Cyril Ramaphosa

New dawn? More like a false sighting under Ramaphosa

Instead of co-ordinated governance, SA has seen disjointed decision-making and sweepingly bad decisions by the ANC Tony Blair, in his first term as British Prime Minister in 1997, introduced the idea of ‘joined up government’. This idea changed and influenced, according to policy mavens, how structures are organised, how budgets are allocated and how public [...]

By |2018-07-25T12:42:51+00:00July 25th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkandla, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|0 Comments

New dawn? More like a false sighting under Ramaphosa

Instead of co-ordinated governance, SA has seen disjointed decision-making and sweepingly bad decisions by the ANC Tony Blair, in his first term as British Prime Minister in 1997, introduced the idea of ‘joined up government’. This idea changed and influenced, according to policy mavens, how structures are organised, how budgets are allocated and how public [...]

By |2018-07-04T07:32:33+00:00July 4th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkandla, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|0 Comments

Things are very bad and a lot better

The Ramaphosa presidency is an infant –four months old, and –voters, party, and health willing – still with around 4000 days to go. Hans Rosling, an acclaimed Swedish statistician and professor of international health who died recently, penned Factfulness, a book which objectively seeks to rebut the global pessimism on the world condition and ‘why [...]

By |2018-06-25T08:11:52+00:00June 25th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom|0 Comments

Face facts: Pravin’s a commie, Cyril’s a union man

The opening weekend of the Fifa World Cup produced no end of surprises, if Eskom load shedding allowed you to view the spectacle. The country of my second allegiance, Argentina (given Bafana’s dismal non-qualification, my home team as it were), was held to an improbable draw by tiny Iceland, which in population terms (337,000 versus [...]

By |2018-06-20T12:06:08+00:00June 20th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom, Pravin Gordhan|0 Comments

So much for the ‘new dawn’: SA silent on Mideast atrocities

In the face of a murderous Assad and possible war in the region, our response has been tepid and fearful Two events of global significance occurred this week. On Tuesday, in the US, President Donald Trump signalled his decision not to apply a further waiver on sanctions against Iran, thus resiling from the nuclear deal and [...]

By |2018-05-09T11:45:36+00:00May 9th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Donald Trump, US elections|0 Comments

Memories of memories, and the truth

Novelist Alan Hollinghurst describes a young biographer in search of his elderly late subject’s legacy. He writes of someone who ‘was asking for memories, too young himself to himself to know that memories were only memories of memories’.  Two recent South African deaths and their respective memorialisations –just weeks apart in the past month – [...]

Why Ramaphosa won’t reform the country until he reforms his party

Ramaphosa’s early exit from London last week was a rude reminder of a fundamental political truth It ranks as a great cosmic irony. Cyril Ramaphosa’s debut on the world stage as president is interrupted by the suppurating standoff in the far northwestern corner of his local empire. No doubt Ramaphosa would have preferred to have [...]

How Trump’s trade war with China could impact SA

'Even our most objective analysts did not even a month ago anticipate a looming trade war' South Africa is embroiled in a number of raucous debates – land, inequality, race, Jacob Zuma’s appearance in the criminal dock, Vicki Momberg’s jail sentence and, more recently, how to remember Winnie Mandela. But in this war of words [...]

No need to rehash property battles and endanger hard-won settlement

There are enough tools to carry out land reform without pulling bricks from of the finely balanced Constitution Apart from hurling abuse at cheating Australian cricketers, one of SA’s most popular pastimes, politically, is looking through the rear-view mirror. Every anniversary, birth and death, from the great and the good to the great and the [...]

Lessons from the pitch for parties on a sticky wicket

How might the Steve Smith-led Aussie ball-tampering scandal at Newlands inform some of the key issues affecting the body politic and our economy? The obvious answer is that even the prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, on Sunday described the incident as “completely beyond belief” and called for “decisive action” from Cricket Australia. Incidentally, this [...]