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Riaan de Lange

Riaan de Lange

This economic and trade-focused column is prepared by Riaan de Lange – The views expressed in this column are the author's personal views

The 2023 Rugby World Cup mistake

17th November 2017 The 2023 Rugby World Cup Mistake “Impi! wo 'nans' impi iyeza, Obani bengathinta amabhubesi?” The opening lyrics of Johnny Clegg and Juluka’s ‘Impi’ resonates with me, as do the images of the Springboks storming past Zulu warriors, in traditional dress, with fireworks exploding all around them as... 

No future, no future, for . . . you!

10th November 2017 No future, no future, for … you! It’s strange how these words, granted with the added impetus provided by an old Pioneer, cutting through the silence of a cold dark winter’s night, are not greatly appreciated at half past one on a Sunday morning. Then, uniting in less-than-silent accord, faceless... 

Bleeding Heart Yard

3rd November 2017 It’s a cold, windy and generally a miserable day as I step off Greville street, in Farringdon, in the City of London, seeking shelter from the icy-cold wind. I unwittingly enter a cobbled courtyard, which featured in Charles Dickens’ novel, Little Dorrit. The courtyard is said to have been named... 

No matter what the experts say, customs is only about three things

27th October 2017 Do you consider yourself an ‘expert’ or a ‘specialist’ in your chosen profession? If you answered ‘expert’, I would raise a weary smile, for a wise person once told me of an unwittingly (maybe not) self-professing ‘donkey’ that offered to provide him with invaluable insights in his area of... 

Neopatrimonialism is merely ‘a huge embarrassment’

20th October 2017 The dramatic decline to which a select few ‘South Africans’ are subjecting so many of us no longer considered a ‘crisis’. In essence, neopatrimonialism is not considered a crisis’ – it is merely a huge embarrassment. As I account for the latest narration, attributable to a senior politician, my... 

South Africa falling down a rabbit hole

13th October 2017 The use of graphs to illustrate the South African economy’s trajectory is a superfluous endeavour in the nth degree. The appeal of graphs, your general line graph, is to emphasise the tendency of the measure to ascend. Not to descend. But then South Africa wants to also transcend. To avoid... 

I can’t explain – you would not understand

6th October 2017 If anything, I have, in the words of Pink Floyd, “become comfortably numb”. My thoughts are miles away as I wonder through the Victoria & Albert, or the V&A. No, not the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town. Come to think of it, how does that colonial designation endure? I am at the Pink Floyd: Their... 

Customs inaction – 4 661 days, and still counting

29th September 2017 It is a fateful Saturday. It is September 16. If you cannot recall the day, I have three digits to remind 57-0. Enough said – numbers are clinical when conveying a message. A total of 4 661 days have passed since the South African Revenue Service (Sars) begun to 'rewrite' South Africa's customs... 

I am unable to replicate your thinking

22nd September 2017 In a country famed for its politeness, you have to take care not of offend, or to be perceived to offend, when expressing an opinion that may differ from those held by people about whom you are expressing the opinion. An expression might well be perceived as a prejudicial. Hint: the country is... 

Those were the days . . .

15th September 2017 It's Sunday afternoon. It’s hot and humid. You can smell the sea in a faint breeze that barely manages to rattle the leaves of the trees, which have been scorched and hardened by the sun. It is one of those vegetating Sunday afternoons, when you silently salute the inventor of the television... 

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