Never has the often used acronym VUCA, been so vividly demonstrated  than our events in South Africa in week 29 ! Now is the time for Agile Leadership that is growing our capability as Extraordinary Leaders. One of the core elements of  Agile Leadership is the competency of Hyper-awareness.

As we are immersed into our 2021 year, the challenges build dramatically in our week 29 pulse review. As we navigate through the Covid crisis and its impact , now more than ever there is a need for game changing Leadership.

Covid 4.0 vaccine drive opens for 35’s & over, new records set as 1 million register on day 1 👊🏻💉😷; Gauteng hits 3rd wave peak, concerns over how unrest will effect downward trajectory😷🤞; cases @2 269 179, sad passings @66 385, vaccines @5 046 267 💉😷🦠; dark clouds as scores arrested amidst violent JZ protests🤬; Gauteng & KZN turn into war zones as more troops deployed to quell riots🤞😤🤯; communities & business unite against looters🥳🤞; ANC hands names of members fueling violence to police⚖️😤; former JZ spy boss Thulani Dlomo hands himself over to police as one high profile riot instigator🤬🤬; JZ daughter under investigation🤬⚖️; community leaders warn of humanitarian crisis in KZN😬; Afrox to prioritize medical oxygen despite force majeure👏🏻; Durban & Richards Bay harbours slowly resume operations👊🏻🚢; at least 1400 ATM vandalized says BASA💸🤯; CR assures ANC will forge ahead with renewal🤞👀; expropriation clause is stuck between ANC & EFF deadlock✍️🏡; emerging wine farmers on brink of collapse😢🍷; alcohol & leisure sectors warn of death knell for recovery😱😬; former Eskom chair Ben Ngubane succumbs to Covid🦠; steel industry wage offer falls short of what workers want💰🙄; UIF expects TERS payments 26/7💸; ConCourt justices get beefed up security after threats⚖️🧨; JZ now argues he should be released pending ConCourt decision😱🤡; internationally, China’s GDP data indicates more balanced recovery📊; at least 44 killed in German flash floods😪; Biden & Merkel look to mend fences🤞; FED signals focus on jobs amid “brief” price surge🤔📈; EU proposes ban on petrol & diesel cars from 2035 in sweeping climate plan⛽️🚗; Cuba limits access to social media sites as simmering tension boil over💣; Aus extends Covid lockdown in Sydney😤😷; US inflation accelerates fastest in 13 yrs📈; Italy expected to pass law keeping cruise liners out of Venice👏🏻; WHO says developed world ordering booster Covid jabs while others haven’t had 1st jab💉😳🤯; Bolsonaro invokes Trump strategy in raging about possible election defeat 18 mths away🤡; Russia considering a larger slice of mining profits😮‍💨; Bojo decries racist abuse of UK footballers after Euro defeat👌🏽; Branson & Virgin Galactic make history in successfully flying to space as space tourism becomes reality🛸🚀; indices, JSE@66529⬇️; DOW@34687⬇️; FTSE@7008⬇️; R/$14.53; R/£20.09; R/€17.16; Bitcoin $31449; sports front, Springbok “A” defeat B&I Lions🏉; Louis Oosthuizen leads 149th Open Championship, determined to convert into 2nd major victory🏌️‍♂️; Proteas draw ODI series with Ireland🏏; TeamSA jets off to Tokyo 🏃‍♂️ ; Proteas pooled with England, Aus & WI in T20 World Cup 🏏🏆

As we all reflect on this week’s chaotic events, scenes we never thought would ever rear their ugly head again given our horrid past, we are incredibly encouraged by communities in action, neighbourly support & love, the way civil society stood up, fought back & won, once again showing what we as South Africans can collectively do despite the many pitfalls that lay ahead. Thank you South Africa 🇿🇦🌈💫 ( Thanks to Dan Thomalla )

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

As Leaders then ……what real Leadership initiative will we embark on this coming week to drive our organisations into better places ?