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Too many warts?

09 December 2005 Angelo Coppola

What’s also interesting that as an online editor the responses to emails and newsletters is also immediate, and if the topic is sufficiently interesting – the responses are short and too the point, and almost always spontaneous.

We put out an email early this week about the pfa. And our readers have responded en mass. This is very heartening for us because it provides us with lots of food for thought.

Without debating whether the pfa has a point or not, and whether he is a racist or not, or whether he is really voicing his thoughts about how his life was shaped by the environment in which he grew up in, is not really the point.

What we have done is provide another aspect to the person who is largely turning a portion of the financial services sector on its head. Something that no other party, group, union, association or government has been able to do, up until now.

And while some of the decisions and judgments he has issued may scare certain portions of the industry and public, he has fundamentally changed the way that the financial services product providers will construct their products in future.

On a slightly different tack, your responses clearly show that we live in a democracy where people can voice their opinions without fear or favour. My, how far we have come as a nation, and as individuals.

What we would like to do now is ask you to provide some ideas about what issues you would like to see covered on FA News. We would like to provide as complete a picture as possible of people who are involved in our industry, a ‘warts and all’ look at everything.

If there are still topics which we have not touched on this year, send me an email, and I’ll do my best to respond, either directly or in the form of a newsletter on the subject you suggest.

My final thought is a simple one – Viva South Africa Viva.

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