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Mzansi Monopoly – no game

A diagnosis of SA economic problems: Informal sector, SMEs, BEE and township economy under the shadow of monopolies Any effort aimed at growing the economy should commence with breaking up the existing monopolies and to re-design the financial services sector. This will allow for the decentralisation of economic units to local level, where communities can […]

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Looking down the periscope

During his SONA speech recently, Ramaphosa spoke glowingly of his dream of building a new City, with bulging sky scrappers and bullet trains, drawing his inspiration from China’s President Xi Jingpin plans of rebuilding the Capital Beijing, amidst China’s infrastructure boom. There is nothing bad about dreaming big, and undertaking such infrastructure projects, but under […]

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It’s not all about you

‘IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU’ – says Thomas Sowell to all those misguided black South Africans who feel entitled to define their ‘inequality’ under apartheid as ‘slavery’ … it is overwhelmingly clear that black South Africans had it easy when comparing the horrendous suffering experienced by those who suffered under the truly wretched brutality of […]

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Invisible crowns

What is wrong with provinces like Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape? The KZN provincial government Pays Zwelithini R75 million because they call him their King. Every King in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape must also receive R75 million for the same reason that Zwelithini receives it. I agree with Mandla Mandela. We are creating the […]

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Heroes

Black South Africans have lost the right to call Chris Hani, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko their heroes … why? We have strayed so far from their ideals and have succumbed to lies, deception, corruption and destruction. By Siyanda M. Maphalala Image borrowed from Bittercomics

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Fit for office?

Corruption Watch submitted a letterto the Speaker of the National Assembly and the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, requesting the committee to exercise its oversight function and investigate whether the incumbent public protector is fit to hold office. The letter highlights the critical role played by the Office of the Public Protector in […]

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Corruption Barometer

The tenth edition of the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Africa, released on African Anti-Corruption Day by Transparency International in partnership with Afrobarometer, reveals that 64% of South Africans surveyed think that corruption increased in the previous 12 months. The survey was conducted between end July and September 2018. Of 47 000 citizens surveyed in 35 African […]

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Ace in the ATM

The probe by the ANC into the role of the Secretary General, Ace Magashule, in the formation of the ATM party, is no surprise to me since I posted about this in November 2018. In that post, I stated very clearly that the party have been hatched by some of the defeated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma(NDZ) faction leaders […]

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The hills are alive

What can be learned from the direct democracy of the Swiss The topic of public finance can be quite complicated if it is not underpinned by necessary preconditions. One such is a strong viable political system that creates its own checks and balances to ensure sustainability and also to extend the democratic dividend to the […]

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Smoke and mirrors

#ZimbabweAndSADCSetUpToFail For a while now, I have been speaking about the economic warfare that is targeted at Zimbabwe and how it was designed to destroy the nation’s capacity to decolonise, rise and develop through using its own resources. But what I haven’t stressed enough is the fact that Zimbabwe has actually been under this economic […]