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To retain SA’s bread and butter, which is possible, you need to get creative, Tito

Next month my new book, Future Tense — Reflections on my Troubled Land, will hit the bookshelves here. There was one potential problem in crafting this effort, beyond the agonies of the creative process in general. Writing the book during the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020, beyond the intimations of mortality it induced in us all, posed [...]

By |2021-02-17T08:09:14+00:00February 17th, 2021|Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni|0 Comments

Ramaphosa is failing in his duty to protect the constitution

I was in New York the day after the November 2004 US presidential election. George W Bush’s re-election — by a far wider margin than the polls had predicted — was of immediate interest. However, it was a column by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, published that day in the New York Times, that set out for [...]

Despite his promises, Cyril’s Covid comedy of errors shows few signs of a happy ending

Cyril Ramaphosa’s day on Monday was appreciably better than the ones preceding it. He could go on national television, the risibly termed “family conversation’” as a late day Father Christmas. He was flushed with excitement after his visit to Johannesburg Airport to receive a million batches (a small fraction of our need) of the long [...]

By |2021-02-03T06:51:28+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Corona Virus, Cyril Ramaphosa|0 Comments

Can the courts rescue us again from government malpractice?

January 26 revealed stark contrasts for two nationalist leaders as their countries and the world enter the second of perhaps endless years of the coronavirus pandemic. However, there was something a little arch about African nationalist Cyril Ramaphosa’s virtual appearance that day at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos Dialogues. He railed against what he [...]

By |2021-01-29T06:43:32+00:00January 29th, 2021|Corona Virus, Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|0 Comments

Settling for mediocrity might be a pragmatic political position

It’s one of life’s cosmic mysteries. How did SA — amid the virulent deadly second wave of the coronavirus — manage not to have a comprehensive vaccine procurement and rollout plan? On Thursday, health minister Zweli Mkhize announced a “breakthrough” in securing 1.5-million doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine from India. But the brutal truth [...]

By |2021-01-10T11:37:26+00:00January 10th, 2021|Corona Virus, Opinion|0 Comments

Why ‘Marxist’ Bozzoli felt more at home in DA than in nationalistic ANC

Watching, online, the moving memorial service at Wits in tribute to its late academic leader and latter-day parliamentarian, Belinda Bozzoli, induced an element of time travel. It was 1978 and Bozzoli, my Industrial Relations 1 lecturer, was at the time the most radical (and feminist) person in authority I had yet encountered. It was not, [...]

By |2020-12-17T09:01:29+00:00December 17th, 2020|Opinion|0 Comments

Batty decisions are a blow, but the vaccine shambles is unforgivable

“Putting the moron into oxymoron” struck me as the right lens to view the latest restrictions and beach closures announced on Monday by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Still, he is the messenger — here and in so many instances — for the whims, prejudices, non-scientific and often evidence-free diktats of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) [...]

By |2020-12-17T06:31:58+00:00December 17th, 2020|Corona Virus, Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|0 Comments

Maradona: a metaphor for the paradoxes of Argentina

In a now vanished age, May 2010, I went to the movies on a Saturday evening in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. The upmarket Cine Village multiplex attracted an audience of well-heeled Portenos (locals of the city) and resident diplomats such as me. Before the main feature, a cheesy commercial for a local insurance company was screened. [...]

By |2020-11-29T06:32:39+00:00November 29th, 2020|Opinion, Tito Mboweni|0 Comments

In SA, as in Poland, the Bolsheviks rule, not the democrats

Tuesday’s Business Day newspaper had a tableau of front page stories which threaded together a useful guideline of the state we are in and, more precisely, the state of the state itself. The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission is hunting down the blackness or otherwise of leading empowerment vehicles, which apparently, courtesy of the [...]

By |2020-11-25T06:41:22+00:00November 25th, 2020|Tito Mboweni|0 Comments

Slow and sedate Ramaphosa, so unlike fast and furious Trump

Having placed three bets on a Joe Biden presidential win, I was greatly relieved when the US networks called his election last week, even if the votes are still being counted and recounted, and Donald Trump refuses to concede and proclaims he was cheated out of victory. Six bottles of France’s finest bubbles have already [...]

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