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Things are very bad and a lot better

The Ramaphosa presidency is an infant –four months old, and –voters, party, and health willing – still with around 4000 days to go. Hans Rosling, an acclaimed Swedish statistician and professor of international health who died recently, penned Factfulness, a book which objectively seeks to rebut the global pessimism on the world condition and ‘why [...]

By |2018-06-25T08:11:52+00:00June 25th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom|0 Comments

Face facts: Pravin’s a commie, Cyril’s a union man

The opening weekend of the Fifa World Cup produced no end of surprises, if Eskom load shedding allowed you to view the spectacle. The country of my second allegiance, Argentina (given Bafana’s dismal non-qualification, my home team as it were), was held to an improbable draw by tiny Iceland, which in population terms (337,000 versus [...]

By |2018-06-20T12:06:08+00:00June 20th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom, Pravin Gordhan|0 Comments

Trump may have no clothes, but SA is naked in the investment winter

Personable, affable Ramaphosa offers intangibles in a country that desperately needs to lure the sceptical dollar Two weeks ago in Cape Town, a few days before Donald Trump blew up the meeting of the US’s closest allies at the Group of Seven (G-7) meeting in Canada, I had the privilege of introducing a very different [...]

By |2018-06-20T11:53:58+00:00June 20th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Donald Trump|0 Comments

Why it would do us all good to keep the super-rich in SA

Leaders who create the right conditions to keep millionaires find that all of their residents – not just the wealthy ones – are richer for it Writing about the super-rich in South Africa is hardly the formula to win plaudits from the politically correct or the army of virtue-signalling trolls who inhabit the Twittersphere and [...]

By |2018-06-07T12:53:45+00:00June 6th, 2018|Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane|0 Comments

On expropriation, let’s not be glad to settle for half a loaf

What has our burning topic du jour, ‘expropriation without compensation’ to do with the price of bread? Or, less obviously, with the cost of   bread-making machines?  Clearly, if the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) fantastical policy prescriptions of wholesale property confiscations, state ownership of banks and the destruction of the private sector came to pass [...]

By |2018-05-28T22:17:50+00:00May 27th, 2018|Democratic Alliance, EFF, Mmusi Maimane|0 Comments

Lessons from antiquity for the peculiar DA-EFF bromance

Like the Roman emperor, those who do the dance of opposites need more than a wall of mirrors to guard against stabbings in the back A few days ago I viewed the ruins of the palace of the emperor Domitian on the Palatine Hill opposite Rome’s famous Colosseum. Our informative guide provided no end of [...]

Spectre of past returns to haunt DA with race narrative about De Lille

The fiasco around the rapid ousting of Cape Town mayor Peter Marais 17 years ago also differs from the damaging drawn-out imbroglio The DA is in turmoil. The party leadership attempts to fire its Cape Town mayor, who is both coloured and a populist, though also someone who has migrated across the party political map. [...]

By |2018-05-16T21:59:45+00:00May 16th, 2018|Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane|0 Comments

So much for the ‘new dawn’: SA silent on Mideast atrocities

In the face of a murderous Assad and possible war in the region, our response has been tepid and fearful Two events of global significance occurred this week. On Tuesday, in the US, President Donald Trump signalled his decision not to apply a further waiver on sanctions against Iran, thus resiling from the nuclear deal and [...]

By |2018-05-09T11:45:36+00:00May 9th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Donald Trump, US elections|0 Comments

Memories of memories, and the truth

Novelist Alan Hollinghurst describes a young biographer in search of his elderly late subject’s legacy. He writes of someone who ‘was asking for memories, too young himself to himself to know that memories were only memories of memories’.  Two recent South African deaths and their respective memorialisations –just weeks apart in the past month – [...]

Why Ramaphosa won’t reform the country until he reforms his party

Ramaphosa’s early exit from London last week was a rude reminder of a fundamental political truth It ranks as a great cosmic irony. Cyril Ramaphosa’s debut on the world stage as president is interrupted by the suppurating standoff in the far northwestern corner of his local empire. No doubt Ramaphosa would have preferred to have [...]