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Gigaba can learn a trick or two from fellow liar Trump

The apparently reckless US president has mastered the art of blurting out falsehoods - particularly in the witness box Here’s a teaser as political enthusiasts absorb the results this morning of the hugely significant midterm elections for control of the US Congress. What is the difference between embattled local home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba and [...]

Books shed light on democratic backslidings replacing dictatorships

Literary bestseller lists likely often reflect the opposite of mass sentiment Just as yields on bonds rise as prices fall, it is likely that literary bestseller lists often reflect the opposite of mass sentiment. That’s hardly surprising since the disparaged elite, or “globalists” as Donald Trump branded opponents of his protectionist nationalism, tend to buy [...]

By |2018-11-01T12:33:05+00:00November 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Saudis reminded that even impunity has its limits

If the scriptwriters of the blockbuster television series Homeland had invented such a yarn it might have been rejected by its producers as too fanciful, and certainly too gory, to be filmed. A well-known dissident Saudi journalist enters his country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and is never seen again; soon enough the host country provides lurid details [...]

By |2018-10-29T12:49:24+00:00October 29th, 2018|International Politics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Will Tito simply balance the books or throw the book at power?

Having ascended to the second-most-important job in politics, he should contemplate this Ratings agencies, taxpayers, investors and hard-pressed consumers will focus laser-attention on the pronouncements of new finance minister Tito Mboweni when he delivers his “maiden” mini-budget speech in parliament this afternoon. But there is nothing virginal about Mboweni’s cabinet status. He returns to the [...]

By |2018-10-24T07:03:15+00:00October 24th, 2018|Finance, Finance Minister, FW de Klerk, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can our finance minister come up with a credible reform plan?

'Neither Nene nor his credible successor has such fires to light under the embers of our weak economy' Nearly one hundred years ago, Danish physicist and philosopher Niels Bohr wrote that ‘ The opposite of a fact is a falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may  be another profound truth’. These past five [...]

By |2018-10-10T13:58:59+00:00October 10th, 2018|Finance, Finance Minister, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cyril Ramaphosa needs to match his skill behind the scenes with bold public action

The question is whether the president has the temperament to see SA out of this political and economic quagmire Roelf Meyer, National Party chief negotiator during SA’s dramatic transition from apartheid to majority rule, once recounted an interesting behind-the-scenes moment with his opposite number from the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa. It was mid-winter, July 1992, and [...]

By |2018-10-09T07:18:30+00:00October 9th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A sober, if small, voice amid the trumpeting herd

Some years back, one of his harassed employees said of publicity -hungry Rudy Guiliani -then Mayor of the Big Apple – ‘the most dangerous place to stand in New York City is between Rudy and a microphone’. This week I discovered the truth:  the most dangerous place to stand in New York City is basically [...]

By |2018-10-01T08:17:47+00:00October 1st, 2018|Donald Trump, Uncategorized, World Politics|0 Comments

Premier move: Maimane dodged the bullet of political idiocy

By wisely turning away from the baubles of premiership, the DA leader avoided splitting the party leadership Last week in London I attended a dinner with some starring members of the British political establishment. The entire menu of conversations covered Brexit, and that was a day before Theresa May was ambushed by the European Union [...]

It’s land now. Will it end with the death penalty?

The trouble with changing the Constitution is that it opens the Pandora's Box of populism Last week, South Africa endured a terrible, awful and simply bad few days. Problem is that our troubles are now arriving, to channel Shakespeare, ‘not as single spies but in battalions.’ Emerging market contagion was the start of it, currency [...]

By |2018-09-13T08:48:40+00:00September 13th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance, South African Politics|0 Comments

It takes a special leader who is big enough to put country before party

The late US Senator John McCain reinforced his best self against the worst instincts of his own supporters Country First was the inspiring slogan that headlined Senator John McCain’s doomed 2008 campaign for the US presidency. I was resident in Washington DC during the last stretch of that historic election, which the Republican lost handily [...]

By |2018-09-06T07:21:40+00:00September 6th, 2018|Uncategorized, World Politics|0 Comments