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Riaan de Lange

Riaan de Lange


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

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... 

Don’t make an impact – consciously limit it

8th September 2017 Sometimes I wonder about the costs that I personally impose on the planet. This usually happens when I hear of people being held up, by others, as having made a positive contribution. Is it not interesting that society is seemingly constantly being deprived of its best people? In the main, these... 

South Africa is at war with itself – but why?

1st September 2017 Why, indeed? Why worry? My grandfather used to offer an answer that you might be quite familiar with: “If you worry, you die; if you don’t worry. you also die. So, why worry?” If I were asked this question before, I would most likely have offered a similar response to my grandfather's – if it... 

Count them one by one

25th August 2017 It’s summer. It’s raining. It’s cold. In a word, it’s miserable. The Underground is wet, damp and humid. Forget about minding the gap – it is fellow travellers that you have to mind, for they do not mind you. The hustle and bustle of lemming like proportion comes to an abrupt halt, with fellow... 

The real conflict is between truth and lies

18th August 2017 The Real Conflict is between Truth and Lies It is 21 hours since the unthinkable has happened, an event which has divided, and is expected to continue to divide, the athletics world for the foreseeable future. It will take the athletics world a considerable time to recover from the effects of the... 

Preparing to sell off the family silver?

11th August 2017 The expression to sell or sell off the family silver might not be as well known in South Africa as it is elsewhere in the world. Consequently, the cautionary wisdom to which it alludes to is seemingly lost. The ‘silver’ referenced is actually silverware. It is the silverware of a family, handed... 

It’s not about improving

4th August 2017 'Out of the mouths of babes' is a well-known phrase in the Bible that implies that there is truth and wisdom in the comments and observations of children, who are honest and innocent. I am on the bus with my young son, having just collected him from summer camp. We are travelling through... 

Here we are . . .

28th July 2017 Born to be kings. We're the princes of the universe. These are the opening lyrics of British rock band Queen’s 1986 song, Princes of the Universe, and they resonate with me as my car grinds to a halt and I step outside to appreciate the most glorious view I have ever beheld. As to where I am . .... 

By failing to plan, we are planning to fail

21st July 2017 South Africa is stuck in economic and political rut, and “there is no two ways about it" and "there can be no doubt about that”, as one of my bosses of many years past was famed for saying. South Africa is in a rut; a rut of multiple levels. According to https://www.psychologytoday.com, citing... 

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