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Contenders to succeed Zuma offer dismal prospects of growth reform

Top duo represent ‘evil of two lessers’, which is not exactly a recipe for dynamic or even dynastic change

Is SA capable of making the deep and swift reforms needed to lift growth, restore business confidence, create jobs and dent poverty? And who might lead this process of urgent renewal? On the leadership question, the answer […]

By |October 11th, 2017|South African Politics|0 Comments

Zuma administration is in a league of its own

If the US constitution resembles a durable oak, ours is like a bonsai tree

With the horrific gun-killings in Las Vegas, it might seem trite to mention one of the great TV series of the past decade, The Sopranos.

But sometimes escapism beats deadly reality. And that mould-breaking psychodrama mixed the humdrum New Jersey suburban life of […]

Impressions can be deceiving, but has Cyril got the guts?

“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”. Recent events here have, however, turned this old caution on its head.  

Who would have thought, for example, that South Africa’s top capitalists would mourn the firing in March of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas –two top line Communists? The […]

By |September 24th, 2017|South African Politics|0 Comments

Powerful lessons on what it means to be a leader

Two encounters with remarkable women revealed a glimpse of a future in a “better South Africa in a better world”, to adapt the slogan of our Department of International Relations and Co-operation.

First was an interaction with the first Hispanic woman ever appointed to the US Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor, an appointee of Barack Obama to […]

By |September 20th, 2017|South African Politics|0 Comments

Dlamini-Zuma’s course of strategic ambivalence leads to extinction

Two versions of her speech at Gibs, in text and orally, show little regard for dire state of public accounts.

Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s recent speech at a high citadel of capitalism — the Gordon Institute for Business Science — caused much controversy. In her actual remarks Dlamini-Zuma bemoaned the “dissonance” between the government and the […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Hacked emails? Cyber dirty tricks? Security deals with Russia? Join the dots …

Our security services and minister are fast friends with their Russian counterparts. Just on Monday the two countries signed a co-operation agreement on “cyber security”

The Sherlock Holmes story The Silver Blaze gave us the famous tagline of “the curious incident of the dog in the night”.

The curiosity in that tale of the kidnapping of a […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

The trust deficit that sucks faith, hope and capital from a country

‘South Africa is the Mugabes’ destination of choice for depositing wayward sons and for minor shopping needs and medical procedures’

Be graceful for small mercies, to adapt a phrase.

Two Sundays ago 20-year-old Gabriella Engels was, along with two other unnamed women, allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe. In the presence of the Zim power couple’s sons […]

By |August 27th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Five things we’ve learned from the Grace Mugabe fracas

‘South Africa is the Mugabes’ destination of choice for depositing wayward sons and for minor shopping needs and medical procedures’

Be graceful for small mercies, to adapt a phrase.

Two Sundays ago 20-year-old Gabriella Engels was, along with two other unnamed women, allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe. In the presence of the Zim power couple’s sons […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Zombie Zuma’s survival could be explained by basic political calculus

President’s enemies in the ANC probably decided not to hand opposition parties the gift of an indebted leader

Like pupils at a Montessori School, all the dramatis personae in last week’s long-running parliamentary no-confidence saga — the eighth such motion to date in an eight-year presidency — against Jacob Zuma could award themselves a gold star. […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

The survival and future of our democratic South Africa

In these dark times of our dire national condition, shafts of inspiration and light are hard to find.

Indeed, on the day of parliament’s latest vote of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma, almost one for every year of his disastrousmisrule of the nation, there’s a lot more heat than light barrelling towards us.

Clashing armies of protesters […]

By |August 8th, 2017|Jacob Zuma|0 Comments