Category Archives: BEE

Jacob Zuma: Be afraid, be VERY afraid

Shielded from accountability, deploying acolytes and benefiting himself, the president has become untouchable

Jacob Zuma’s presidency has taken on a particular flavour. Exposés of capricious political interference in important arms of the state such as the prosecuting authority, the police and the intelligence services have become commonplace: there is little shock factor left in the abuses of power and process committed by his friends in his name; and there is no parallel with any other SA president in the extent to which he has personally benefited from holding office.

Malema: 10 reasons to vote EFF – has he delivered?

Here they are – the 10 reasons to vote EFF

EFF leader Julius Malema toasts his supporters during the party's launch on Sunday (October 13 2013). Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24

EFF leader Julius Malema toasts his supporters during the party’s launch on Sunday (October 13 2013). Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24Here are 10 of the reasons which he gave for why he should rule South Africa:

The sting of the BEE (initiative): The “winners” and the “losers”

A while ago, I read a Gerhard Papenfus piece on BEE and I was extremely impressed with his insight and opinion on such a convoluted, walking-on-egg-shells kind of issue. I think many of us are  somewhat afraid to voice our opinion on the BEE initiative – and this is why I salute Papenfus for being bold enough to say what he thinks (this takes serious guts in today’s South African society). Papenfus has once again written a superb article on the BEE issue and has given voice to some extremely important sentiments. They say the pen is mightier than the sword – and Papenfus has without-a-doubt hightlighted the “sting”of the BEE (and just how much it is affecting our country). – Tracey Ruff  

No Afrikaans, but Yes to Chinese in South Africa!

When it comes to languages, South Africa – the land of 11 official languages – truly is in shift. As the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) News channel said it would be axing Afrikaans and several other-language bulletins from its 24-hour news service, the government announced that Mandarin has been approved as an optional subject at schools.

Afrikaans is one of the official languages of South Africa. It is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia, and to a lesser extent, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is an offshoot of several Dutch dialects spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it gradually began to develop independently in the course of the 18th century.

Afrikaans is one of the official languages of South Africa. It is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia, and to a lesser extent, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is an offshoot of several Dutch dialects spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it gradually began to develop independently in the course of the 18th century

Please confirm that I am not white! – Oregan Hoskins

Too many white faces in rugby – Parliament committee

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Oregan Hoskins Vice-President of International Rugby Board as well as the Vice-President of the International Rugby Board. Oregan Hoskins is also the President of the South African Rugby Union. Photo: (Emile Hendricks)

What Madiba told the Eskom chief

In the dying days of apartheid, the head of South Africa’s power utility, the central pillar of the white-run economy, sat down with Nelson Mandela and asked him a simple question: when you take office, what are you going to do with Eskom?

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Wheels come off farming project

A R500-million project intended to help emerging black farmers is on the brink of collapse.

President Jacob Zuma handed over 85 new tractors to the Masibuyele Emasimini (back to the fields) project in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal in June 2010 to encourage small-scale farming.

It was not the private sector that broke BEE – CEO of FirstRand, Sizwe Nxasana

The outgoing CEO of FirstRand, Sizwe Nxasana, says that if anyone is to blame

Sizwe Nxasana CEO of FirstRand Image by: Russell Roberts/Financial Mail /Gallo Images

Sizwe Nxasana CEO of FirstRand
Image by: Russell Roberts/Financial Mail /Gallo Images

for the disappointing level of black ownership of the economy it is the government, not the private sector.

President Jacob Zuma accused the private sector of failing to transform when he told parliament that black ownership of JSE-listed companies was only 3%.

Economist weighs in on Eskom management problems

Dentist & beautician are Eskom’s diesel suppliers

A dentist and a beautician are two of the Eskom-broken-2unlikely beneficiaries of multimillion-rand contracts that Eskom handed out to supply diesel for its power generators.

The shocking revelation comes in a week in which four senior Eskom officials were suspended pending an inquiry into a range of issues behind South Africa’s ongoing power crisis.