Our own writing in the media

Every year our analysts and policy experts, in promoting new ideas and policies, contribute a wide range of articles to newspapers across South Africa.
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Our own writing in the media

Every year our analysts and policy experts, in promoting new ideas and policies, contribute a wide range of articles to newspapers across South Africa.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not the woman other women need - Daily Maverick, 18 September 2017

There is a naive expectation that women should be supportive of other women, particularly when they’re in places of power such as in business and politics. Some are, but many are not. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not

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The ANC and Ramaphosa's 1994 plan for the whites - Politicsweb, 17 September 2017

In recently published memoirs, one of Cyril Ramaphosa's main opponents pays generous tribute to his character and negotiating skills during the talks leading up to the new South African constitution and the election in 1994.

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Here's why SA needs a new approach to empowerment - News24, 12 September 2017

At the same time, empowerment policy as practised is increasingly coming to serve as a tool of wealth extraction for a politically connected elite. More and more, the recent Mining Charter being a prime example, we see a pattern of policy makers using harsh regulatory mechanisms, passed in the supposed interests of transformation or redress, to extract wealth from private sector companies.

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Detractors underestimate master tactician Zuma at their own peril - Business Day, 11 September 2017

President’s bumbling country-bumpkin persona is a foil to lure his adversaries into a sense of false security

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Nothing new about "fake news", as Cyril Ramaphosa well knows - Politicsweb, 10 September 2017

Fake news was supposedly invented by the likes of Donald Trump, the British public relations firm Bell Pottinger, and everyone in the United Kingdom campaigning for that country to quit the European Union. In fact, of course, fake news, lies, propaganda,

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LETTER: Bad idea to oust ANN7 - Business Day, 08 September 2017

There is enough space in the South African media and political terrain to counter the views expressed on ANN7.

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Here’s how to fix SA’s mining sector, and the greater economy too - BizNews 06 September 2017

Millions of South Africans are currently held back by bad schooling, poor housing, and failing health care. Yet state expenditure in these three spheres totals some R570bn in this financial year alone, far exceeding what most other developing countries spend.

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Mining Charter 3’s road to serfdom - Business Day, 06 September 2017

The Charter cannot be implemented — but is worth examining for its attempt to keep black South Africans perpetually dependent

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'Black hair' rules in schools: A reality check - Politicsweb, 03 September 2017

Pupils at a public high school in a West Rand township visited two weeks ago were inspected by a "patroller" as they entered through the school gates. The headmistress explained that this was to ensure that they did not wear "branded clothing" instead of the school uniform, which included ties on boys. Pupils who wore such clothing tended to show off, which she did not think appropriate when 40% of all the pupils lived in shacks. These "show-offs" also tended to be more rebellious.

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Mine nationalisation without compensation: Gravity of Zwane’s crazy charter sinks in - BizNews, 31 August 2017

The government claims this will help increase prosperity, but international experience with state mining companies elsewhere shows the opposite. So too does the degree of incompetence, malfeasance, and corruption already evident at many of South Africa’s most important state-owned enterprises (SOEs), including Petro SA, Eskom, Transnet, Prasa, Denel, and SAA.

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not the woman other women need - Daily Maverick, 18 September 2017

There is a naive expectation that women should be supportive of other women, particularly when they’re in places of power such as in business and politics. Some are, but many are not. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not

Read More…

The ANC and Ramaphosa's 1994 plan for the whites - Politicsweb, 17 September 2017

In recently published memoirs, one of Cyril Ramaphosa's main opponents pays generous tribute to his character and negotiating skills during the talks leading up to the new South African constitution and the election in 1994.

Read More…

Here's why SA needs a new approach to empowerment - News24, 12 September 2017

At the same time, empowerment policy as practised is increasingly coming to serve as a tool of wealth extraction for a politically connected elite. More and more, the recent Mining Charter being a prime example, we see a pattern of policy makers using harsh regulatory mechanisms, passed in the supposed interests of transformation or redress, to extract wealth from private sector companies.

Read More…

Detractors underestimate master tactician Zuma at their own peril - Business Day, 11 September 2017

President’s bumbling country-bumpkin persona is a foil to lure his adversaries into a sense of false security

Read More…

Nothing new about "fake news", as Cyril Ramaphosa well knows - Politicsweb, 10 September 2017

Fake news was supposedly invented by the likes of Donald Trump, the British public relations firm Bell Pottinger, and everyone in the United Kingdom campaigning for that country to quit the European Union. In fact, of course, fake news, lies, propaganda,

Read More…

LETTER: Bad idea to oust ANN7 - Business Day, 08 September 2017

There is enough space in the South African media and political terrain to counter the views expressed on ANN7.

Read More…

Here’s how to fix SA’s mining sector, and the greater economy too - BizNews 06 September 2017

Millions of South Africans are currently held back by bad schooling, poor housing, and failing health care. Yet state expenditure in these three spheres totals some R570bn in this financial year alone, far exceeding what most other developing countries spend.

Read More…

Mining Charter 3’s road to serfdom - Business Day, 06 September 2017

The Charter cannot be implemented — but is worth examining for its attempt to keep black South Africans perpetually dependent

Read More…

'Black hair' rules in schools: A reality check - Politicsweb, 03 September 2017

Pupils at a public high school in a West Rand township visited two weeks ago were inspected by a "patroller" as they entered through the school gates. The headmistress explained that this was to ensure that they did not wear "branded clothing" instead of the school uniform, which included ties on boys. Pupils who wore such clothing tended to show off, which she did not think appropriate when 40% of all the pupils lived in shacks. These "show-offs" also tended to be more rebellious.

Read More…

Mine nationalisation without compensation: Gravity of Zwane’s crazy charter sinks in - BizNews, 31 August 2017

The government claims this will help increase prosperity, but international experience with state mining companies elsewhere shows the opposite. So too does the degree of incompetence, malfeasance, and corruption already evident at many of South Africa’s most important state-owned enterprises (SOEs), including Petro SA, Eskom, Transnet, Prasa, Denel, and SAA.

Read More…

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