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Slow and sedate Ramaphosa, so unlike fast and furious Trump

Having placed three bets on a Joe Biden presidential win, I was greatly relieved when the US networks called his election last week, even if the votes are still being counted and recounted, and Donald Trump refuses to concede and proclaims he was cheated out of victory. Six bottles of France’s finest bubbles have already [...]

Are the EFF’s tiresome tactics comparable to those of the Nazis?

US President Donald Trump’s conniptions and conspiracy theorising over last week’s presidential election defeat recall the “we wuz robbed” ringside shout-outs of late Johannesburg boxing supremo Alan Toweel. They also find a slight echo here in the tactics and strategy of the EFF. The party on these southern shores has unavailingly and with more violence, [...]

By |2020-11-11T07:40:41+00:00November 11th, 2020|EFF, Uncategorized, US elections|0 Comments

No mention of Africa in US election, but it will still strongly affect us

In 2014, two years before the last US presidential election, Lord Robin Renwick, former British ambassador to SA and the US, published a book. Time has not smiled kindly on the slim work Ready for Hillary?, and even less so on its subtitle: Portrait of a President in Waiting. Of course, only with “the lordly perspective of retrospective [...]

By |2020-10-30T07:14:26+00:00October 30th, 2020|Donald Trump, Opinion, US elections|0 Comments

Against such odds, could this be Mboweni’s ‘eunuch-in-a-harem’ moment?

In parliament on Wednesday, finance minister Tito Mboweni will star in an update of “Mission Impossible”. This is his self-appointed task of “closing the mouth of the hippopotamus”. Or reducing the gap between government revenue and expenditure without choking off any prospect of economic growth. It is not that Tito lacks a sincere and serious [...]

By |2020-10-28T07:19:07+00:00October 28th, 2020|Eskom, Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Corruption TRC idea not well thought through

It’s a crowded field in which to compete. But the title winner for the worst idea to tackle the scourge of corruption and the sleaze of state capture is Thuli Madonsela. Earlier this month, at a Nelson Mandela Bay leadership summit, the admired former public protector offered an extraordinary idea. A report of her remarks, [...]

By |2020-10-25T08:09:50+00:00October 25th, 2020|Opinion, Thuli Madonsela|0 Comments

ANC clings to its liberation ticket, but its expiry date is coming fast

Hard-pressed taxpayers need to brace themselves for the latest squeeze from the ANC. This is a recent proposal to increase state (i.e. taxpayer) funding of political parties from R146m annually to a whopping R500m, a surge of more than 240%. It’s an update of the definition of corruption in the city of Chicago – home [...]

By |2020-10-14T09:06:00+00:00October 14th, 2020|African National Congress (ANC), Opinion|0 Comments

Trump’s Carter-shaped omen might keep SA’s foot in the US door

For the first time in 40 years, on Tuesday night a US presidential debate was televised from Cleveland, Ohio. Since this debate is scheduled for just after the deadline for this column, it is impossible to know if the result of it will move the dial on the outcome of the election on November 3. [...]

By |2020-10-14T08:13:54+00:00October 14th, 2020|Donald Trump, US elections|0 Comments

Poetic justice in the way court-stacking is so often foiled

Back in the early 1930s, SA, perhaps in echo of those times, had a Hitler-admiring, German-speaking minister of justice. History does not remember kindly, or perhaps at all, the name of Oswald Pirow. Still, in the momentous drama of events in the US following the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last weekend, [...]

By |2020-09-27T07:56:57+00:00September 27th, 2020|Donald Trump, US elections, World Politics|0 Comments

Constitution requires DA to take a nonracial stance

Tolstoy, observing a tree, reminds us that “the leaves enchant us more than the roots”. In the gale of commentary that gusted after the DA’s recent policy reset, the party appears to have caught some high winds of disapproval. This is surprising for at least two obvious reasons. Neither of these were articulated in the [...]

By |2020-09-18T08:54:50+00:00September 18th, 2020|Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane|0 Comments

Clicks’s naïve bid to right a wrong merely gave the EFF thugs more power

Peace is a universal desired end and its achievement is as cherished even as the concept remains often elusive. “Peace with honour” is an even better idea, suggesting that its attainment can be founded on principle. It is just a pity that the term is imperishably associated with the man who first claimed to have [...]

By |2020-09-16T10:56:29+00:00September 16th, 2020|Democratic Alliance, EFF, Opinion|0 Comments
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