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South Africa’s unfolding New Growth Path framework has the revitalisation of manufacturing at its very core. But Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who is the effective custodian of the industrialisation aspects of the plan, has a really tough job ahead. South...
Apr 22, 2011


Many question were asked about the wisdom of continuing to pursue a nuclear energy programme after the challenging events associated with Japan’s earthquake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. But, as the crisis was unfolding, South Africa...
Apr 15, 2011


South Africa recently concluded the drafting of the a long-awaited 20-year electricity generation plan. The so-called IRP2010 calls for 42% of new capacity to be derived from renewable-energy sources, such as wind, solar, biomass, biogas, landfill and hydropower...
Apr 08, 2011


When the African National Congress made its controversial decision at the Polokwane conference in 2007 to support moves to collapse the Scorpions into the police, this publication suggested that, if sense did not prevail, we hoped that the judicial authorities would...
Apr 01, 2011


South Africa’s geology offers relative shelter from a physical tsunami threat, the destructive force of which was on such devastating display following the massive earthquake and aftershocks off the coast of Japan earlier this month. However, this country is far...
Mar 25, 2011


Recent spats over race, together with the African National Congress’s less-than-helpful intervention on the matter, have the potential to undermine this country’s image internationally and, more worryingly, sow further mistrust among its citizens. What we...
Mar 18, 2011


Somehow, South Africa has to find a way to deal with what could be a 6 TWh to 9 TWh electricity supply shortfall over the coming two years – a deficit equal to a 1 000 MW power station. In fact, Eskom has explained that 9 TWh is equivalent to what the city of Cape...
Mar 11, 2011


The people of North Africa have shown incredible heroism in their concerted battles to overthrow dictators, many of whom have ruled for decades without tolerating any dissent. The Libyan people showed particular bravery in the face of a violent crackdown initiated by...
Mar 04, 2011


South Africa is still in recovery mode following its 2009 recession, and there is also no question that the road remains pockmarked with hazards. Growth is subdued, unemployment high, inflation rising, and there are also serious constraints as a result of persistent...
Feb 25, 2011


Gautengers – who have endured the torments and inconveniences associated with far-reaching, but ultimately welcome, highway construction over the past few years – are now entirely miffed by the prospect of having to pay for the use of these roads, as from June...
Feb 18, 2011


The call for change in Egypt came under the spotlight last week. It gained scale and momentum as hundreds of thousands of protestors called for the immediate departure of President Hosni Mubarak, 82, who has occupied power since the 1981 assassination of Anwar...
Feb 11, 2011


The South African rand has fallen sharply from its highs of December 2010. Nevertheless, a number of heterodox economic commentators believe that the currency still remains too strong to place South Africa’s productive sectors on a competitive footing. However,...
Feb 04, 2011


Whether it has anything to do with climate change or not, nobody can deny that the weather has been the biggest news story of the year so far. The flooding in South Africa and Brazil was devastating for many, if somewhat underreported. Indeed, the coverage given to...
Jan 28, 2011


As the global economic crisis began gaining traction, in there was much concern about the so-called ‘triple threat’ associated with rising fuel and food prices and the emerging financial crisis. During the Great Recession, food and fuel prices receded along with...
Jan 21, 2011


2010 was a strange and fabulous year, with the FIFA World Cup being the obvious highlight. But it was also a highly disrupted year, owing partly to the football tournament itself, but also to a hostile labour-relations environment. Surely, 2011 has to be all about...
Jan 14, 2011


During the recession of 2009, South Africa’s already unemployment-stressed economy shed nearly one-million precious jobs. The figure deteriorated further during 2010, despite a return to growth, with unemployment, even on the narrow definition, again breaching the...
Dec 10, 2010


The protests were relatively modest. Nevertheless, there were still clashes outside Leinster House, the national Parliament of Ireland, after the government there formally applied for a multibillion-dollar rescue package from the European Union and the International...
Dec 03, 2010


Party political funding is a problem the world over. But the decision by the African National Congress (ANC) to persist with its Chancellor House structure is not only inappropriate, but also increasingly embarrassing. The sooner the ANC disentangles itself from the...
Nov 26, 2010
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