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Paulina French

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Paulina is a Chartered Accountant who spent a number of years working for an international auditing firm and with a major retail bank. She is married with two daughters. On the birth of her second daughter she left the corporate world and became a full-time mom. She spent a few years doing some consulting work and previously worked at the Jesuit Institute.

We are the Church

2020 is not turning out to be what we expected. The economy is in dire straits, schooling has been disrupted, and community-based...

Miles of Hope — sporting and economic marathons

Paulina French recently ran the Soweto Marathon and shares her experiences: from the welcome the runners received from Soweto residents to the...

Women remain unheard

After a week that saw multiple violent crimes against women, Paulina French asks what the men in our churches are doing to...

The day we broke fast with a Muslim family

During Ramadan, Paulina French and her family were invited to share a meal in a Muslim family's home as they broke their daily fast. The experience has brought her to see far more similarities than differences between peoples.

‘I need South Africa as much as it needs me’

Despite vigorous appeals from South Africa’s president, its uncertain and rapidly declining economic and political outlook is driving many citizens to emigrate. Paulina French has been mulling over her reasons for staying, despite attractive opportunities abroad.

Bosasa liquidation will leave directors financially unscathed and employees reeling

The pitiful shenanigans of Bosasa bosses as revealed at the Zondo Commission have forced the company's directors to cease operations. But why liquidate a company that is not technically insolvent? Paulina French thinks that directors opted for liquidation to ensure they aren't left in financial tatters, themselves; regardless of the devastating consequences for their employees.

Calling for a tax revolt is immoral

Helen Zille, the previous leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's largest opposition party, provoked a social media storm when she threatened to initiate a "tax revolt" if the country's corruption history wasn't timely tackled. Paulina French investigates what this would mean for our society's poorest and also the moral implications of such action, taking the Catholic Church's social teaching into account.

Education in South Africa — a persisting divide

For South African parents the new school year, inevitably, brings a hike in school fees, that will place even more strain on their already...

We could be forced to pay for the sins of corporate polluters

On Tuesday 20 November, the Carbon Tax Bill was tabled in South African parliament by finance minister, Tito Mboweni. The bill introduces a carbon tax,...

A sting in the SAA tale

The national carrier may be forced to ground to a halt if the latest messages hailing from Treasury are anything to go by. Paulina...

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Calling for financial accountability from SA’s Church

South Africans have been privy to the devastating scandals of state-capture and the massive mismanagement of corporate finances frequently uncovered in our country.  Paulina...

Bosasa liquidation will leave directors financially unscathed and employees reeling

The pitiful shenanigans of Bosasa bosses as revealed at the Zondo Commission have forced the company's directors to cease operations. But why liquidate a company that is not technically insolvent? Paulina French thinks that directors opted for liquidation to ensure they aren't left in financial tatters, themselves; regardless of the devastating consequences for their employees.

Education in South Africa — a persisting divide

For South African parents the new school year, inevitably, brings a hike in school fees, that will place even more strain on their already...

Women remain unheard

After a week that saw multiple violent crimes against women, Paulina French asks what the men in our churches are doing to...

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