Pravin Gordhan

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 and […]

By |March 8th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

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 a […]

By |February 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 exchequer […]

By |February 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 theatre outside […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

Malema and the black swan moment

“Finance minister Pravin Gordhan, stands like Horatio on the bridge trying to hold back the ratings agencies”

A FRIEND of mine in London sent me an amazing betting statistic. If you had wagered a paltry £5 on a trifecta of Leicester City winning the Premier League in May, Britain voting for Brexit in June and Americans […]

By |November 16th, 2016|Donald Trump, Julius Malema, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

The Big Read: Shaun and the scary clowns

He might not be much of a lawyer, his independence and integrity are questionable and his lack of personal responsibility is glaring.

But you have to hand it to Shaun Abrahams, the national director of public prosecutions: he has a great sense of humour and – given the comedy of errors he presides over – an […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|African National Congress (ANC), Pravin Gordhan|0 Comments

Enough with the October surprises already

“An October surprise” is American political-speak for news deliberately created or timed to influence the outcome of its November presidential election.

US Election Day, just ten days away, sees the two most unpopular candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, ever recorded in polling history, face off against each other.

Neither has really needed the addition of an […]

By |October 30th, 2016|African National Congress (ANC), Pravin Gordhan|0 Comments

As constitutional darkness descends, Zuma is starting to feel the heat

‘You have to go a long way back to find a cabinet which is so openly at war with itself’

The brilliantly funny 1993 movie Groundhog Day concerns an unpleasant weatherman, played by Bill Murray, who is covering the annual ritual of the groundhog emerging from its hole to predict the arrival of spring.
But he is […]

By |October 19th, 2016|African National Congress (ANC), Pravin Gordhan|0 Comments

SA’s animal farm offers double hiding holes for jackals and wounded buffalo

The most famous use of animal allegory in political satire was by George Orwell in his 20th-century classic Animal Farm. Its place in the canon of the most influential books of our time is cemented because of its brilliant, indirect, but coruscating account of a magnificent and just revolutionary cause morphing into a nightmare of […]

By |October 13th, 2016|African National Congress (ANC), Pravin Gordhan|0 Comments

Snapshots of greed, gestures of change, and genuine hope

Political gestures can be low-cost or ultra-expensive, harmless or dangerous, provide evidence of sunset on the old order or can morph into a false dawn. Political assassinations are at the extreme end of such symbolism.

One hundred and two years ago, the murder in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, famously tipped […]