Cyril Ramaphosa

SAA crashes while Ethiopian Airways soars, but Cyril just blathers on

On Monday in London – at separate venues – two heads of state were in action delivering speeches to different audiences in the same city, but their rhetoric was joined by a common incredulity, even cynicism, on whether hard deeds will follow fine words. The speech that grabbed the headlines, helped by the majestic backdrop [...]

By |2019-10-16T07:20:16+00:00October 16th, 2019|Boris Johnson, Cyril Ramaphosa, SAA|0 Comments

Power-crazed Mugabe’s path to longevity is well-hewed by dictators

Thomas More’s prescription sola mors tyrranicida est (“death is the only way to be rid of tyrants”) proved to be half-right when 95-year-old Robert Mugabe died in Singapore. Theoretically, it was not his physical demise but a political event, an in-house coup by his one-time trusted deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in 2017, which led to his downfall. But [...]

By |2019-09-25T09:44:41+00:00September 25th, 2019|Cyril Ramaphosa, Robert Mugabe, Thabo Mbeki|0 Comments

The treasury wish list for boosting growth is right – extremely so

“Running out of Road” is the pertinently titled report by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) report on our dreadful public finances. When you actually drill down into the detail of our cratering revenues and blowout expenditure, “Headlong Into a Cul de Sac” or “Entering the Death Zone” might be even catchier. The CDE [...]

By |2019-09-04T06:44:35+00:00September 4th, 2019|Cyril Ramaphosa, South African Politics|0 Comments

Don’t cry for us: Argentina’s political nightmare is mirrored in SA

Big investor selloff; huge currency decline against the US dollar; a reformist leader hemmed in by populist and corrupt rivals; the former president uses the head of state’s difficulties to launch their fightback; a resource-rich economy is trapped in negative sentiment and low growth and unemployment and poverty ticks upward. If this looks depressingly familiar [...]

Incisive analyses of grievance-based nationalism expose ANC’s folly

Three discrete encounters in Johannesburg recently reinforced the singular, stark economic darkness that now clouds the hype and hope of the Cyril Ramaphosa “new dawn”. First off, I listened to an acute analysis on the essential problem with our economy and its misdiagnosis by the governing ANC. Moeletsi Mbeki — an analyst of our political [...]

‘Myopic Cyril can’t, or won’t, make the tough calls to prevent SA’s collapse

There is the famous story of the British admiral, Lord Nelson, who, when his commander-in-chief tried to signal him to retreat during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, placed his telescope into his blind eye. Something very similar is going on right now at our moment of national economic peril and our president’s wilful blindness [...]

Cyril should be as ruthless as Boris with his enemies

Panned by his critics as a charlatan and a clown, or as “Donald Trump with a thesaurus”, new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved with a cabinet massacre, within hours of kissing hands with the Queen, to dispel a self-created myth about his style of government. Among millions of words he gifted to commentators in [...]

Anti-truth Trump and bumbling Boris have nothing on SA’s shameless lot

In life the opposite of shame is shamelessness. In public life the antonym of shame is impunity. In both cases, it means you act unbound by the norms of decency, accountability, moral probity and ethics. Consequences for wrongful acts are for dummies and dupes. In a country where shamelessness and impunity are the norm, the [...]

Come on, Zindzi and Cyril, is it too much to ask for a little diplomacy?

Misery loves company, as the old saying goes. So however depressed the local weather, the stuttering economy or the winning loss of the Proteas exit makes you feel, spare a thought for Sir Kim Darroch. He enjoys the dream diplomatic posting as British ambassador to the United States. But right now,  despite residing in one [...]

By |2019-07-10T06:14:37+00:00July 10th, 2019|Cyril Ramaphosa, Donald Trump, World Politics|0 Comments

Corrosive fallout from buying into ruling-party myth

Binge-watching a top-rated TV series is a sure-fire way to escape the depressing reality of SA's winter of discontent. But beyond escapism, one current series offers compelling insight into what happens to a society where trust is destroyed and truth is completely corrupted. Chernobyl is the masterful HBO-Sky series depicting the nuclear disaster at the eponymous [...]