In 1977, RW Johnson, one of my favourite writers, predicted that there would be a South African regime change in the mid-Nineties. It was a helluva long neck to stick out but he was proven correct when the ANC took over. He’s now predicting that South Africa is heading to a critical point in two years time, or a little thereafter. He bases this on the state of gold sales, increasing debt and increasing trade deficit. Manufacturing has dropped by half, mining is being strangled and farmers are under threat. Our bonds will soon reach junk status and the only … ‘Click here to read full article…’
This excellent article should scare hell into you. Government is about to give Eskom R10-billion of your money. That will still leave a R215-billion shortfall which can surely only come from the taxpayer. “The government’s response is marvellously irrational. Really, it should be going for all those who ruined Eskom ever since 1994. Who ordained such crazy affirmative action that they couldn’t appoint an engineer unless she was a black woman? Well, that would be the Employment Equity Act passed under Mandela. Which government vetoed the building of new power stations? Well, that would be Mr Mbeki. Which government was … ‘Click here to read full article…’
I despise BEE for the same reasons i despised apartheid. Racism, of all sorts, is impractical to building a nation. Undoubtedly, there is great need to uplift poor people in South Africa but to raise one up by putting down another of a different colour isn’t balance, it’s impractical and just plain wrong. Of the things i’m critical of the ANC, it’s second, in importance, only to corruption. Likewise, the same applies to the DA who’ve abandoned their liberal policies in pursuit of black power.'Click here to read full article...'
Unexpectedly, a DA representative has shifted the party’s position on the Israel/Palestine situation. They’ve normally followed a middle line, a 2-state solution which respects both sides and doesn’t get the DA into too much trouble. Now they’ve seemingly adopted a strong, pro-Palestinian stance, that recommends a war crimes court aimed at Israel that aligns them with the ANC’s interests in the matter. The Parliamentary Solidarity Conference in support of the peoples of Palestine, Western Sahara and Cuba was held in the Good Hope Chamber in Parliament, Cape Town on February 6 2014.'Click here to read full article...'
I enjoy the level-headed, liberal writings of RW Johnson. Today he speaks about a troubled DA, Helen Zille in trouble, a decaying and corrupt ANC but with increasing tribal complications, and the emergence of the EFF who will supplant the SACP. This is a fascinating read on the politics you didn’t want to know but have to know! Here are some excerpts: DAgang [For Zille] to thrust the donors forward as the villains of the piece is to break an unspoken compact, particularly since two of them (the Oppenheimers and Natie Kirsh) have been named in the press. And, of … ‘Click here to read full article…’
There’s more desperation and opportunism than love in the air this election. Not even Zuma’s many marriages could prepare us for the hypocritical hooking up of Malema and Buthelezi. The ladies, Zille and Ramphele, not wanting the men to get all the attention, gave each other a kiss. For a moment, South African politics was as sexually correct as it could be… but there was cyanide of disdain for their supporters on those lips. Helen Zille and Mamphela Ramphele got divorced, yesterday, Sunday, February the 2nd. South Africa will never get to share Valentine’s Day with them. These ladies, the … ‘Click here to read full article…’