Opinion

Our own ‘royals’ in government go beyond parody

In 1867, constitutionalist Walter Bagehot decoded the enduring magic of Britain's royal family: "Its mystery is its life. We must not let daylight upon its magic." Just over 140 years later, last Saturday night the current queen's favourite child, apparently, and certainly her dimmest, invited not daylight but the bright klieg lights of the BBC's Newsnight into [...]

By |2019-11-24T06:51:53+00:00November 24th, 2019|Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

How a slip of the tongue far away helped bring down apartheid

On Saturday night in Berlin, the capital of chic modernity in Europe and of its largest economy, throngs celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the most menacing and divisive symbol of the Cold War. On November 9 1989, Berlin was ground zero of the four-decade battle between the liberal market [...]

By |2019-11-13T06:49:12+00:00November 13th, 2019|Opinion, Uncategorized, World Politics|0 Comments

Tito may not have good news, but he won’t fly a false flag – we hope

South Africans desperately seeking some good news are unlikely to find it in the speech in parliament on Wednesday afternoon from Tito Mboweni when he delivers the medium-term budget policy statement. Happier tidings might emerge from the pitch on Saturday afternoon when the Springboks meet England in the Rugby World Cup final at the International [...]

By |2019-10-30T04:38:24+00:00October 30th, 2019|Finance Minister, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Instructive lessons for Eskom from British Leyland’s experience

There is a long, ever-lengthening, list of SA-originating business leaders who have achieved huge success and had high impact in boardrooms and markets across the world. Elon Musk and Roelof Botha in the hi-tech field in California (and even outer space in the case of the former); Ivan Glasenberg and Mick Davis in the world [...]

By |2019-10-01T06:11:22+00:00October 1st, 2019|Eskom, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Rap on the knuckles for the new nationalists

Usually, I am a sucker for middlebrow musicals of the Sound of Music and Evita stamp, where you leave the theatre singing,  tunelessly but enthusiastically,  the showstopper tunes. But last week in London, and aptly on the eve of SA’s Heritage Day, I witnessed a musical event with such great and wider meaning, and performed in such an unusual, [...]

By |2019-09-29T06:11:14+00:00September 29th, 2019|Boris Johnson, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Justice Cameron sets high bar for successor in SA’s top court

In 1981, a young Roman law lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand left the faculty to go to Oxford University as a Vinerian Scholar. This most prestigious legal scholarship is awarded by one of the most prestigious universities in the world "for the best performance in the degree Bachelor of Civil Laws". Only four [...]

By |2019-08-25T06:35:36+00:00August 25th, 2019|Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

SA’s parlous politics are more ‘Game of Thrones’ than Notre Dame

On Monday night, in the real world and in one of its cultural capitals, Paris, 800 years of French history and an icon of Christianity dating to the Middle Ages, went up in smoke. While the lasting damage inflicted by the fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral is being assessed, the global shock and horror [...]

The economic miracle of a land dubbed ‘ardently capitalist communist’

A couple of weeks ago, from 10,000km away, I had an epiphany. Or several of them. On a family vacation, I was standing outside the enormous, postmodern Samsung factory near Da Nang, a coastal city and resort in central Vietnam. The first of these was a remembrance, aided by Max Hastings’ new book, Vietnam — An Epic [...]

By |2019-01-25T09:21:59+00:00January 25th, 2019|International Politics, Opinion, Uncategorized|0 Comments

There is only one winner in the snakepit of politics

The late business leadership expert Warren Bennis offered a dystopian assessment of what automation and artificial intelligence will do to the world of work.  “The factory of the future will have only two employees,” he wrote, “ a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog and the dog will [...]

By |2017-03-29T22:23:22+00:00March 25th, 2017|Helen Zille, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Why Maimane must act swiftly against Zille

'If the reputation of the party is harmed from within, he has to act swiftly to put it to rights' Here is an excerpt of a report from a weekend newspaper: “The government has been in crisis in court over the delivery of 17million social grants, for a contract that should never have been contemplated. The [...]

By |2017-03-29T22:06:07+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Helen Zille, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments