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, [...]

By |2015-06-24T11:09:59+00:00June 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 |2015-06-17T22:47:31+00:00June 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 [...]

By |2015-05-27T09:26:40+00:00May 27th, 2015|Ambassador of Argentina, Opinion|0 Comments

Sparks didn’t mention me as one of his ‘smart’ politicians. To my delight.

However good and well-intentioned a leader you are, your leadership will often be defined by how quickly you douse the fires Some wise owl once observed: “Your victories can land up costing you more than your defeats.” It seems churlish, on the back of his comprehensive and surprising victory last Thursday, to sound this note [...]

By |2015-05-27T06:48:21+00:00May 13th, 2015|Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Tony Leon’s message to the DA

Speech by Tony Leon to the DA Federal Congress, Port Elizabeth, Sunday, May 10 2015: “The Power of an Idea” As I was saying at the last DA Congress I spoke at exactly eight years ago yesterday, before I disappeared from your midst- All is not lost if courage remains. We can make South Africa [...]

Time of political fracture links polls continents apart

TWO rather different leadership contests are happening this week. In the UK tomorrow, a new prime minister will be chosen, and in SA on Sunday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will choose a new leader. The consequences of these choices will have hugely different effects. The UK might count for less in the world these days [...]

By |2015-05-21T11:13:48+00:00May 7th, 2015|Opinion, South African Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

Ministerial estates – where the lights never go out

True load-shedding would involve the ANC dumping the dead wood of clueless cadres. Is it a contradiction, in these darkened days and nights of load-shedding, to have a light-bulb moment? Actually, you can - especially if you live, as I do, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. And this has nothing to do with [...]

By |2015-05-21T11:11:13+00:00April 30th, 2015|Eskom, Opinion|0 Comments

Jacob Zuma has missed his Truman moment

Leaders should stop thinking their electorate are stupid and and own up to blunders they make. When he assumed the presidency, he was widely regarded - to borrow a phrase from Helen Zille - as "unfit for purpose". He was relatively undereducated and the product of a corrupt political machine. He was only picked for [...]

By |2015-04-30T05:55:23+00:00April 30th, 2015|Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Maimane facing the challenge of weighty expectations for future success

Next year’s local government poll, and articulating a credible message for it, is the test Helen Zille’s successor will have to pass — and time is limited. Here's the story of two sisters on different ships leaving Nazi Germany in 1938. The one ship arrived in South Africa and the other sailed on to Argentina. [...]

By |2015-04-30T05:53:24+00:00April 30th, 2015|Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

My advice to a new DA leader: Don’t follow the path of least resistance

As Karl Marx observed: 'Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please' In May 2007, I stood down as leader of the DA after seven years as its head and, six years before that, as the leader of its predecessor movement, the Democratic Party. Thirteen exhilarating, exhausting and often [...]

By |2015-04-30T05:48:37+00:00April 30th, 2015|Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments