Opinion

The fundamental flaw at the heart of anti-foreign worker sentiment

Business Day’s recent front-page lead story might have tricked some readers into imagining they had stumbled back into a pre-Jurassic political age (“Job reservation is on the cards, government confirms”, February 13). The headline topped an article detailing neither a paean to Pan-Africanism nor a decent stab at promoting the country’s economic wellbeing. Rather it [...]

By |2022-02-22T06:15:00+00:00February 22nd, 2022|African National Congress (ANC), Opinion|0 Comments

Why the state wants to keep the poor tied to its apron strings

On the logic that jackals are the best guardians of chickens, this week the minister of small business development, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, offered a stern warning on her website. “As government we have a responsibility to enforce regulatory compliance in the SMME [small, medium and micro enterprise] sector and close businesses that are trading illegally,” she [...]

By |2022-01-30T06:45:23+00:00January 30th, 2022|Opinion|0 Comments

Instead of playing the blame game, Sisulu should check the facts

In 1918, American financial titan and international statesman Bernard Baruch riposted that “anyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts”. More than a century later, in a country and world and corroded social media universe where facts, conjecture, falsehoods and opinions (often unhinged or tethered to an alternative reality) all [...]

As cadre deployment took root civil society failed to see writing on wall

There is a delicious irony at the heart of the controversy generated by the half-baked intellectually dubious drivel dished up recently by tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Unless you have been hiding under a rock you will be aware that Sisulu took aim in an IOL jeremiad against her own government, in which she has continuously [...]

Fire them! Why spineless Cyril is to blame for the parliament blaze

“As by fire” is the evocative phrase from the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians, which was recently used by Jonathan Jansen as title for his apocalyptic take on the “end of the South African university”. When fires swept through the houses of parliament on January 2, I had many thoughts — literary, historical and [...]

SA won’t prosper while it bends its knee to Cliff-hanging cancel culture

With the decision of Cricket SA to force all Protea players to “take the knee” and Quinton de Kock’s stance not to bend, the issues of free speech and the right of individual dissent now spillover from the Twittersphere to the playing fields. But the issues at the heart of this have a long history, [...]

By |2021-10-27T06:41:02+00:00October 27th, 2021|Elections, John Steenhuisen, Opinion|0 Comments

Reasons for the ANC’s continuing failure to think

Why do governments pursue policies contrary to their own interests? That paradoxical question was at the heart of Barbara Tuchman's 1984 popular history, The March of Folly. In her panoptic sweep from the wooden horse at Troy to the quagmire of US folly in Vietnam, she noted: "Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government [...]

By |2021-09-26T09:08:15+00:00September 26th, 2021|African National Congress (ANC), Opinion|0 Comments

It’s a sad indictment on the ANC that it couldn’t get a quorum for its own bill

Last Thursday, as my column, “Do the ANC’s small disasters signal the large collapse?", for our sister publication Business Day was in the works, I had no idea an event in parliament would provide another example of my thesis. In the Business Day column, I catalogued the serial chapters of ineptitude and crass negligence, from unpaid staff and tax [...]

By |2021-09-15T09:14:20+00:00September 15th, 2021|African National Congress (ANC), Elections, Opinion|0 Comments

The JSC is shaking the foundations on which it was built

A millennium or so ago, sometime between the first and second centuries, the Roman poet Juvenal asked a question that resonates now in troubled SA. “Quis custodiet Ipsos custodes?” or “Who will guard the guards themselves?” remains key, especially for a country which, on the one hand, celebrates its constitution and, on the other, finds [...]

By |2021-09-01T09:33:48+00:00September 1st, 2021|African National Congress (ANC), Helen Zille, Opinion|0 Comments

Was Biden weak or is he doing a Ramaphosa and playing the long game?

Last Thursday, while driving in the English countryside, various authoritative voices on BBC Radio Four provided a counterpoint to the heavy traffic. The topic was, of course, Afghanistan, and the experts speculated that the capital city, Kabul, was in danger of encirclement at some future point, “perhaps even on the anniversary of 9/11”, in view of [...]

By |2021-08-18T06:27:13+00:00August 18th, 2021|Opinion, World Politics|0 Comments
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