The price SA has paid for ANC power – Andrew Kenny

The price SA has paid for ANC power – Andrew Kenny

The ANC is not only corrupt, not only cruel and greedy, not only incompetent and useless, not only power mad, but evil.Perhaps Andrew Kenny feels nervous about this article because he’s breaking with a longstanding, more woke, mainstream liberal narrative about the ANC. So embedded is the idea of a

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Eskom’s BEE requirements render SA powerless – IRR

Eskom’s BEE requirements render SA powerless – IRR

Sometimes the child-like, often irritatingly repeated question of why to every answer one gives is exactly the kind of interrogation the government needs to understand what is required. That is, if Eskom is to have any hope of ever returning power to the people. The answer to most of Eskom’s travail

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SA’s meat-eaters get official protection – Vegter

SA’s meat-eaters get official protection – Vegter

Satire is the art of appearing to take seriously something blatantly ridiculous. It is an art form gloriously demonstrated by Ivo Vegter writing in the Daily Friend here. He’s into a meaty subject; our pen-pushing regulators going all out to protect us from cunning vegans who offer their wares as al

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World Bank funding may come back to haunt us

World Bank funding may come back to haunt us

It should cause South Africans concern that the government is receiving loans from the World Bank to support its economic recovery plan.It should cause South Africans great concern that the government is receiving external funding from the World Bank to support the government’s Economic Reconstructi

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Destroying SA’s economy, one law at a time: Vegter

Destroying SA’s economy, one law at a time: Vegter

There seems to be no avoiding government’s insistence on putting the equivalent of burning tyre legal and regulatory roadblocks in the way of anyone trying to reach an economically viable destination. My morning was spent writing up the court invalidation of a dogged 20-year-long government legal at

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Mashaba’s DA attack endangers democracy – Woode-Smith

Mashaba’s DA attack endangers democracy – Woode-Smith

What is pertinent is that Herman Mashaba chose to make a public attack on a political ally. And by doing so, he serves not the betterment of SA.There’s one scenario analyst Nicholas Woode-Smith doesn’t sketch in this piece about the alleged political foolishness of ActionSA’s Herman Mashaba. (Mashab

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Municipal headache pills – a whip and self-help situation

Municipal headache pills – a whip and self-help situation

With only 16% of SA’s municipalities achieving clean audits, (more than half in the Western Cape and none in the Free State for the past five years), neither provincial nor national government seems capable of coming to the rescue. Which prompts freelance financial journalist, Jonathan Katzenellenbo

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Create wealth before you distribute it – James Peron

Create wealth before you distribute it – James Peron

Wealth creation must, out of necessity, come before wealth distribution. You can’t distribute what doesn’t exist, writes James Peron.By James Peron*Any way you look at it, one the worst problems South Africa faces is that of poverty.The World Bank reports:Although South Africa has made progress in r

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Bringing up Bébé, by Pamela Druckerman

Bringing up Bébé, by Pamela Druckerman

Want to teach your little fish how to swim like a big fish, just like the French nursery rhyme? Well, ‘Bringing up Bébé’ can help.By Tamsin OxfordAs an American mom-to-be living in France, Pamela Druckerman noticed that French children were remarkably well behaved. They slept through the night withi

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An open letter to landlords – Ocean Basket Group CEO

An open letter to landlords – Ocean Basket Group CEO

Ocean Basket Group CEO Grace Harding has written a brief but impassioned open letter to landlords as the restaurant industry feels the strain of continued economic "strife".Ever-rising fuel prices are feeding into burgeoning cost-of-living increases across the board in South Africa. Everyone is feel

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Second set score: Zille versus Grootes – love all

Second set score: Zille versus Grootes – love all

Never one to stand back from a challenge, Helen Zille applies her journalistic and political skills to smash a backhand return at an equally adept literary warrior, Stephen Grootes. Anyone who follows either protagonist will relish what promises to be an instructive rally. While journalists are expe

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Cyril’s ‘pie in the sky’ aspirations

Cyril’s ‘pie in the sky’ aspirations

SA needs a more ‘activist’ state, President Ramaphosa told a media briefing last week. A key idea here is the so called developmental state.Citing a single major success while ignoring context can only fool some of the people some of the time. So it is with President Ramaphosa citing the State’s bac

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(Not) on the road again – SA’s trucking crisis

(Not) on the road again – SA’s trucking crisis

The Road Freight Association says South Africa's logistics supply chain is under attack, with all major routes being targeted.The Road Freight Association, (RFA), has joined the growing number of business associations railing against our paralysed, dysfunctional, internally feuding government. That’

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Reserve Bank’s erosion of Rand ‘unconstitutional’ – Mthembu

Reserve Bank’s erosion of Rand ‘unconstitutional’ – Mthembu

FMF legal researcher Zakhele Mthembu has reached a seemingly telling conclusion – the Reserve Bank is acting unconstitutionally by constantly pushing more money into the market, thus devaluing the rand. He argues that our bank of last resort is failing in its constitutional duty to protect the value

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‘We’re on a (Gau) train to nowhere -c’mon inside’ – Vegter

‘We’re on a (Gau) train to nowhere -c’mon inside’ – Vegter

Ivo Vegter’s diatribe against the Gautrain extensions leaves me wondering who the Gauteng government serves – and at my own profession’s apparent easy seduction by slick PR outfits following the big, easy money. Bottom line: extending Gautrain routes polishes a vanity project aimed at benefiting the

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Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing

Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing

Here’s how to cope with the paradox of choice.By Lena SotherinYou’re standing in the supermarket, your shopping basket in your hand. You’re looking at the breakfast cereal. There are dozens of different varieties, and they all look good.Which to choose? You’re frozen with indecision.Or you’re sittin

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Democracy suffers as lawmakers scorn our Constitution

Democracy suffers as lawmakers scorn our Constitution

Our Constitution prescribes an electoral system “that results, in general, in proportional representation”. SA has used this system since 1994.We have reason daily to be thankful to the founding fathers of our Constitution. Without it we’d be a despotic oligarchy. Even with it, we’ve come close. Our

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Cyril’s super-soapie builds to a climax

Cyril’s super-soapie builds to a climax

John Steenhuisen questions how it came to be that Lion King Cyril is being mobbed - and describing how disillusioned his subjects are.In politics it’s the law of the jungle and the leader of the currently dominant lion pride is badly injured, with too many hyenas snapping painfully at him for his fa

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Thandi Modise’s toothless SANDF

Thandi Modise’s toothless SANDF

Even if you have to take the opinion of a former opposition chief whip with a pinch of salt, it’s hard to rebut when you look around you at the reality of an ANC-led South Africa today. We probably all agree that we have a beautiful country worth defending, even as its capacity to deliver basic serv

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New SMME masterplan going nowhere – NEASA

New SMME masterplan going nowhere – NEASA

The NISED Masterplan also confirms that in the past three decades, SMME growth has been stagnant at best, writes NEASA's Luthando Nondaba.There’s a song by the group Talking Heads, (an appropriate analogy for our cabinet), with the lyrics, “We’re on a road to nowhere, come on inside,” which aptly su

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Sibanye debacle – Mantashe’s award winning bluster

Sibanye debacle – Mantashe’s award winning bluster

Hopefully Gwede Mantashe won’t waste more taxpayers’ money defending the indefensible in court - if he acts on his threat.It actually doesn’t need a former judge of the Supreme Court, (who chairs the Free Market Foundation’s Rule of Law Advisory Board), to confirm that Mantashe’s talking bosh. But i

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BBBEE road to an oligarchy – John Steenhuisen

BBBEE road to an oligarchy – John Steenhuisen

The first thought that comes to mind on reading DA leader John Steenhuisen’s reasons for his outright rejection of BBBEE, is just how effective the ANC’s racial narrative is. Accepting the deeply wounding and tragic racial legacy of apartheid, when you fail to engage with any criticism of your polic

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When it’s more than just the ‘baby blues’

When it’s more than just the ‘baby blues’

Why we need to talk about the growing problem of postpartum depression.By Lena SotherinPostpartum depression, or PPD, isn’t simply a bout of ‘baby blues’. The emotional adjustment following childbirth might feel like sadness or irritability, anxiety, or reduced concentration, but it will generally e

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