And now for the SA remake of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina?

Contrary to the popular song by Andrew Lloyd Webber, there has been much to cry about in Argentina. Bad economics, worse governance and a populist president are three headline-grabbers from across the South Atlantic.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner gave, figuratively, the middle finger to international investors and did in Spanish over there from a position supreme […]

By |November 30th, 2015|Ambassador to Argentina, Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Imagine reactions were Zuma to appoint Christo Wiese and Bobby Godsell to cabinet

Amid the biggest meltdown in our 100-plus years of mining history, Zuma plucked from provincial obscurity the Guptas’ best Free State friend, Mosebenzi Zwane

A David Sipress cartoon in the New Yorker perfectly captures the ambivalence many South Africans are experiencing. It depicts a woman walking down a street complaining to her partner: “My desire to […]

South Africa: Land of scandalous public figures who choose to brazen it out

Shamefulness is a by-product of decency. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who hiked his own salary into the stratosphere, clearly suffers from the opposite condition

Synchronicity is the concept pioneered by psychologist Carl Jung who held that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship, but apparently are meaningfully related.

Ben Trisk, the enterprising CEO of Exclusive […]

By |October 14th, 2015|Democratic Alliance, Opinion, South African Politics, Thabo Mbeki|0 Comments

Why did Zuma pick a provincial politician as mines minister?

Mosebenzi Zwane apparently has some ethical challenges, knows nothing about mining or oil and gas, but it’s all washed away by his fast friendship with the Guptas

As the monarch sings in the musical The King and I, it is a “puzzlement”.

Whatever your thoughts about the state of our economy and the challenges of governance right […]

Tough questions for our democratic parliament to answer

In an eventful, and crisis-driven three terms as British Prime Minister, Tony Blair both created and confronted some big issues and hairy moments.

Here is his unequivocal description of the worst of them: “ It was the most discombobulating, nail-biting, bowel-moving, terror-inspiring, courage-draining experience in my prime-ministerial life, without question.”

Was he describing the decision to stand […]

By |September 27th, 2015|International Politics, Opinion, South African Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

Gloom around Springboks chimes with business and worker despondency about SA

The ‘left-wing critics’ of both Mandela and Mbeki are now in charge of this country’s economic direction under Zuma

When top-seeded Boris Becker lost at Wimbledon in 1987 to 43rd-ranked Australian Peter Doohan, he provided a thoughtful addition to the philosophy of shock defeats. The German tennis ace shrugged it off: “I didn’t lose a war. […]

Obed Bapela: Putting the moron into oxymoron

Why was this tiny community of just over 60000 souls being given such exemplary attention?

ON SATURDAY Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank penned a withering put-down of Hillary Clinton‘s faltering second try for the White House.

He accused her “bloated campaign team” of “putting the moron into oxymoron”.

He has a point: in the early polls for the […]

Zuma administration: ‘For my friends anything; for my enemies the law’

Events suggest the ANC will do anything for its friends. They will even ignore a court order, and rob from the poor to pay the rich
Well, it’s now official government policy: obeying the law is an optional extra. Two leading lights at the heart of authority have pronounced on the subject recently and you, dear […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

What sense in pulling the rug from under our own feet?

LAST week in London and Geneva, I addressed groups of somewhat wary investors on SA’s prospects. There were reassuring nods from these audiences when I suggested that for all our challenges and travails, broadly speaking, the rule of law was intact. After all, were we not the nation that 21 years ago, despite the odds, […]

By |June 17th, 2015|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

How Gigaba has killed tourism in four easy steps

Grant Thornton, a consultancy, estimates the new visa requirements will cost 100 000 jobs
MONDAY, June 1, is “V Day”. This is not shorthand for victory in war but represents the brave new world of South Africa‘s latest visa regime for foreign tourists.

It is a triumph, however, of obstinacy over common sense, the sort of ritual […]

By |May 27th, 2015|Ambassador of Argentina, Opinion|0 Comments