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ANC’s brazen hypocrisy on Venezuela reveals its warped view of the world

“Imagine,” a Western diplomat from a leading investor nation in SA told me recently, “If we had said during the struggle for democracy here:  ‘It’s not our business’.” “And if we had added to this that the future of South Africa cannot be determined by outsiders, least of all by those from the West. “There [...]

Of economic windfalls and political disasters

Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion genius at the house of Chanel who died this week in Paris, was described by a peer as "the creator of dreams". Whoever conceived the 2019 ANC election slogan, however, must be living a nightmare right now. To quote the party billboard: "The Power is in Your Hands - Grow SA". [...]

By |2019-02-28T08:06:58+00:00February 24th, 2019|Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do Cyril and Tito dare break the racial quota taboo at Eskom?

Thursday is the most downcast budget day since the arrival of the ANC in government in 1994. Back then, the international isolation of the departing apartheid regime coupled with the minus growth of the local economy under siege had left the new administration with a bare fiscal cupboard. Indeed, incoming minister Mac Maharaj, a confidant [...]

Cyril Ramaphosa can take valuable pointers from Roosevelt’s play book

A year ago today, Cyril Ramaphosa was inaugurated as SA president, taking over a country on the verge of a nervous, indeed general, breakdown after the rampaging excesses and gross delinquencies of the Jacob Zuma administration. Leaving aside the highly inconvenient fact that Ramaphosa was the number two man at the helm for  more than [...]

The rise of the political professional has paralysed SA parties

And then there were none. That was the thought that occurred last Thursday, in Bryanston, Sandton, when I attended the memorial service for Rupert Lorimer. Until his death in early January, Lorimer was the last living member of the group of six new MPs who, in 1974, were elected to parliament for the Progressive Party, [...]

The voices we hear – and don’t hear – as poll fever bites

The rancorous tone of the election campaign here, even before its official start, suggests many readers might prefer to take a spin in a Land Rover driven by Prince Philip than endure three more months of political noise. Expect it to get even louder and nastier. Bill Clinton, at one time a vote-winner of note, [...]

The economic miracle of a land dubbed ‘ardently capitalist communist’

A couple of weeks ago, from 10,000km away, I had an epiphany. Or several of them. On a family vacation, I was standing outside the enormous, postmodern Samsung factory near Da Nang, a coastal city and resort in central Vietnam. The first of these was a remembrance, aided by Max Hastings’ new book, Vietnam — An Epic [...]

By |2019-01-25T09:21:59+00:00January 25th, 2019|International Politics, Opinion, Uncategorized|0 Comments

ANC’s overblown manifesto has a Clinton-Lewinsky feel to it

Even if you could believe the anti-corruption pledge in the document, its lists would be politically anorexic Snippets from the recently launched ANC election manifesto conjured up the famous quip of Dorothy Parker about a spectacularly bad book: “This is not a novel to be tossed away lightly. It should be thrown away with great [...]

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