Opinion

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

Casual Constitution comments give glimpse of future under Ramaphosa

Whether on his track record he will be an answer to the prayer for a graft-busting president is open to question Long before he entered Parliament and moved up and down the ladder of power, and now up again, Cyril Ramaphosa was a communist and a trade unionist. Perhaps, as he eyes the glittering prize [...]

Why there is hope for South Africa

Argentina's opposition achieved the unimaginable. So too can South Africa's LAST Sunday, as I stood atop Mount Kent in the Falkland Islands, the icy wind knifed through my heavy-duty jacket with the proverbial ease of the hottest knife through melting butter. And this was still summer in the rocky, desolate island chain over which Great Britain [...]

What Zuma has learned from Putin – do what you know

'He has brought in the ethically hobbled Brian Molefe, who not so much personifies “state capture” as being emblematic of a willing accomplice of the Guptas' SAILING around the “uttermost part of the earth”, to borrow a description of Tierra del Fuego, en route to the Antarctic is, midst the roaring oceans, helpful to develop [...]

By |2017-02-23T08:54:51+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments