Mailbox: SA is being controlled by fear – Lesley Caw

Mailbox: SA is being controlled by fear – Lesley Caw

Lesley Caw thinks this is where we are right now... Being controlled by fear...This is an excerpt from Michael Crichton's "State of Fear".BizNews welcomes letters and opinion pieces and encourages debate. In this piece, Lesley Caw reflects on the rules that have been imposed on South Africans in the

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Mailbox: excess deaths vs Covid-19 deaths – consequence of lockdown?

Mailbox: excess deaths vs Covid-19 deaths – consequence of lockdown?

A BizNews community member asks: Is the unusually high number of excess deaths this year a consequence of Covid-19 lockdown?BizNews welcomes comment and feedback and publishes your letters in our Mailbox. In this Mailbox, Erik Wandrag draws our attention to the unusually high number of excess deaths

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Mailbox: PANDA giving actuaries and economists a bad name

Mailbox: PANDA giving actuaries and economists a bad name

Jay Koome says PANDA, a thinktank of actuaries and economists, is dishing up drivel at a time when people are seeking to make better informed choices.BizNews welcomes comment and feedback and publishes your letters in our Mailbox. In this piece, Jay Koome takes aim at PANDA, which has delivered a se

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Mailbox: ‘Please, let Edgars be saved’ – it’s part of who we are

Mailbox: ‘Please, let Edgars be saved’ – it’s part of who we are

Please save Edgars, says customer Nanette Miranda, who shares how Edgars has been an integral part of, and influenced, her family's lives.Edgars – the iconic clothing retailer and department store giant which has been a part of South Africans’ lives for decades – has been a topic of great concern an

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Inside government quarantine in South Africa

Inside government quarantine in South Africa

Susan Michael Guthrie says if government quarantine is an example of what we can achieve under difficult circumstances, there's definitely hope for our future.Stronger Together! has never been more pertinent than in our fight against Covid-19. Springbok Rugby Captain Siya Kolisi, who cemented this s

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Shouldn’t the Deeds Office be an essential service?

Shouldn’t the Deeds Office be an essential service?

In this mailbox David Williams argues that he is "stuck at a considerable cost in money and anxiety", because of the closure of the Deeds Office.Uncertainty, frustration, anxiety, money fears are but a few words describing the affect the nationwide lockdown is having on the wellbeing of all South Af

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Lemming behaviour: How will we survive ‘Covid-20’?

Lemming behaviour: How will we survive ‘Covid-20’?

There has been a lot of debate on whether lockdown was the right route for SA given the extreme inequality. Among others, the government considered the most vulnerable given South Africa’s high prevalence of HIV and TB among the poorest of the poor. Although lockdown is hard for everyone, in a towns

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Dave de Klerk: New approach to Covid-19 data analysis!

Dave de Klerk: New approach to Covid-19 data analysis!

With the very extensive, real time, Covid-19 data out there, Dave de Klerk has been playing around with different types of data analyses.So much data, so many inaccuracies. And the sensational headlines are not helping the cause. Just this weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that the data that

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Mailbox: What are unions contributing to ensure the survival of SOEs?

Mailbox: What are unions contributing to ensure the survival of SOEs?

The Association for Monitoring and Advocacy of Government Pensions (AMAGP) argues that unions are holding state-owned companies like SAA and Eskom hostage with ridiculous wage and employment demands.By Adamus Stemmet*The more deeper the country sinks into its economic crisis the more demanding the u

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Mailbox: Land ownership not a prerequisite to build a good business

Mailbox: Land ownership not a prerequisite to build a good business

Professional property valuer Peter Meakin argues lessees of land don’t need to own land to build a successful business. In fact, he argues, the defining advantage to tenants is that long leases grant the same opportunities as ownership but with nil capital costs or mortgage obligations. Lessees can

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NHI not a moral debate – it’s a maths problem

NHI not a moral debate – it’s a maths problem

David Drew sat down and did some number-crunching based on the most conservative NHI funding estimates available, using the broadest possible swathe of sources.Sometimes it takes an ordinary man in the street to tell the politicians a downright inconvenient truth. Meet David Drew, a humble, rational

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Open letter to MTN CEO Rob Shuter – the missing TCF link

Open letter to MTN CEO Rob Shuter – the missing TCF link

Elise Burns-Hoffman has been an MTN customer for approximately 22 years, in spite of her entire family having moved to Vodacom.From Elise HoffmanDear RobRE: Treating Customers Fairly ought to be taken seriouslyI have been an MTN customer for approximately 22 years and, in spite of my entire family h

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Open letter to Tito: prescribed assets; are you SERIOUS?

Open letter to Tito: prescribed assets; are you SERIOUS?

The Association for the Monitoring and Advocacy of Government Pensions, (AMAGP), has once again outdone itself with impeccable logic in a polite protest letter. This time the appeal is to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, asking how the new prescribed assets policy will impact on government pensioners

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A gentleman asks MPs to account for the PIC

A gentleman asks MPs to account for the PIC

As civilised and gentlemanly as this letter is, its authorship and from whence it comes, when combined with its content, make it essential reading. What we have here is a government pensioner questioning in the most reasonable terms imaginable, why parliament is failing in and/or shirking, its const

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Woe betide Cyril’s silence on this burning issue

Woe betide Cyril’s silence on this burning issue

Steadfastly refusing to recite the creed of the angry no-longer-advantaged South African, the Rev Melt van der Spuy, gives the ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa credit where credit is due, but begs our president to do just one pivotal thing to enhance his credibility. That is to say something, anyth

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ANC’s neglect of basic education prolonging economic recovery – reader

ANC’s neglect of basic education prolonging economic recovery – reader

CAPE TOWN — With the dominant discourse on South Africa’s financial distress revolving around the ANC’s policy uncertainty, it’s command economy and the legacy of State Capture, too little attention is paid to the price we’re paying for what began as Outcomes Based Education (OBE). OBE morphed into

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Using TRC amnesty lessons to accelerate corruption-busting

Using TRC amnesty lessons to accelerate corruption-busting

CAPE TOWN — Rhodes University Professor Emeritus, Pierre Faure, picks up on a vastly under-ventilated suggestion addressing the crippling State and corporate corruption; offer conditional amnesty to speed up the daunting mop-up operation. It’s a critically important, pragmatic idea, given how South

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Ex-colleague on Mark Lamberti: His life’s work has been to empower

Ex-colleague on Mark Lamberti: His life’s work has been to empower

There's more than one side to a story, and in this letter, an ex-colleague of Lamberti's defends the well-known business leader's reputation.JOHANNESBURG — Amid the noise around the Chowan-Imperial court judgment, CEO Mark Lamberti has come out with his reputation injured. Of course, Lamberti inheri

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Mailbox: Do we REALLY have to carry debt-ridden SAA for another 3 years?

Mailbox: Do we REALLY have to carry debt-ridden SAA for another 3 years?

Is the new SAA CEO capable and does he have the muscle to bring about all of the changes necessary that are based on sound business and not political principles?JOHANNESBURG — Beleaguered airline SAA thinks it can turnaround its operations in three years. However, it does sound ambitious considering

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