WHY does South Africa seem, economically, like the sick man of the continent? Across Africa, the story is of rising GDPs, improving foreign direct investment levels and education systems that produce better, more agile, talent.
THE story of Cosatu — or rather the news story of Cosatu — has become a string of unresolved meetings and media briefings that in the end have little effect but to delay a final reckoning.
WE FIND ourselves between a rock and a hard place. Last year, public protector Thuli Madonsela found that Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson, Pansy Tlakula, had presided over an “unmanaged conflict of interest” when the IEC entered into a R320-million lease agreement for office space.
IN HIS classic, The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon laments, “National consciousness … will be in any case only an empty shell, a crude and fragile travesty of what might have been.”
WHILE fighting the Nkandla wars, whose victors will no doubt define South Africa’s future political culture, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela still finds time to watch cartoon movies.
VISUALS are invaluable in politics. They create “reality”. People form perceptions based on what they know. Control of information – including what they see and hear in the media – is key to shaping popular perceptions.
“HOLODOMOR.” Say it again – “Hol-o-do-mor.” This is the most important word for South Africans to know about Ukraine, as this conflict-ridden country has come suddenly into the centre of world news after its ministry of health confirmed 88 people (most of them protesters, with a much smaller number of police) were killed in its capital city, Kiev, two weeks ago.
THE night before his funeral on Friday I ran into my friend, Keke Bokwe, at a hotel in Johannesburg. He was having a drink, and asked me to join him, as I often did. I declined this time because I was in a rush, on my way to his funeral.