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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.

Bury the plans for a state mining company - 30th April 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day this morning that, "All these risks aside, the idea of a state mining company might turn out to be brilliant — so brilliant that we should all rush out and buy shares in rival firms digging out whatever minerals the state decides to mine. This is because the new company is likely to be so badly run that the minerals in question will remain in the ground, contributing to global shortages, so pushing global prices up. The bull market would be back."

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SA begins to feel the costs of capitulation - 16th April 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "The costs to the country, if not yet all apparent, will be great. By dropping the charges against Zuma on so flimsy a pretext, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) looks both cowardly and ridiculous. Who of independent mind will now wish to join this body?"

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On the trail with no real clue about crime - 2nd April 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "To his credit, African National Congress president Jacob Zuma acknowledges public anxiety, which his predecessor did not always do. "Everywhere I went the issue of crime was raised.... When the people talk to me I can see the fear in their eyes and hear the desperation in their voices."

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NPA’s case against Zuma was tainted from the very beginning - Business Day 26th March 2009

Sipho Seepe wrote in Business Day this morning that, "Rumours that the NPA might consider dropping the charges against African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma invited predictable responses. Opposition parties came out guns blazing. Such a course would destroy their main artillery against the ANC. Editorials joined the hysteria, proclaiming the end of civilisation as we know it."

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Risks of the ‘national democratic revolution’ - Busness Day 19th March 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "Virtually absent from the election manifesto of the African National Congress (ANC) is explicit reference to the national democratic revolution (NDR), long the organisation’s overriding strategic objective. The NDR is no secret, for it infuses policy documents published for ANC conferences."

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ANC should take on a critic’s arguments, not his associations - Business Day 11th March 2009

Sipho Seepe wrote in Business Day this morning that, "Convinced of its political invincibility, it [the ANC] could afford to dismiss those who held different views. Traducing critics as counter-revolutionaries worked until critics came from within. Trumped up charges were conceived against them. This saw the unravelling of the Thabo Mbeki regime."

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Dependency on the rise, whatever they claim - Business Day 5th March 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "Kgalema Motlanthe, Thabo Mbeki, Trevor Manuel, and Jacob Zuma have all warned against SA’s becoming a welfare state. But the welfare state rolls on regardless. In five years’ time, Manuel’s legacy may appear different from how it does now, especially given the global slump: social spending on a scale that upsets the fiscal apple cart."

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COPE presidential candidate no challenger to autocratic rule - Business Day 25th February 2009

Sipho Seepe wrote in Business Day this morning that, "Lekota dug his grave as soon as he sought to distance himself from former president Thabo Mbeki — the mastermind behind COPE. But Lekota should have known better. He is part of a bunch for whom democracy is acceptable as long as it delivers a preferred candidate. When this fails, there are always plans B and C."

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Bury the plans for a state mining company - 30th April 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day this morning that, "All these risks aside, the idea of a state mining company might turn out to be brilliant — so brilliant that we should all rush out and buy shares in rival firms digging out whatever minerals the state decides to mine. This is because the new company is likely to be so badly run that the minerals in question will remain in the ground, contributing to global shortages, so pushing global prices up. The bull market would be back."

Read More…

SA begins to feel the costs of capitulation - 16th April 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "The costs to the country, if not yet all apparent, will be great. By dropping the charges against Zuma on so flimsy a pretext, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) looks both cowardly and ridiculous. Who of independent mind will now wish to join this body?"

Read More…

On the trail with no real clue about crime - 2nd April 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "To his credit, African National Congress president Jacob Zuma acknowledges public anxiety, which his predecessor did not always do. "Everywhere I went the issue of crime was raised.... When the people talk to me I can see the fear in their eyes and hear the desperation in their voices."

Read More…

NPA’s case against Zuma was tainted from the very beginning - Business Day 26th March 2009

Sipho Seepe wrote in Business Day this morning that, "Rumours that the NPA might consider dropping the charges against African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma invited predictable responses. Opposition parties came out guns blazing. Such a course would destroy their main artillery against the ANC. Editorials joined the hysteria, proclaiming the end of civilisation as we know it."

Read More…

Risks of the ‘national democratic revolution’ - Busness Day 19th March 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "Virtually absent from the election manifesto of the African National Congress (ANC) is explicit reference to the national democratic revolution (NDR), long the organisation’s overriding strategic objective. The NDR is no secret, for it infuses policy documents published for ANC conferences."

Read More…

ANC should take on a critic’s arguments, not his associations - Business Day 11th March 2009

Sipho Seepe wrote in Business Day this morning that, "Convinced of its political invincibility, it [the ANC] could afford to dismiss those who held different views. Traducing critics as counter-revolutionaries worked until critics came from within. Trumped up charges were conceived against them. This saw the unravelling of the Thabo Mbeki regime."

Read More…

Dependency on the rise, whatever they claim - Business Day 5th March 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "Kgalema Motlanthe, Thabo Mbeki, Trevor Manuel, and Jacob Zuma have all warned against SA’s becoming a welfare state. But the welfare state rolls on regardless. In five years’ time, Manuel’s legacy may appear different from how it does now, especially given the global slump: social spending on a scale that upsets the fiscal apple cart."

Read More…

COPE presidential candidate no challenger to autocratic rule - Business Day 25th February 2009

Sipho Seepe wrote in Business Day this morning that, "Lekota dug his grave as soon as he sought to distance himself from former president Thabo Mbeki — the mastermind behind COPE. But Lekota should have known better. He is part of a bunch for whom democracy is acceptable as long as it delivers a preferred candidate. When this fails, there are always plans B and C."

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