Opinion

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

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS: Don’t expect to hear much about the reality of SA’s debt and low growth

Jacob Zuma and his clique are ever more fervent in their belief the state will provide even as they prove it cannot, writes Tony Leon Ken Clarke, the veteran Tory grandee in the historic House of Commons vote triggering Brexit, drew on Lewis Caroll’s fantasy tale to frame his dissent. The former chancellor of the [...]

By |2017-02-09T12:10:26+00:00February 8th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

Zuma’s three options as he confronts Gordhan

'Both Zuma senior and junior are well-known critics of the rating agencies that determine the credit status of the country' Tomorrow Cape Town traffic will be more choked and chaotic than usual as the state flexes its muscles and shows its pomp and finery for President Jacob Zuma‘s State of the Nation spectacle. The street [...]

By |2017-02-09T12:12:09+00:00February 8th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

DA spots economic benefits in fields rejected by ruling party’s dogma

Forays to Taiwan and Israel show a willingness to put trade before the ANC’s outdated political solidarity, writes Tony Leon Tshwane DA mayor Solly Msimanga brought out the dragon in the pro-Sino ANC with his recent jaunt to the Middle Kingdom’s enemy Taiwan. No doubt, this week new heights of apoplexy will be scaled in [...]

By |2017-01-18T21:18:23+00:00January 17th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments