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Interesting parallels between SA and UK, both are at political crossroads

Parliament's approval of land expropriation without compensation could set SA on a slippery slope while Theresa May's Brexit nightmare continues Is SA, inexorably, on the slide-path to a destination named Venezuela or Zimbabwe? On Tuesday, this parallel was top of mind for some when parliament voted — after just 86 minutes of debate — to adopt [...]

Facing economic disaster, we’re still in the dark about Cyril’s ‘reform’

Are some countries simply unreformable? This bleak, pre-festive season thought occurs just as Eskom, in the guise of the movie villain The Grinch who Stole Christmas,  plunges the country once again into December darkness. Before interrogating some of the known facts hobbling Megawatt Park, it is quite unknown if Cyril Ramaphosa is a serious reformer, [...]

By |2018-12-05T08:59:15+00:00December 5th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brexpropriation a common thread of woe in SA and UK

To adapt Tolstoy, "Every unhappy country is unhappy in its own way". Recently, the parliaments of the UK and SA proved this anew. On November 15, British Prime Minister Theresa May, a cricket fan, faced three hours of verbal bouncers in the House of Commons, where most members, especially from her own team, tried to [...]

By |2018-11-25T07:38:37+00:00November 25th, 2018|Brexit, Cyril Ramaphosa, Uncategorized|0 Comments

De Lille gives ANC a glimmer of hope to take back the Cape

Despite modest support, she will create at least the possibility of handing the province to the ruling party Staying Power -  Many might wonder whether Patricia de Lille, approaching 70, and with nary an ideological wobble, can really reinvent herself for a fourth time.  Where on earth could a public discussion on the challenges facing [...]

By |2018-11-21T08:39:28+00:00November 21st, 2018|Brexit, Democratic Alliance, Patricia de Lille, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The DA dilemma: Looking two ways at once

There is the well-known joke about a foreign tourist lost in the mists of the Irish country side. He asks one of the locals for directions to Dublin. The Irishman replies, “Well sir, if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here.” If you localised the characters, doubtless the squadron of South African politically correct [...]

By |2018-11-20T14:05:43+00:00November 20th, 2018|Democratic Alliance, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gigaba can learn a trick or two from fellow liar Trump

The apparently reckless US president has mastered the art of blurting out falsehoods - particularly in the witness box Here’s a teaser as political enthusiasts absorb the results this morning of the hugely significant midterm elections for control of the US Congress. What is the difference between embattled local home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba and [...]

Books shed light on democratic backslidings replacing dictatorships

Literary bestseller lists likely often reflect the opposite of mass sentiment Just as yields on bonds rise as prices fall, it is likely that literary bestseller lists often reflect the opposite of mass sentiment. That’s hardly surprising since the disparaged elite, or “globalists” as Donald Trump branded opponents of his protectionist nationalism, tend to buy [...]

By |2018-11-01T12:33:05+00:00November 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Saudis reminded that even impunity has its limits

If the scriptwriters of the blockbuster television series Homeland had invented such a yarn it might have been rejected by its producers as too fanciful, and certainly too gory, to be filmed. A well-known dissident Saudi journalist enters his country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and is never seen again; soon enough the host country provides lurid details [...]

By |2018-10-29T12:49:24+00:00October 29th, 2018|International Politics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Will Tito simply balance the books or throw the book at power?

Having ascended to the second-most-important job in politics, he should contemplate this Ratings agencies, taxpayers, investors and hard-pressed consumers will focus laser-attention on the pronouncements of new finance minister Tito Mboweni when he delivers his “maiden” mini-budget speech in parliament this afternoon. But there is nothing virginal about Mboweni’s cabinet status. He returns to the [...]

By |2018-10-24T07:03:15+00:00October 24th, 2018|Finance, Finance Minister, FW de Klerk, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can our finance minister come up with a credible reform plan?

'Neither Nene nor his credible successor has such fires to light under the embers of our weak economy' Nearly one hundred years ago, Danish physicist and philosopher Niels Bohr wrote that ‘ The opposite of a fact is a falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may  be another profound truth’. These past five [...]

By |2018-10-10T13:58:59+00:00October 10th, 2018|Finance, Finance Minister, Uncategorized|0 Comments