His mu­sic choice

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STEVE BOOY­SEN has with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess cho­sen the back­ground mu­sic that’s been played at Absa re­sults pre­sen­ta­tions in re­cent years. The fact he chose Rhine­stone Cow­boy – a song that orig­i­nally ap­peared on Glen Camp­bell’s 20th Cen­tury Records Al­bum Black and Blue Suite – might re­flect the beat­ing the bank­ing sec­tor has taken over re­cent years. How­ever, Booy­sen chose the Neil Di­a­mond cover ver­sion – per­haps comfortable with its cow­boy-ridinginto-the-sun­set im­agery pro­vid­ing a cer­tain poignancy to the event.

Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, sev­eral mu­sic writ­ers have over the past 30 years noted that Camp­bell iden­ti­fied with the sub­ject mat­ter of Rhine­stone Cow­boy – “Sur­vival and mak­ing it, par­tic­u­larly when the chips are down – very strongly.” Clearly, Booy­sen does too.

While the tim­ing of his exit came sooner than he might have ex­pected, Absa’s out­go­ing CEO ap­pears re­lieved he’s not go­ing to have to ma­noeu­vre

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