South African Politics

Bigger picture says DA should ditch EFF in metros

During the holiday season I attended a glitzy event in Cape Town for which the acronym MINO - money is no obstacle - applied in spades. During a lull in festivities, I had what might be termed a "Peter Bruce encounter'', though in circumstances likely more bling than those prevailing in his legendary pubs. An [...]

Fool circle: We’ve gone from ‘idle bantu’ to ‘lackadaisical white’

Cyril has it in for lazy whites, but his all-purpose smear by racial group is hardly confined to the ‘new dawn’ era December 16 marks SA’s officially designated Day of Reconciliation. But to judge how little progress has been made on this path you simply needed to tune in to snippets of a radio interview [...]

By |2018-12-19T08:32:51+00:00December 19th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, South African Politics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Premier move: Maimane dodged the bullet of political idiocy

By wisely turning away from the baubles of premiership, the DA leader avoided splitting the party leadership Last week in London I attended a dinner with some starring members of the British political establishment. The entire menu of conversations covered Brexit, and that was a day before Theresa May was ambushed by the European Union [...]

It’s land now. Will it end with the death penalty?

The trouble with changing the Constitution is that it opens the Pandora's Box of populism Last week, South Africa endured a terrible, awful and simply bad few days. Problem is that our troubles are now arriving, to channel Shakespeare, ‘not as single spies but in battalions.’ Emerging market contagion was the start of it, currency [...]

By |2018-09-13T08:48:40+00:00September 13th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance, South African Politics|0 Comments

The not so secret sauce SA doesn’t have

“Resilience!”. That’s what two business mavens advised me was the secret sauce which allows South Africa to power on. Even with blackouts from Eskom and other daily travails from our failing state. “Africa’s grocer” as resilient Shoprite Checkers is dubbed displayed some of this sauce, not on its aisles, but in its annual results published [...]

By |2018-08-27T09:26:20+00:00August 27th, 2018|Donald Trump, South African Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

Vietnam War-like outcomes loom over social engineering schemes

With SA’s currency crashing through the floor, the petrol price going through the roof and confidence going out of the window, few bright spots shine amid a winter of discontent. But one stay-at-home value proposition (at a monthly subscription of just $9) is Netflix. It provides a cornucopia of viewing richness, unadorned by adverts or [...]

Looking backwards to go forward is hardly the way to make progress

Fear of being on the wrong side of history shows up again at celebrations around Helen Suzman’s centenary One of the many features of SA today is a fascination with looking in the rear-view mirror, almost to the exclusion of the road ahead. But often, the view backwards is distorted. Tuesday November 7 provided seminal [...]

By |2017-11-18T22:52:13+00:00November 18th, 2017|Helen Suzman, South African Politics|0 Comments

A state of mindlessness: Our nation’s continuing plummet to disaster defies belief

South Africa faces multiple disasters: a combination of reckless misgovernance and now, with the worst drought in living memory, the Hand of God thrown in for good measure. On the subject of the divinity, the old saw "Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad" has been given a uniquely modern South African [...]

By |2017-11-15T10:27:38+00:00November 15th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, South African Politics|0 Comments

Helen Suzman Was An Intensely Human Politician And Not A Saint

We should learn the right lessons and draw the correct conclusions from the extraordinary and well-lived life of Helen Suzman. Exactly 10 years ago, on 7 November 2007, I telephoned Helen Suzman in Johannesburg from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I was a resident Fellow at its famous university. I called to congratulate her on her 90th [...]

By |2017-11-10T09:37:39+00:00November 7th, 2017|Helen Suzman, South African Politics|0 Comments

Once disgraced Mbeki era now seems like the golden age

In 1967, US author Allen Drury wrote a book on apartheid South Africa entitled A Very Strange Society. Fifty years later, and two-plus decades into our post-apartheid story, we have added several new chapters to our national tragedy, though that title remains very contemporary. The strangest part started just shy of 10 years ago: at [...]

By |2017-11-06T11:12:11+00:00November 1st, 2017|Jacob Zuma, South African Politics, Thabo Mbeki|0 Comments