Cyril Ramaphosa

Facing economic disaster, we’re still in the dark about Cyril’s ‘reform’

Are some countries simply unreformable? This bleak, pre-festive season thought occurs just as Eskom, in the guise of the movie villain The Grinch who Stole Christmas,  plunges the country once again into December darkness. Before interrogating some of the known facts hobbling Megawatt Park, it is quite unknown if Cyril Ramaphosa is a serious reformer, [...]

By |2018-12-05T08:59:15+00:00December 5th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brexpropriation a common thread of woe in SA and UK

To adapt Tolstoy, "Every unhappy country is unhappy in its own way". Recently, the parliaments of the UK and SA proved this anew. On November 15, British Prime Minister Theresa May, a cricket fan, faced three hours of verbal bouncers in the House of Commons, where most members, especially from her own team, tried to [...]

By |2018-11-25T07:38:37+00:00November 25th, 2018|Brexit, Cyril Ramaphosa, 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

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

Come what May, there is a finer model for our future

When the economy is spluttering at 1% growth it is time to put on the hair shirt, not to go on a drinking binge Visionary leadership is much commented on these days precisely because of its absence. It has almost disappeared from public life and politics, here and everywhere. When you think of Winston Churchill [...]

Architect of constitution Ramaphosa now puts Bill of Rights up for grabs

Late on Tuesday evening last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s "new dawn" morphed into a red twilight as night fell on two hugely instrumental documents, of which he was, by dint of bitter irony and in more hopeful times, a key architect. In his ill-prepared announcement that section 25 of the constitution will be amended, without [...]

New dawn? More like a false sighting under Ramaphosa

Instead of co-ordinated governance, SA has seen disjointed decision-making and sweepingly bad decisions by the ANC Tony Blair, in his first term as British Prime Minister in 1997, introduced the idea of ‘joined up government’. This idea changed and influenced, according to policy mavens, how structures are organised, how budgets are allocated and how public [...]

By |2018-07-25T12:42:51+00:00July 25th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkandla, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|0 Comments

There would be king-size hell to pay if Zille did a Zwelithini

Jerry Brown, enjoys many distinctions in political life. He is both the oldest (at 80) Governor of California and, 44 years ago, was also one of the youngest incumbents (aged then 36). The gap between his last stint which ended in 1983 and his current tenure which concludes at year end, allowed him to contemplate [...]

By |2018-07-18T12:42:57+00:00July 18th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Helen Zille, Nelson Mandela|0 Comments

New dawn? More like a false sighting under Ramaphosa

Instead of co-ordinated governance, SA has seen disjointed decision-making and sweepingly bad decisions by the ANC Tony Blair, in his first term as British Prime Minister in 1997, introduced the idea of ‘joined up government’. This idea changed and influenced, according to policy mavens, how structures are organised, how budgets are allocated and how public [...]

By |2018-07-04T07:32:33+00:00July 4th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkandla, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|0 Comments

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