SCORPIO: TRAINSPOTTER: Alexkor Meltdown – Northern Cape’s state-owned enterprise non-gift that keeps on taking
If you were looking for a blueprint on decisively how not to help the growth of an entire region – and how to help shrink a shrinking South African economy – the Northern Cape diamond industry is happy to oblige.
When we consider the current problems in organisations and society in general, it becomes increasingly evident that unconscious leadership is rife in government, business and society. One could argue that sub-standard leadership is holding back the growth and development of the South Africa we want to see.
While the nation debates the amendment of the Constitution to provide explicitly for expropriation without compensation, the Constitutional Court is preparing to rule on the rights of poor black communities in mineral-rich former homelands who are routinely dispossessed without consultation, compensation or even formal expropriation.
Letters. They don’t often come before parliamentary committees, unless it’s an official saying why he or she was unavailable to keep a date with MPs. But it’s been that kind of a week in which various letters, alongside the usual statements, put an interesting twist on what unfolded publicly. And then there were others that followed in a flurry as politicians seem to rediscover the art of letter writing – for politicking.
Mr President, more than 20,000 people threatened by farm evictions in the Western Cape are calling on you to keep a promise you made in Paarl in 2014: that there will be a moratorium, an immediate ban on legal and illegal farm evictions.
South Africa’s foreign policy from 2009 was based more on emotions than anything else, and we saw our government reacting to issues which most of the time did not make sense to us as citizens. One would think that at times, our foreign policy was based on BRICS and nothing else. That seems to be changing.
Jesse Harber: What Johannesburg’s pointsmen tell us about governance, politics, and urban incompetence
Johannesburg, well-stocked with very good traffic engineers and transport planners, has looked at its congestion problem and decided that what it most needs is to revert to 18th-Century technology for the management of intersections: a person in white gloves. It’s bad enough being a commuter in the mess; if I were a traffic engineer I’d have bitten through my slide-rule by now.
If we continue on the current path in school rugby, many schools with proud rugby histories will very soon come to a fork in the road – pursue elitist rugby excellence, which is divisive – or lose relevance in the sport. We must avoid this.
It now seems we may have to abandon the Joe Slovo project in mid-stream. The cost and time required for the remaining evictions to clear the land in order to continue building threaten the project’s completion.
On Friday the ANC’s provincial conference in KwaZulu-Natal was stopped from going ahead by a court order. There are very few solid predictions that can be made about what will happen next in this tussle for power. However, one problem is starting to be obvious for the party time is beginning to run out.