker is chair of Naspers, the owner of Me­dia24, which owns City Press

PHOTO: EL­MOND JIYANE, GCIS

From left: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma,

with First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma, shares a light mo­ment with Koos Bekker and Telkom chair­per­son Jabu Mabuza.

Zuma ad­dressed Team SA on the mar­gins of the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in

Davos, Switzer­land

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