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Denis Beckett
Denis Beckett
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Author,Inspiration,Journalist,Political Analyst,Professional Speaker,Radio Personality,South Africa,TV & Radio
Profile:
Denis Beckitt certainly is the man who "tells it like it is". He also happens to be an author by instinct and a corporate hired pen/mouth/brain to pay the bills: holds up mirrors, explores tensions, bangs heads, stings rumps and tells the CEO the things the staff are tongue-tied about.
 
His new book, Demogarchy – putting politics in its place, makes the case that no more innocent lives need be wrecked by inadequate politics. A thoroughly sound political system is available, tightly tying the actions of leaders to the will of the majority who don't understand Parties and don't care for ideologies. Bring that system into being and you get reasonable politics anywhere, all the time. 
 
In a time when South Africa nearly went up in flames, Denis Beckett wasn’t always very popular as fulltime editor of anti-apartheid magazine Frontline and part-time political activist.
 
Radical Middell tells the story of the starry-eyed young Joburg journalist who turned into a determined editor who would do anything to keep his magazine afloat in the turbulent eighties. Beckett’s humorous and often self-deprecating sketches of his altercations with media bosses, black activists, narrow-minded Nationalist politicians and ordinary South Africans goes beyond a mere personal account. It also documents an era and serves as a powerful reminder ‘lest we forget’. Laugh at the suburban angst and gasp at the petty politics of a time when demanding ‘one man, one vote’ was seen as the height of radicalism.
In his role as activist Beckett endlessly lobbied businessmen and political leaders such as Harry Oppenheimer, Jim Bailey, Archbishop Tutu, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and NP politicians Stoffel van der Merwe and Wynand Malan. Filled to the brim with anecdotes, his memoirs also offer a personal glimpse on these and other well-known South Africans.
Denis Beckitt certainly is the man who "tells it like it is". He also happens to be an author by instinct and a corporate hired pen/mouth/brain to pay the bills: holds up mirrors, explores tensions, bangs heads, stings rumps and tells the CEO the things the staff are tongue-tied about.
 
His new book, Demogarchy – putting politics in its place, makes the case that no more innocent lives need be wrecked by inadequate politics. A thoroughl
Synopsis:
PRESENTATIONS by Denis Beckett

Denis's presentations are an honest account of how he sees Africa, where we're going and why. His experience traveling and researching have ensured that he always has a wealth of information to share with his audiences who also delight in his wit and dry sense of humour.

From time to time he is called upon to address audiences who are wanting fresh perspectives on Africa and its southern tip, where he unveils the greatnesses they have not glimpsed, and possibly also some depths they prefer to block out.

How do we upgrade to seriously sound politics? *Latest presentation offering*

What Denis is dealing with in that respect is stuff that will be quite commonplace, even platitudinous in a few years time, but at this stage tends to leave audiences' faces twisted into a large uncertain question-mark.
Denis enjoys sharing reasons why things aren't as bad as people suspect. Denis keeps it lightweight and reasonably entertaining.
It is not at all fact-and-figure or phony statistical "good news", more a matter of solid human stuff that will leave the audience feeling more cheerful about South Africa and themselves than they do to start with.
PRESENTATIONS by Denis Beckett

Denis's presentations are an honest account of how he sees Africa, where we're going
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